Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Red Letter Life: 17 Words from Jesus to Inspire Simple, Practical, Purposeful Living” as Want to Read:
The Red Letter Life: 17 Words from Jesus to Inspire Simple, Practical, Purposeful  Living
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Red Letter Life: 17 Words from Jesus to Inspire Simple, Practical, Purposeful Living

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  22 reviews
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 simpl ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2014 by Shiloh Run Press (first published May 4th 2014)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Red Letter Life, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Red Letter Life

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.39  · 
Rating details
 ·  77 ratings  ·  22 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Red Letter Life: 17 Words from Jesus to Inspire Simple, Practical, Purposeful Living
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firstreads
I won this book as a FirstRead.

Bob Hostetler spends about the first two-thirds of this book breaking down the Lord's Prayer line by line and the last third of the book covering other instances of Jesus praying or talking about prayer. He includes personal stories, quotes from the Bible and other theologians, and anecdotes from pop culture to make the book both an enjoyable read and thought provoking. Each chapter ends with a prayer related to the topic covered in that chapter.

I really enjoyed re
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book! I really enjoyed reading this book along with my family. I read it aloud to them, so we all could get the benefits. This is a really thorough, engaging book that reveals some major insights into praying as Jesus taught us to pray. Focused on the red letter parts of the New Testament that show Jesus' words, this is a fascinating account of the meanings behind why Jesus said what He did about prayer. It illustrates what His life at the time showed about prayer, and how we can learn s ...more
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better prayer books I’ve read. Tells you more about the meaning and passion behind the prayer not just prayers to pray.
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“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
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book for individual study for anyone looking for a simple but deeper walk with Jesus. However, I feel it is designed and formatted--perhaps for better application to a person's life--for a group study. It is easy to read through this discussion of 17 key words in Jesus' ministry and glean what you need at the moment. However, taking 17 weeks with an accountability partner or group would strengthen the application of every word instead of the few that might grab your atten ...more
Doug Phillips
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion, first-reads
This book was a refreshing read. Probing commonly used, powerful words from Jesus, I looked at terms such as "repent" in a new, more positive perspective. It is encouraging to read the author's persuasive thesis about actionable ways Christians can seek out and understand the purposeful ways that Jesus included these words in his lessons.

I would strongly recommend this book to any reader who would like to better understand the power of God's masterfully chosen lessons for practical living spoken
Kim Zimmerman
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
every once in a while a book comes along that changes your prayer life, or interrupts your prayer life ...this is one of those books.
Joyce Ellis
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With his depth of spiritual insight and signature light touches of humor, Bob Hostetler examines 17 words from the red-letter sections of the Bible--the words of Jesus. Each chapter deals with one of these words to live by, such as Come, "The First Word," Bring, "The Word in Inclusion," Beware, "The Word of Warning," and Rejoice, "The Word That Sings and Dances." At the end of each chapter, Hostetler includes a "Final Word," a homework assignment of sorts, to put into practice these directives o ...more
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hostettler explores the action words used by Jesus when he talked to his disciples -- from "come" when first called to "go," the great commission. If a Christian is to grow in his walk, he needs to obey the words of Jesus contained in these 17 verbs. I enjoyed looking at the words of Jesus from this perspective. ...more
Tim Suddeth
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bob Hostetler defines and explains key words that Jesus used. He uses stories and word pictures to explain many of Jesus' teachings. An easy and compelling read that helps you see possibly old teachings in new light. ...more
Candy Shepard
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book! Wow! The author’s insightfulness and prospective were eye-opening. The historical background given was so helpful to understanding the whole picture. Very engaging. There were times I just had to put the book down and pray or think. Great stuff.
Jennifer Drake Johnston
Both inspiring and convicting...

A good book which centers around specific things Jesus said and did and provides thought-provoking ideas and practical applications in each chapter.
A.C. Cuddy
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“You're invited to sit at the feet of Jesus Himself and listen—and learn (and yearn)—as He prays. Seventeen chapters share the exciting, empowering, and enlightened Red Letter Prayer Life as Jesus spoke it, lived it, and shared it with His followers. Jesus uncovered secrets of prayer that could make the lame walk, open prison doors, and break down barriers between people. He did it for His followers then, and He does it for you today.

