Description for Reason for My Hope: Salvation
What is the most hopeful word in History?
For Billy Graham, that word is SALVATION.
Salvation from what?
From our selfish and self-destructive selves.
From the messes we get ourselves into.
From the sin that has haunted humanity from the beginning of time and the evil that pulls us down every day.
From the cultural deceits that blind us to God’s saving message.
From the Hell so many don’t believe in.
If we don’t think we need salvation, we’re fooling ourselves.
If we think we are beyond salvation, we’re underestimating God.
If we just don’t want to think about salvation, we’re putting ourselves in eternal peril.
At the age of ninety-five Billy Graham proclaims God’s Gospel with resolve and deep compassion. It is a message he has been preaching for more than seventy years. And in this book you will sense its urgency, filled with hope for the future.
“”Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved”” (Acts 16:31)
From America’s evangelistic elder statesman
Salvation is what we all long for, when we are lost or in danger or have made a mess of our lives. And salvation belongs to us, when we reach out for the only One who can rescue us―Jesus.
The saving message of the Gospel is the heartbeat of this preacher and evangelist. Millions around the world have heard Billy Graham proclaim this unchanging truth. He has never forgotten the transformation of his own life, when he first said yes to God’s gift of salvation, and he has witnessed multitudes turn their hearts to the God of Hope.
The Reason for My Hope: Salvation presents the essence of that transformative message. It is biblical and timeless, and though simple and direct, it is far from easy. There are hard words, prophetic words, directed toward a culture that denies the reality of sin and distracts us from the veracity of Hell. But through its ominous warnings shines a light that cannot be extinguished―a beacon of hope that Jesus came “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).
About Billy Graham
Billy Graham, world-renowned preacher, evangelist, and author, has delivered the gospel message to more people face-to-face than anyone in history and has ministered on every continent of the world in more than 185 countries. Millions have read his inspirational classics, including Angels, Peace with God, The Holy Spirit, Hope for the Troubled Heart, How to Be Born Again, The Journey, Nearing Home, and The Reason for My Hope.
In what could be his final book, the world-renowned evangelist (whose Nearing Home has sold more than 700,000 copies) mixes Bible stories with anecdotes and present-day headlines to offer hope to believers and nonbelievers alike. From the Garden of Eden to modern-day politics, not much really has changed, Graham asserts: people can accept the rescue God offers or refuse it. He urges the former, speaking with authority, wisdom, and sincere desire to share the salvation that has given him hope through the decades. Believers will appreciate Graham’s profound maturity, which gives him such confidence that his account of Noah’s experience, for example, sounds as if the preacher was standing on the ancient ark itself. Those on the fence about the claims of Christianity will be challenged to dig further. A section on questioning facts and defining history is particularly engaging, and there’s a trademark invitation for those who are willing to take the leap. The book’s release coincides with a My Hope national campaign organized by the Billy Graham Evangelical Association. (Oct.)
Graham (Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well), in his mid-90s, is known the world over for his evangelical Bible crusades, which have attracted millions over the 70 years of his preaching career. His latest book coincides with an extensive campaign by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association that will cover North America in the fall of 2013. Here Graham comes full circle, writing about the core beliefs underlying his life’s work. The gospel, simple and plain, is presented along with discussions on the themes of rescue, redemption, and hope. As is typical, Graham includes relevant stories and anecdotes (along with Bible verses sprinkled throughout) that help to convey the contrast between what he believes the Bible says with what modern society says about the Christian faith and hope. In the afterword, Graham offers an altar call of sorts and explains how to come to Christ. VERDICT Fans of Graham will welcome another chance to hear from him. Although simplistic for seasoned Christians and a little old-fashioned for young people, this straightforward book will benefit those seeking a deeper understanding of the evangelical Christian faith. Recommended for public libraries and those with a Christian faith collection.—Holly Hebert, Brentwood P.L., TN