Blog entries tagged An Anchor for the Soul


1. Another Anchor Story: “I am totally free of Satan’s bondage”

February 24, 2020

A few months ago we began offering copies of An Anchor for the Soul (in English and Spanish) to the various ICE detention centers across the country. We continue to get an encouraging response. Here’s the latest total of books we have shipped: Spanish 35 cases = 3080 copies English 29 cases = 2900 copies Here’s […]

2. He Found Christ in a California Jail

February 14, 2020

Here’s a portion of a handwritten letter we received yesterday from a prisoner in a California jail. He is facing life in prison. In his own words, this is his story:   The reason for this unexpected letter is to inform you that your book An Anchor for the Soul led me to Christ. I am […]

3. The Only Man at the Bible Study

January 8, 2020

An hour ago we received this mail from a prison chaplain in Southern California: Ray, One of our volunteers uses your book at his weekly bible study in Orange County Juvenile Hall. Last October, Marcos was the only person who attended the study and wanted a copy of the book to read in his room. […]

4. Anchors Shipping to ICE Chaplains Across America

December 28, 2019

In early November we began mailing copies of An Anchor for the Soul to chaplains serving in ICE detention centers across America. So far we have received requests for books from chaplains in Florida, Massachusetts, Louisiana, New Jersey, Michigan, Ohio, New York, and Arizona. The totals are as follows: 14 cases of English Anchor=1400 copies […]

5. He Found Christ While Locked Away in Segregation

December 23, 2019

A few days ago we received a letter from a prisoner in Oklahoma. Here is part of his story:   I am in segregation because the gang I was a part of jumped me and burned my tattoos off of me. During this time in segregation, the chaplain was nice enough to bring me a […]

6. Anchor Mailing To Chaplains on the Border

November 4, 2019

We’d like you to pray with us about a new open door. Last week we sent out a mailing to chaplains serving the detention centers on our Southern border. We’re offering them free copies of An Anchor for the Soul in English and Spanish. The letter includes this endorsement from a prison chaplain in New […]

7. Meeting Jesus in Prison

August 8, 2019

We received a letter from an inmate in a TN prison who read “An Anchor for the Soul” when the prison was on lockdown. This is part of what she wrote:   I just want to let you know how much your book impacted me. I’ve been locked up for 10 months, and this incarceration […]

8. Anchors Go Across the Nation!

June 23, 2019

At the KBM retreat last weekend, Doreen Mahlstedt who heads up our Anchor book ministry shared these slides with us. To put things in perspective, since 2000 we have given away over 800,000 copies of An Anchor for the Soul. The map only covers the last three years. You’ll see that we have sent books […]

9. “I’d rather die in prison knowing I know Jesus”

February 23, 2019

Yesterday we received a letter from a man in prison with two life sentences, meaning he will almost certainly never get out. Here is part of what he wrote: “I am writing to you because I just finished reading your book “An Anchor for the Soul” and want to tell you, bro, this book is […]

10. Anchor Reaches Prison Staff With the Good News!

February 1, 2019

Over the years we have sent hundreds of thousands of copies of Anchor to prisons across America. Nearly all of those end up in the hands of prisoners. But this week we received a note from a volunteer chaplain at a big city jail. She reminded us of another audience–the prison staff. Here is what […]

11. How Leroy Met Jesus in Prison

November 13, 2018

I wanted to share with you one of the more amazing prisoner letters we’ve received. It comes from “Leroy” who is an inmate in a prison in Missouri. He read An Anchor for the Soul and then wrote to say thanks. You’ll have to squint a bit to read what he wrote because I carried […]

12. Steve’s Story

August 10, 2018

Last night, just before the final service at America’s Keswick, I met Steve for the first time. His friend Joe invited him to come so he could meet the author of “An Anchor for the Soul.” Here’s the backstory. Several months ago Steve was walking through a mall in New Jersey when he saw a […]

13. “I’m Not Afraid Anymore”

December 28, 2017

Recently we received a letter from a prisoner named Sarah who wrote to thank us for making An Anchor for the Soul available in the jail where she is currently incarcerated. Here is how she starts her letter: First I would like to say God bless you soul. Amazing book “An Anchor for the Soul.” […]

