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BOOK REVIEW

The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson published by Lakeland

[Wilkerson, David, with Sherrill, John, and Sherrill, Elizabeth (1978), The Cross and the Switchblade, London : Lakeland, originally published: New York: Geis, 1963, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1967.

Also note:

WILKERSON, David Ray (1966), Twelve Angels from Hell, Lakeland series. no. 91, London: Lakeland, relates to Wilkerson, David Ray (1965), Twelve Angels from Hell, London: Oliphants, 1965.

Further note:

Wilkerson, David (1977), Beyond 'The Cross and the Switchblade', foreword by Sherrill, John, and Sherrill, Elizabeth, London: Hodder and Stoughton (Hodder Christian paperbacks), first published Old Tappan: Chosen Books, 1974.]
In 1958 the author, a young, married evangelical priest, gave up a comfortable country parish in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, to fight against tremendous odds to help young people overcome both their physical and psychological dependence on drugs. This exciting little paperback tells the story of the author's work among deprived youngsters, teenagers and drug addicts in the slums of New York. It is a compelling account of one man's faith and deep conviction that the Holy Spirit was calling him. It is not a theological book, but a book showing that Christ and the author's own trust in the power and strength of Jesus could, through love and faith, help the youngsters change their lives. The lives of some of these young people are so transformed that they too become workers with David Wilkerson. He writes about some of them in another book 'Twelve Angels from Hell'. Both of these books are well worth reading, sometimes frightening, as the author recounts some of the desperate situations he found himself in, sometimes humorous, very often heartbreaking. They are, however, books which remind us of some of the problems facing the young people of today, and that the power of the Christian gospel is still able to transform people's lives for the better.

R.E.

 

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