A young preacher from the Pennsylvania hills comes to New York City and influences troubled teenagers with his inspirational message.
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I read this book because a homeless women whom I've grown to really like a great deal, has a real burning love for homeless teens. She made me promise I would read it. It is a very easy read and wonderful story of how the Lord steps in to help those who walk by faith in taking on what appears impossible to others. It is also a very strong testimonial to how one person can make a tremendous difference in the world.
My most important take away from this book isn't "to trust God", that is a given, but to not give up on teens. So many people have good intentions in working with teens, the homeless and other disadvantaged group. Like the seed thrown on poor soil they start with a flurry and wither in the competition from other things in their life. I have worked with many disadvantaged and the worst thing you can do is show your face and then pull back on your commitment.
The Cross and the Switchblade really brings to light the importance of not giving...
I read this a long time ago and decided to re-read it now. I'm 60 years old now and accepted Christ as a 7 or 8 year old at a David Wilkerson "rally" back in the 60's in Pittsburgh where Nicky Cruz gave his testimony. The Holy Spirit power moved through Wilkerson (and Cruz) like I've never seen before or since. There was no way I could leave that meeting without accepting Christ, despite my pride. I thank God for these two men. This book captures so much of that; you will feel the Holy Spirit speak through this account of the early days of his ministry. For those that do not know Christ as savior, or even Christians that are still unaware of the power of the Holy Spirit, some accounts in the book will seem ridiculous, impossible, made up. I assure you they are not. If you had sat through one of his meetings you would have felt a pull and power that, without it, these events could not have happened like they did. As you read, pray for that power to reveal the truth to...
The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson was a inspiring true story from the 60's that kept me engaged and wanting to read more. David Wilkerson, a Christian and small town preacher from Pennsylvania, felt a strong urge from God to go and help the boys and gangs in New York City. David Wilkerson started living out his faith boldly by traveling to New York City to walk around the streets and preach and evangelize to the gangs. After being in New York and making relationships, David Wilkerson sensed God telling him to move there full-time. Eventually, Wilkerson moved his whole family there and through a series of miracles ended up buying a huge house, later know as Teen Challenge, for the street teens to live in and go through drug rehab. Wilkerson helped a lot of people become Christians and get rid of drug and sex addictions.
I (and I am a teenager) would recommend this book to any Christian or person who is young in his/her faith and wondering how God works through...
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