The Red-Letter Life: 17 Words from Jesus to Inspire   Simple, Practical, Purposeful Living  -     By: Bob Hostetler
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The Red Letter Life takes readers on a life-changing journey through the "red letter" portions of the Bible-the words of Jesus, as recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Each chapter focuses on a single, simple but powerful word spoken by Jesus, including, "Come," "Ask," "Repent," "Love," "Give," and "Go." Written by award-winning author and pastor, Bob Hostetler, this practical and inspiring read shows how 17 key words can alter the course of a life and reveals the stunning simplicity of the Gospel message. The Red Letter Life is a perfect resource for personal or small group use.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 244
Vendor: Barbour Books
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1624167616
ISBN-13: 9781624167614

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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.

 

Author Bio

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.


Editorial Reviews

The Red Letter Life reveals the stunning simplicity and life-changing power of Jesus' words. This is a book everyone should read--and live!”

–Josh McDowell, internationally known author, lecturer, and Christian apologist


“Bob Hostetler is one of my favorite writers. I read everything he writes.”

–Leonard Sweet, best-selling author, E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew Theological School at Drew University and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University


"Bob Hostetler. . .quotes the words of Jesus, astutely guiding us through familiar New Testament passages with fresh eyes, helping us see more clearly what Jesus expects his followers to do with their lives. The seventeen chosen words—'come,' 'follow,' and 'hear' among them—both challenge and convict us, comfort and encourage us. The Red Letter Life is a heartfelt invitation to put into action what Jesus put into words."
—Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of Bad Girls of the Bible: And What We Can Learn from Them


"The Scriptures tell us the Word of God is alive and active. In The Red Letter Life, Bob Hostetler demonstrates how this is true. By asking us to hear some familiar words of Jesus with fresh ears, Bob shows the richness, depth, and transformative nature of Jesus' invitation and teaching. I highly recommend it!"
--Mike Erre, Senior Pastor of the First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, CA, and author of Why the Bible Matters

"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.

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.

This is a very inspiring little book. I'd been hearing a lot about it, and it didn't disappoint. I like that it is broken into so many chapters and sections--it's great for reading on the go. The author writes clearly and makes a lot of sense, and I like that he doesn't use too many words and say the same thing over and over again. The book was obviously edited well.. This is a must-have for the religion/spirituality section of public libraries.

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Red Letter Life
    August 12, 2015
    Shell
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Bought for a gift, did not deliver as yet. The preview is great and that is the reason for my selection.
  2. Sacramento, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great idea for fulfilling your new year's resolutions
    December 20, 2014
    Lee Hughes
    Sacramento, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    What a great premise for a book! I'm not familiar with another book that takes 17 imperatives from Jesus' utterances (hence the title "Red Letter..." - some bibles put the words of Jesus in red letters) and discusses each of them. From "Come" to "Go", the book takes one through much of what a Christian needs to do. It also corrects some common misunderstandings and clarifies some murky interpretations.

    There are several chapters I found particularly strong, but the chapter on "Forgive!" is the best treatise on the subject I have ever read. It was both inspirational and transformational. But the book if for no other reason than to read this chapter.

    But many of the others come close to the same level, and reading just the one would miss the point. I used the book as a devotional for several months; it is written in such a way that headings happen often, and even as little as a couple of pages at a time is instructive.

    I heartily recommend this book for anyone interested in learning what Jesus wanted us to be and do, not just what he wanted us to believe.

    The fact that the book is dedicated to me and my older brother is of no bearing on the review. As someone once said (in red letters) "A prophet is without honor in his own country." But while the standard is higher in one's own country I must say that (having read many of Bob's books - but not all of them) this is probably my second favorite. You'll have to read my other reviews of Bob's books to find out which is my favorite.

    This is definitely a good read.
  3. Cincinnati, OH
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I was drawn closer to God word by word
    June 5, 2014
    Mary
    Cincinnati, OH
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  4. Lima, OH
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Life changing
    June 4, 2014
    Jesus Freak
    Lima, OH
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    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?
  5. Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A fresh look at timeless truth for everyone.
    June 2, 2014
    DSH for Jesus
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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 its 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.
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