Thursday, July 8, 2010
Billy Graham: His Life and Influence By David Aikman - A Review
Most of us have heard of Billy Graham. Even as a Canadian, I can identify who he is. I had the chance to go to one of his rallies once. I didn't go. Now, having read this biography and realizing just how big of a deal Billy Graham is, I wish I had.
This is the first biography of Billy Graham that I've read. I enjoyed it. I liked how it isn't just a play by play on the events of his life. Instead, David Aikman puts into context Graham's life. He discusses the events and pressures that made Graham who he was as well as how Graham affected the world. Not just the United States, but the world. Very interesting.
I loved reading about his relationship with Ruth - that's my girly side coming out in me - and would have loved hearing more about her. But this wasn't the point of the book and I'm sure I can get my fill of that in another autobiography or biography. Also, I found my mind wandering as Graham's relationships with the US presidents was discussed. It was interesting, but 3 chapters? That felt a little long.
Overall, a fantastic read if you're interested in world events or Billy Graham.