Zondervan is grieving, along with the rest of the world, at the passing of a truly great woman, Ruth Bell Graham. Her husband, Rev. Billy Graham, with whom she shared a lifetime of love, has called her his soul mate and best friend.
Ruth was instrumental to the success of her husband’s ministries. And while she faithfully supported him through every one of his global evangelistic campaigns, she grew to become a beacon to the world in her own right. Ruth was an active contributor to the children’s hospital that bears her and her husband’s names, but her most powerful ministry was her writing and poetry. With a ready and warm smile, she expressed her faith openly and encouraged the most downhearted among us to enjoy life even during the darkest of times.
She imparted to all of us a love for God, for his Word, and for others. She taught us to turn to God to meet our needs and to cultivate an intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Ruth allowed God to flow through her words and actions to touch countless lives for good. We already miss her dearly, but we know our loss is heaven’s gain. She has left a legacy of love, which will remain alive forever.
We extend our thoughts and prayers to Rev. Graham, the children, and the rest of the Graham family.
President & CEO