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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (493 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ravi Zacharias Narrator: Simon Vance, Ravi Zacharias Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2006 ISBN: 9780310267584
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Outside were stray animals and people, each about some pursuit. Sometimes it was a beggar at the door, sometimes a leprous hand reaching for a handout with a plea for compassion. Life with all its hurts and pains squinted at you, squatted before you, and stared you down daily. This was the street where I grew up.

Ravi Zacharias has lived an extraordinary life. He has walked with great leaders, slept in the villages and homes of the poor, and crossed continents to bring the good news of the gospel to the world. Already a man of two worlds by the time he was 20, Ravi never dreamed that God would lead him from his birth home in India to Canada and the United States, and eventually to a platform on the world stage.

For 33 years he has spoken all over the world. He has addressed writers of the peace accord in South Africa, the president's cabinet and parliament in Peru, and military officers at the Lenin Military Academy and the Center for Geopolitical Strategy in Moscow. He has given the keynote address at the National Day of Prayer in Washington, D.C., and has spoken twice at the Annual Prayer Breakfast at the United Nations in New York.

Walking from East to West is Ravi's life story, a deeply personal journey into his past. Dr. Zacharias invites you back to the southern India of his early childhood, and into his troubled youth in the sophisticated capital city of Delhi. He recalls the importance of a mother's love and his difficult relationship with his father. He tells about his long search for truth in wrestling with Eastern thought and the newer ideas of Christianity, the cry for help in a dark moment when he tried to take his own life—and the dramatic turning point that led to a life lived for Christ. Zacharias recalls his early days as a new convert, what it was like to find a new life in the Western world, and the eventual birth and growth of a worldwide ministry.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Berkman | 2/13/2014

    " A really interesting story of the author's physical journey from India to the US and spiritually to coming to know Jesus as his Lord. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 2/8/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ravi's autobiography. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elimoore | 2/5/2014

    " Blown away by Ravi's roots and what the Lord has done thru him. God has amazing purpose for His own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Reddy | 2/3/2014

    " I am a sucker for biographies anyway, but this one is fantastic. The impact that one man has had on so many lives is humbling and so exciting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 1/26/2014

    " so well written.surprising story of ravi's life journey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 1/20/2014

    " A very educational and inspiring book about this man's remarkable journey with God. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 1/20/2014

    " An interesting insight into Eastern culture meeting Western culture within the context of the Christian faith. Very Genuine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Hepner | 12/25/2013

    " Add this to my list of autobiographies of authors I love. Not only is it an interesting book as a biography, it is such an extraordinary story in and of itself, those who are not familiar with Ravi can appriciate it almost as prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Curly | 12/24/2013

    " It gives you a great perspective on other religious worldviews. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 12/19/2013

    " This is one of my favorite books. It is a great autobiography of Ravi's life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlene Havel | 12/14/2013

    " Fascinating biography by one of the most intellectually stimulating writers on the scene today. I couldn't put the book down, maybe because I admire Ravi so much and love listening to his lectures and debates. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Gibson | 11/11/2013

    " Fantastic account of Ravi's life. Must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/7/2013

    " Ravi's testimony - what an amazing journey "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 10/10/2013

    " This book now makes me want to read more biographies! Such an amazing life! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 6/21/2013

    " Thanks to my friend Lila for recommending this book. It was an amazing testimony to God's sovereignty. What a wonderful story of this man's life! I was challenged by his example of submission to God and his zeal for proclaiming the Gospel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marja Meijers | 1/5/2013

    " Oouch... cultures clashing! India and the USA, I have spent a long time in both countries, so I love Ravi's story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 11/4/2012

    " Quick read, facinating autobiography. I particulary enjoyed the stories of the beginning of RZIM ministries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nestor Soriano | 10/1/2012

    " Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. I was amazed to see how God orchestrated events in his life to bring him where he is today. This is a must read for Christian apologists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Cline | 9/16/2012

    " Love this book!!!! It was Ravie's testimony of his coming to faith. This is one of my favorite books. So interesting and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 8/3/2012

    " Enjoyable read. An amazing life he has had. Shares many memories from his childhood that were critical to his life devoted to Christ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luke | 3/3/2012

    " Another inspirational and encouraging account of how the Lord desires to reach deep into the lives of His children and bring them into a love relationship with Him...and then open their eyes to the many works that He is carrying out with and through them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raffi | 2/12/2012

    " Amazing journey of life! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 11/3/2011

    " Love Ravi. Love his story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Perry | 5/29/2011

    " Ravi Zacharias' story is MIRACULOUS! He is one of my very favourite speakers, apologist, and authors. He relates that his story is difficult for him to present (he actually relates it to someone to write)....but I really enjoyed the way it is written and all that I learned about his walk with God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 4/28/2011

    " Fascinating biography of the articulate Christian apologist Ravi Zachariah. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suz | 4/2/2011

    " This is Ravi Zacharias' autobiography. It was very well written (he writes the way he talks) and very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod | 3/22/2011

    "
    An awesome biography. What an incredible Christian (flaws and all). Keep those apologetics books coming Ravi - the Church needs them.

    Ravi is in my top 5 people I would most like to have an evening with. We'd never run out of things to talk about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/21/2011

    " Love this book!!!! It was Ravie's testimony of his coming to faith. This is one of my favorite books. So interesting and well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Giju Mathew | 1/22/2011

    " What a story! One of the best books I read in 2010. Ravi's story shows how his life changed when he became a disciple of Jesus. From near death on a hospital bed after an attempt to commit suicide he has gone on to become one the greatest apologists of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marja | 1/7/2011

    " Oouch... cultures clashing! India and the USA, I have spent a long time in both countries, so I love Ravi's story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 8/9/2009

    " Ravi talks to the reader at a very personal level in this book... easy read yet some fabulous learnings... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 1/4/2009

    " Book about Ravi Zacharias life - how he became a Christian.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luke | 12/16/2008

    " Another inspirational and encouraging account of how the Lord desires to reach deep into the lives of His children and bring them into a love relationship with Him...and then open their eyes to the many works that He is carrying out with and through them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 11/15/2008

    " Ravi's testimony - what an amazing journey "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 11/13/2008

    " Fascinating biography of the articulate Christian apologist Ravi Zachariah. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Berkman | 10/16/2008

    " A really interesting story of the author's physical journey from India to the US and spiritually to coming to know Jesus as his Lord. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 9/2/2008

    " This is one of my favorite books. It is a great autobiography of Ravi's life. "

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About the Author
Author Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias is the founder and chairman of the board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional offices in Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates. Zacharias is a respected speaker and author of many books. He and his wife, Margie, have three grown children.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.