That’s what Will Graham calls the anecdotes in his first book, Redeemed: Devotions for the Longing Soul.
“I’m excited about it because I get to share some personal stories,” Will said. There are stories of his grandfather, “Daddy Bill”—known to the world as Billy Graham—his grandmother, Ruth Graham, and his own experiences. Redeemed officially released Oct. 23.
“Every morning you’ll read the Word of God because that’s the most important thing,” Will said. “It really doesn’t matter what I say or what my granddad says. It’s really what God says.”
The book also includes quotes from Billy Graham, family and ministry photos, Will’s teaching, a prayer and a question to challenge readers.
All 50 entries are centered on the life-changing power of a relationship with God. Will earnestly wants people to hear God’s message of love and redemption.
In traveling to six continents to hold evangelistic outreaches, he’s seen broken people turn their lives around by pursuing a personal relationship with Christ.
“I’ve seen ‘longing souls’ from every walk of life. In the most affluent cities where they truly believe they have it all, to the back alleys of third-world nations, people are desperate for hope and goodness.”
Will points to Psalm 107:9 for the answer: “For [God] satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.”
In Redeemed, Will writes:
“The Bible tells us that God—only God—can fill the void inside of us. Not only that, He satisfies that longing with goodness—not more pain or hopelessness and not more chores, requirements, or broken promises; no, He satisfies us with His goodness!”
The evangelist is excited for new opportunities to share the Gospel in 2018. Besides writing a book, he also portrayed his grandfather in the movie Unbroken: Path to Redemption, a sequel to the 2014 Unbroken film. In theaters now, the film shows how God transformed the life of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini at a Billy Graham Crusade.
“I’m trying to use, just like my granddaddy used, all these different communication means to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ,” Will said.
Not only that, he added.
“I want [people] to have a burden to reach other people with the Good News. … It’s just not up to Will Grahams or Billy Grahams or Franklin Grahams or their pastor; it’s up to them. They can have a huge, huge impact for Jesus Christ.”
In addition to his evangelistic outreaches, Will also serves as vice president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and as executive director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina.