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 is thrilled to announce the launch of a new blog on Guideposts.org: "A Thousand Ways to Pray." As the first post on that blog says:

There are a thousand ways to pray.

Like Enoch, who “walked with God” (Genesis 5:24, KJV). Like Sarai, who laughed, though she didn’t know God was listening (Genesis 18:12). Like Joshua’s army, who shouted and blew trumpets (Joshua 6:16). Like Daniel, who opened a window toward Jerusalem and knelt to pray (Daniel 6:10).

The purpose of the blog is to explore, get this, a thousand (or more) ways to pray. To share my--and others--adventures in prayer. To encourage more prayer. To enthuse and equip people to pray. 

Please visit the blog (click here). New posts appear every Tuesday and Friday, and it will be so helpful if you comment as well as tweet, post, pin, and email posts to everyone you know. Add the blog to your blog reader and/or bookmark it in your web browser. And please tell everyone you know about it.


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.


Step into a life-changing journey with The Red Letter Life: 17 Words from Jesus to Inspire Simple, Practical, Purposeful Living, 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 speaker, 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. Each chapter focuses on a single, simple but powerful word spoken by Jesus, such as "Hear," "Follow," "Take," "Abide," and more.

The Red Letter Life will reveal how these 17 key words, spoken more than two thousand years ago, can alter the course of your journey today, releasing you from the complications of life—where you can be fully free in Christ!

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, author of More Than a Carpenter).

It is available via Christianbook.comAmazon, Barbour Books, and at Christian bookstores everywhere.


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.