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Jan. 1 1999
The inspirational true story of a country preacher and his mission to the streets of New York City.
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"Go to New York City and help those boys."

When David Wilkerson heard those words in his heart late one night as he glanced at a picture in Life magazine, he was dumbfounded. The boys in question were members of a violent gang and on trial for murder. He, on the other hand, was a country preacher settled comfortably in a little mountain church in Pennsylvania. What could God possibly expect him to accomplish--in New York City, of all places?

But the thought would not let him go--and his life and the lives of countless despairing teens were changed forever on account of it.

This is the riveting story of the founding of Teen Challenge, an inner-city ministry that today maintains residential and crisis counseling centers around the globe. But even more, it is a story of how the most unlikely people can hear--and follow--God's call to do the impossible.

This 45th anniversary edition includes a brand-new foreword by Charles Colson and two new epilogues celebrating Teen Challenge and reflecting on fifty years of following God's lead.

"David's story will touch your life in a way few books can."--from the foreword by Charles W. Colson

David Wilkerson (1931-2011) was the founder of Teen Challenge and World Challenge and longtime senior pastor of Times Square Church. He authored more than thirty books, including the bestselling The Cross and the Switchblade and Knowing God by Name. He ministered to people worldwide, and on the day of his death, he was still ministering. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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David Wilkerson (1931-2011) was the founder of Teen Challenge and World Challenge and longtime senior pastor of Times Square Church. He authored more than thirty books, including the bestselling The Cross and the Switchblade and Knowing God by Name. He ministered to people worldwide, and on the day of his death, he was still ministering. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great testimony! July 5 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Witnessing to people for many years, this book has sent a powerful message out to all who have taken the time to read it. Believe it not, this book used to be required reading in many High Schools across America.
I found this book on the Washington Monument (Mall) grounds July 4th in the very late 60's or very early 70's (I can't remember exactly) after the police broke up a very large demonstration against the war in Viet Nam. The place was littered with many items left after a "hippy vs police" riot broke out, and as the police deployed tear gas and battled the demonstrators up Pennsylvania Avenue. It was an exciting day, but it also proved to be a day which my eyes were truly opened to the power of Lord... after I started to read the worn copy I had found in the mud. I couldn't put it down. This book opened the eyes of my understanding in so many ways, and started my path towards the recovery from the battlefields of southeast asia, from the struggle to survive in the brutal climate of war. From the conflicts of doing my job as a warrior, and seeing the death and destruction of lives all around me, knowing that the bullets and bombs were not enough. I was a shell of what I should have been at 25, a survivor a fighter, enduring the ravages of the human race and coming out physically capable but mentally tormented. This book started my comeback, my recovery, my search, my seeking and showed me an open door which, once I entered in, I was given my life back. I can never forget that, I can only praise God for the revelation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple things can confound the wise March 16 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you are looking for a profound theological treatise you may want to pass on this. If you want an inspiring real life story, dig in.
This is a simple true story of a country preacher who obeyed God and went way outside his comfort zone to rescue drug addicts and gang members in the streets of New York.
He dared to believe that the same power that launched the early Christian church could penetrate the shells of hardened substance abusers. As the story chronicles, God still is in the business of rescuing the flotsam and jetsam of modern society.
His faith in stepping out launched a movement that is still with us today, Teen Challenge. This movement has seen an unparalled recovery rate amongst addicts. It is still based on the premise that faith in a living God can transform anyone's life.
Relatively recently I spoke with a friend of mine from 1974 who was a male prostitute junkie and a mess when I first met him at Teen Challenge. He is still clean. Another friend from the same era who was an acid head (abuser of LSD) today pastors a church.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can be life-changing March 12 2004
This book brought tears to my eyes at God's love and mercy, and made me want to dance for joy at His provision and greatness. David Wilkerson started out as a preacher in a country church -- where he is a good Christian, and doing God's work. But one day, he feels as if God is leading him to New York to minister to a few thugs who have killed a boy. He follows the still small voice of the Holy Spirit and goes, and what follows is an amazing ride. God comes through again and again -- often at the 11th hour, when all seems lost. Isn't that just like God?
