I wanted to thank you for bringing the Good Soil seminar to our city. After an afternoon of reflection, I realized some specific areas in my Christian life needed attention. Spiritual warfare is a very difficult experience on a Christian and I did not notice how it had changed my heart. Evangelism and discipleship are two areas that require a loving heart and I came to the understanding I was missing, or needing to repair, this major requirement. Studying through the notes of the program is helping me to develop a different attitude because I'm now in a new arena/environment related to the work of God. Again, thanks for developing the chance to experience something like Good Soil.
—Brad in Tennessee
I just wanted to let you know that I use The Story of Hope as discipleship material. I grew up in the church learning the Bible stories, but not really knowing how they fit together. It wasn't until I got to Bible College and took Bible Survey that the stories began to make sense. I've found since college that there are many more people out there like me. Though TSOH is really a brief skim of Bible Survey it really is helpful to believers who have grown up in the church to understand the full story from more of a "bird's eye" perspective. I use the material to sort of make my students thirsty for further Bible Survey study of their own. For new believers, I don't skip this material and move right into The Way to Joy. I start with TSOH and then go into TWTJ afterward. All that to say, I am so thankful for the material. Bible Survey is what I love teaching and TSOH is a really good place to start.
—Stephanie, pre-field missionary
Last winter I visited my best friend Tim up in Maryland and taught him the seminar one-on-one. He is involved in inner-city ministry in one of the worst neighborhoods in D.C. I just talked to him earlier. He is teaching a class in the neighborhood using The Story of Hope and is a few weeks into it. He said people are "eating it up." He also mentioned that it has revolutionized his personal evangelism by using TSOH.
—Phil, now a missionary in Israel
In this past week Glen, Russell, and Jim have all had their names written in the Lambs Book of Life. As I write to you, tears are streaming down my face. God has so blessed my ministry and yours, each of these men learned the redemptive story thru The Story of Hope. All have begun their journey toward sanctification in The Way to Joy.
—Eric in western New York
I have found the Good Soil materials: The Story of Hope and The Way to Joy to be excellent for one on one Bible studies. Thank you for presenting God's redemptive plan in a clear and thoughtful way. May God use your materials as a tool to bring many to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, our Lord!
—Anneliese, in New York
SOOOOO happy to find this beautiful sharing the Gospel guide! In the TWO languages I need. Blessings!!!
—John, Hampton, VA
In January, David gave a copy of The Story of Hope to a 21-year-old army boy. He took it and read it several times. When the assistant pastor spoke to him, he readily received Christ and will soon be discipled by one of our young men. Last month, I passed a copy of The Story of Hope to a young man who is dating one of our young ladies. He read The Story of Hope several times and prayed to receive Christ. I prayed with him today regarding assurance of salvation.
—Charissa, in Singapore
I just wanted to share with you a story we heard tonight about The Story of Hope. Once a month, we get together with a core group of individuals from our home church that encourages and prays for us as we prepare to go to the field. One of the couples that meets with us participates in a Bible Study/English class at a Chinese church in our town every Friday. Last summer they were looking for material to use, so I showed them The Story of Hope. They were very excited and have been using it in the class. There is another couple from our church that works with them in the class. The man is remarried and has a daughter that he and his former wife adopted. The daughter is about 7 years old and comes to stay with them during the summer and holidays. During Christmas vacation the daughter was with them and happened to find a copy of The Story of Hope in the back seat of their car. Apparently she read through it and loved all the stories and started asking a lot of questions. As a result she placed her faith and trust in Christ.
—David & Christine, pre-field missionaries to Southeast Asia
The Bible study my neighbor and I are leading together has been wonderful! We have 7 women coming, with a variety of backgrounds ranging from young believer to Catholic and even completely unchurched. The Story of Hope has been fabulous and has brought out many questions from the women that we discuss and look at biblically. Thank you for this resource. I'm ordering more books because several women have mentioned wanting to invite others to join. This study is straightforward and focused, with very good questions for reflection and discussion. God bless you!”
—Vicki, Carmel, IN
Emails from an elementary school teacher to her friend, Jenn, who led her to Jesus through The Story of Hope:
I just wanted to say thank you so much for coming to speak with me today! You have such a kind, generous heart to help me find that special relationship with God. I am finally ready to take everything in and truly understand it. If it wasn't for you, I would still be searching. I look forward to meeting with you again!
