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Step into a life-changing journey with The Red Letter Life, where you’ll be taken through the “red letter” portions of the Bible—the words of Jesus, as recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Written by award-winning author and pastor, Bob Hostetler, this practical and inspiring read shows how 17 key words can alter the course of your life and reveals the stunning simplicity of the Gospel message.
|Publisher:||Barbour Publishing, Incorporated|
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About the Author
Bob Hostetler is a writer, editor, speaker, and consultant from southwestern Ohio. His twenty-nine books, which include the award-winning Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (co-authored with Josh McDowell)and The Bone Box, have sold over 3 million copies. He has won two Gold Medallion Awards, four Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation Award. He is the founding pastor of Cobblestone Community Church in Oxford, Ohio. He and his wife, Robin, have two grown children, Aubrey and Aaron, and four grandchildren.
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The purpose of this book is clearly stated in the title and Hostetler stays true to it throughout this journey into Jesus’ teachings. He takes you on a step by step progression of words Jesus used and words Jesus lived to demonstrate how we can incorporate their concepts into our own lives. Hostetler deftly takes the reader deeper with each chapter beginning with the word Come and concluding with the word Go. He illustrates each word with often fascinating original context, insights of his own, and meaningful research from other authors. He includes well developed personal applications and finishes each chapter with truly challenging exercises. I have read many books of this genre but this is one of the best. His tone is personal and his style engaging. This serves him well because he does not shy away suggesting life applications in the chapters on the meatier topics such as Forgiving and Serving. In chapter after chapter I encountered ideas that encouraged, affirmed and sometimes challenged my own walk with God. The way Hostetler puts the words into the original context just makes it all so very real and intimate. I recommend this book for both personal study and for small groups. There is an abundance of wisdom for both inward reflection and ideas that will foster animated group discussions. The knowledge that he makes so accessible will benefit the new believer as well as challenge long time Christ followers. As Hostetler so clearly shows us, it’s not just about words, it’s about a life of purpose. Note: I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book but was under no obligation to provide a favorable review.
The Red Letter Life stresses to the reader 17 simple words Jesus speaks in the Bible such as faith, follow, hear, come, repent, take, beware, bring, abide, and more. Some of the words may often get passed over without taking time to ponder what effect they could have in one's life. This book is not only a great read for a new believer, but also a book of application for believers that draws the reader closer to Jesus, helps the reader examine one's personal encounter(s) with Jesus, bringing clarity, healing and restoration in many areas of life. The Red Letter Life is filled with Scripture, everyday experiences, reason and many other Christian writers who help readers understand the importance of these simple words. This book challenges the reader with thought and life provoking questions that can provoke change and healing, restoration and confirmation and growth and holiness. In the words of a student quoted in the book, "one thing I've noticed is that if you really are going to start living this way and you start making big changes in your life, eventually it starts to change who you are from the inside out. . ." Are you up for the challenge?
Red Letter Life is going to be one of those books that serve some as a ready primer to the Christian Faith. Others will read and reread it throughout their lives as a go-to book for encouragement, teaching or reminder of what Jesus is all about. Bob Hostetler's easy style is rich and encouraging and readable without ever feeling like he's insulting the reader. There's depth to challenge the aggressive reader and simplicity to make this a coffee table book or gift for others. Red Letter Life introduces readers to Christianity, but it may not be the "Jesus" many think they know. We learn that while the way to God is open to everyone, it is not a way that is easy for anyone. It was costly to Jesus and is often costly to genuine followers but Bob shows that the cost of following Jesus is more than worth it considering the benefits that come from knowing Christ. I like these lines: "If your heart is hurting, come [to Jesus]. If your soul feels like it is shrinking, come. If your strength is depleted, come." This is not Christianity "lite," and it is not highfalutin' religiosity. This is Jesus on display and it's worth your time to read it. NOTE: I was provided with a complimentary copy of the book to review, but I was under no obligation to write anything other than my own critique.
“The Red Letter Life, 17 Words From Jesus to Inspire, Practical, Purposeful Living” by Bob Hostetler ranks as one of his best non-fiction books. The book is based on seventeen words or phases that are key to the life of a Christian. Like Bob’s other non-fiction works the tone is casual and easy to read while at the same time being challenging and thought provoking. When I read this book, I could almost hear him speaking to me! I particularly enjoyed the combination of Scripture, personal stories and quotes from other authors that provided a deep exploration of the chapter topic. It took me a while to read and digest this book. Each chapter caused me to pause and reflect. I often read chapters multiple times. While the words and message were simple and clear, I needed the time to let the words sink deep into my heart. Each chapter concludes with a ‘Final Word’, which offers an opportunity to respond to the chapter. I found most of the exercises very meaningful. This spring has been extremely difficult for my family and I was in need of spiritual renewal and healing. Each chapter offered practical words to deepen and revive my relationship with Christ. This book has been most helpful in moving me forward and I plan to reread the book regularly. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to revive or deeper their walk with Christ. While this book may appear to be quick easy read, it is quite deep and meaningful. NOTE: I was provided with a complimentary copy of the book to review, but I was under no obligation to write anything other than my own critique.