As a girl, I remember the day my mom and I sat across from my great-grandmother and “interviewed” her. It was more intense than a normal visit, although we visited often and walked in her gardens or explored her home. My mom said we needed to hear her story before she wasn’t there to tell it any more. So, we asked her what life was like before cars and computers and then we really listened to what she had to say. I still remember the stories she told us that day.
Reading Billy Graham’s book, Nearing Home: Life, Faith and Finishing Well, is a little like sitting across the table from your grandfather or great-grandfather and sipping your cup of tea while he tells you what he’s learned and experienced in his long life. It’s a precious conversation of valuable wisdom and insight from a trusted source.
The book is practical for those considering retirement or preparing estate plans or even grieving the loss of a spouse. But for me, a barely 30-year-old mom with young kids, the book taught me about leaving a legacy, making life count, living with wisdom, and obeying God in the here and now of life, as well as valuing the input of the elders in my own acquaintance.
Don’t pass up this book just because you think it’s for the seniors in your church congregation or it’s irrelevant to your fast-paced modern life. This may be your only opportunity to listen to Billy Graham reflect on life and no one should miss out on that.