Item description for The Name by Franklin Graham...
Why does the name of Jesus stir both awe and animosity?
Franklin Graham faced that question himself in April of 1999, just days after the tragic killing of students at Columbine High School shocked America and the world.
Colorado's governor had asked Franklin to speak at the memorial service for families and friends. As a chilling drizzle soaked the crowd of 70,000, Franklin boldly urged all mourners to seek comfort, hope and salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. Later he received both congratulations and criticism for his remarks. To Franklin's surprise, even clergymen complained that the emphasis on Jesus was offensive.
Later Franklin reflected,"Why is it when people curse using His Name, hardly anyone complains? But if you speak about Him with respect or pray in His Name, some people call it 'foul'?" The Name is Franklin's response to those questions.
The Name explains, reveals, and honors the most important Person who ever lived. It is an articulate, passionate, motivating, and moving tribute to the One who bears the Name above all names and before whom some day "every knee will bow."
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Format: Abridged, Audiobook
Studio: Brilliance Audio Lib Ed
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.26" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.76" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Binding Audio Cassette
Release Date Nov 30, 2002
Publisher Brilliance Audio Lib Ed
ISBN 159086672X ISBN13 9781590866726
Having the same surname is not enough... Oct 25, 2008
Now that Billy has retired, his son Franklin ("Frankie") Graham has taken over where his Daddy left off--but what a letdown! How can you have a Billy Graham Crusade without Billy? That is like buying tickets for a Tennessee Ernie Ford concert, and when you get there, his gawky nephew, George Ford, sings instead.
You will know what I'm talking about when you read Frankie Graham's new book, _The Name_, after having read one or more books by his famous father: The younger Graham just can't preach or write like the old man - he has no fire in the gut. Okay, maybe in brief flashes: Frankie gets pretty fired up when he preaches to his brother Ned about Ned's extramarital philandering and substance abuse; or when Frankie writes about the Muslims and Jews, that *really* does it! but Frankie while in the pulpit never really exhibits much zeal except for the offering plate. I don't think he tries to be boring, I think he just can't help it.
My advice, if you have been toying with the idea of getting saved, is to forget the big stadium events. Instead, go straight to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Web site, where you can get saved from the comfort of your own home, in five minutes, without so much trouble as having to find a parking spot for your car, and without having to read Frankie Graham's tedious book.
In fact, do it now. It's as easy as pie. Visit [...], and follow the links. Think of your Web browser as a trained spiritual counselor. Simple mouse-clicks will lead you through the Four Steps to Peace with God. Trust me: the five minutes it takes to complete those Four Steps out of Hell and into Heaven will give you the best fire insurance policy you ever had, and it won't cost you a plug nickel. (Just be sure that getting saved is really what you want to do because it's damned hard to get off the BGEA mailing list once you're on it!)
One great thing about getting saved is that you can still have your fun afterwards--only now, you will be forgiven after having your fun. I mean, Ned Graham has taken the Four Steps, and look at him!
No, I take that back, don't look at Ned. I sometimes forget and tell reprobate sinners like yourself to look at the wrong people. I know Ned personally, and I know it is no fun for him when people are looking. Believe me, it is not easy for a man to be the son of Billy Graham, and the brother of Rev. Frankie Graham, and to still have your fun, and also to serve as the president of East Gates International, which has brought China to Christ and vice versa. It's probably better to look at Frankie. But my only point is that, after you get saved, if you should happen to look somewhere else for spiritual release than in one of Frankie Graham's books (for example, if you should happen to look right up a girl's skirt on the high school staircase), the Lord will forgive you for doing it - but only if you have taken those Four Steps to Peace With God. Otherwise, you're screwed, and not in the sense you were just thinking of.
Don't get me wrong: I've read a dozen books by Billy Graham, and got a kick out of every one of them. But Billy didn't publish tiresome rants against Muslims and religious Jews.
When offering a prayer at the inauguration of President George W. Bush, Franklin Graham prayed in the name of Jesus. The younger Graham then turned to the younger Bush and reminded him, "The name is the only thing we've got."