I highly recommend this book because it is a great testimony to what untold miracles can happen in the lives of Christians when we step out of our comfort zones and go out on a limb for God. And the way He comes through will take your breath away. If I wasn't a Christian, I would think the story was pure fiction because it sounds too amazing to be true. But because I am one, and I have caught glimpses of what God can do for His children, I can say of the miracle upon miracle in Cross and the Switchblade: "Yes, God is totally capable of that!''
To my mind, most of us don't enjoy this exhilerating journey with God because we don't trust Him enough to take risks for Him. David Wilkerson did, and God displayed all his wonders. Read this and be challenged. I certainly was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Six stars at least March 30 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What a tremendous message this book has to give. Miracles happen right in the worst parts of New York, away from the glamourous bits, right in the middle of the hard, the tough, the smelly and the nasty - and it actually keeps on happening.
These days, so much has changed. A local pentecostal preacher once told me that he went to Leeds one Saturday; that he was so disgusted by the beggars, and used to see the same ones all the time, how awful that they should always be there; and once he got real close up to one, who was (from what he told me) probably very weak, maybe even dying, lying on the ground, got about six inches away from their ear, and shouted at the top of his voice, "GET A JOB!!!"
Stand this in contrast with the Wilkerson man. This guy, realizing that the zonkos and beggars know that they're sinners, possibly scarcely realizing anything else at all, goes and gives them a bed for the night - feeds them - gives them a bath and warm clothes. The tells them that God knows them and has already fixed up a plan for them - that to the God who made the sun and the outer planets, THEY matter - "whosoever will" can come and drink from the waters of life, that they can repent, and be made blameless before the king of kings.
[Life isn't cheap to this man.]
Then the guy fixes up this organisation called "teen challenge", held together by almost no money at all, but lots of prayer, who pulls loads of dropouts and folks who are very nearly dead from all over the place and stands them on the the higher ground...
Man, this book is so good. I know that these days, many of the big churches... (I used to be in Perth, Western Australia) and there was this huge church near to the Casino.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent book for young people to see that some of ...
This is an excellent book for young people to see that some of the issues they are experiencing are no different from teens before them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ronnie Dauber
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing testimony!
Our family enjoyed this book so much, it spoke so clearly of the move of God. When we let the Holy Spirit lead us and study the word ....the Bible He directs our path. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David & Audrey Hornell
4.0 out of 5 stars A Catholic's Opinion
This is the inspiring autobiographical story of an evangelical minister's crusade to open a home for street, gang and drug involved teenagers of the late fifties and early sixties. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Nicola Mansfield
5.0 out of 5 stars TAKEN!!
I loved this book! I was reading it while traveling to Africa and I had someone in the airport asking me about it, so I ended up giving it away, I just had to share this book!
Published on May 23 2010 by Rebecca R. Knoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Moved and Inspired me
I first read The Cross and the Switchblade way back in my early teens, and was enthralled by this true story of a country pastor who obeyed God's call to move to New York and... Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2009 by Greg Slade
5.0 out of 5 stars The humble beginnings of a story still being written.
The Cross and the Switchblade, by David Wilkerson is an amazing book. Though written decades ago, the story is still being written. Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by Rebekah L. Todd
2.0 out of 5 stars Is this a fairy tale
What is reported in the book may be true but the author has definately taken poetic licence in the telling of the events. Read more
Published on May 19 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT A CLASSIC??
I recently had to read a classic book for my english class and I chose the cross and the switchblade...I saw the classic sticker and figured it had to be good...WHAT... Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cross and the Switchblade
The Cross and the Switchblade has been a great book so far. I really like it because it is a christian book, but also because it is a true story. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2003 by Teri Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Blew me away
A powerful book that will send God-bumps down your spine! Even if you are not a fan of David Wilkerson's later writings, this book is truly a God send. Read more
Published on March 31 2003 by James T Humphrey II
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