Letters from Readers
While we don’t share all letters due to volume and sensitivity, here is a sampling of letters we’ve received that helps show the hearts of the people receiving our books, and how they desire additional resources.
Us women here at Crawford County Jail are Christians and do a nightly Bible study. We really enjoy a book published by your company Jesus Came to Save Sinners and find ourselves pulling out and reading a lot of text from that beautifully worded book. We would like to ask if you could find it in your heart to send other Christian/faith books your company published. Those of those of us here for a long time would love nothing more than to continue our faith. Thanks for any consideration.
Women at C.C.J.
To whom it may concern:
May God’s grace cover you gently & His peace give you joy…
I ask that you take a moment to read this letter & not just toss it to the side as insignificant. You see, I almost did just that to the book; “The Pursuit of God” by A.W. Tozer, (The updated edition printed by you & Aneko Press) when the Assistant Chaplain slid it under my confinement cell door. Before I could call out to him to give it back, he was gone. Wouldn’t have mattered; God knew I needed it.
So with time on my hands & nothing else to do, I read it. Then I read again. And again. And again. I read it from cover to cover four times in three days. After the 4th time, I walked around in my cell for two more days with an agitated spirit. That is the only way I can describe how I felt inside. And I didn’t understand WHY I was feeling agitated. Then I picked up the book again; figuring that something in it had made me feel this way. I read it slowly. Then, in Chapter 4 ”Apprehending God” the last paragraph states, in part:
“If we who follow Christ, with all the facts before us and knowing what we are about, deliberately choose the kingdom of God as our sphere of interest, I see no reason why anyone should object. If we lose by it, the loss is our own; If we gain, we rob no one by so doing.”
Then I ask myself a series of questions:
- Why do I NOT follow Christ?
- What are the facts before me concerning following God?
- Do I know what I am about?
- If I choose the kingdom of God as my sphere of interest, why should my decision be based on others?
- What do I lose? What would I gain?
These kind of questions haunted me for two days. Then, on the morning of the 14th, I woke up & realized I don’t have the answers & I’m lost. This realization brought me to my knees and before God. All I could say was that,” I’m sorry.” I knew that I was a sinner & that I could no longer go on my own. I got a Bible the following week & for some reason started in First Corinthians. When I got to Chapter 6, verse 9-11, I was shaken to the core. It was describing me! Then verse 11 stated, “And such were some of you…” The emphasis was on the word, “were.” Because God had washed, sanctified, and justified me, I was no longer one of the “…unrighteous [that] will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God.”
What was I to say to that? Absolutely nothing! But then I asked, “What do I do now?” I had/have no idea. So, I saw your address in the front of the book (and because I am serving a Life Sentence) I decided to write in hopes of finding a spiritual mentor. Someone – anyone – willing to help me walk along this newfound path. I am surrounded by so evil negativity in here. I’m looking for someone who knows the path and will help me navigate it.
I know this a strange request but I know not where to turn. I’ve been incarcerated for 22 years. I will be 49 in November and I just want peace. This is my plea for help. So that’s it. If you have any questions, plz feel free to ask. I hide nothing. God has seen it all and still He’s washed me clean. What more can be as wonderful?
Thank you for taking time to hear me out. I pray that God continues to bless you & the ministry that published the book that God used to change my life.
Seeking His Grace,
To whom it may concern,
My name is C____ and I’m incarcerated in the A____ County Jail in ____, OH. I’m writing to see if you would be willing to provide any books for our jail library. Most of the materials are very outdated and in extremely poor condition.
We’re in need of all sorts of topics: Christian, Spirituality, Self-Help, Fiction & Nonfiction Novels, Biography & Autobiography, Comics, Graphic Novels, Magazines, anything, etc.
I sincerely appreciate your time and hope you do not mind me writing you. Have a wonderful day and God bless!
Brother or Sister in Christ,
Greetings with grace and peace from our Heavenly Father and LORD Jesus Christ,
My name is Brother P____ and am in P____ County Jail, serving Christ where He has me, may all praise and glory to our Heavenly Father for this time. I am writing because the only family I have are my Brothers and Sisters in the body of Christ. I didn’t have a Mother or Father growing up. I just know that I’ve been adopted into the “Body” family of Christ.
I would like to say that I truly enjoyed and learned a lot from the book, Pilgrim’s Progress. What a good book. I would like some new reading. I am asking in the Name of Christ Jesus if there is some paperbacks that I may receive from you. If not, I still give thanks to God for the work you’re doing. May He keep blessing your work for Him.
In Christ Jesus,
I have come across The Power of the Blood of Jesus by Andrew Murray. That is a very powerful book and I would love to read some more of Andrew Murray, please, The Ministry of Intercession by Andrew Murray and Divine Healing and Absolute Surrender.
Can you send this? I am in prison and have no one to send me books and I would love this please. We can only have softback. I very much would enjoy reading them and I love studying the Word and thinking about it.
A good Christian brother gave me a great book called Faithful to Christ by Charles Spurgeon. Which was to be honest an eye opener. It started my spiritual journey to getting to know Christ passionately.
To whom it may concern,
I was arrested on ____, after committing a crime – due to a long drug addiction. By God’s grace, I came upon one of your books – written by D. L. Moody – The Way to God – it has impacted me tremendously!
I’m writing in hope that you will allow me a copy of D. L. Moody’s book The Overcoming Life. I imagine it too will be a tremendous resource to help me get aligned with God’s glorious purpose for me.
Thank you – and may God Bless your service through your books!
To whom it may concern:
I hope my letter finds your organization well and in good health. I recently finished reading your book, Jesus Came to Save Sinners, which was excellent, inspiring, and eye opening as well as very informative. I’m currently incarcerated pending sentencing on four open cases on twelve different charges. Currently, we are being kept in our cells 22-23 hours a day due to other female inmates’ behavioral issues affecting the unit as a whole.
I was just hoping that you may be able to send any other reading material. I’ll happily share anything sent to me and would greatly appreciate it. If you cannot, could you kindly put us on your prayer list please. Nine girls have tried to commit suicide in the past two and a half weeks and there is a group of mean girls who bully less fortunate inmates, so it’s heavy here!
I’ll be praying for your ministry as well. Thanks a lot for taking your time to read my letter!
Thanks, and God Bless,
To whom it may concern,
In the book, The Ten Commandments, by Dwight L. Moody, I found other books that I have not read from your press company [he was requesting additional books]. The books that I have read have been an inspiration not only to myself but also other men in our prison dorm. Now I would like to say thank you and keep up the great work.