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Jerry Falwell: His Life and Legacy [Hardcover]

By Macel Falwell (Author), Melanie Hemry (With) & Sean Hannity (Foreword by)
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Rev. Falwell's widow provides this official biography of the founder of the Moral Majority. Along with never-before-seen photographs, she offers an intimate perspective into the life of one of the most visible religious leaders in America.

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An intimate perspective into the life of the most visible religious leader in America, as told and authorized by his wife.
Jerry Falwell played a pivotal role in the American religious and political scene for the last thirty years. As a constant voice for the Christian Right, and with his strong affirmations for family values, he remained outspoken about his beliefs and vision for revolutionized morals and social reform, including issues that will greatly affect the upcoming 2008 elections. Readers will be treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the private life of Jerry Falwell, giving insight into his most publicized and controversial events, such as:
His friendship with Ronald Reagan His relationship to Larry Flynt What led to the concept and formation of the Moral Majority The reaction to his September 11 remarks
Macel Falwell, Rev. Falwell's widow, provides this official biography of the founder of the Moral Majority. Along with never-before-seen photographs, Macel gives a personal viewpoint and tells readers stories from across the decades, including some from his children, that show the man behind the passion.

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Studio: Howard Books
Pages   254
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.09"
Weight:   1.22 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 13, 2008
Publisher   Howard Publishing
ISBN  141658028X  
ISBN13  9781416580287  

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Rev. Jerry Falwell  May 16, 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Have known the Falwells for many years and yet learned a lot of things in the book that I did not know. Loved the way Macel wrote and told stories from their past together. Definitely recommend.
A Great Read On Dr. Falwell!  Oct 22, 2008
First of all, I want to address those who hated Jerry Falwell without getting to know the facts about him. Yes, I disagreed with him on a few occasions, but the most part, Dr. Falwell was a great man of God who truly loved others even though he disagreed with them.

Yes, at one time he was a bigot but he repented on his sin in that area. I can vouch for that! For example, one time back in the mid-1990s when my business travels brought me to Lynchburg, I would sometimes go to Thomas Road Baptist Church on Wednesday nights. On one occasion, he had a black preacher from the Philadelphia speak - so much for those who continued to label Dr. Falwell a racist. On another Wednesday night, before he preached he mentioned that someone had sent him a urine-soaked bag from some gay organization. Dr. Falwell was hurt and distressed and refused to get mad at the responsible party - so much for him hating those whom he disagreed with. Would those who continue to hate Dr. Falwell please get a life!!!!!

Now, back to the book. Macel Falwell, Dr. Falwell's wife of some 50 years, has written a very poignant story of a man who was truly after God's own heart. Yes, she does mention some of his mistakes (sins, if you will) of racism (of which he later repented of) and his comments soon after 911 (of which he also repented of), but spends much of the book detailing Dr. Falwell's life. Among the areas covered include:

1. Early life in Lynchburg VA and coming to Christ.
2. Meeting Macel Falwell and going off to college to prepare for the ministry.
3. Early years starting Thomas Road Baptist Church.
4. Starting Liberty University on a shoestring budget and the challenges he faced.
5. "Mars Hill Ministry" - his interactions with Larry King, Jesse Jackson, Larry Flynt, and others whom he disagreed with yet was able to share the gospel on television free of charge.
6. His strong sense of humor and love of playing pranks on others - apparently, he tried not to take himself so seriously!
7. Strong love for not only his own family, but students at Liberty University, friends, and strangers.
8. His seeming premonition of his coming death - particularly the details of the last few days spent with his loved ones before passing into eternity with Jesus Christ (I found myself shedding some tears over this chapter).

While I did not personally know Dr. Falwell, I have observed him from a distance a few times and liked what I saw.

Whether or not you liked or agreed with Dr. Falwell, "Jerry Falwell His Life and Legacy" is a great read. Read and enjoy!

