Falwell's Widow Offers Memoirs of His Life

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Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell's wife has released a memoir of their life together, in remembrance of his death one year ago, Thursday.

The book, titled "Jerry Falwell, His Life and Legacy," offers untold stories about the late reverend.

Macel Falwell says her husband was "the polar opposite of his public persona" and proves it through recollections of fun pranks and bungee jumping.

"You could come and cut his arm off, and he'd say 'oh, that's ok, don't worry about it,'" she told WDBJ-7 in Roanoke. "He's just that type of person, and once somebody gets to know him, they just can't believe that they like him."

"I think (people) will understand that Jerry is not the Jerry they read about in the paper," she said.

The Falwells' son, Jonathan, encouraged Macel to write the book.

Outside of Falwell's personal life, the memoir also touches on the reverend's experience with the Moral Majority.

"Although the media painted him as an extremist, that was never true," she wrote. "Jerry was a moderate in all things, including his political views."

Macel aslo explains what happened the day before her husband's death. She says they went out to dinner that night and he didn't eat or say anything.

The next morning, she called his office.

When Falwell's secretary said she hadn't seen him, Macel knew her husband was dead.

"It's been horrible," she told the Religion News Service. "Every time I go into the house, I feel like he's going to be there. It's been terrible."

Still, she says the book has helped her say the things she never had a chance to, to show the world the type of man Falwell really was.

"He just made everything happen for anybody and everybody," she said.

Sources: CBN News, WDBJ-7 Roanoke News, Religion News Service

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