Ruth 100: A Look at Ruth Bell Graham’s 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.

    1. Meg Knable says:

      Thank you for sharing Ruth’s Bible and personal bible study. What an encouragement to me!

      1. Christian Stoll says:

        Thanks a lot, for your work! God bless you…..!
        Greetings from Germany

  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.

    1. Odelia Richardson says:

      Thank you so much for sharing Mrs. Graham’s notes and bible. I believe that nothing compares to intimacy with God. I know she had an intimate relationship with Him. I would love to continue to read her love notes to God.
      Thank you,
      Los Fresnos, Tx

  3. Ray Dennis says:

    It is so inspiring and memorable to see that Ruth studied and meditated using the Dake’s Reference Bible. I have fond memories of many years of study using that very same Bible. God Bless the BGEA and the millions of lives that have been changed as a result of their great effort and God’s great mercy! Praise God!

  4. Deborah Collins says:

    Thank you!

  5. CAROLYN R Hale says:

    Love hearing about Ruth Graham

  6. 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.

  7. Jan Hinkle says:

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

  8. Alexander Turoczi says:

    My wife, Sallie & I served with Trans World Radio in Monte Carlo Monaco from 1969 to 1977. We has numerous time of Blessing with Ruth, Billy, T.W. Wilson & others from the BGEA. I even had the chance, a few times to play Golf with Billy at the Monte Carlo Golf Club. Sallie walked the course one time as Ruth wanted to walk & spend time with Sallie ! God IS Good…I came to the LORD in NYC 1957….Billy Graham Crusade

  9. Eileen Sadtler Cochran says:

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to look back into such a loving family that has been an accurate example of what a godly family looks like. I appreciate the fact that the Graham family is continuing to carry the same message that changes people in every generation.

  10. April Swiney says:

    I have kept up with Billy Graham since I was a teenager, and Ruth Graham has always inspired me as a Godly woman. I always thought she looked so proper and they were a wonderful couple. I could only imagine their family life. Since then my sister, niece and I visited the Library in 2016, and there my thoughts come to life. I will cherish all my memories of Bible preaching, and the women who held the family together as a wonderful mother does..

  11. Brenda Root says:

    Her writings affirm our faith and they inspire me to keep more notes to check in very often.

  12. Frank Cikutovich says:

    Thank God for the adventurous passionate & fulfilling Christian life of a very special woman of God, Ruth Bell Graham.
    Her thoughts, deeds and actions were always an inspiration.

  13. Nancy says:

    I would like to glean from Ruth Grahams knowlege

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