The Power of His Name May 20, 2007
THE NAME is a book that needed to be written, and Franklin Graham is the one who needed to write it. Writing in an anecdotal, even an autobiographical style (rather than a scholarly style, for example) the author addresses two questions that his personal experiences had forced him to confront: "Why is it when people curse using His Name, hardly anyone complains? But if you speak about Him with respect or pray in His Name, some people call 'foul?"
I recall well what a joy it was during the 2001 Presidential Inauguration to hear Franklin Graham and Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell both pray boldly in the name that is above every other name, the name of Jesus Christ! Anyone familiar with the strength of the tolerance doctrine (except when it comes to Christians, then it is the no-tolerance doctrine) and the iron grip of the unforgiving traditions of "political correctness" in our society, particularly in political and public service circles today will understand well enough how much conviction and courage it took for each to do what he did on that day.
The author does a good job of responding to the two key questions above from a number of different angles. He does not shy away from presenting the historically-proven fact that obedience to God -- including honoring The Name of His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ -- comes with a price, and that sometimes the cost is one's life. Jesus, Himself, warned His followers of the cost of following Him, adhering to His Name.
If I find a fault with this book it is that the author is scant in his recognition that attacks upon The Name can come most insidiously through organized churches claiming the Name of Jesus Christ, but whose members expose by their very own actions and words that they are none of His. Jesus also warned of these: "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matt 7:21-23. It could be that the author has not had a great deal of experience with such as these.
THE NAME covers well enough what the author stated that he intended to cover in the book, and it is a worthwhile book to read.
He is Great Apr 10, 2007
The Name is one of my favorite book I really like the way he writes
Egotistical bore-fest Nov 15, 2006
I'm a fan of religious literature, and lately I've been into reading fanatical or evangelical religious books and ideologies. I picked this up for two reasons- I thought any book written by Billy Graham and his offspring had to fill my qualifications for being "good evangelical literature," and secondly because it was 98 cents at the UNT bookstore (although looks like I could have gotten a better deal here).
Unfortunately, and easily within the first chapter or two, I was bombarded by the limitless cliches and poor/boring writing style of this Graham spawn. Add to that his book focused squarely around himself and his foundation- Samaritan's Purse- and the many good and evangelical-like things they have done for the post-9/11 United States and for the world (mostly third world or non-Christian countries). This would have been moderately enjoyable had it been what I signed up for, but as far as I know this was not "Praising Jesus in my Father's Footsteps: The Autobiography of Franklin Graham." I had thought it was going to be (more) about Christians in a country that just was not Christian enough, but unfortunately, that seemed more like an undertone than a main subject.
My beef with this book was less the self-righteous air he gave off as a "struggling Christian" trying to overcome the stigma and prejudices from the overly-"tolerant" American society, my beef was mostly with the drudging writing style, the continuous digressions into stories that served no purpose other than to make him seem like a more righteous Christian- more worthy of writing a book about Jesus. My problems were with the fact that this was less classically evangelic and more self-involved, more an autobiography, more a timeline of his sucesses as a preacher- a preacher following and guided by his much-more-famous father.
I say skip this book, you can get better Christian diatribes from his father, or from other evangelic writers. He may be a great preacher, may be a great guy, but he's not a spectacular writer.
Telling the truth Sep 17, 2005
"The Name" by Franklin Graham is a politically incorrect book. Popular modern theology says that it doesn't matter what you call your God, because they are all really the same. Franklin Graham unabashedly states that only faith in the name of Jesus Christ can save us. He rebuts the belief that all religions are the same. There is a chapter about "tolerance" and how "tolerance" seems to apply to everyone except Christians. Graham recounts his own experience of praying at President Bush's first inauguration. When he invoked the name of Jesus, he took a lot of criticism. Graham goes through history and recounts the stories of Christian heroes. He challenges today's Christians to minister to others, such as AIDS victims. Franklin Graham is the President of the Christian charity organization, Samaritan's Purse. "The Name" concludes with a clear gospel message that tells how anyone can know Jesus.