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Summary

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. Then 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 of the mighty power 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.

©1963 David Wilkerson (P)2001 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • EM
  • 14-04-18

Incredible. The wonderful power of the Holy Spirit

One of the most inspiring books I have read, calling me to action myself in Jesus' name.

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As relevant today as when he wrote it

A strong, calm performance by Raymond Todd offsets perfectly the wonderful story of the impact God made on the gangs of New York. In an age when global extremism threatens to take over from local gangs as filling the emptiness inside our young people, and drug culture remains prevelant, the lessons this book traces are more relevant than ever.

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Brutal reality of life for some, transformed by the love and power of God! Fantastic to have the epilogue to see the continuation of this incredible work

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Inspiring

Knowing friends from my church who are Street Pastors this book is still so valid to helping young addicted and those living on the streets. It is also a reminder that helping and doing good does not depend on our own generosity but on the love of God and the presence of the Holy Spirit .

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A powerful story

Courageous love. Sharing the heart of God in dark places takes courage. Very impactful. Great narration too.

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Inspirational!

David Wilkerson was a brave man for venturing into the drug dens and ganglands of New York but what a difference his bravery made! David turned lives around in Jesus name! Nothing is impossible in His name! This book was amongst the 'included with Audible' list. So glad I came across it. I highly recommend it!

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  • Monique
  • 31-03-16

Life Changing

This is what life is about. As followers of Christ this book is an example of what it means to be used by God.

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  • AmazonVoyager
  • 05-02-16

Very enjoyable!

Really neat to hear the way God showed up and changed so many lives. Made me think more on what it is he wants to do in the lives of people around me.

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  • Nightingale
  • 22-05-14

The story can't be beat-recording is terrible

Would you listen to The Cross and the Switchblade again? Why?

No. The reason for this is EXCLUSIVELY the narration quality. The quality of the sound recording is as if this is a computer read account. I know that there is a "real person" listed as the reader-but it is so robotic it's infuriating-to the point that I don't want to listen to it.

What other book might you compare The Cross and the Switchblade to and why?

The Hiding Place-Corrie TenBoom

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Completely-I would understand some of the sound quality issues if this were being streamed because the problems are as if your broad band was overloaded. The narration slows down and speeds up-changing the tonality of the voice-and sounds so choppy-"ev-e-ry-syll-a-ble-is-pro-nounc-ed". It's like ET is reading it. This can't be the narrator alone-this is a technical issue.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole account is an amazing testimony of the faithfulness of God when we believe.

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  • Troy R.
  • 29-01-21

Inspiring

I have always heard other Christian brethren talk about this book and finally decided to listen to it. Wow! What a story and reminder that the Holy Spirit is still working through His people. This is truly a must read for the believer and non-believer alike.

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  • El Dave
  • 11-09-15

So much more than the movie

Amazing proof of the Holy Sprit transforming gang bangers into upstanding citizens that contribute to society in love instead tearing it down in hate.

The movie was good, but the book goes well beyond in facinating events after the initial touch of God's love.

Run Baby Run and One Holy Fire are also highly recommended!

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  • Kara Hernandez
  • 15-01-22

A must listen!

I had always heard of this book, Audible made it possible to hear this amazing story of God’s provision, deliverance, and power.

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  • Sunshine
  • 08-01-22

AMAZING! I seen the movie in the 70"s.

What a blessing to listen to this book. audio must listen. Heavenly Father Thank you!!!

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  • Nora
  • 04-01-22

Shows the Holy Spirit at work

Loved the book. I very much enjoy seeing how someone living an ordinary life can see such a dramatic change in there life. This story is more than a book for entertainment. It has and will change lives.

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  • Alyssa
  • 02-01-22

EyePopper

Opened my eyes to the tragic stories of lives robbed by addiction. AND the amazing boldness of those who care and minister. God is able and will provide.

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  • Chonrae
  • 13-12-21

INSPIRING!!!

This book has inspired me to walk closer to my Jesus than ever before. This book is so encouraging!! God is AWESOME!!!