Thursday, December 1, 2011

Book Review: For the Young Too

      BookSneeze recently provided me with a complimentary copy of Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well on behalf of Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for a review.  Billy Graham never disappoints. Building on his experience of growing older, Graham extends his gained wisdom to the reader to embrace life's journey. He encourages everyone to adapt to the challenges age brings with, while maintaining hope in Jesus Christ. Every person leaves a legacy, whether it is a lasting legacy is entirely up to how each individual lives their out for the world to see. As people near retirement they also need to decide to keep living a life pleasing to God, rather than slipping into the abyss of retirement from life.
     I have to say, Billy Graham has written another eye-opening, thought-provoking book for all to peruse. As he points out, the young often don't think to plan for the future. Some may plan financially, but even these days that it proving hard. But, Graham hits upon spiritual, emotional and physical preparation. What happens when we find ourselves alone later in life because we were too busy living the "good" life to bother with our soul's welfare? The consequences will be dire and bleak. Even as we grow older, we are still called to influence others and leave a legacy that will have eternal consequences for generations to come.
     I appreciate the ease of language he uses, particularly if the chapter doesn't suit your fancy. It makes some topics easier to ingest. As my body seems a bit frail now, it frightens me to think of what it will be like in 20 or 50 years. Using himself as an example, Graham placated my fears of decreased vitality, reminding me that this body is temporal and imperfect. Then he proceeds to bring hope to the reader allowing the content to all land upon the Gospel, as it well should. Sixty years of preaching the Good News has definitely come through in this volume, yet I didn't find it overwhelming at all.
     Mr. Graham's personality shines in Nearing Home as he allows you glimpses into his well-lived life. He is humble and still passionate for Christ. We should all take heed to his advice to run this race with perseverance and hope bringing glory to Him. Every day we are all one step closer to home. This book presents us with a realistic perspective from someone who acknowledges he is Nearing Home.

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