I just finished The Story of Hope. I couldn't put it down today, what a remarkable story!! I am excited to read the next book :-). The Bible has so many wonderful verses inside of it that gives me hope! I would love to meet with you and talk about it! Thanks again for showing me the way to a personal relationship with God, I can never repay you for that. I was also thinking about starting a blog about what I have read. That way, if we are both too busy over the summer months, we could chat through a blog. Let me know your thoughts on that.
Hope to see you soon!
—Elementary School Teacher
My friend pastors a church, and I had asked about a wonderful resource to help an unsaved friend who doesn't believe the Messiah has come and still embraces the practices observed in the Old Testament, as well as the celebrations. This is what was recommended to me. I'm excited and thankful for the suggestion.
—Amanda, Brooklyn Park, MN
I am looking to go through The Story of Hope with some of my neighbors. Thank you so much for the opportunity to attend the Good Soil seminar at ABWE! I really appreciated the resources given out as I believe they will be great tools to use in the future!
—David, Owatonna, MN
What a great resource - a great starting point for conversation with ANY person seeking.
—Patrick, PEW35 Ministry, Owatonna, MN
My good friend Leah led me through this study several years ago and now I have an opportunity to do it with another friend. I'm so thankful to have found my original book so I could order a copy to use with my friend and with kids. Thank you!
—Vanessa, Ofallon, MO
My aunt encouraged me to use The Story of Hope with a friend, although the friend is claiming she is a believer (I didn't know for sure when we started, but I think it might just be a head knowledge). She agreed to keep meeting with me. My cousin's wife realized during The Way to Joy that she had a head knowledge and not a heart knowledge. I am hoping the Holy Spirit shows my friend this as we continue to study.
—Kara, Clarks Summit, PA
My pastor in Cleveland Heights, OH, suggested The Story of Hope for a Bible study which I did with two neighbor ladies this winter. We want to continue with The Way to Joy
—Carolyn, Macedonia, OH
I have used The Story of Hope in our Sunday School class. Now I want to go through it and The Way to Joy with a brand-new believer!
—Susan, Newport News, VA
I had a chance to talk to Jay (friend of a recently deceased relative) about eternity. We were able to lead him through a short presentation of The Story of Hope’s chronological salvation message, and with joy, see him trust Christ while praying through the concepts of God, Man, Sin, Death, Christ, Cross, Faith and Life. He desires to do the follow-up Bible study called The Way to Joy also. This is one way in which God has answered your prayers for our peace and purpose in this hard time.
—Missionary from Brazil in the USA after the tragic death of a relative
Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to participate in The Roots of Faith. It was all that I hoped for - and so much more. My goal was to "be able to connect the dots" of the story of the Bible. I pictured the Bible stories and events as a bowl of pearls, with the string being redemption. But I didn't know how to put it all together to make a beautiful necklace. Now I do! Thank you also for so much more. Whether I am reading the Bible at home, hearing a sermon, studying in Sunday School or Bible studies - I've grown to see and understand the Bible on many more levels - from the level of being better able to share with an inquiring person who knows very little, to the levels of more understanding of God's plan.
I really appreciate the interactive learning style and the "baton-teaching" method of having one of several very knowledgeable teachers introduce a lesson, then pass the baton to the next one to lead us further into the scripture, and then the baton passed to the next one for other aspects of the lesson. I kept seeing things in scripture that I "never saw before." Chronology, geography, Biblical history - were woven through the lessons, and it was a lot of fun to work in mini-groups to list answers on flip charts, make maps with string on the floor, and experience lots of creative ways to learn in a non-threatening situation. I appreciated being able to comfortably ask questions during the sessions or on breaks. Time flew in spite of there being a lot of material to cover!
The course emphasis on God, the Promise Keeper, has been so enriching, as the story kept unfolding ways that God fulfilled His promises. The Roots of Faith has not only quenched my thirst for understanding, but also made me more thirsty to know more.
Thanks so much to you, to the authors of the material, and to all the instructors and to David Brooks for his new commentary. It reads just like he sounds when he's teaching. What a gift! I hope many others take the course, whether or not they are currently teachers of the Bible. Than you for the blessings of this course, and for the opportunity to be there - even though I'm neither an actual missionary or pastor.
—Chris, church member in the USA
The Good Soil E&D exposition of the parable of the four soils has changed the way I look at lost people. The Story of Hope and the Chronological Bridge to Life help me get folks to a receptive place in their lives for the best growth. I serve people in various bondages so the other three soils have helped me see where people are at. Most of The Story of Hope I have committed to memory. It has become a tool for me to evangelize, water and cultivate lives.
—Larry in Arkansas