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Amazing Faith: The Authorized Biography of Bill Bright, Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ [Paperback]

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An unforgetable chronicle of courage, determination, and humility, this book is the exclusive account of how Dr. Bill Bright, founder and president of Campus Crusade for Christ International, stepped out in simple, unwavering obedience to God--and the astounding worldwide impact that came as a result.

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The Amazing Story of One Faithful Man...One Extraordinary Vision... One Unstoppable Movement.
        An unforgettable chronicle of courage, determination, faith, and humility, Amazing Faith is the exclusive and inspiring account of how Dr. Bill Bright, founder and president of Campus Crusade for Christ International, stepped out in simple, unwavering obedience to God. Readers will delight in the extraordinary story of how an obedient Oklahoman left the ranch at God's urging, and how that obedience opened the door to reaching literally millions of lives with the message of Christ's love and the coming Kingdom.
        From Bright's formative years in the Midwest to the lonely struggles and all-too-human foibles of his early ministry...the founding of the unparalleled Campus Crusade movement to the explosive global outreaches of the new millennium...this authorized, behind-the-scenes biography leaves no stone unturned in its examination of a humble life remarkably used by God-a life which, by God's power, has made an impact on three billion souls.
Written by a retired investigative reporter who has closely followed the life and ministry of Dr. Bright for more than a decade, and with a foreword by Dr. Billy Graham, Amazing Faith uncovers the calling, the passion, the strategic thinking, the sacrifice, and the astounding impact of one man committed to bold evangelism, disciple-ship, and the fulfillment of the Great Commission in his lifetime.

"He's just the kind of man I had in mind when I started the program twenty-five years ago because he's an example to everybody of all religions that it's possible to have progress in religion." -Sir John Templeton, founder of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, which Dr. Bill Bright was awarded in 1996. He donated the $1 million honorarium to support a national movement of prayer and fasting.
     
High Acclaim for the Man behind Amazing Faith:
The Authorized Biography of Bill Bright


"No movement of our time is likely to have a more healthy impact upon the life of our nation than the movement founded and headed by Bill Bright."
Religion Editor, The Los Angeles Times


"He has reached people in a depth and number matched by few in history--He brings great power to his message because he 'walks his talk.' "
George H. Gallup, Jr., The Gallup International Institute


"There is no one else I know in this world who has lived the Spirit-filled life so consistently while maintaining a high level of humility."
Tom Landry, former coach of the Dallas Cowboys


"Bill has always resisted the temptation to use the influence he has gained through his ministry for political or pecuniary gain. His first concern has always been his burden for
lost souls."
Ralph Reed, former executive director, The Christian Coalition


"He has never sought to receive praise for himself. He is one of the most humble men we know--his heart and motives have always been to lift up Christ, and God has used him mightily."
Charles M. Duke, Jr., Apollo 16 Astronaut,
Retired Brigadier General,
United States Air Force


From the Hardcover edition.
Michael Richardson is a retired investigative reporter, news editor, and editor of editorials in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is the author of After Amin, the Bloody Pearl, a human rights documentary, and editor of Ethics Applied, a college textbook in its sixth printing. He and his wife, Margaret, were married in 1965 and are the parents of three married children and grandparents of five. They reside in Largo, Florida.

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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 16, 2001
Publisher   WaterBrook Press
ISBN  1578565618  
ISBN13  9781578565610  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Michael Richardson is a retired investigative reporter, news editor, and editor of editorials in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is the author of After Amin, the Bloody Pearl, a human rights documentary, and editor of Ethics Applied, a college textbook in its sixth printing. He and his wife, Margaret, were married in 1965 and are the parents of three married children and grandparents of five. They reside in Largo, Florida.

Richardson was born in 1796 and died in 1852.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Amazing Faith: The Authorized Biography of Bill Bright, Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ?

Well worth your time to read   Jul 8, 2006
I found the book to be very interesting and filled with inspirational material. It is remarkable how much Bill and his wife, Vonette, accomplished. After I read it, I gave it to my adult son (for whom reading is not the pleasure it is for me) and he read the entire book and told me how much it meant to him.

I am writing this only because one reader gave it such a low rating. The book does have a lot of detail in the last half. However, to have left out the detail would have left the book incomplete in my view.
 
A story worth telling is worth telling well  Jun 1, 2006
Bill Bright was a man of God, taking God at His word and pouring himself into ministry. His story is truly one of amazing faith, and his record of visionary leadership in the Evangelical Christian world is unparalleled: founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, first to use satellite video as an evangelistic tool, mover behind the Jesus Film. This is a man whom I wanted to get to know better, and I was able to do that through this book. Bill Bright allowed God to do incredible things through him--and I wanted to find out how and why.

Unfortunately, what should be an inspirational story gets lost in a myriad of irrelevant details and poor writing style of the author. Obviously enthralled by Dr. Bright, the author at times unnecessarily defends him, rather than just letting the story stand on its own. The style is almost autobiographical, except it was written by someone else in the third person, who then utilized extensive quotes from the participants--it just bogged it down. Frankly, this is the most poorly written book I've ever finished reading, which speaks of how much I wanted to get to know Bill Bright.

The gem was near the end, when the author documents a day spent with Dr. Bright. It played to the author's journalistic training, and I was able to catch that glimpse I was looking for. That was worth slogging through the rest to get to.

The bottom line: if you want to learn about the life of Bill Bright, this is your only option, and that's too bad. Someone should really take another stab at his biography. He deserves better, and we could all use it.
 
He dared to believe God for great things  May 21, 2005
Here is a man God has greatly used to spread the good news of forgiveness and new life in Christ. Richardson does a great job of presenting his life in a most interesting and readable way.

Even though most of us are neither called nor gifted to do what Bill Bright did, reading about his life with an open heart can challenge us to rise above a life of mediocrity to be used by God within our own sphere of influence.

For any still wondering about Christianity, reading about what made this man tick, and the "4 Spiritual Laws," can help you understand Bill's "transferable concepts" idea; he had a gift for putting everything into simple steps that can be passed easily from one person to another.

I believe it was Appendix "F" that prints out the "4 Spiritual Laws;" it is actually good to read that first; it's at the heart of everything Bill did in his Chistian life.
 
Amazing Faith: Authorized Biography of Bill Bright  Jul 15, 2002
Amazing, on-fire reading about what God has done with people who let Him have His way in their lives. You can't read this story without thinking about your own choices in life!
 
A Book Every Christian Should Read  May 7, 2001
I recently recieved this book as a gift from the Campus Crusade for Christ staff members on my campus, as a gradution/going away present. I had seen this book at the Christian bookstores, but had never read it myself. I couldn't wait to get back to my room, so I could start reading it. I was up until almost 2 AM because this is one of those books where there is no such thing as a good place to stop.

before reading this book, I didn't know much of anything about Bill Bright. I was also curious about how Campus Crusade for Christ got started.

This book gave me a new respect for Bill Bright. The biography, Michael Richards was brutally honest. He didn't sugarcoat Bill Bright's weaknesses and shortcomings or portray him as some kind of a super hero. But as I read, I was amazed and humbled by Bill Bright's faith, love for the Lord and also his humility and integrity.

I was challenged and inspired by this book. I think that every Christian, regardless of whether they are involved with Campus Crusade for Christ or not, should read this book. If you do, you won't be sorry.

 

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