Rev. Billy Graham, America's Most Famous Preacher, Turns 93

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RALEIGH, N.C. — As the Rev. Billy Graham approached his 93rd birthday, America's most famous Christian evangelist was reflecting on his mortality and offering perspective for the country's aging population.

Graham planned to mark his birthday Monday at home in North Carolina. The date comes just as Graham has published his 30th book, "Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well," which contains reflections on life, no-nonsense advice about the need for financial planning as people age and the Christian view of death.

Graham has stepped away from active public ministry in recent years, but the former confidante to presidents remains tremendously popular.

Grant Wacker, a professor at Duke Divinity School, says Graham remains popular both with evangelical Christians and the broader public partly because of his ability to grow and address new questions throughout life.

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