Life, Faith, and Finishing Well
Franklin Graham on his father's new book
- Duration 6:16
- Date Oct 21, 2011
Franklin Graham on his father's new book
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Billy Graham is now 92 -- He writes in the opening line of his new book that.
I never thought I would live to be this old in the new book the man who preach to millions worldwide.
Reflects on God's purpose for us in the latest stages of life the book is called -- home.
Life faith and finishing well.
And grim -- and head of the Billy Graham evangelistic association Franklin Graham.
Joins me now from his home in the North Carolina talk about his father's book high Franklin.
How are you Lauren great to be with you.
I thank you very much first of all -- -- how your -- is doing.
Do Lauren thank you for asking he's doing quite well.
You you'll be in 93 next month.
So he's he's kind of -- lay low just to conserve his energy Forsberg.
-- -- What are are are we all invited a number of departed is I certainly like a trip down due course Asheville, North Carolina.
It's great to have it.
-- delivered just gonna have a family just come up our product family get together.
But no he's doing quite well in these -- really excited about this book.
There's something that you know he's just glad have behind him something been working on now for several years.
And it's a great book -- it's got a lot of great advice senate.
And the you know his his.
His hope is in the lord Jesus Christ and -- would He gave this heart to Christ when He was a young man -- young teenager Charlotte, North Carolina.
His his vision has not changed one bit that He knows that Jesus Christ -- the way the truth and the life.
And He lost He wants people.
Everywhere even in 93 to come to know Jesus prices are savior.
You know that He said in the book that old age is not -- -- Funny line I obviously -- but -- why did you say that.
Well you this that He has so many surprises.
He said in the book He talks about -- He was taught how to dive that taught how to live but no one prepared and how to have to be old.
And then how to face old age and there's been a lot of surprises the loss of strength of the loss of my mother.
He never dreamed that He would outlives her He always thought He would go -- long before her cause she was always so healthy and he's always had.
Medical issues over the years so -- 93 years of age.
-- had a lot of surprises and He just wants the reader to understand.
Well what -- what they can look forward to.
And how to use old age is an advantage jaded business isn't something we should be afraid about.
But how to use -- two to one's advantage and how to use it so you can still be productive and in your latter years of life.
-- -- -- world is really geared towards a younger culture and we always have this idea that as you get older you have nothing more major to contribute to society.
-- what would your father say to.
All mother there's so much to contribute and 93 his mind is as sharp as it's ever been.
And -- President Obama came last year to visit with him -- people like Glenn Beck could come down to talk to him.
And a host of others.
Andy -- his mind as -- people still seek his advice and won his counsel.
And there's a lot that older people to share and that's world experienced life's experiences with the younger generation.
-- the heart of the human heart is the same.
-- the world are still turns on its axis every day and why not talk to people and learn from people that have been here.
Prior -- many years of experience more spears and we do.
And my father just take a -- life experiences and he's written them down and -- it's a great read and I think for those that that are approaching retirement.
This would be a good book to have in your library.
-- people are approaching retirement and look at young people gain from reading a book -- Well I think it's it's -- first of all is -- the insides of how to be prepared in life.
That blue values in life that that are in the anchors that we need to hold -- Lauren.
We live in a world where everything is constantly changing.
And we we throw out the -- and we take in the knew him and my father has some great wisdom for a young person.
How to help to live their life how to turn -- to spend their time and then spend their time is situated that -- -- You know you're talking about how.
You know everybody wants to come to your father for advice and everybody loves the company your -- -- because he's Billy Graham and people wouldn't wanna be.
If blessed by -- you know the one and only Billy Graham America's preacher.
-- and generally speaking you know we kind of cast -- old people really put him in homes or.
You know we decide you know what kind of medical treatment they should be allowed because you know they are they just sort of a drain on the system so.
In that way I mean how -- -- we gain from from.
-- reading his book and understanding about what the value of of are older generation would be.
Well older people have so much -- -- especially for family and I think this is something to -- that my father.
Is that -- wanted to do the last two years of his life invest in his grandchildren is great grandchildren even his children.
And there's -- -- as the head of the family.
The family from time -- time has a crisis from time to time the family.
Needs attention and my father has just -- in these last few years.
To focus on the family and I'm so grateful that He has because his mind is a sharp today as it's ever been and yes out that other people come to visit him and seek his advice.
But he's had more time for family.
And I think for their grandchildren and even great grandchildren.
The importance of hearing from my father.
And letting him instruct them older people have the advantage of being able destruct instruct younger people and -- group -- generation.
Need to listen to the older generation we have a lot to learn -- we'll just listen -- one of the things I appreciate about my father Lawrence.
When I was a young man just beginning in my ministry He asked -- just come sit on his board of directors have been a member of the board.
But He says Bryant and for the first five years I don't want you to say a word.
I want -- just to keep your mouth shut and I want to sit there and I want you to listen and learn from these older men.
That have gone in front of you and you if you'll do that you'll learn.
But you just sit there and listen and I did that SO wouldn't my sons came along and I put them on the on the board of directors.
I increase the the -- a little -- -- -- you have to sit there for ten years before you say anything.