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 Circle, Discipleship Journal, and Poets & Writers), he is a frequent speaker at churches, retreats, and conferences around the world.


It's not every day--or even every year--that an author sees two books released within days of each other. But 2017 isn't just any year. Bob Hostetler has two books releasing in April 2017. 

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The Return (Book Two of the two-part Northkill Amish series) is a historical novel set during the French and Indian Wars of the mid-eighteenth-century. Coauthored with Bob's distant cousin, J. M. Hochstetler, it tells the stories of Jakob Hochstetler (the authors' ancestor) and his sons, Joseph and Christian, who were all taken captive after the now-famous Hochstetler massacre of 1757 (related in Northkill). Christy-Award-winning novelist Lori Benton says, "Skillfully researched detail--both the 18th century Amish and that of Native America--heart-wrenching emotional journeys, and profoundly rendered themes of grace and God's sovereignty combine to create a tale I couldn't read fast enough, yet didn't want to end." The Return, available for preorder now, releases April 1, 2017. Learn more at

Bob Hostetler calls The Chamberlain Key "the differentest book I've ever written." It tells the story of coauthor Timothy Smith, a successful appraiser of artifacts and antiquities who experiences a troubling dream…with the same mysterious message…on the same exact date…three years in a row, launching him into a journey with God and the Bible that begins to unravel a series of breathtaking Bible discoveries and a warning God wants his people to hear and heed. Bible scholar and Dead Sea Scrolls expert Eugene Ulrich, Ph.D., says, “However one wishes to interpret the meaning and significance of the text, they may rest assured that the text on which Timothy Smith bases his interpretation has almost certainly been there for a very long time, since before the birth of Christ.” Learn more, meet Timothy Smith, and preorder at www.chamberlainkey.comThe Chamberlain Key releases April 4, 2017. 



A  weekly The Bard and the Bible Podcast (see the podcast link in the menu at left), is available to listeners for subscription on iTunes. The Bard and the Bible Podcast offers weekly episodes of readings from Shakespeare and scripture for your inspiration, meditation, or memorization. Each podcast runs less than five minutes and expands upon some of the correspondences and contrasts featured in The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional. For more information visit


Bob Hostetler's book, The Bard and the Bible pairs 365 short passages from each of the two greatest works of English literature ever created--and they were compiled not only in the same period but also in the same city! No wonder they possess striking similarities and revealing contrasts! The Bard and the Bible offers daily readings based on verses from the King James Version of the Bible and lines from Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. The poetry of the Bard and the power of God's Word will enrich your understanding and appreciation of both, and provide new ways to encounter and respond to God. This devotional provides a year of daily readings that yield intellectual stimulation and spiritual inspiration as they engage your mind and change your life. Available NOW in quality bookstores everywhere or from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or CBD.

Read more about The Bard and the Bible (including a free sample) here. Follow The Bard and the Bible on Twitter 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 2017 speaking engagements are now posted on this website. Find out more here.