Dear Friends of Billy Graham:

It’s hard to believe that Billy Graham is now pushing fifty. After twenty years of crusading as the world’s best-known evangelist, he still has the lean and handsome appearance and zestful spirit that mark him as a man of perpetual youth. His dedication to Christ, faithfulness in proclaiming the biblical Gospel, love for people, and effectiveness as a communicator have resulted in his preaching in person probably to more people than any other man in history. A sampler of his thought has been compiled by Bill Adler in The Wit and Wisdom of Billy Graham (Random House, $3.95). Along with many of Billy’s stimulating observations on God, man, the Church, and the world, Adler presents dozens of anecdotes that have enlivened Graham sermons. Here are condensations of a few.

♦ To stop rascals from raiding his watermelon patch, a man put up a sign: “One of these melons is poison.” He got up the next morning and sure enough, no melons were missing. Everything was the same—except the sign. It now read, “Two of these melons is poison.”

♦ A woman said to her minister, “This morning I stood in front of the mirror for half an hour admiring my beauty. Do you think I committed the sin of pride?” The minister replied, “No, I don’t think you committed the sin of pride. It was more the sin of a faulty imagination.”

♦ After reading about transmigration of souls, a man asked his wife, “Does that mean if I die I will come back to this world in a different form?” “Yes, that’s what it means,” she replied. Said he, “Do you believe, for example, I would come back as a worm?” She answered, “Sweetheart, you are never the same twice.”

♦ A fellow told his friend, “Boy, my wife is an angel.” He replied, “You’re lucky; my wife is ...

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