This is the day that … Warren Wiersbe was born in Chicago, in 1929.
As a lad he dabbled in stage magic (rabbits out of hats and all that sort of thing), and “the greatest literary event” was when he was introduced to the “Sherlock Holmes” stories and developed “a life-long interest in good detective fiction” (Be Myself, by W. Wiersbe, pages 26-27).
On 12 May, 1946, we find him handing out hymn-books at a Youth for Christ rally. A relatively unknown Billy Graham preached.
“Right where I stood I asked Jesus Christ to come into my heart and save me, and He did. I didn’t raise my hand for prayer, I didn’t fill out a card. I didn’t even go forward when the crowd sang “Just as I am”, but I did trust Christ and became a child of God” (page 56).
Later Warren Wiersbe was to become a staff worker for Youth for Christ (1958-61), then pastor of various churches including the Moody Memorial Church, Chicago (1971-78). After some years of itinerant Bible teaching, he accepted a position as General Director of the Back to the Bible Broadcast (1982-1990).
Weirsbe has devoted much of his life to writing – including his “Be…” series, which form a commentary on the Old and New Testament. The Old Testament “Be” Series runs to 27 volumes.
Billy Graham wrote of him that, “He is one of the great Bible expositors of our generation.”