George W. Bush to Appear at the Billy Graham Library
Former U.S. President Will Sign Copies of His Memoir
December 17, 2010 - President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, will soon visit the place that bears the name of the "Pastor to the Presidents."
He made it clear that the path to salvation is through the grace of God...—George W. Bush on Billy Graham
by Joy Allmond
PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN SOLD OUT. ONLY THOSE WHO PURCHASED A WRISTBAND WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE LIBRARY GROUNDS FOR THIS EVENT. THE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL 5:00 PM MONDAY WHEN IT WILL OPEN FOR CHRISTMAS EVENTS UNTIL 10:00 PM
Former president George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush will appear at the Billy Graham Library Monday, December 20, from 1 to 3 p.m. They will meet Library visitors and sign copies of their respective memoirs, Decision Points and Spoken From the Heart. Billy Graham is expected to join them at the book signing.
Attendees should note that there will not be photo opportunities with President and Mrs. Bush.
The Library will be closed to the general public on Monday, but will open for Christmas at the Library activities at 5 p.m.
“When I sat down write my memoir, I decided to take an nontraditional approach. Rather than providing an exhaustive chronological account of my life and years in office, I wanted to give readers a glimpse of the presidency from my perspective,” said President Bush. “That meant focusing on the most demanding and important part of the job–making decisions.”
One of the decisions points he discusses is the decision he made to follow Christ, and how Billy Graham was greatly used in that decision.
“He made it clear that the path to salvation is through the grace of God,” Bush says of Billy Graham in the first chapter of Decision Points. “And the way to find that grace is to embrace Christ as the risen Lord—the Son of a God so powerful and loving that He gave His only Son to conquer death and defeat sin.”
Topics covered by Bush in his memoir include: his decision to quit drinking at age 40, his run for the United States presidency, the factors involved in choosing his cabinet members, the events of September 11, 2001, the war on terror and the financial crisis.
In Spoken From the Heart, Laura Bush chronicles bright and dark defining moments in her life, from her wedding to “Midland’s most eligible bachelor” to a devastating high school car accident that left a friend dead. Readers can also learn about the seasons of her life as a first lady, both of Texas and the United States, and get a glimpse of her role as a human rights advocate.
Since leaving the White House in January 2009, the Bushes have been living in the Dallas area where they are working toward the development of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The Bush Center will be a hub of thought and action that connects people from around the globe to advance the reach of freedom, opportunity, responsibility, and compassion.
The Bush Center will be headquartered at Southern Methodist University, Laura Bush's alma mater, and is scheduled to open in 2013.
Bush will be the fourth former president to visit the Billy Graham Library. His father, President George H. W. Bush, along with Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter were present at the Library dedication on May 31, 2007.