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 Hostetler's historical novel, Northkill (coauthored with J. M. Hochstetler) has won a Foreword Reviews annual INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award, for the best indie books of 2014. The winners were selected from more than 1,500 entries by hundreds of independent and university presses of all sizes  after months of editorial deliberation. This year’s list of winners includes the Dalai Lama, Chuck Palahniuk, Zack Whedon, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, along with Bob Hostetler and J. M. Hochstetler, among others. 

Northkill was honored with the bronze award in the historical fiction category. The story of the famous "Hochstetler Massacre" of 1757, at the outset of the French and Indian War, it was released in March 2014 by Sheaf House Publishers. It follows the three survivors--all ancestors of the authors--in the days leading up to, including, and following the massacre. It is available in both ebook and paperback formats. 



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 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).

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.


People have been begging (no, seriously, they really have) for group studies to accompany Bob's books. NOW, thanks to this site, downloadable  studies to accompany three of Bob's books are available for use with your small group, Sunday school class, or Bible study. 

Seventeen studies related to Bob's book, The Red Letter Life, are available in PDF form here

Bob Hostetler's book, Falling in Love with God, based on the Bible book of Hosea, is available online and in the finest bookstores everywhere. And twelve studies can be downloaded here

Also, back by popular demand: fifteen 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.