Billy Graham said, “You have no idea how sick I get of the name Billy Graham, and how wonderful and thrilling the name Christ sounds to my ears.” So, then, why another book about him?  


An experienced teacher—with a gift for explaining how everyday people can connect personally with the God who loves them—Lonnie J. Allison came to Wheaton Bible Church in 2013 from his previous role as Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. Lon has taught master’s and doctoral evangelism courses at Gordon Conwell Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Northern Seminary, and is a visiting professor at Wheaton College Graduate School. He maintains an active speaking schedule at churches and conferences around the world, and is the author of Going Public with the Gospel, That the World May Believe, and Possible: Discover the Joy of a Prayer, Care, Share Life. He and his wife, Marie, have three grown children and live in West Chicago, Illinois.

Foreword by Dr. Leighton Ford and Jean Graham Ford

From the introduction: My prayer is that this book will be read by a generation that has never heard of Billy Graham.... I also write for those who are broadly attached to the Christian faith, and for those who have had only a small or short brush with faith in their lives. Billy impacted everyone from Catholics and Lutherans to Bible Church Evangelicals and Assembly of God Charismatics. As I hope you will hear clearly in what follows, he touched people like me with very little religious background. He was the ‘Pastor to Presidents’ and a spiritual guide to celebrities. But more than everything else, he was a friend of Jesus and passionately devoted to telling Jesus’s story to everyone he possibly could in all the world.”  

100 Huntley Street — Lorna Dueck Interview with Lon Allison  

Praise for Billy Graham: An Ordinary Man and His Extraordinary God

“I love this book! No matter how much you have read about Billy Graham you will discover this is a delightful page turner. Read it and pass it along.” —Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, Pastor Emeritus, The Moody Church, Author of Rescuing the Gospel  

“There are many exhaustive books on Dr. Billy Graham. What makes this one special is its unique accessibility. Lon covers the contours of Dr. Graham’s life, while finding the applicability for our own. Yes, you will learn the life story of Dr. Graham, but you will also learn his life motivation—giving himself unreservedly, so that people like us, from all walks of life, from all over the world, would know we are loved by God.” —Gary Walter, President, The Evangelical Covenant Church 

“Lon’s compelling reflections of Dr. Graham’s life, ministry, and character give us an up close and personal acquaintance with one of history’s most significant proclaimers of the Gospel. Lon artistically weaves stories of his friendship with Billy in the context of Dr. Graham’s relentless passion to bring people to Christ.—Joe Stowell, President, Cornerstone University  

“Read this book and be inspired to follow in the footsteps of one of the great ones.—Kevin Palau, President, Luis Palau Association  

“Lon Allison’s winsome biography about Billy Graham is much more than a biography.... In this book, you will see Jesus shine forth.” —Ed Stetzer, PhD, Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission & Evangelism, Wheaton College