The Cross and the Switchblade Co-Author Remembers Wilkerson

Monday, 02 May 2011 04:21 PM EDT Jennifer LeClaire News Featured News

crossandswitchbladeThe Cross and the Switchblade. It’s a best-selling book that may go down in Church history as David Wilkerson’s most memorable calling card.

The book tells the true story of Wilkerson’s outreach to New York teens trapped in a world of drugs and gangs, separate from Christ, without hope and without God in the world. Later turned into a movie, The Cross and the Switchblade includes the story of Nicky Cruz, a teen gang member whose life was dramatically transformed by Christ.

But Wilkerson didn’t write the book all alone. He depended on the steady hands of John and Elizabeth Sherrill. Since The Cross and the Switchblade was published in 1963 the Sherrills have written many books, but they will never forget their experience—or their friendship—with Wilkerson.

Charisma News caught up with John Sherrill to discuss some of his fondest memories with the founder of World Challenge. Those memories focus on Wilkerson’s humility and his prophetic insights into world events.

“David was very careful not to get into any of the areas where televangelists were raising huge amounts of money and then living in great style. He just didn’t do that,” says Sherrill. “Whenever we saw him he was in a suburban home. If he had some parts of his life that weren’t that way I didn’t know about them.”

Wilkerson did have one passion, though: old cars. Over the years, Wilkerson collected many old cars with his own money—not the ministry’s money. Sherrill tells the story of Wilkerson walking into his garage one day and deciding he shouldn’t own the vintage automobiles—and he immediately sold them.

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