Red Letters

Red Letters


Want to be in my next book?

posted by Tom Davis

I am currently writing a book that features the stories of people who have lived out Jesus’ “Red Letter” teachings, and I want you to contribute!
 
I am looking for stories of people who have lived out the red letters of Jesus in a practical and/or radical way. If you submit a story and it is used for the book, you’ll receive a credit for your contribution.
 
Here’s what I need:
 
1. Name of the Person
2. The teaching of Jesus they best exemplify
3. 1-2 paragraphs that SHOW me how this person lives out the teachings of Jesus
 
Person can be famous or obscure…living or dead. Could be your Aunt Millie?
 
I am looking for stories that HAVEN’T been told…the diamonds in the rough that few people have heard about.
 
Got a good one? Leave a comment to this note, or e-mail me at tdavis@hopechest.org.



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Steve Huntley

posted March 10, 2011 at 10:08 pm


I nominate the Oswald Family!
There is so much to say about how this family lives, but I’ll keep it short:
Have 2 natural birth kids.
Adopted 5 kids from Ethopia!
Two more Ethiopian adoptions on the way!
Run a small family farm!
Finalists for Extreme Makeover Home Edition!
Big fans of The Red Letters! – have led small group studies and recommend the book to others
They are truly an inspiring family that lives out the call of Christ in their lives. Check out her blog to read about their amazing radical lives!



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K. Duane Carter

posted March 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm


Tom, I would nominate my wife Melissa to be in your book. She lives the red letters of Jesus every day. She has been the instigator for all of our adoptions (8 kids from 4 different countries), but what is most Jesus-like about her is her tenacity. From refusing to yield to Romanian’s ban and bringing our two daughters home from there to living in Uganda for a total of 7 months to make sure our 3 Ugandan children found a home she is the most awesome picture of how the Father pursues us. And the stories keep going. She uses her art to spread the message of hope and love and freedom for orphans and those trapped in the slave industry. She spends hours upon hours reaching out to other adoptive parents who are learning what happens to children who are abandoned and left to raise themselves only to be placed into a new environment. She is constantly teaching me and others how to respond in love and not react in fear. I could go on and on, but I’ll keep it short. Have a great weekend!



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Nancy

posted March 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm


Three years ago, our friend Denise literally sold everything she has and is working for Christ’s Hope International in Kenya. She does education and community work to help prevent HIV/AIDS, and has cared for many who are dying. She is sharing the gospel with many along the way. Her family did not understand why in the world she would pull up stakes and do this, but it was purely her taking the call of Christ seriously.



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steffany

posted March 23, 2011 at 5:58 pm


I didn’t realize this was a nominate someone type of call. For self preservation I won’t embarrass the dignity I have to nominate myself…um..weird. I can say…I am no saint. There are millions of stories that should be told. Mine? I am a runaway, a drop-out, a sex slave worker, a circus employee.I now have 6 kids (2 adopted from Ethiopia) have my own organization..I sell what I have(including my personal cars and limiting my family of 8-10 on $50 a week in groceries) to fund other peoples lives. Until a year ago I thought I was the poster child of God’s redemtion. He took this complete screw-up drug addicted, prostitute and redeemed me. My life was a shining example of His love. Everything was transformed and new. I found Christ. For 10 years His work was evident in my life…now? No. I’m not addicted to drugs or prostituting again, but I find myself once again seeking the RED letters. To ever think you are done or free from fault because your life is “perfect”….even after a complete transformation is ignorance. Am I living the Red Letter? More than most. Am I a sinner? Absolutely. Is my life still a story of hope? Yes. His love and grace took this girl who most Christians would turn their backs on…gave her a new identity. I am now a mother of 6, married for 16 years…and even to this day I know I am owed nothing. Deserved nothing. I am beautifully broken



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Tom Davis

posted April 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm


Steve, Duane, Nancy and Steffany, can you all email me your contact info? Thanks!



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