Billy Graham's 'Extraordinary Journey' debuts Nov. 6
Graham's ministry of nearly 80 years is chronicled in the new documentary "Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey," available Nov. 6 on DVD and digital HD. The release is a day before the 100th birthday of the beloved evangelist who died in February.
His son Franklin, who follows in his father's footsteps as CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), said the film tells his father's story as never before.
"You'll see things that you haven't seen before. We go back to the archives," the son said in a BGEA press release. "We've dug deep to pull this material together which gives God the glory but shows how God used one man."
"For me what truly stands out in this documentary is Billy Graham's love for the lost," Boatwright told BP. "What's more, his example can uplift our own daily walk or ministry. A viewing of the production reminds us of what God can do with a life completely surrendered to Him."
Among details chronicled in the 72-minute film is Billy Graham's staunch support of civil rights and the harassment he suffered for supporting Martin Luther King Jr., according to a film clip BGEA released.
"There is no excuse ever for hatred," Graham says in the clip on the day of King's assassination. "There is no excuse ever for bigotry and intolerance and prejudice. We are to love as God loved us."
The power of the Holy Spirit remained a mystery to Graham, who personally preached to 215 million people over the course of more than 400 crusades, Franklin Graham said.
"There's Holy Spirit-filled power in the Gospel, and my father preached the Gospel," he said. "Now, my father would tell you, 'I don't understand how it works, but I know it works,' and God uses the fact that Jesus Christ is God's Son, that He came to this earth to take our sins, that He died on a cross.
"He shed His blood for our sins," Franklin Graham said of Jesus. "He was buried for our sins, and God raised Him to life. There's Holy Spirit-filled power right there in that message, and that's what my father preached, and God used that in a mighty way to bring many people to faith in His Son, Jesus Christ."
Major retailers will carry the film, BGEA said, and it will be available at BillyGrahamFilm.com.