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The Cross and the Switchblade
The Cross and the Switchblade
Author: David Wilkerson, Elizabeth Sherrill, John Sherrill
This is the true story of the beginning of David Wilkerson's ministry to the gangs of New York City and the conversion of Nicky Cruz, the notorious gang leader. The power of Christ to change the human heart is presented with unmistakable clarity and unforgettable impact. This film deals powerfully with the problems tearing at the fabric of our s...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780515090253
ISBN-10: 0515090255
Publication Date: 11/15/1986
Pages: 176
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 35 ratings
Publisher: Jove
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 1
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This book is a fascinating history of the ministry of David Wilkerson in the city of New York. In 1958, David Wilkerson read a story about seven young gang members on trial for murder in New York City. He was compelled to visit the city and found it full of gangs, drugs and violence, Wilkerson felt a call to preach the Gospel there. This book tells the story of his first visits to the city and his early ministry. Written in 1963, the book tells only the first part of the story. Times Square Church today has over 8,000 members and is located in a beautiful theater in Times Square. The book provides a very interesting look back on the history of New York and at the revival of Christianity in the city.
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Riveting story of Nicky Cruz and how David Wilkerson lead him to Christ.
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A mind blowing account of David Wilkerson's (founder of Teen Challenge) calling to minister to the youth on the streets in New York City. Thrilling book, a huge encouragement to those wondering if God can provide for their calling.
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skiro avatar reviewed The Cross and the Switchblade on + 3 more book reviews
Makes you think about the power of prayer. The book can be slow in some spots, but keep reading, you will think about how you pray to God- hopefully differently!
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Beware! each page of this book has been prayed over by the author! He has asked that the struggles of doubt shared here will help others in their doubts, that his heartbreak over refected teens will show how God can use heartbreak. And Wilerson's prayers, as this book dmonstrates, are often answered in remarkable ways.
Led by incredible faith, David Wilerson made a seemingly bizarre step from his country pulpit in 1958 to the streets of New York City, where a murder trail of seven teenage boys churned society's antipathy toward them. Even Wilerson was bewildered by his sense of compassion but, in spite of doubt, he followed the Spirit's prompting to help the boys. "The Cross and the Switchblade" is the amazing story of his journey and of the mighty power of God to accomplish the impossible.
Wilkerson's outreach to gangs in New York led to the development of Teen Challenge, a ministry that today has inner-city residential and crisis counseling centers in more than 70 countries. Its Christian discipleship program has restored hope to tens of thousands of men and women with drug or alcohol addiction.

This is a tremendous book and well worth reading!
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"One fateful night in 1958, a skinny country preacher named David Wilkerson opened a copy of LIFE Magazine to a picture of seven teenage boys on trial for murder.
As he looked at their desperate faces, a sudden conviction possessed him that he must go to New York City - where he had never set foot to help these youngsters.
The trip opened David's eyes to problems he hadn't known existed, problems that were defeating the best human wisdom, the most determined human efforts.
A quarter of a century later THE CROSS AND THE SWITCHBLADE continues to inspire as the story of the triumph of faith over the forces of evil.
There is nothing vague about the power of the Holy Spirit as it is experienced in this battle."
This book has been a text book to millions in the practiced application of Christian belief to problems of daily living that face us all."
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This book was amazing, i cried more than once. Its a amazing story about a small town preacher got a feeling that he should go into the crazy streets and minister to these kids who thought that they had no chance. he was put down y the press and by other people....but thay didnt realize that he was really making a difference.

its a great read.
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Great book.


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