We receive several letters every day from people that have read our books. These letters come directly from men and women at correctional facilities all across the United States as well as from other organizations receiving our books.
Below are just a few of the letters:
My name is Matthew M. I am an inmate at the George Bailey Detention Facility. I’m not sure this is going to get read, but I wanted to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to read “The Purpose Driven Life, What on Earth am I Here For?” I have been reading this book for eleven days now and I appreciate the changes it’s making to me as a man for my future to come. I have never taken the time to go to church or pray until this fantastic book caught my attention. It was stuck between the crack of my bunk bed. An inmate was using it to stop the bunks from shaking and making noise. For some reason, this book drew my attention like no other. Now this book stays with me at all times. I love this book and always will. It’s changing me to a person my parents can be proud of. I am 19 and I am here for stealing a car (I was just sleeping in it). I had nowhere to go that night and was freezing and tired. The owner saw me in there and called 911. I understand. I would probably too.
I’ve been in here 3 weeks now. I started writing this letter at 4:00 AM after breakfast. I came and laid down about to sleep and for some reason, something told me to write the person(s) that blessed me with this great book! I only have one envelope and paper left, so I hope you get it. I don’t really have anyone else to write. Both my parents are drug users, so, yeah….I want to be different. This book is my start.
If possible, do you have any other books to read? It says to read this only one chapter per day, so I usually re-read the chapter throughout the day. I would appreciate any books possible. If not, I understand. It’s okay. Thank you for this one. I take care of it like no other. It’s my pillow, well always under it if it’s not in my hands. If possible, can you also pray once for me? I would love that. Thank you sincerely for taking time out of your busy day to read my letter. I hope you have a great day. I’m going to rest now, but when I wake up I’m going to read my chapter for today 🙂 – Matthew
First, I would like to thank you for the work you are doing for the Lord. Many people’s lives have been transformed through the Spirit of Christ and with your help providing this service. I am currently incarcerated in a California prison and had the privilege of working my way through the 40-day journey in “The Purpose Driven Life.” God has placed it on my heart that it’s much more than a 40-day journey…..Meaning I could see myself and my family using this book over and over as God transforms us to be more like Christ.
I cannot thank you enough for the shipments of “Mentor: The Kid & the CEO!” I have been handing them out since our first shipment came in. Many of the officers have been involved as well. They have read a copy and are spreading the word about the impact this book can have for those who read it and take its principles to heart.
Denton County Jail has even instated a program for select individuals that are in disciplinary to get a copy of the book and write a seven-page report on it. In return, they get a few days off their disciplinary sentence (normally, inmates in disciplinary are only allowed a Bible).
I really appreciate that the book is well written and easy to understand. This makes it much less daunting for those in our population to read and absorb the information presented.
Requests for the book come in daily. The word is getting out that the book is freely available to any who simply ask for it. This would not be possible without the generous program that World Book Bank has established.
Thank you so much for providing these books to our facility!
Tammy L. Eppler
Inmate Programs – Education
My name is Cole, and I am currently incarcerated in the Taylor County Jail in Abilene, TX. I have struggled with alcoholism for 10 years, or basically my entire adult life. I was lucky enough to grab a book off the cart that was made available by your organization. I got the Alcoholics Anonymous book and it has really opened my eyes to restoring my relationship with God…….I also read Think and Grow Rich…..Thanks for everything y’all do.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope this letter finds you in health and happiness. My reason for writing is that I was reading The Purpose Driven Life for maybe the 3rd or 4th time now. The difference was this time it reached me at a time I needed God the most. I had lost faith for many years, so God got my attention the only way a stubborn person learns, through hard times.
I caught your name and info on the back of the book and noticed it was your donation. I want you to know God used your kindness to help me and I appreciate your part in all of this. You are blessed God is using you for His purpose.
So I thank you for your help and if I can ever help somehow, please write and let me know. I am an artist, so maybe that could be of use? Either way, thank you once again….
My name is Nathanial Hearne. I’m the Chaplain at the Boyd Unit in Teague, Texas where we have been blessed by your generous book ministry. Words can’t express how thankful and grateful we are to be on the receiving end of such a wonderful gift.
I have seen tremendous spiritual growth in the men on this unit who take the opportunity to engage themselves in the books you so graciously donated. The enlightenment and knowledge they have expressed to me regarding the depth of wisdom in the books we received from your ministry is amazing and rewarding.
I’m of the opinion this is one of the greatest benefits ever offered to any man on this unit. I’m really appreciative of the numerous resources you provide. If I can be of any assistance you can reach me at the Unit Sunday-Wednesday.
Dr. Nathanial Hearne
I wanted to write you and let you know my friend and I are sharing one of The Purpose Driven Life books that you gifted. It’s been a true blessing and is a life-changing experience. I’m highly grateful for this book. I was hoping to possibly get one for myself. It’s one of those books that never gets old. I can see myself in it and referring to it the rest of my life. If you could send one to me, as I’m in prison with very little resources. If not, it’s OK, and I want to say God is good ALL the time. Happy Holidays and have a blessed 2018.
November 29, 2017, as I lay in my bunk to rest tonight, on my 3rd day in the Tarrant County Jail, I have successfully read, for the first time, word for word, “Think and Grow Rich.” I am speechless about the message I have received from the literature. I feel like I have discovered a secret to life that I have always been looking for!! I will definitely be reading this book one more time at least!! (As instructed). I would like to express much gratitude to whoever and all that made it possible for me to hold a copy of this book today. I would truly appreciate if a copy were sent to my loving wife at home if possible. I will provide the address below. Please and thank you!!
