The Cross and the Switchblade: by David Wilkerson
Author: David Wilkerson
|"Go to New York City and help those boys."|
When David Wilkerson heard those words in his heart late one night as he glanced at a picture in Life magazine, he was dumbfounded. The boys in question were members of a violent gang and on trial for murder. He, on the other hand, was a country preacher settled comfortably in a little mountain church in Pennsylvania. What could God possibly expect him to accomplish--in New York City, of all places?
But the thought would not let him go--and his life and the lives of countless despairing teens were changed forever on account of it.
This is the riveting story of the founding of Teen Challenge, an inner-city ministry that today maintains residential and crisis counseling centers around the globe. But even more, it is a story of how the most unlikely people can hear--and follow--God's call to do the impossible.
This 45th anniversary edition includes a brand-new foreword by Charles Colson and two new epilogues celebrating Teen Challenge and reflecting on fifty years of following God's lead.
Gangfighters. Drug addicts. Teenage runaways and prostitutes. The toughest and most hopeless kids that New York's ghettos had to offer. Then a young preacher from the Pennsylvania hills arrived on their turf and began preaching a message of renewal, miracles, and God's love. This is one of the century's great true stories.
One fateful night in 1958, a skinny country preacher named David Wilkerson opened a copy of Life Magazine to a picture of seven teenage boys on trial for murder. As he looked at their desperate faces, a sudden conviction possessed him that he must go to New York City--where he had never set foot to help these youngsters. The trip opened David's eyes to problems he hadn't known existed, problems that were defeating the best human wisdom, the most determined human efforts.
A quarter of a century later The Cross and the Switchblade continues to inspire as the story of the triumph of faith over the forces of evil. There is nothing vague about the power of the Holy Spirit as it is experienced in this battle. The Cross and the Switchblade has been a text book to millions in the practical application of Christian belief to problems of daily living that face us all.
Elizabeth Sherrill and John L. Sherrill and David Wilkerson
Features: Price on Product, Recycled Paper
Physical Info: 0.61" H x 8.56" L x 6.38" W (0.64 lbs) 240 pages
Carton Quantity: 60
Publisher: Chosen Books
US SRP: 14.99 US
Pub Date: April 01, 2008
- Biography & Autobiography | Religious
- Biography & Autobiography | Personal Memoirs
-Church work with juvenile delinquents -United States
-Wilkerson, David R
- Religious Orientation | Christian
- Theometrics | Evangelical
- Locality | New York, N.Y.
- Geographic Orientation | New York
- Cultural Region | Mid-Atlantic
- Cultural Region | Northeast U.S.
OCLC Number: OCLC#184982434
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