Run Baby Run, by Nicky Cruz
Run Baby Run is the autobiography of an inspiring Christian, Nicky Cruz, who wasn’t always serving the Lord. Nicky grew up in Puerto Rico, where his mother and father were spiritualists. His childhood was hard and lonely and he was convinced no one loved him. Nicky felt alone in the world at a young age and this made a deep hatred begin to grow inside him.
By the time Nicky was 16 his parents could no longer handle him and sent him to live with his brother, Frank, in New York City. When Nicky arrived in New York, he was scared and even lonelier. Speaking limited English, Nicky found his way to his brother’s house and stayed there for awhile. Before long, Nicky got into trouble at school and left his brother’s house. Nicky was living along on the streets. He soon became active in the gangs and eventually was the most feared gang leader in all of New York.
When things were beginning to seem hopeless for Nicky, a skinny little preacher named David Wilkerson confronted Nicky’s gang. David told Nicky that Jesus loved him, No one had ever said that to Nicky before, and it deeply effected him. Nicky decided to live his life for Jesus and leave his gang life.
The next year, Nicky left for California and enrolled in a Bible school. While there, he met a lovely woman named Gloria whom he later married. After finishing his Bible schooling, he started Teen Challenge back where he grew up in Brooklyn. He brought many gang members, drug-dealers and homosexuals off the streets and to Christ. He turned his life around and lived strongly for the Lord.Love was a major godly principle that deeply effected the characters in Run Baby Run. Nicky Cruz felt like he needed love his whole life. Finally, the love of God was shown to him through David Wilkerson and it changed his life. Nicky was able to pass that love on to others and it effected so many hardened hearts. If this glimmer of love had never entered the life of Nicky, he would never have transformed into such a man of God. Nicky would never have brought so many others to Christ if not for the Love of God.
Another Godly principle that was at work in this story is faith.