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Ruth, A Portrait: The Story of Ruth Bell Graham (1983)

by Patricia Cornwell

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Ruth Bell Graham is known as the wife of evangelist Billy Graham. It was Ruth who influenced Billy, as his most trusted life-partner. In Ruth, a Portrait, we meet this fascinating and remarkable woman. Brimming with anecdotes, this is a breathtaking journey, with stops at many of this century's epoch-making events. The childhood years of the future Mrs. Billy Graham were spent light-years away--in the China of the 1920s and 1930s. The daughter of medical missionaries, she and her family were caught in a crucible of unspeakable hardship; in addition to pestilence and plague, there was the unstable political and military turmoil surrounding the Nationalist government, the Communists, and the Japanese invaders. These hazardous realities shaped Ruth Bell and her family, a family inured to difficulties, but buoyed up by their deep belief in God's abiding will. Virtually raised by the Grahams, the author is a repository of Ruth Bell Graham's stories and has seen firsthand the spirit of this courageous woman. Patricia Cornwell not only gives readers a full, rounded, and intimate portrait of Ruth Bell Graham, but also insight into the life of the Graham family and particularly Billy Graham.… (more)
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I love the Graham family and was looking forward to this read. While I do think the author had integrity in admitting to their being major issues after she showed the Grahams this book and their deep displeasure with what she wrote, the fact that they were so unhappy with it and didn't speak to this woman for years after, makes me question the validity of her interpretation of their lives. If they had that much of a problem with it, then perhaps her perspective was deeply skewed. As this information of them not speaking to her for years was given at the beginning, it marred everything I read later on in the book. It seemed that she gave quite a bit of things a more negative spin. Can't say I enjoyed this read, and would prefer to read an authorized biography or an autobiography. ( )
  Nova23 | Sep 3, 2018 |
01-09-2005
This was "ok." Just ok.
I think the problem is that this is just too short. The brief chapters are only enough to whet the appetite for a lengthy account of this multi-faceted life.
We learn that Mrs. Graham has boxloads of papers - letters, poetry, meditations...these should have enabled a full and vigorous biography, and that's what I found myself wanting when I finished this book. ( )
  Kathleen828 | Oct 10, 2015 |
Wonderful book. Great biography, she captures all the humor and wit of the real person. A living story. Really recommend it. ( )
  RaskFamilyLibrary | Aug 7, 2013 |
Ruth Bell Graham's life story is told, drawing on letters, diary accounts, and personal interviews with family and friends.
  gnbclibrary | Oct 17, 2008 |
This the story of Ruth Bell Graham, Billy's wife. It was fantastic and interesting and inspiring and well written. Patricia Cornwell is an author of mystery novels for the most part but wrote this biography of Ruth as an exception.

The book follows Ruth's life from the time she was born as a missionary's child in China. She lived her first 17 years in China with her parents and siblings. I found that portion really interesting in light of the plans Mr. B. and I have for our future.

Ruth then went to Wheaton College in Chicago where she met Billy Graham and fell in love.

The dynamic between southern boy Billy and naive yet assertive Ruth is fascinating. Ruth is daring and thoughtful, loving and stern, outgoing and reclusive. She is an influential, respectable lady of ladies. ( )
  InsatiableB | Apr 1, 2008 |
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Ruth Bell Graham is known as the wife of evangelist Billy Graham. It was Ruth who influenced Billy, as his most trusted life-partner. In Ruth, a Portrait, we meet this fascinating and remarkable woman. Brimming with anecdotes, this is a breathtaking journey, with stops at many of this century's epoch-making events. The childhood years of the future Mrs. Billy Graham were spent light-years away--in the China of the 1920s and 1930s. The daughter of medical missionaries, she and her family were caught in a crucible of unspeakable hardship; in addition to pestilence and plague, there was the unstable political and military turmoil surrounding the Nationalist government, the Communists, and the Japanese invaders. These hazardous realities shaped Ruth Bell and her family, a family inured to difficulties, but buoyed up by their deep belief in God's abiding will. Virtually raised by the Grahams, the author is a repository of Ruth Bell Graham's stories and has seen firsthand the spirit of this courageous woman. Patricia Cornwell not only gives readers a full, rounded, and intimate portrait of Ruth Bell Graham, but also insight into the life of the Graham family and particularly Billy Graham.

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