For some time now, it has been burning in my heart to really r
The adjectives in the subtitle give us a hint into Bob's message for living as a disciple of Jesus. Bob Hostetler writes with purpose; his message is practical; and his writing is simple so anyone can understand it.

Hostetler has delivered his message in a 'pure' way: truth, grace, simplicity and clarity of thought are all in place. Sure, he uses his knowledge of Greek to explain things. But he only does it to enhance the message. I never got the feeling I was being talked down to because these
Larry Hostetler
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
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 be
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I lent this book to my sister and she in turn lent it to her friend after she finished. They both loved the book and said that it helped them to improve on their prayers! My sister now spends more time praying every day and it's been a blessing. I'm planning on reading it myself, but I have to wait until my sister's other friend finishes it (she keeps lending it out because it's that great).

*I received this book for free through a Goodreads Giveaway.
Tamra LeValley
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: winner-books
Most excellent book!

I read a lot of religious books because I love God. This book was not only written well it was so touching that there were points and times where I actually reared up and thanked God for allowing this kairos moment.
Blake Western
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Simply and clearly written, using 17 words such as "come," "go", "rejoice," "pray," and "repent." This is a good book for the mature Christian as well as the new Christian. It is Biblical and challenges the believer to be all the Lord wants him to be. ...more
Allen Patterson
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have heard many preachers say when they read or heard something that was Biblically sound, "That'll preach". I found myself saying that far more often than not as I read this book. Encouraging, reassuring, and challenging. ...more
Jenn Sands
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There was excellent teaching in this book.
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bob-hostetler
Well done - 17 powerful words to think, mediate, ponder then to live by. Thanks!
Mickey Obermire
rated it it was amazing
Mar 19, 2015
rated it really liked it
Mar 05, 2020
pam schroeder
rated it really liked it
Jan 30, 2016
rated it it was amazing
May 24, 2015
Sharla Hansen
rated it liked it
Aug 20, 2016
John C
rated it it was amazing
Apr 05, 2016
rated it it was ok
Jul 26, 2018
Monique Belanger
rated it it was amazing
Jan 14, 2016
rated it liked it
Jun 06, 2014
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Best American Mystery Stories 2019
  • Come Rain or Come Shine (Mitford Years, #13)
  • Becoming Mrs. Lewis
  • Change Agent
  • The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedström, #1)
  • The Holiness of God
  • The Grammarians
  • The Non-Prophet's Guide to™ the Book of Revelation: Bible Prophecy for Everyone
  • The Secret to Hummingbird Cake
  • Praying with Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen
  • Accidental Pharisees: Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity, and the Other Dangers of Overzealous Faith
  • Something Missing
  • The Opposite of Everyone
  • Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting
  • Hardcore Twenty-Four (Stephanie Plum, #24)
  • Travels with My Aunt
  • Holiness
  • Downfall (Joanna Brady, #17)
See similar books…
Bob Hostetler is an award-winning writer, editor, and speaker from southwestern Ohio. His books, which include the award-winning Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (co-authored with Josh McDowell) and the novel, 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 Cobblesto ...more

News & Interviews

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
18 likes · 3 comments
“Some of us have lived with those voices for so long that they sound like the truth. They sound like our own voice. They may even sound like God’s voice. But they’re not. God’s voice speaks words of acceptance. Words that give. Words that restore. THE WORD THAT ACCEPTS The night before Jesus died, he gathered with his closest friends and followers in a borrowed banquet room in Jerusalem. There, in the” 0 likes
“custom of the day, he and his twelve disciples reclined on narrow couches, arranged like spokes on a wheel around a low table. The table was supplied with all they needed to share a Passover meal together. Matthew, one of the men who was there, recorded part of the evening: When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating … Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” 88 When Jesus said, “Take and eat,” he was doing” 0 likes
More quotes…