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The Cross and the Switchblade Audiobook

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (14,625 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Wilkerson Narrator: Raymond Todd Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Gangfighters, drug addicts, teenage runaways, and prostitutes—the toughest and most hopeless kids that New York’s ghettos had to offer. That is, until a country preacher from the Pennsylvania hills arrived on their turf and began preaching a streetcorner message of renewal, miracles, and God’s love.

David Wilkerson, a man on a mission, stepped onto some of the world’s most dangerous streets armed only with the simple message of God’s love and the promise of the Holy Spirit’s power. And that’s when the miracles began to happen.

Led by incredible faith, Wilkerson left his country pulpit in 1958 for the streets of New York City, where a murder trial of seven teenaged boys churned society’s antipathy toward them. Even Wilkerson was bewildered by his sense of compassion, but in spite of doubt, he followed the Spirit’s prompting to help the boys. This is the amazing story of his journey, and the ability of God to accomplish the impossible. One of the most inspiring and challenging true stories of all time, it has sold millions of copies throughout the world and has been made into a feature film.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Sue | 2/9/2014

    " This was my first read of 2012, fantastic book about the street gangs of new york and one paricular gang leader who finds faith in God and changes his ways. Nicky Cruz ( is that leader) now know by many as a christian who has spent many years working with teenagers, helping them too to find a faith in God that can chenge there lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Dane Nelson | 2/3/2014

    " A story that changes lives. It touches the heart of any hardened criminal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Renea | 1/24/2014

    " i love this book !!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Grace Lacca | 1/22/2014

    " One of the first books I heard about when I became a Christian. Had a profound effect on me. I was deeply saddened by the recent passing of David Wilkerson. He was mightly used of God. May he rest in peace. "

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About the Author

David Wilkerson (1931–2011) was an Assembly of God pastor who established Teen Challenge, an organization centered around the needs of converts of his successful street evangelism ministry in New York City. As part of Teen Challenge, he also established the Bible Institute, which evolved into the international organization known as World Challenge. David also cofounded Times Square church in New York City. Of his many books, perhaps the most influential has been The Cross and the Switchblade, which sparked interest about baptism in the Holy Spirit from both Protestant and Catholic circles.

About the Narrator

Raymond Todd is an actor and director in the theater as well as a poet and documentary filmmaker. He plays jazz trombone for the Leatherstocking quartet, an ensemble that gets its name from one of his favorite Blackstone narrations, The Deerslayer. Todd lives in New York.