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Overview For the first time ever, a Graham child shares personal thoughts on growing up with Billy Graham as her father. Ruth Graham is the third child and youngest daughter of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham. Text includes many previously unpublished Graham family photos.
Publishers Description Ruth Graham---third child and youngest daughter of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham---offers a rare, inside look at the twentieth century s most influential evangelist. In this substantive portrait, Ruth reflects on several different subjects, including her father s love for the world, his humility, grace, and loyalty. She concludes the book with a chapter on authenticity, written just after Dr. Graham s final crusade, which was held in New York in June 2005. Includes many previously unpublished Graham family photos and excerpts from personal letters."
From Publishers Weekly Just in time for Father's Day comes this small inspirational hardcover gift
book, a memoir by the youngest daughter of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham
(whom she similarly honored in her previous book A Legacy of Love: Things I
Learned from My Mother). While the author does concede that Billy Graham's
evangelistic commitments took him away much of the time-almost 60% of his
life, she guesses-and that this took a toll on the family, this is hardly a
Daddy Dearest tell-all. It is in fact a love song to her father, who comes
across in these pages as wise, caring, determined and steadfast in his faith
("I have never seen my father waver in his purpose," she declares). Ruth
Graham draws freely upon letters, her father's memoir and her own memories of
childhood; the well-designed layout also features intimate family photos of
the Grahams at home, adding to the book's behind-the-scenes feel. Ruth Graham
has not had an easy adult life: in the book she shares the pain of her failed
marriages and the fact that she didn't graduate from college until she was a
middle-aged divorc e. (Her proud 80-something parents attended her
commencement despite failing health.) Regardless of these trials, she looks
back to a loving and almost magical childhood. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed
Citations And Professional Reviews A Legacy of Faith: Things I Learned from My Father by Ruth Graham & Stacy Mattingly has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Booklist - 04/15/2006 page 8
Publishers Weekly - 04/03/2006 page 65
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.66" Width: 6.12" Height: 0.77" Weight: 0.845 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2006
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310812186 ISBN13 9780310812180 UPC 025986812188
Availability 0 units.
More About Ruth Graham & Stacy Mattingly
Ruth Graham is the daughter of the revered American pastor Billy Graham. She has appeared on a variety of radio and television shows, including "Good Morning America "and "Focus on the Family," and is the author of the bestselling book "In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart." Graham lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her family.
Reviews - What do customers think about Legacy Of Faith?
A well-written and honest book about the importance of family in religion Jun 1, 2006
In this delightful book, A LEGACY OF FAITH: Things I Learned From My Father, Ruth Graham honestly and tenderly shares what it was like growing up as the daughter of Billy Graham. Ruth, the third and youngest daughter, talks about what it was like to have a world-famous, traveling evangelist as a dad and the lengths to which her parents went to give their children a normal upbringing.
In six well-written chapters, Graham explores different lessons she learned from her father, including love for the world, grace and loyalty. From an early age all of the Graham children were schooled in the business of giving. One of her first Christmas memories is putting boxes together for the needy within the surrounding area. In fact, any gifts sent to the family were immediately given to those in need. Graham recounts a time when a generous patron sent the family a beautiful soda fountain and admits that was a hard gift to give away!
She also describes her mother's efforts to create a normal life for the children when their father was gone so much of the time. She talks about the excitement of her father's homecomings and the gifts he always brought back from his various trips. While home, Billy Graham spent long hours in his study reading, researching and preparing for the next set of meetings. While always welcome to interrupt, Ruth admits she limited any interruptions to a minimum --- not only during those times of study but throughout her growing up years. This was done with some regret.
Graham writes, "My father has set a high standard in giving himself wholeheartedly; I have sought more of a balance and tend to be more restrained. It may be that seeing my father give so much to others when I was a child caused me to become reserved in loving. I think I felt that he gave away so much of what was mine --- attention, concern, love and time --- that I became protective of my heart. I was not willing to give everything away."
In these tender moments, Graham acknowledges some of the pain that accompanied being the daughter of an evangelist to the world. She says there were certain times when she felt she needed her daddy but he simply wasn't there. Yet she acknowledges that it must have been just as difficult, if not more difficult, on him as he prayerfully handed over his family to the care of God time and time again.
Yet Ruth doesn't just reminisce about her father and mother. She also shares glimpses into her own life, which includes two marriages that ended in divorce. She talks about the shame she felt, but also the unwavering sense of love and support she received from her parents.
Overall, A LEGACY OF FAITH: Things I Learned from My Father is a wonderful keepsake book. The layout and design make it an enjoyable afternoon read or even a book to keep out for guests. It's filled with a rich assortment of photos from Ruth's childhood as well as from her father's years in ministry. This is the first time a Graham child has ever shared personal thoughts about growing up with Billy Graham as a father, and it's a book you won't want to miss.
--- Reviewed by Margaret A. Feinberg
A DAUGHTER LEARNS ABOUT FAITH AND HOPE May 17, 2006
THIS IS A VERY SPECIAL BOOK AND THE LIFE LESSONS THAT RUTH GRAHAM SHARES IN THIS VERY INSPIRATIONAL PUBLICATION HAVE BEEN A REAL BLEESSING IN MY LIFE AND ARE TRULY LIFE CHANGING.THIS IS VERY FAST READING AND THERE IS ALOT OF NEW INFORMATION AND PHOTOS SHARED FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME BUT MORE IMPORTANT ARE THE VERY SPECIAL PRINCIPLES THAT THIS SPECIAL FAMILY MEMBER HAS PASSED DOWN FROM HER DAD(BILLY GRAHAM)THIS BOOK OFFERS ALOT OF HOPE AND COURAGE AND WILL OFFER ALOT OF STORMS. THIS WILL MAKE A WONDERFUL BOOK FOR A FRIEND, FAMILY MEMBER, A PASTOR, AND A SOLDIER SERVING OVER SEAS. THIS WOULD MAKE A WONDERFUL DEVOTIONAL GUIDE FOR A BIBLE STUDY FOR THIS BOOK AT MY CHURCH.