Billy Graham Library’s New Exhibit Highlights the Grahams’ Use of the Written Word

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 31, 2011 – The Billy Graham Library is unveiling a new exhibit highlighting the illustrious writing careers of Billy and Ruth Graham.

Visitors will learn about their books, many of which have become bestsellers and have been translated into scores of other languages. The exhibit will include photos, original manuscripts, handwritten edits and more.

“God has used my father and mother in a remarkable and unique way to advance the Gospel,” said Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. “Through their books, many have come to know Christ or had their faith strengthened. I believe even more will be impacted in the years to come.”

“Billy and Ruth Graham always approached their writings as opportunities to present the Gospel,” added Debra Cordial, director of the Billy Graham Library. “This exhibit reflects that principle, and we have some really unique items on display that showcase the prayer and planning that went into each project.”

Items on display during the exhibit will include:

  • A copy of Calling Youth to Christ, the first collection of messages by Mr. Graham.
  • A small recording device circa 1949 belonging to Mr. Graham, which he used in preparation for his writing projects.
  • A 1963 carbon copy of the original “outline” of chapters for the future World Aflame book, along with a spiral notebook of Mr. Graham’s handwritten draft of the preface and dedication to his mother.
  • Original drawings by Ruth Graham for her book Legacy of a Pack Rat.

In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to write messages to Billy Graham about how his books have personally impacted their lives.

“A Legacy of Literature: The Writings of Billy & Ruth Graham” begins Sept. 1 and is open to the public through the end of October. This fall, Billy Graham will release his 29th book and his first in five years, Nearing Home: Life, Faith and Finishing Well.

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