Beware. Each page of this book has been prayed over by the author. He has asked that the struggles of doubt shared here will help others in their doubts, that his heartbreak over rejected teens will show how God can use heartbreak. And Wilkerson’s prayers, as this book demonstrates, are sometimes answered in remarkable ways.
Led by incredible faith, David WIlkerson made a seemingly bizarre step from his country pulpit in 1958 to the streets of New York City, where a murder trial of seven teenage 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. The Cross and the Switchblade is the amazing story of his journey and of the mighty power of God to accomplish the impossible.
Wilkerson’s outreach to gangs in New York led to the development of Teen Challenge, a ministry that today has residential and crisis counseling centers in more than 70 countries. Its Christian discipleship program has restored hope to tens of tousands of men and women with drug or alcohol addiction.