Nashville, Tenn.) – Thomas Nelson, Inc., announced today that in October 2011 world-renowned preacher, evangelist and author Billy Graham will release his first major trade book in more than five years: Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well.

“Billy Graham, by the grace of God, has singlehandedly guided millions to faith,” says Matt Baugher, Vice President and Publisher at Thomas Nelson, Inc. “His legacy as an evangelist is unmatched. Now in his nineties, he is reaching out to help all of us again by picking up the pen one more time, and we at Thomas Nelson could not be more honored to play a part in this eternal message. Nearing Home is hands down one of the most important works that Mr. Graham has ever written and one of his most vulnerable. Time catches up to all of us.  At his age, with all that has come before, he is in a unique position to guide all of us on what it means to finish well in this life. God bless Billy Graham.”  

In this moving narrative, Billy Graham shares his personal experience of growing older, but also teaches some important lessons on how to view our time here on Earth. He says that the Bible makes it clear that God has a specific reason for keeping us here. So what is His purpose for these years, and how can we align our lives with it? How can we not only learn to cope with the fears and struggles and growing limitations we face but actually grow stronger inwardly in the midst of these difficulties?  

“The best way to meet the challenges of old age is to prepare for them now, before they arrive,” says Dr. Graham. “I invite you to explore with me not only the realities of life as we grow older but also the hope and fulfillment—and even joy—that can be ours once we learn to look at these years from God’s point of view and discover His strength to sustain us every day.”  

“We have worked with Dr. Graham on the creation of this project for several years. As the content developed, we had a growing sense that this book would be destined to impact literally generations of people. It is perhaps the best guide available on living every day to the fullest,” says Senior Vice President and Group Publisher for Thomas Nelson, David Moberg. Thomas Nelson, Inc., (through its acquisition of Word Publishing in 1992) has been Dr. Graham’s trade book publisher since 1975, and has enjoyed numerous million-copy bestsellers with Dr. Graham over those thirty-five years.  

This major trade release, with a hard street date of October 18, 2011, will be supported by an extensive national marketing campaign. The campaign will include national advertising, multiple retailer merchandising options, and advance reader’s copy distribution. Nearing Home will be simultaneously released internationally, and in Spanish through Thomas Nelson’s division, Grupo Nelson.  

MATT BAUGHER, representing Thomas Nelson, and A. LARRY ROSS, representing Billy Graham, are available for interviews.

Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well
Billy Graham
Available: October 18, 2011
Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Hardcover, ISBN 9780849948320, $19.99
Spanish, Trade paper, ISBN 9781602557017, $13.99


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