For instance, I am right there with him on his thoughts about family. He is quoted as saying, “No subject is closer to my heart than the family…..The moral foundation of our country is in danger of crumbling as families break up and parents neglect their responsibilities.” I often refer to the disintegration of the basic family unit as the core of our crumbling society. If there is no commitment and loyalty at home, then where will you show commitment and loyalty. And I echo his words again when he says, “When the family is destroyed, society eventually disintegrates.” My ultimate favorite quote about family spoke right to the tone in our house sometimes, “More friction and tensions are caused in a family by tone of voice than for any other one reason.” I am often at fault of doing this. Reading Billy’s words reminded me again about thinking before I speak and how not only what I say, but how I say it can have long reaching effects on those around me.
I enjoyed sitting around sharing these quotes with my husband and talking about how they fit in relation to our life and those around us. So many of Billy Graham’s quotes are just good common sense advice for us to read, think about, and use in our lives. Each section is short and concise, easy to flip through and reference the topics you are interested in. This would make a great addition to any coffee table!
A note from Franklin Graham: “My father, Billy Graham, is known for speaking out about the one and only thing that matters in this world: the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. He remembers the call of God seven decades ago to preach the Word of God to all those who would listen about salvation that comes only through Christ. He took this high calling with seriousness and boldness in obedience to God and once said, ‘I will travel anywhere in the world to preach if there are no strings on what I am to say.’
“My father has always prayed that his words would reflect God’s standard of truth as the basis to claim, ‘I have given them Your word’ (John 17:14). In this book, I believe you will see that he has faithfully spoken God’s Word that quenches the thirst of those seeking to draw from the wellsprings of Life. It is highly meaningful to see these statements now collected in one volume.”
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