Two Oklahomans share role Billy Graham played in their lives

Two Oklahomans — J.C. Watts and the Rev. Craig Groeschel — are among the contributors whose stories are featured in the newly released “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Billy Graham & Me.”
by Carla Hinton Modified: March 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm •  Published: March 23, 2013
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“The more I discover about Reverend Graham, the more I peel away the layers of the onion, so to speak, the more impressed I am.”

— Former U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Billy Graham & Me”

More than 100 people, including two noted Oklahomans, share their personal stories about evangelist Billy Graham in a book released in February.

“Christian Soup for the Christian Soul: Billy Graham & Me: 101 Inspiring Personal Stories from Presidents, Pastors, Performers and Other People Who Know Him Well” offers readers a close-up look at Graham's combination of faith and humility from those whom he has inspired.

Anecdotal stories come from a wide variety of contributors, including former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, actors Kevin Sorbo and Cheryl Ladd, coach Tony Dungy and media personalities Kathie Lee Gifford, Mike Huckabee and Kyra Phillips. Oklahomans J.C. Watts and the Rev. Craig Groeschel also are among the list of contributors who agreed to share their stories about Graham.

Watts, former U.S. representative from Norman, and Groeschel, founding pastor of the Edmond-based megachurch LifeChurch.tv, each share how the renowned evangelist has touched their lives.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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