I write this letter from Cook County Jail, where I came to find a book called The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. I had this book in my hands twice before, but I did not attempt to read it. About thirty-five days ago this book came into my hands once more. I decided to give it a try. I read the first few pages and continued on to the first chapter. I now have read thirty-five chapters day by day, and I love the book. I can honestly say it has had a very positive influence on my life. I have been studying the Bible about six months. This book has given me encouragement in my studies. I would like to give your family great thanks for making this book available to me, may it have been directly or indirectly. I thank God for getting closer to my life, and changing me for the better. I hope I did not intrude in your lives too much, I came across your information on the back of the book and thought I should let you know your book did good in at least my life. Thank you for your time and may God bless you all.
Sincerely, Mr. Daniel R.
P.S. I will pass this book on to someone else, so that they can get help and encouragement in their life.
How are you doing today? I hope and pray that this visit finds you all well in our Lord, and in great health! I would like to thank you for blessing me with the gift of the book “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren. It was very enlightening, and the insights provided were much needed and very useful to taking that next step in life. And for finding a purpose for that life.
Thank you, for I have learned the answer to: Who I am and what am I going to do with the rest of my life? I am a child of God, still under development. I am going to serve Him with the rest of my life (which is not my own, but His) being loyal, genuine, and faithful.
Thank you for allowing me this moment to express my gratitude, and for spending this time with me. I’ll excuse myself, please know – that you and your family shall be in my heart, thoughts, and prayers! With your permission, I ‘ll excuse myself with a huge, warm, loving, and grateful hug!! May you enjoy a blessed filled day, the rest of it. May your gift continue to bless and touch others. I wish you enough. And may God’s protection, peace, joy, love, and mercy be with you!!!
With Thanks & Love, Sergio
I really enjoyed the gift of the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. Thank you very much. It changed my life dramatically. I am in the Tyler County Jail at the the present time. I was looking at an undetermined time in here. I was about to go out of my mind. I picked the book up and started reading. I tried to go day-by-day like Mr. Warren says to but about a quarter of the way through I couldn’t go day by day. I kept reading. The more I read, the more things changed for the better and better. I received a calm and peace over me. By the time I got done with the book, I received a court date & I am going to get probation in less than 2 weeks. I gave the book to another inmate in here. His name is Ivy D. Thank you.
Hi. I’ve been reading a book you donated to the Garfield Detention Facility, The Purpose Driven Life. Today is day 3. I like it, I’m really getting into the book too, not just reading it. I’ve been underlining what I feel is important, reading each chapter 2-3 times, and doing the Point to Ponder and Question to Consider. I tried to memorize the verses, but I’m no good at that, but I read them over and over again, and I’m practicing finding them in the Bible. I’ve been trying to make a positive change in my life for once. So far…nothing I’ve done works. Something about this book feels different though. It says it’s about knowing your purpose. I think it provides a new perspective, and helps create discipline in your worship. At least that’s what it’s done for me so far. On day 20 of this book, I have what I hope to be my last court date, and possible release. My adventure will be more challenging, and I’m excited! Thank you for donating this book it’s been a great gift so far.
I am an inmate at Wasco State Prison. My name is Thomas and I have a book in my hand that says it’s a gift from you. I read it every day. It’s called “A Purpose Driven Life” and it has helped me a lot. I used to think I didn’t have a reason or a purpose until I started reading this gift from you. I want to thank you and ask if you can send me anything else to help me with my walk with our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you again. God Bless and I hope to hear from you soon.
God Bless you,
Let me start off by saying that I just got done reading your book “Mentor: The Kid & the CEO.” I have never been more motivated to get out of jail and better myself than I am right now!!!! I’m currently in the Lubbock County Jail with a couple State Jail Felonies pending. I’m going to take all of your advice when I get out of here and also while in here. I would like more reading material, but everything we get mailed to us has to be mailed directly from the publisher, and my Mom can’t afford to do that. So can you arrange for that to happen for me? If so, I’ll read every word and apply it to my life inside and out of jail. This will definitely be my last trip to jail. Well thanks for your time and for writing this book I just finished. God Bless!
My Name is Cyrus and I am currently incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice System here at the John Middleton Unit just outside of Abilene, TX. I am writing to request a copy of the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. That book has been having a great impact on my life and was finally beginning to discover my purpose in God’s master plan. Unfortunately the cellmate of mine I was borrowing it from has recently been transferred to another unit and took the book with him. Thank you for everything y’all do. Keep fighting the good fight.
I could not be any more grateful for the real life lesson I’ve just read in “MENTOR: The Kid & the CEO.” As I started reading, I just couldn’t put it down, I became addicted to it. The message was clear and understanding. As I read this book, currently being in the Dallas County Jail, my mind was somewhere else. It really opened up my mind in so many ways, can’t wait to put it to the test. I will continue sharing this book throughout my life, especially to young teens like me, who think their lives are over. Also I will be telling my other inmates about this book, even the Spanish speaking people. Can’t wait to share it with my family, friends, and everyone else I can. Definitely will do my best to work on the list and read more of the books. Thank you once again for publishing this book. Keep doing an awesome job. Happy New Years!
Sincerely, H –