Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Billy GrahamAmerican Pilgrim$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Andrew Finstuen, Grant Wacker, and Anne Blue Wills

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190683528

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190683528.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 19 January 2022

“An Odd Kind of Cross to Bear”

“An Odd Kind of Cross to Bear”

The Work of Mrs. Billy Graham, from “Pretty Wife” to “End of Construction”

(p.232) 10 “An Odd Kind of Cross to Bear”
Billy Graham

Anne Blue Wills

Oxford University Press

It is no understatement to say that Ruth Bell Graham significantly shaped her husband. This chapter appraises her creativity and theological vision by examining several distinctive ways that Ruth publicly served God with Billy: her direct involvement in the crusades; her editing and writing work; her public appearances and board service; and her advocacy of particular projects, such as the Cove Training Center. Moreover, media outlets regularly covered Ruth’s domestic life, endowing it with public significance. This chapter examines what Ruth represented for Billy’s followers, especially with respect to Ruth’s final public episode, the 2007 controversy over her burial place. Ruth’s life epitomizes the challenges and opportunities of being a “private woman” married to a “public man.” In exploring her impact on Billy, this chapter examines the dynamics of clergy marriages and contributes to a more historically textured story about twentieth-century marriage and gender.

Keywords:   Billy Graham, Ruth Bell Graham, Franklin Graham, marriage, gender, domestic life, marriage

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .