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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson ,. John Sherrill. Elizabeth Sherrill Goodreads Author. A young preacher from the Pennsylvania hills comes to New York City and influences troubled teenagers with his inspirational message.
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From what age would you recommend this book? Edward L I would recommend this book for readers of all ages starting at 11 to any age. I am 76 years old and I found it hard to put down. Do you recommend this book for a 10 year old Christian boy? Lara I would recommend this for all children who can read the title; I would also read it to all children and adults of inquisition.
See all 4 questions about The Cross and the Switchblade…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Cross and the Switchblade. Another book I read many, many years ago, and like many people I picked it up at a time of crisis in my own life.
After reading this book I went so far as to contact Nicky Cruz who was starting his own ministry. As to the rating, the book isn't what might be called "great writing" but it is intense and in most places compelling. Told from a first person point of view Mr. Wilkerson relates the story and opens many of it's implications and inspirations to us. That being said, and in the spirit of f Another book I read many, many years ago, and like many people I picked it up at a time of crisis in my own life.
That being said, and in the spirit of full disclosure I'm a Christian. So, let me go to the other end of the spectrum. If you're "anti-Christian" you more than likely won't like this book. It's frankly Christian and views that way of life as positive and looks at some of the best parts of Christianity. It's true that many Christians have done terrible things, some they have actually claimed they did in Christ's name. If that's the part of Christianity you want to look at, while it exists that's not what this book is about.
If you are honestly agnostic you might find this book interesting. I can't say for sure of course how it will hit you, but as I said, "might". If you are on the fence, take a look and consider. If you are a Christian, you may like this book. Let me suggest you look at it for what it is and not get too caught up in theological debate.
Wilkerson is, I believe, a Baptist. Some will of course then disagree with theological details but that's not the point here. The story is inspirational and full of hope. I like it. He emphasized that Christians should NOT divide themselves up and split away from each other. So my statement above about his denomination may be off or outdated. He was with Assembly of God, I'm not sure who ordained him and his Texas organization was under an interdenominational group so Wilkerson deemphasized denominations and emphasized oneness concentrating on God's holiness and love for humanity.
He was killed in a traffic accident April 24, , he will be missed. View all 11 comments. Feb 10, Olivia Humphrey rated it liked it. I decided to read this book, because of the controversial religion in this book. Previously going to a religious school, i found this book would be a good read to experience a main male character, going through adventures other men i have read about have not. As i have not read a lot of this genre, i felt it would be good to expand my knowledge.
Learning about other problems in this world, beside the ones occurring in my part of the world is important in exploring what the world has to offer. On I decided to read this book, because of the controversial religion in this book. On the bingo board, this book fits into the category of a main male character.
David Wilkerson, a pastor for his small town's church, embarks on a wild chase into New York to spread the word of his religion to the less fortunate. The situations, many life and death, leave him battered and bruised, and we watch as he fights to bring justice and faith into a community in ruins. This makes him a strong male character, as many wish to have the will power to not give up.
My favorite quote from this book is 'Yeah, you could do that. You could cut me up into a thousand pieces and lay them in the street, and every piece will still love you. He has no hatred or energy to be horrid. Even though Nikki, the boy David is speaking to in the book, has done things David's religion despises, this quote brings us back to the reality of how much David cares.
All he wants is to prove to Nikki that someone is willing to die for him, and still love him unconditionally. I think this is something that all humans in this world yearn for. The sense of belonging to someone, and having them utterly love them. To understand what David is trying to say, we must read between the lines and understand the deeper meaning behind it.
This is why it is my favourite quote from this book. I learnt from this book, that no matter where you live, or what you do, someone will always love you. You might not even realize it when you should, but in this world, the most unexpected people can be the ones you rely on the most.
This made me open my eyes in my life, and look at my relationships from another perspective. When girl you walk past everyday silently smiles has effects your day, by making me smile back.
She does't know you, but she is sharing something that people lack, but is what they need most. Love and happiness, even through a smile this can be seen. I learnt from this book, that love comes in different forms, and even when you think you are alone, there is always that one person willing to go the extra mile for you.
A setting that i found interesting was the city of New York. When we see it presented, it looks bright and exhilarating, a big, extravagant, perfect city. All my life, reading books and watching movies it has been a place i desperately wanted to visit because i thought of it as an utterly clean, healthy city. But reading this book, shattered my dreams of this pumping city. The prostitutes, gang streets, murders and the types of societies that cover the basis of most of the city shocked me.
As much as i did not enjoy finding this out, it was fascinating to see how much of this cities flaws had been hidden from tourists. I learnt that nothing is quite what it seems, especially to a inexperienced child. That is why i found the city of New York an interesting setting.
The Cross and the Switchblade: The True Story of One Man's Fearless Faith
The dramatic and inspiring true story of a small town minister called to help inner city kids everyone else believed were beyond hope… David Wilkerson was just a young preacher in the Pennsylvania hills when he was stunned by a new calling from God: go to New York City to speak to seven young gang members on trial for murder. But something much greater was to come. Once in New York, David was inspired to stay for a lifetime of helping troubled teenagers get free of drugs and crime. With the word of God in his ears, he founded an inner-city ministry still known as the Teen Challenge to change their paths and alter thousands of lives forever.
The Cross and the Switchblade
Jump to navigation. The Reverend David Wilkerson, an evangelist and the founder and pastor of the non-denominational Times Square Church, died suddenly on April 27, as the result of a car accident in Texas. Wilkerson became famous for his best-selling book "The Cross and the Switchblade" that tells about his first five years in New York City working with gangs amidst drugs and violence. It was made into a film in starring Pat Boone and Erik Estrada. Though panned by critics, it continues to have success throughout the world.
David Wilkerson of \"The Cross and the Switchblade\" dies at 79
Subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Spotify , and wherever you get your podcasts! Title: The Cross and the Switchblade The young Jeremiah grows up in a priest's family in the village of Anathoth, near Jerusalem. God appears to Jeremiah in different human guises on several occasions, and makes it clear to When a high school teacher is asked a question in class about Jesus, her response lands her in deep trouble. The explosive, inspiring and true story of a savage street fighter who turned his life around fallowing a conversion to Christianity.
In , Pentecostal pastor David Wilkerson of Assemblies of God is touched by an article in Life Magazine about seven teenagers who are members of a criminal gang. The book became a bestseller , with more than 15 million copies distributed in over 30 languages. In , a film adaptation was released, starring Pat Boone as David Wilkerson and Erik Estrada in his screen debut as Nicky Cruz , the teen gang member whose life was transformed by Wilkerson's ministry. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.