Yes, that’s right, the official website of the award-winning and best-selling author from southwest Ohio whose books include The Red Letter Life and The Bone Box. In addition to his award-winning radio commentary and article-writing (in such publications as Family CircleDiscipleship Journal, and Poets & Writers), he is  a frequent speaker at churches, retreats, and conferences around the world.


Bob's latest book, The Red Letter Prayer Life: 17 Words from Jesus to Inspire Practical, Purposeful, Powerful Prayer is available now. Here's what people are saying about it: 

I am not sure that a book about prayer—a very serious and substantial and instructive book about prayer—has ever been called seductive before; but I am going to do so now. Bob Hostetier has created one of the most genuinely satisfying and cordial books about prayer for Christians that I have ever seen. It is engaging, humble, and totally appealing, while at the same time being deeply scriptural. I rejoice in this book and can only hope many others will too (Phyllis Tickle, author of The Divine Hours). 

I'm excited about Bob Hostetler's book, The Red Letter Prayer Life. He shows how just seventeen words and phrases of Jesus impart the secrets of prayer--the fountain and source of a thousand blessings. This is a book to be read and reread (Josh McDowell, author of More Than a Carpenter).

Bob Hostetler's marvelous sense of humor is so fresh, witty, and spontaneous, it is only later, upon reflection, that readers realize they have been taught profound lessons while being thoroughly entertained. Bob is optimistic but not naïve. He's motivating without being demanding. He's corrective while also empathetic. Read this book slowly and savor its nurturing (Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, author of Jesus in the 9 to 5).

The Red Letter Prayer Life is superb. Not only does Bob Hostetler walk the reader through the variants of prayer like praying boldly, with confidence, and specifically, but he also guides the reader to drop the walls of formality and come to the feet of God openly and with passion. This book is a must for anyone wishing to deepen a personal relationship with Christ through prayer (Cindy K. Sproles, author and cofounder of Christian Devotions Ministries).

I highly recommend The Red Letter Prayer Life to anyone searching for a richer experience with Jesus (Anita Corrine Donihue, author of When I'm on My Knees Series and other titles, two million+ copies sold).

Bob Hostetler writes about prayer with the enthusiasm and experience of someone who has immersed himself in the subject. Nothing here feels second-hand but lived, tried and tested. This book will expand your prayer life. It did mine (Rick Hamlin, executive editor, Guideposts magazine).

No matter what level of prayer life you have--from almost none to a good one--this book will encourage and challenge you to go deeper. I highly recommend it (Jonathan Graf, Publisher, Prayer Connect magazine).

The Red Letter Prayer Life is available online (here or here) and in good bookstores everywhere. 



Bob's article "31 Ways to Pray for Your Kids" has been used by parents, grandparents, teachers, pastors, and others around the world to pray purposefully and Biblically for those they love.  It has been translated into such languages as Korean, Spanish, and Swahili. It was adapted into a prayer card (see here) that many people have kept in their Bibles or purses and worn out in praying for their children, grandchildren, students, nephews, nieces--and even themselves.

That prayer aid is now available as "31 Ways to Pray for Your Kids," an iPhone/iPad app.   It gives you a short Bible-based prayer every day and allows you to set a daily reminder for your iPhone or iPad. 

One reviewer says, "This app is simple and easy to use. Set the time you want to pray for your children - it reminds you with a daily prayer, scripture to support it and beautiful graphics! A must have!"

Go to the app store on iTunes and download it now. Tell your friends about it. Let your MOPS group know. Share the news with the parents at church or school. Help spread the word. Get praying and watch God do great things in the kids you care about.


Every human heart longs to love and be loved. And every heart is unfulfilled until it falls in love with God.

Bob Hostetler's newest book, Falling in Love with God, is available online and in the finest bookstores everywhere. And NOW, thanks to this site, twelve downloadable  studies are available for use with your small group, Sunday school class, or Bible study. Get the studies here

Also, back by popular demand--15 easy-to-use, impactful group studies on Bob's book, American Idols (The Worship of the American Dream). American Idols details the most common--and dangerous--modern idols that could be hindering your prayers, impeding your spiritual growth, and limiting God's blessing on and through your life. It is not only perfect for your private reading and study, but a helpful resource for groups who want to spotlight and overcome the idols that infect their lives, their families, and even their churches. Link to the fifteen free American Idols studies here.


The rabbis in the temple. The wedding guest at Cana. The mother of Judas. We know them only as nameless characters in the crowded days of Jesus' life. Some are mentioned in the Bible. The existence or presence of others, while never mentioned, may be inferred. 

Bob Hostetler's Jordan River Anthology gives voice to those people, and imagines what it might have been like to have crossed paths with Jesus of Nazareth as they did. The ninety-three poems in the collection offer fresh--sometimes arresting--perspectives on the Gospels...and on their central character.


Click here to read the first eleven selections, from "The Carpenter's Mother" to "The Customer." 


Bob's 2015 speaking engagements are now posted on this website. Find out more here.