Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Billy Graham His Life and Influence by David Aikman

A panoramic view point of Christianity today:

"Billy Graham His Life and Influence" is a book that centers the history of Christian Evangelicalism since 1949. The book provides a panoramic view point of Christianity today.

The book also shares with the reader what it means to be a Christian Man. A man who loves freely and passionately; George W. Bush said about Billy Graham, "He didn't make you feel guilty, he made you feel loved." (249)

Themes that are covered in this book are:

  1. Christianity and Culture
  2. Mainstream Evangelicalism since 1949.
  3. Orthodoxy vs. Orthopraxy
  4. Media's Coverage of American Evangelicals.
  5. How seminaries have dealt with the questions of the 20th and 21st century.
  6. How did Denominations interact with each other during this time period?
  7. How do men of God interact with people of power (especially presidents)?
The book does what Rick the Librarian stated good biographies should do: (1. Discover Fascinating people) (2.Rediscover people we think we know well) (3. Portray a hero dynamically, warts and all) (4. Learn how history was influenced by the life of the individual) (6. to celebrate ones culture through a deeper look). David Aikman succeeds in all 5 areas. One thing that was disappointing was the lack of pictures to go along with the narrative.

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