Treasured Moments with Mother Graham
Mothers have a profound influence on their children, including those children who impact their world profoundly as Billy Graham has done. Now readers can see inside the dynamic faith of Billy Graham’s mother, Morrow Coffey Graham, known as “Mother Graham,” in a new devotional book.
Q: Tell us about Rose Adams, the author of this new book?
A: Rose Adams is a wonderful Christian woman who cared for my mother, Morrow Coffey Graham, in her last years of life. It was in the two-story brick house (now located at the site of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina) that Rose lived with my mother and shared a great amount of time studying the Scriptures and praying for the needs of so many.
Q: Tell me about your time with Rose Adams.
A: Before Ruth died, Rose paid us a visit. Ruth and I loved to hear her talk—the North Carolina drawl as distinctive as the rasping voice that is unmistakably Rose Adams. We loved the stories she told about her time with my mother. Our hearts were moved as she recounted lessons learned, in her own words “while sitting at Mother Graham’s feet,” always bringing daily conversation around to what “the Bible says.” This is how they passed the time, and how rich it was.
Q: How did that visit lead to the writing of Treasured Moments with Mother Graham?
A: Sometime after our visit together, I asked Rose if she would put the memories of her time with Mother on tape. The stories that Rose had so carefully preserved for me take on a gentle humor. After Ruth died, I found myself listening to this tape more frequently, remembering the gleam in Ruth’s eyes as she chuckled at the array of stories Rose told. But it also seemed as though I could hear my mother’s voice recalling Scripture as Rose recited Mother’s favorite passages.