St. Peter's, Partick

America’s elder evangelist has penned a wonderful book on the hope of salvation.  In “The Reason For My Hope,” Billy Graham marvelously uses stories to communicate the gospel to anyone who picks up this book.  As would be expected of a longtime evangelist, Graham’s work is easily accessible, as he takes us from why we might need redemption to how we can embrace this free gift.  He masterfully confronts ideologies and philosophies that might stop people from embracing Christ in a direct yet winsome manner. Billy Graham

Reading this book, I was amazed at the communication skills of Graham.  He weaves story after story into his prose to help illustrate our need for Jesus.  You could tell that he has been an evangelist for quite some time, because this talent is quite effective!

However, one of the points that personally made me cautious about this book is his constant use of “soul.”  I found that it was not careful enough and that this repetition provides a dualistic view of our soul/body.  While I am certain Graham does not embrace the ancient belief of Gnosticism (or Platonism), I fear that readers could easily pick up the dualism that the body is bad and the spirit is good.

Overall, this is a wonderful, easy to digest book.  Graham’s storytelling narrative and his ability of capturing the story of redemption make this book well worth the read.  While I might have chosen different phrases or wording to describe certain thing, it is nonetheless a worthwhile book to consider.  With my caution against an indirect Platonism mentioned above, I would recommend you consider his piercing questions.

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