New book highlights the life and times of Billy Graham
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - He just turned 95, and one of Charlotte's best known natives still makes for copy that sells.
Dozens of images detailing the life of Reverend Billy Graham at home and on the road has been transformed into this new book that spells out his life and times.
Chronicling the well documented experiences of America's best known preacher is an exercise that took Ken Garfield eight years to complete.
"On one hand it's a celebration for people that know the story," Garfield said." On the other hand it's educating people who don't know the story."
Reverend Billy Graham's home town provided a personal backdrop whenever or wherever he took the gospel.
The story Garfield tells in this 138 page book comes complete with a Charlotte dateline and North Carolina narrative.
It is called Billy Graham A Life In Pictures, which features scores of photographs from the Charlotte Observer.
"No matter how big he got and how many presidents or celebrities he worked with. He was still a kid from the South Charlotte dairy farm," Garfield said.
Cheryl Carpenter is the Observer's Managing Editor
"Watching him grow older is sort of a gift the Charlotte Observer has been able to chronicle," she said." I think that you see we have paid attention to Billy throughout his career and life."
From the files are the images of the ministers 40th birthday party with his late wife Ruth to the dedication of the Graham Library that brought three former presidents to town during 2007
"He's 95 and this just seems like a wonderful time to celebrate his ministry, while he's still here."
The writer who covered him for decades says beyond his spiritual side, Reverend Graham remains one of us.
Garfield said, "He was always of North Carolina."
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