Died: ‘God’s Smuggler’ and ‘The Cross and the Switchblade’ Coauthor John Sherrill

News & Reporting | 12/7/2017 | Staff
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The man who brought faithful readers some of the most influential stories in 20th-century Christianity, author and editor John Sherrill, died Saturday at age 94.

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Sherrill, along with his wife, Elizabeth, cowrote the bestselling books The Cross and the Switchblade with David Wilkerson; God’s Smuggler with Brother Andrew; and The Hiding Place with Corrie ten Boom.

Over 66 years as an editor and writer for Guideposts, he helped shape the inspirational magazine and train hundreds of Christian writers.

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Guideposts executive editor Rick Hamlin remembered Sherrill as “always honest, always seeking to grow in faith, always ready to tell a life-changing story, whether it was his own or someone else’s.”

A World War II veteran and son of a theologian, Sherrill was drawn to stories that showcased the powerful movement of the Holy Spirit, which he chronicled in his book about charismatic gifts, They Speak With Other Tongues.

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CT’s 2006 list of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals called the Sherrills “the most influential Christian authors you know nothing about.” The pair also cofounded the publishing imprint Chosen Books, whose first release was Chuck Colson’s Born Again.

“A man of wisdom, a lover of God, a faithful husband, and a man passionate to see all Christians live the Spirit-filled life,” read a tribute from Chosen, now part of Baker Publishing Group. “We are humbled to carry on your legacy of Spirit-empowered resources and a...
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