Highly recommended!
What you won't hear from the media  Aug 29, 2008
Insightful & thought provoking read from Falwell's wife of nearly 50 years. Expect to catch a glimpse of the man you didn't see on TV or hear about in the media. Dr. Falwell's love of God, family & country comes through in an easy-to-read, hard-to-put-down format.
Falwell's Farewell  Aug 29, 2008
I wasn't a big fan of Jerry Falwell. There were times that I was outright disgusted with what he had to say, and there were times that I thought more people should be as solid in their preaching the Gospel as he was.

I picked up the book just wanting to get the behind the scenes facts about Falwell, but I came out admiring the man and his work. His wife authors the book, and the one complaint I have about it is that fact that she rarely lets his mistakes stand. She is an apologist for her husband, and although I understand, I wish she could and would have admitted his mistakes more. With that said, I enjoyed the book. It began with a look at his meager upbringing, his call to the ministry, and then his journey to Liberty Mountain and all that it encompasses.

He was such a huge giver of things, especially money, and I found myself being convicted by his detachment to money. He would pretty much just give things away without thinking about it. He gave away money, his shoes, his coat, scholarships to his school, etc...and at times it left him in trouble, but his heart was in the right place.

I also admire his reliance on the Lord to answer prayers. I wish I could say I have that type of faith, but my prayer life is left wanting and the Lord doesn't know my voice as well as He should. This left me convicted as well. He fasted several times for forty days seeking the Lord on certain issues, and again, it left me searching my heart for more of the dedication and belief that encompassed his life.

I also found his involvement with the famous interesting. Especially his relationship with the likes of Ted Kennedy, Jesse Jackson, but most interesting, Larry Flynt, the founder of Hustler magazine, a porn king in the industry. He was also involved in founding the Moral Majority which later bred the Religious Right. The Moral Majority was a major player in getting Ronald Reagan elected and thus played a role in helping tear down the walls of Communism. But the one trait outside of his faith that I found most admiring was his commitment to his family.

He would leave important meetings to rush home to be with his wife, Macel during storms because she was terrified. He would cancel meetings with the President at the White House to spend a birthday with one of his children. He was totally committed to them and thus, you see his legacy being played out as his sons have stepped in to lead Lierty University and Thomas Road Baptist Church in his passing.

I found myself choked up with tears as I read the last chapter detailing his death and the family's struggles with it. I think whether you liked Jerry Falwell or not, this book is an interesting read. For me, I took much more out of it than simply learning about the life of Jerry Falwell. I found myself being moved by the man even after his death. Thank you Macel, for writing the book. It will remain on my bookshelves as a reminder of what it looks like for a man to live for God and to love His family.
Wonderful, touching story from a loving wife  Aug 17, 2008
I just read Macel's book, and I am compelled to write just a little bit about it. Her book is about Jerry and her life with him. It is an oddly connected set of vignettes, lots of chronological mixing, different perspectives and different people -- I guess I would never call it great literature but it does tell a terrific story in a moving manner. I could not put it down until I finished it.
Here is a guy from my area and era and the gal he married. The book tells stories of his imbroglios and accomplishments from a very personal standpoint, but it also includes the "other side" in some instances, such as evidenced by an article by Larry Flynt about his odd relationship with Jerry. There are many different opinions about this guy, but this story is a love story by Macel about her man, and her view is what you would expect. However, through her telling you cannot escape feeling the excitement that must have pervaded every fiber of this man's body, and the boundless energy that drove him to accomplish what few of us would ever dream of! He and his family visited many foreign lands, dined with and entertained countless dignitaries (including Presidents), and Jerry built an enormous university, leaving it debt free when he died! What a fantastic life.
I looked for errors all through the book, but found only one suspect where the word was "from" and I thought it should have been "form", but even that was questionable. Turns out that Macel was an English teacher... Surprise, she graduated from Liberty University!
I recommend this book highly to all those who would like to see the inside story of one of the truly great men of our generation.

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