‘Nearing Home’ Named Book of the Year

By   •   May 1, 2012

Billy Graham’s Nearing Home, published by Thomas Nelson, has been named the 2012 Christian Book of the Year by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).

The international non-profit trade organization honored the book for “its profound impact and high judging scores for excellence.”

“Growing old has been the greatest surprise of my life,” says Billy Graham, now in his 90s and known by many as God’s Ambassador. “I would have never guessed what God had in store for me, and I know that as I am nearing home, He will not forsake me the last mile of the way.”

In Nearing Home, Graham explores the challenges of aging while gleaning foundational truths from Scripture. “When granted many years of life, growing old in age is natural, but growing old with grace is a choice,” says Graham.

Nearing Home is Billy Graham’s first Christian Book of the Year, though two of his titles have received Gold Medallion Awards (Approaching Hoofbeats, 1984 and Just As I Am, 1998) along with 15 Gold / Platinum Sales Awards from ECPA over the years.

In addition, he also received the Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990.

“We are delighted to honor Billy Graham’s work and his continued impact on so many lives,” said ECPA President and CEO Mark Kuyper. “We are also pleased to honor new authors in this year’s award program, and congratulate each Christian Book Award winning author and publisher for their good work and continued impact.”

Presented annually to the finest in Christian publishing since 1978, the Christian Book Awards honor the highest quality titles in Bibles, Bible Reference, Non-Fiction, Fiction, Children, Inspiration, and New Author.

Learn More:

Nearing Home With Grace
Major Leaguer for God: An Excerpt from Nearing Home

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10 Comments

  1. Nzali says:

    Thank you Pastor Graham for your Services to God we watch you in Africa and av been watching your recorded sermons from the 70s and thats way before i was born,am blessed to have an opportunity to say Thank You for letting God use you and Thank you for living a geninue and inspiring lifestyle. farewell will definitly read your book.

  2. James says:

    I have been watching Dr. Graham every since I was a child I have always found him very uplifting

  3. Carol says:

    Billy Graham has always been inspiring to me and my family. Thank you for writing such inspiring books in your life time. They touch my heart and life. Thank you Billy Graham. What a honor.

  4. Betty says:

    Dear Billy Graham, Thank you so much for your book ,Nearing HOME! It has been such a comfort and encouragement to me as I SEE MY HUSBAND DETERIORATING and become weaker every day. HIS NEEDS ARE CHANGING DAILY AND i HAVE TO RELY ON THE LORD. He is 82

  5. Brenda says:

    Wonderful book Bro. and I know the Lord will use it mightily for many many years to come. Timeless!

  6. Paul says:

    I have the book and many others he has written.”Peace with God” is probably the best.

  7. Amanda says:

    You are so loved Pastor Graham..I'm truly sorry that i never got to meet you

  8. Cyndee says:

    The world will sorely miss you, including myself. You have been one of the few people who I always knew was trustworthy and genuine. Thank you for giving so much of yourself to win others to Christ. Rejoicing for you that you will soon meet Him!

  9. Diane says:

    What an honor to have known and continuing to know this wonderful person.

  10. michael says:

    Brother Billy has always been inspiring….ty and godspeed