Graham, America's most famous preacher, turns 93

By TOM BREEN | November 6, 2011 | 10:05 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As he approaches his 93rd birthday, America's most famous Christian evangelist is frankly reflecting on his mortality and offering perspective for the country's aging population.

The Rev. Billy Graham plans to mark his birthday Monday at home in North Carolina. The date comes just as Graham has published his 30th book, "Nearing Home," 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.