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The Preacher and the Presidents by Nancy Gibbs
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Feb 05, 2009

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bookshelves: his-story, cultus-and-culture, bios

BG was one of the most influential Christian leaders of the 20th c., as this book shows in great detail. He was the personal spiritual advisor for 10 of the last 11 presidents (I believe Truman was the only one Graham never really got very close to). BG was more of a counselor than a prophet though. He knew how to give great advice when it came to personal salvation (kinda), but he was not very effective in giving politial advice as the book makes very clear. Graham's committment to political pluralism comes out in this book very clearly, although he was opposed to communism at every stage of his career.

Overall, a great book for pastors and lay folk who want a glimpse into what it takes to be the personal spiritual advisor to the most powerful man in the world. But if you're looking for a glimpse into what it takes to be the kind of OT prophetic voice that changes cultures and civilizations, then you need to look elsewhere.

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