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"I never thought I would live to be this old."
In this moving narrative, Billy Graham once again takes up the pen not only to share his personal experience of growing older but also teach us some important lessons on how to view our time here on Earth. He says that the Bible makes it clear that God has a specific reason for keeping us here. So what is His purpose for these years, and how can we align our lives with it? How can we not only learn to cope with the fears and struggles and growing limitations we face but actually grow stronger inwardly in the midst of these difficulties?
In what may be his most powerful message of the last decade, Billy Graham speaks to all on this side of Heaven as he covers the importance of four key areas:
"In this book I invite you to explore with me not only the realities of life as we grow older but the hope and fulfillment and even joy that can be ours once we learn to look at these years from God’s point of view and discover His strength to sustain us every day. I pray that you and I may learn what it means not only to grow older, but, with God’s help, to grow older with grace."
"Old age is not for sissies", claims Billy Graham in the introduction to Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well. Growing older brings its share of challenging questions: What is God’s purpose for this time in my life? How do I serve God well when I’m growing physically weaker? How do I face the future with hope?
Graham approaches these questions honestly and answers them simply. Jesus Christ is the answer. Jesus gives the hope of heaven. Jesus gives purpose beyond frailty. Jesus continues to be faithful and to care for the aging.
But Graham doesn’t let the aged off the hook. Numerous individuals from Scripture give testimony to God’s work through the elderly: Abraham and Sarah, Moses, Simeon, Anna, Zechariah and Elizabeth. Advanced age does not cause God to cross the elderly off his list of active disciples. Rather, Graham encourages his elderly followers to be active in prayer, fellowship, and service, and to enjoy the maturing and deepening of faith as they near home.
Christians of all ages will be encouraged to live faithfully for Christ by reading Nearing Home.
Billy Graham is one of the most famous evangelists of the last century, having preached to nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories. Likewise, Graham’s 30 books have impacted millions of Christians in the years since Graham first gained international prominence. After more than sixty years of active ministry, Graham remains firm on his call to be an evangelist for Jesus Christ: “My one purpose in life is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ." Graham is ninety-three years old. Nearing Home is his most recent book.