CHARLOTTE, N.C. – When Rev. Billy Graham is your father, there’s a lot to write about.
And that’s exactly what Rev. Franklin Graham set out to do over a decade ago when he began working on his new book. The book, titled “Through My Father’s Eyes,” was written over the last 12 years by Graham as he recalls a lifetime of memories and lessons learned from his famous father.
“My father lived by example. My father was just a country boy from Charlotte, North Carolina that wanted to play baseball,” Graham said during an interview with TODAY. “He wanted to play for the Yankees. That was his dream. But God took him from Charlotte to Yankee Stadium, not to play baseball, but to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
The famed evangelist died at his North Carolina home on February 21 at the age of 99. His funeral was attended by thousands of friends, family members and distinguished guests, including President Trump and Vice President Pence. The book was finished shortly before Graham's death and includes details about Franklin's final visit with his father and personal memories of the funeral service.
According to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, one of the book’s features will be never-before-seen photos from the Graham family’s private collection. The book will also be published in Spanish.
“This book, ‘Through My Father’s Eyes,’ is how God took and guided my father and the steps he took in life, I watched God guide and direct those steps. My father was a man of prayer, he prayed and he prayed and he prayed over every step he took and God led him,” Graham said.