Item description for The Name by Franklin Graham, Bruce Nygren & Jim Bond...
Overview Why does the name of Jesus stir both awe and animosity? Graham calls on listeners to acknowledge the ultimate absolute of the Christian faith: that salvation lies in the name of Jesus.
Publishers Description 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, MP3 Audio
Studio: Brilliance Audio on MP3-CD
Running Time: 180.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.56" Width: 6.32" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.21 lbs.
Binding MP3 CD
Release Date Dec 25, 2006
Publisher BRILLIANCE AUDIO #858
ISBN 1423304055 ISBN13 9781423304050
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More About Franklin Graham, Bruce Nygren & Jim Bond
Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan s Purse, a Christian relief and evangelism organization, is also president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The fourth of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham s five children, Franklin is the author of several books, including the best-selling autobiography "Rebel with a Cause" and "All for Jesus." He and his wife, Jane, make their home in North Carolina."
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.
One inaccuracy I'd like to point out May 22, 2004
I'll let others review the book as a whole. My interest is in one comment Franklin Graham makes in the book. At one point, he compares Christianity to other religions. I don't necessarily have problem with that, but the way he does it bothers me. He mentions Buddhism, stating on page 76. "At the end of his life, it is quoted that Buddha apparently said he was still looking for truth. Christ, on the other hand, declared, 'I am the...truth'." I had heard similar quotes from other evangelists in books and radio speeches. Unfortunately, I have never been able to figure out where they get the quote. I haven't been able to find it in Buddhist texts. I emailed the publisher of the book, and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association responded with this: "I have attempted to research our database, but we could not find a source for this quote. This may have been something that Franklin has heard over the years. I have sent your email to Samaritan's Purse. Perhaps they will be able to offer more assistance." Samaritan's Purse responded with this: "We have been unable to trace the origin of the comment that Buddha died while still searching. We attempted a detailed search on the Internet, but found no specific statement that woudl clarify that matter." (sic) I wonder how Franklin Graham and this book's publishers would feel if a non-Christian writer were to dismiss Christianity with a single paragraph and a quote for which they have no source.
A Must Read Book!! Feb 10, 2004
This is one of the best books I have read in a long, long time. We can now pray "In Jesus Name." However, the way things are going in our country, and we as Christians are falling asleep and not paying attention to laws that are being passed, how much longer do we have to have this privilege? This book is a true wake-up call. Not only should we pay attention; but we must act!
Thank you Franklin Graham for this book. Keep them coming!
I don't think readers will be disappointed Nov 14, 2003
In The Name, Franklin Graham stands against the religious wave of tolerance and relativity that combats the assertion by Christians that Jesus alone is Lord. This book centers on the singularity of the name, Jesus Christ. Graham recounts personal stories, historical narratives and modern missionary exploits in demonstrating the power and effect of the name of Jesus.
I was immediately intrigued by Graham's experiences in ministering at high profile events. He shares his thoughts and feelings related to delivering addresses at the Columbine memorial service, the President's inauguration and the memorial service following the September 11th attacks. He discusses the positive and negative responses generated by his strong stance in declaring the Lordship of Jesus Christ at these ecumenical events.
Since September 11, 2001, Graham has been one of the few people who have cited on national news shows the stark differences between Christianity and other religions, namely Islam. In The Name, he devotes a chapter to outlining the contrasts between the gospel of Jesus and the religion of Islam. His purpose is to provide evidence refuting the suggestion that the religions are similar and share a peace-loving mission.
Graham's tone in this book is completely evangelistic. He writes of inspiring stories of missionaries who have sacrificed everything for the sake of sharing the love of Jesus. These stories demonstrate the power of the name of Jesus in changing individuals and communities.
As president of Samaritan's Purse, a Christian relief and evangelistic organization, Graham has been involved in relief efforts around the world. He reports how simple gifts of food, toys and medical care have won hearts to Jesus.
The stories of people battling hunger, poverty, disease, war and discrimination put life in a different perspective than our day-to-day vision. Graham shows that a heart of compassion and an outreaching hand can indeed transform lives.
The Name's aim contrasts some of the messages in the American church today that focus on getting "blessings" from God. The essence of Graham's message is the reward of giving up everything for God.
Reading this book challenged me to examine my desires, activities and motives. It is similar to reading the Book of Acts and wondering, "How does my life compare with the evangelists who sacrificed everything for the Name?"