Blog entries tagged An Anchor for the Soul


1. A Letter from “Nick”

September 23, 2020

We don’t receive many typewritten letters from prisoners. Here’s an excerpt from a letter that arrived yesterday. “Nick” read the Spanish version of “An Anchor for the Soul” and wrote to say thanks. Near the end of his letter, he added these words:   “Please remember that losers and outcasts like me do believe the […]

2. Can God Forgive Me?

August 11, 2020

This letter arrived from a prisoner in IL who is serving a 25-year sentence. He read An Anchor for the Soul three times. Here is his story: Your book answered a question I had. That question was there is no way I will or can be forgiven for this kind of crime. This has got to […]

3. Anchors Across America!

July 2, 2020

These charts give the latest update on our An Anchor for the Soul distribution. In the last 20 years, we have given away over 800,000 copies of this little “gospel book.” You can see from the charts that we have donated to books to every state except Wyoming and Rhode Island. The pie chart shows the breakdown […]

4. How Cyrus Met Jesus in Prison

June 19, 2020

We received this letter from a prisoner named Cyrus. He is serving a five-year sentence for a robbery he committed in 2012. Then he added, “I was young and strung out on drugs.” His testimony reminds me of the biblical Cyrus, the king of Persia, whom God used to bring the Jews home from Babylon […]

5. Inmate Draws Anchor After Reading “Anchor”

June 10, 2020

This came from a prison inmate who read An Anchor for the Soul. It reminds me again that God is building his church in unlikely places. Prison bars can’t keep out the Holy Spirit. Pray for this inmate and for thousands of others who are following Jesus in prison. “The light shines in the darkness, […]

6. God Has Opened New Doors for Anchor

May 7, 2020

I have some good news to share. Last October we started reaching out to the many ICE detention facilities across America, offering them free copies of An Anchor for the Soul in English or Spanish. I’m happy to report that we have received requests from all across the nation. Here’s the current report on books sent: […]

7. 100,000 New Anchors Just Arrived!

April 28, 2020

Check out the video called In Times Like These, You Need An Anchor. Recently we received 100,000 new copies of “An Anchor for the Soul” at our Book Depot in Moline, IL. We donate these books to evangelistic ministries across America. We are especially interested in partnering with churches ministering to medical personnel, first responders, police […]

8. Video: In Times Like These, You Need An Anchor

April 14, 2020

Recently we received 89,000 new copies of “An Anchor for the Soul” at our Book Depot in Moline, IL. We donate these books to evangelistic ministries across America. We are especially interested in partnering with churches ministering to medical personnel, first responders, police and firefighters during this pandemic. Watch this video to learn how you can […]

9. 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 […]

10. 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 […]

11. 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. […]

12. 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 […]

13. 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 […]

14. 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 […]

15. 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 […]

16. 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 […]

17. “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 […]

18. 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 […]

19. 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 […]

20. 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 […]

21. “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.” […]

22. “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 […]

23. 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 […]

24. “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 […]

25. 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 […]

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