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In His Own Words: Billy Graham on George Beverly Shea

The thing that impressed me most about Bev from the very beginning of our long association, was the life he lived behind the scenes. His humility was genuine. His walk with God was sincere. He really meant what he sang!

I have seen Bev under pressure time after time. I have watched him in almost every conceivable circumstance – from the battlefields of Vietnam to the largest stadiums in the world. He always remains calm, unruffled and devotional.

One of the characteristics that makes Bev Shea unique as a singer is that he sings a sermon. Many other singers are more spectacular, but he is in a class by himself when it comes to worshipful singing. In the early days of our relationship, before Cliff Barrows joined us, people would come to hear Bev Shea sing, and I had an opportunity to preach to the crowds that came to hear him.

Through all of this nearly quarter of a century association our friendship has grown. His ministry of song has circled the globe. His singing is heard on radio and television and recordings all over the world. We receive reports constantly of people whose lives have been changed through the sermons in song that Bev sings.

-Written by Billy Graham in 1968 as the introduction to George Beverly Shea’s book Then Sings My Soul.

You can learn more about George Beverly Shea in our new exhibit: “How Sweet the Sound: A Tribute to George Beverly Shea.” It opens Friday on Mr. Shea’s 104th birthday. Come by the opening week and you can send him well-wishes by signing a special birthday banner.

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7 Comments

  1. David McCammon says:

    Wow that is a miracle that these two Great Christian Men are still alive.
    What a blessing to know my Parents grew up supporting there ministry.
    You can tell GOD hand is on both these Men.I got to go to one crusade when I was in Houston. but never got to meet either men. someday in heaven I hope to talk to them.

  2. Sharon Linton says:

    I get tears of joy each and everytime I think of Rev. Graham. Mr. Shea is also just as unique and a great man of God. I wish blessings on both of these great men. What examples they are and have been their entire lives. This nation has been gifted with great Godly men. I pray more will be raised up to take their places.

  3. CYNTHIA ALEXANDER says:

    AWESOME TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY. THANK YOU LORD THANK YOU. I WAS ALL YOU

  4. Judith Grober says:

    A happy and blessed birthday to you,Mr.Shea-Your Music and Doctor Graham’s Preaching brought me to The Lord many years ago.Prayers and Blessing to you both.

  5. susie.wright says:

    I Love to hear mr.Shea Sing.It has meant so much to me through the years..I Just want to say Thank you and I thank God for you…God Bless Allways!!

  6. Frank Alcamo says:

    I was told by one of my ministers who went to be with the Lord in Febuary of 2016 that for every 15 minutes that George Beverly Shea ministered in song, he spent 5 hours alone with God. That made such a deep and lasting impression on me. I thank God for men who take soul winning and public ministry so seriously. It has inspired me in my own personal prayer and Bible study life. More in this world is accomplished by prayer than any one soul can imagine. No wonder why Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, rejoice evermore; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus, concerning you!

  7. Pamela Morgan says:

    Thank you so much Mr. Shay for the beautiful music The Lord has given you to bless others!! Thank you also Billy Graham for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with so many people through out the world!!

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