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“Through My Father’s Eyes” is a memoir written by the eldest son of Billy Graham about the man who was known to most people as “America’s Preacher”. Although he was known for the many crusades he held throughout the cities and states in this country, Graham also traveled to several different countries to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Preaching is what Billy Graham was known for and he boldly preached to millions of people, knowing that the Message he carried was far more important than the messenger.
After Billy Graham passed away last February, his eldest son Franklin wrote this biography of his father’s life, focusing on who Billy Graham was as a husband, father, and friend. “Through My Father’s Eyes” includes stories of Billy’s childhood, his young adulthood, his coming to Christ, and his methods of parenting. Franklin provided fans of Billy Graham with a snapshot of what his life was like away from the pulpit.
Though Franklin Graham does a great job at providing people with a better understanding of who Billy Graham was outside of his ministerial duties, there were times where the book seemed to place unnecessary emphasis on the work that Billy Graham did as a preacher rather than the work that Jesus did THROUGH Billy Graham. It’s hard to determine if this was intended to come across that way but on many accounts, I had to mentally tell Franklin, “Yes, but Billy Graham is not Jesus”. (Disclaimer: I may have felt this way because I have gotten used to reading books written by theologians who discuss God’s character more than anything else, but I feel like Franklin had many opportunities to praise Jesus for what he has done in his father’s life and chose to glorify his father instead.)
If you read this in the same vein that you read Lewis or Tozer, you could get yourself and your theology into trouble. I know this is not the Bible and shouldn’t be read like gospel truth but as someone used by God to proclaim the name of Jesus to millions of people in many different places, I expected a greater spotlight to be placed on the Savior rather than the messenger. May “America’s Preacher” now rest in peace but may the message of the One who sent him never die.
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