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Forgiving My Father, Forgiving Myself: A Review

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At first glance this memoir of sorts by the daughter of well-known evangelist Billy Graham is provocative. Inside the book is a boat-load of honesty that any staid evangelical may well shrink from reading. However the focus of the book’s personal expose centers primarily on the writer, not her famous father.

The book opens with a startling account of Graham’s meeting with Michael, a man in prison on death row. He had killed a young boy, and the victim’s grandfather, a missionary in Nepal, had been praying for the murderer for some time. By the time of Ruth’s visit, Michael had come to know Christ and exhibited an unusual peace and sense of forgiveness.

Graham explains her own story, and why this encounter so profoundly impacted her. She details a series of failed relationships, battles with depression and more, caused in part by a less-than-ideal family dynamic. Graham owns her failure admirably, her vulnerability unmistakable.

Filled with the truth of scripture about the source of all forgiveness, Graham’s message is that through an honest interaction with the One who sacrificed Himself for our redemption, we can render even our deepest wounds sacred. It is a remarkable and profoundly moving book.

I was given a copy of this book from Baker Books in return for my honest opinion.


Artistic specialist, wonderer, idea maven, mom of four, and two more. Words and notes are my media of choice.

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