October 8, 2014
The Cross, The Switchblade, and the Man Who Believed
by Gary Wilkerson, with R.S.B. Sawyer
This book will be of interest for anyone that has ever heard of the best selling book, “The Cross and the Switchblade,” Teen Challenge, World Challenge, The Springs Church, or Times Square Church. It’s profile of mission work in U.S. cities provides details about an ordinary man doing extraordinary things among the poor and unreached people among us. It is written by his son, Gary Wilkerson. The author is now the pastor of a church himself.
David Wilkerson’s work is widely recognized in the Christian community for its impact in making lives better for countless individuals and family members. Many folks have heard of Teen Challenge, and its high success rate in getting drug and/or alcohol addicted people to reach recovery successfully. Despite this, few know the story of David Wilkerson as a man.
The author, who is ideally placed to describe decades of events through first hand knowledge, traces the life of his father from beginning to glory. Gary Wilkerson chronicles the home life of his father as a child, college student, evangelist, and pastor. He sticks with the story all the way through its conclusion, and discusses how his life continues to make an impact even now.
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