14. “At the Age of 20 It Wasn’t Too Late for Me”

August 15, 2017

We just received a letter from a prisoner named Phoebe. She had just finished reading “An Anchor for the Soul” and said it gave her “the insights I’ve been needing for my whole 20 years of life.” Apparently she was not raised with any spiritual guidance at home, which is why she liked our little […]

15. Spanish Anchor Update

August 9, 2017

Spanish Anchor update! Since our shipment of 50,000 Spanish Anchors arrived in May, we have sent out of 22,000 copies to ministries across America. Here’s a picture of the Spanish Anchor surrounded by cards requesting copies of our little “gospel book.” Did you know there are 69 million Spanish speakers in the US? We want […]

16. “This Book Showed Me God’s Love”

June 6, 2017

Over the years we have shipped thousands of copies of An Anchor for the Soul to Crossroads Prison Ministries. This week we received this note from a prisoner named Manuel about how God used Anchor to change his life. I thought you might enjoy reading his testimony. In the past 17 years we have given […]

17. 50,000 Spanish Anchors Have Arrived!

May 24, 2017

50,000 copies of the Spanish edition of Anchor for the Soul have arrived in Moline for distribution all over the country! Ray Pritchard David E. Hoy Doreen Mahlstedt Skip Olson Peter R. Faulkner MaryAnn Spiegel Mark Rumley Gary Pinger David Cannon II Megan Bill Posted by Brian Bill on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 The Spanish […]

18. Video: Friday Afternoon Update

February 10, 2017

Friday Afternoon UpdateNews about Spanish Anchor . . . the English edition crosses a major milestone . . . and the first announcement of our new Lenten ebook. I hope you'll watch this video and then share it with your FB friends. Thanks! Posted by Ray Pritchard on Friday, February 10, 2017 News about Spanish […]

19. Friday Update: Good News!

January 6, 2017

Friday Update-Good News! Posted by Ray Pritchard on Friday, January 6, 2017 Here’s a four-minute update with some news about the Spanish version of “An Anchor for the Soul.”

20. Ukraine, Here We Come!

December 8, 2016

Here’s an update about our trip to Ukraine along with all the other news from my corner of the world. Here’s the link to the Keep Believing Donate Page.

21. Help Us Supply 10,000 Spanish Anchors on #GivingTuesday

November 14, 2016

We are excited to announce our participation in #GivingTuesday this year! Please prayerfully consider joining with us by donating to the Spanish Anchor Ministry on November 29, 2016. Our #GivingTuesday goal: Provide 10,000 copies of the brand-new Spanish Anchor. That’s approximately $7,500. We donate copies of the Spanish Anchor to prison ministries, crisis pregnancy centers, military […]

22. Spanish Anchor Featured on #GivingTuesday

November 9, 2016

Have you heard of the National Day of Giving? The National Day of Giving falls every year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and is often referred to as #GivingTuesday. It’s a national movement that encourages individuals, communities and organizations to celebrate generosity by giving in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. At […]

23. “This Book Saved My Life”

October 12, 2016

Recently we received a letter from “Henry,” who is in jail on 18 felony violations. By his own testimony he never attended church except on Christmas and Easter. Then he found a copy of An Anchor for the Soul. The picture is an excerpt from his handwritten letter to us. He went on to say […]

24. Anchor for the Soul Continues to Change Lives!

August 27, 2016

Recently we received a note from a prison chaplain in Seattle, Washington. He told us about an inmate who had come to Christ through reading An Anchor for the Soul and the compassionate witness of two different chaplains. Here’s his story told in two slides: Since 2000 we have given away over 800,000 copies of An […]

25. Anchor in Paterson, NJ

June 10, 2016

A few months ago we shipped 500 copies of An Anchor for the Soul to a church in New Jersey. My friend Booinca McCray sent these pictures of Anchor being distributed on the streets of Paterson, NJ. She added this comment: “It has changed many lives on the streets of Paterson, NJ. Its easy-to-read format […]

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