The Cross and the Switchblade

15 02 2008

The Cross and the Switchblade

Nicole and I’ve been reading a classic Christian book called The Cross and the Switchbladeby David Wilkerson. This is a true story of a country preacher whose life was completely changed by simply choosing to get rid of his TV and spending two hours every night in prayer. God used him to minister to some of the toughest teenage gangsters in New York in the 50’s and 60’s. His story has gripped us right from the first page and it was exhilarating to see God working in such a powerful way. Here is an excerpt from the book:

“And before my astonished eyes, these two leaders of one of the most feared fighting gangs in all of new york slowly dropped to their knees. Their War Lords followed their lead. They took their hats off and held them respectfully in front of them. Two the boys had been smoking. Each took his cigarette out of his mouth and flipped it away, where it lay smoldering in the gutter while I said a very short prayer. “Lord Jesus,” I said, “here are four of your own children, doing something that is very, very hard. They are kneeling here before everyone and asking You to come into their hearts and make them new. They want You to take away the hate, and the fighting, and the loneliness. They want to know for the first time in their lives that they are really loved. They are asking this of You, Lord, and You will not disappoint them. Amen.”

 Throughout this book, I am amazed at God’s way of unfolding His sovereign plan. I’m a Calvinist in my theology but it’s uncanny how Calvinistic God worked in the story, the way God threaded different people and circumstances to bring these hopeless teenagers to Christ. It reminded us that for any ministry or missions work we do or will do, all we have to do is to be there and take steps of faith no matter how irrational it might be and God will do the rest. We both recommend this book highly especially for those who have lost excitement in their walk. It’s only 175 pages long so you can get through it in a day if you’re a fast reader. You can read more about David Wilkerson and his ministry at  We also found out that there is a movie made from this book starring Pat Boone and Erik Estrada.




One response

19 02 2008
Jennifer Ahn

Sung and Nicole,

I’m so excited to be part of your journey as missionaries. What you said about the book also excites me…I shall buy it and read it.

In Him,


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