Remembering Ruth Bell Graham: A Look at Her Bible and Journal

 Ruth Bell Graham, the wife of Billy Graham,  lived a full life devoted to loving God and showing others the love of Jesus Christ. She brought so much joy and adventure to those around her, and many look back on memories of her and can only smile. Ruth was dedicated to raising her family in the way of the Lord, supporting her husband in his travels and ministry, authoring books, and following God’s call on her life. Billy Graham often said that Ruth Bell Graham was “the greatest Christian” he had ever known.

This year, 2020, marks the 100th birthday of the late Ruth Bell Graham, who was born on June 10, 1920.

In honor of her humble service and truly inspiring legacy, we are sharing special items from our vault each month. This month’s feature is one of Ruth’s Bibles, Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible. Ruth Bell Graham used this Bible and kept it on her desk. On the inside cover, Ruth signed the Bible, “Ruth Bell Graham, Montreat, NC (28757).”


Mrs. Graham prioritized spending time with God and reading His Word.

“Down through the years, I turned to the Bible and found in it all that I needed,” she said.

Also featured is a Bible study from the 1960s that Ruth Bell Graham completed, containing handwritten notes and answers from Ruth. The Bible study, titled “My Personal Bible Study,” was prepared by the Billy Graham Follow-Up department for distribution at Billy Graham Crusades.

Read more about Ruth Bell Graham.

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  1. Cheryl Black says:

    I visited the Billy Graham Library and Home a couple of years ago and was very inspired to making my life stronger for Christ. I am now in the process of reading inspirational messages and working to make my life stronger for me and others.

  2. Cynthia Okeefe says:

    I’d love to have more of this info. On Ruth Bell Graham, her bible study and learning more about her. My birthday is June 20th also. Thank you for sharing this wealth.

  3. Becky Murphy says:

    How blessed we are to have Ruth and Billy Graham’s lives to set such a Godly example for us. It’s complete honor to see Ruth’s Bible and her notes.
    Im sure this legacy will live onward for future generations to come.

  4. Jan Hinkle says:

    A honor to be in the same state as Ruth Bell Graham. Love reading & collecting her books.

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