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The lively story of one of the most influential evangelists of all time.

For more than five decades Billy Graham (1918-2018) ranked as one of the most influential voices in the Christian world. Nearly 215 million people around the world heard him preach in person or through live electronic media, almost certainly more than any other person. For millions, Graham was less a preacher than a Protestant saint.

Graham preached his gospel message to every corner of the world, but he made his mark in other ways, too. He led evangelicals out of the cultural closet and taught them how to function in the public square. His approach changed over time, from militant anti-communism to a more irenic, progressive posture. And throughout his career his preaching continued to resonate, propelled by his powerful promise of a second chance.

This narrative biography of Billy Graham shows how he, more than any other individual, helped create and shape the powerful post-World War II evangelical movement in the United States and around the world.


Grant Wacker is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Christian History at Duke Divinity School. A past president of the American Society of Church History, he is the author of Heaven Below and America's Pastor. A member of Orange United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, he lives with his wife, Katherine Wacker, and bulldog, Jedd Wacker, in Cary, North Carolina.