Ruth Bell Graham is known as the wife of evangelist Billy Graham It was Ruth who influenced Billy, as his most trusted life partner In Ruth, a Portrait, we meet this fascinating and remarkable woman Brimming with anecdotes, this is a breathtaking journey, with stops at many of this century s epoch making events.The childhood years of the future Mrs Billy Graham were spent light years away in the China of the 1920s and 1930s The daughter of medical missionaries, she and her family were caught in a crucible of unspeakable hardship in addition to pestilence and plague, there was the unstable political and military turmoil surrounding the Nationalist government, the Communists, and the Japanese invaders These hazardous realities shaped Ruth Bell and her family, a family inured to difficulties, but buoyed up by their deep belief in God s abiding will.Virtually raised by the Grahams, the author is a repository of Ruth Bell Graham s stories and has seen firsthand the spirit of this courageous woman Patricia Cornwell not only gives readers a full, rounded, and intimate portrait of Ruth Bell Graham, but also insight into the life of the Graham family and particularly Billy Graham....
|Title||:||Ruth, A Portrait: The story of Ruth Bell Graham|
|Publisher||:||WaterBrook October 20, 1998|
|Number of Pages||:||294 pages|
|File Size||:||575 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Ruth, A Portrait: The story of Ruth Bell Graham Reviews
What an insiders glimpse of Ruth Bell Graham! Patricia Cornwell was a young neighbor that frequented the Graham mountain home. Ruth is funny and playful and a wonderful mother of five and faithful wife and helpmate of Billy Graham. The more I read about her the more I want to know more about her. As a volunteer at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, I can truly say that her room of "The Journey" tour is one of the favorites of visitors. The room with a large red China Gate and her handfashioned wedding dress is called "Footsteps of a Pilgrim" and chronicles her life as the child of a missionary doctor and life with Billy Graham
I bought this because I'm a fan of Cornwell's other work, especially the earlier stuff. My expectations weren't very high, since most books about religious "greats" tend to be syrupy or on a witch-hunt.
This is a great book if you want to learn about Ruth's life from the perspect of a close family friend, someone who knew her well. It's easy to read and very interesting. However, as I read the book, it felt like there was an important aspect missing: the faith of Ruth Graham. The author, who I don't believe is a Christian hereself, does an excellent job describing Ruth as an incredible person, wife, mother, and friend; but I perceive from her writing that the author never realized the value or importance of Ruth's relationship with God. I read this book hoping to find encouragement and insight from Ruth's walk with God. However, I was disappointed in that area. Although very accurate and full of wonderful details about the life of this great woman, the author thoroughly glorifies Ruth as a person (with no real credit to her faith) so much so that by the end of the book I felt that Ruth was described as almost superhuman, someone to look at on a pedestal rather than try to relate to and learn from.
This book is great. It gives so much insight into Ruth Graham's life - both before and after Billy. Beginning with her early life in China, her tranision to life in the States, her meeting/dating/marrying Billy Graham and the effects of his journey with God on her and their family. I think it interesting that we see the demands that Billy made on this brave woman, as his spiritual journey of preaching took him all over the world. In some instances, I felt sorry for her because she wanted to be home with her children, and he refused to allow her to go- even canceling her traveling arrangements and ordering other staff members not to allow her to leave. Ruth hated the "media focus" on herself. A true behind the scenes kind of woman. Supporting her husband and trying to do her part with those who came forward to receive Christ. A wonderful book. I feel it is well written and gives the reader a rare glimpse of just what a special woman this lady was. She will be sorely missed.
One interesting note about the author of this book is that The Grahams' apparently raised one of my favorite authors (just in case other readers are not aware of the relationship between the Graham family and Patricia Cornwell. To the best of my understanding
I read this wonderful book many years ago. After reading I tend to lend my books out - never to be seen again. This one copy - is for keeps. Ruth Bell Graham is my ultimate, female, role-model. I have learned so much from getting-to-know her through books and her own writings.
I was glad to read about Ruth Bell Graham. I always thought she was the power behind the man - and she most likely was. This is a very inspiring book. I am glad that it has been written. I highly recommend it.