Thursday, 21 April 2016

RUN BABY RUN - NICKY CRUZ


HODDER AND STOUGHTON 340 10700 6 
FIRST PRINTING 1969
LONDON
JACKET DESIGN BY BERNARD BRETT

Nicky Cruz was a key subject in the four million copy best-seller THE CROSS AND THE SWITCHBLADE

In Run Baby Run Nicky tells his own story of gang warfare in the streets of a big city and of his dramatic conversion.

'I reached up to the shelf and took down my revolver. By force of habit I started to put the shells in the magazine so I could sleep with the gun on my night stand. But suddenly I remembered. Jesus loves me. He will protect me. I took the bullets and placed them back in the small box and put the gun back on the shelf. In the morning I would turn it in to the police.

That night, for the first time in my memory, I put my head on my pillow and slept nine beautiful hours. No fear of sounds outside my room. The nightmares were gone.'

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'Run Baby Run, the story of Nicky Cruz, is remarkable. It has all the elements of tragedy, violence, and intrigue - plus the greatest ingredient of all ingredients:the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The adult population can no longer ignore the youth with their staggering twentieth century problems. They search for meaning. They are not enamoured with our time-worn social taboos. They press for sincerity in religion, for honesty in politics, and for fairness for the underprivileged.

Run Baby Run is a thrilling story. My hope is that it shall have a wide reading, and that those who read shall come to know Christ who changed the empty, restless heart of Nicky Cruz and has made him a Christian legend in his time.'

BILLY GRAHAM

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'Nicky Cruz is only a very colourful representative of a vast number of people who, in the past few decades, have been delivered from crime, alcoholism, drug addiction, prostitution, homosexuality, and almost every kind of perversion and degeneration known to man.
Psychiatric care, medical treatment, and spiritual counselling had failed to affect these people, when with astounding abruptness, they were set free from their bonds by the power of the Holy Spirit and led to a life of useful service.'

Prof. Edward D. O'Connor,
University of Notre Dame

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