THE VALUE OF REAL LIFE STORIES CHRISTIAN TESTIMONIES BOOKS
By: Norm Rasmussen
I’ve had the privilege of being used of the Lord to help distribute Real Life Stories Christian Testimonies Books for well over 10 years, as of this writing (2018). Jim Barbarossa, the originator and publisher of these evangelistic books, has entrusted my wife and I with thousands of copies of the various editions of the RLS books he’s published over the years … to put them out into the highways and byways across the United States as witnessing resources for the Holy Spirit to plant and water seeds of truth into the lives of people searching for answers about God and eternity.
I’ve said it over and over to everyone who will listen: These are some of the most effective witnessing resources I’ve ever seen and personally used, and I want to let the public understand WHY, because it’s important for Christians to KNOW who want to be used of the Lord to help do their part in helping reach lost souls.
So allow me to list the most important reasons WHY I believe these testimony books are so valuable to God as such treasured witnessing resources:
1: They are NON-THREATENING in appearance. Jim has always believed God wants to try to keep them as NON-RELIGIOUS appearing books as much as possible on the cover and the first few pages of each edition. Marketing researchers know that most people won’t even pick up a book to look at it if it doesn’t grab their interest. Marketing people know the average person judges a book “by it’s cover” in a matter of a few seconds. Major book publishers will often spend more money designing the cover of a book than the cost of putting content inside the book.
2: Anyone heard the term “Fake news” lately? Ha! [Satan HAS - a long time back]. People want to know what they can truly believe, and what they can’t, and mass (mess?) media - more and more - will tell us anything they can get away with to affect the way we believe on important matters that effect the way the world gets ran. Using the words “REAL LIFE STORIES” promises the reader the book is a resource that can be “trusted.”
3: Secondly, “REAL LIFE STORIES” suggests to the reader that it’s a book of stories (TRUE personal experiences) that have happened to people who have chosen to share them publicly to help OTHERS find hope. This world is filled with hopelessness. Growing chronic drug use and addiction issues is clear evidence of it, for starters. The masses are craving for HOPE for all kinds of different reasons. In the deep recesses of their heart, they question whether or not there’s a God who wants to do anything about it. The appearance of the book suggests to them that maybe there IS some hope afterall.
4: STORMS. You can’t miss on the cover of each book: “LIFE HAS MANY STORMS.” Now THERE is something EVERY PERSON can immediately identify with! And the thought goes through the observer’s mind: Maybe I can find some help to get me through MY storm right now!
uses a picture of a lighthouse in a storm on most RLS Editions.
The image of a lighthouse immediately registers
security – safety –
direction … in the mind of everyone. STORMS
– LIGHTHOUSE … 'Help for me! '
6: Common storms no less so many battle. Life altering storms affecting the quality of one’s life for many: Divorce, Alcohol, Violence, Drugs, Accidents, Depression, Sickness, Loneliness, Death, Abuse, Fear, Pornography.
The cover of the
book REEKS of
HOPE! And content inside
PROVES it, for those who chose to receive fully of it!
And content inside PROVES it, for those who chose to receive fully of it!
But people are searching for more than just hope in this life. They all question what death and eternity holds in store for them. And they would love to have PEACE about the matter.
These testimony books clearly point them HOW to have BOTH hope and peace that nothing else can give but entering into a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Two more facts needs to be mentioned regarding the
value of these wonderful testimony books to God.
The ministry of encouragement
to believers and its importance should never be minimized!
Well written Christian testimonies that you find in these books
thanking and exalting Jesus Christ have always been used by God the Father
to give encouragement to beginning, struggling Christians.
Some of the greatest spiritual battles descend on new Christian
converts, as Satan does everything he can to try to pull back these
believers into seasons of doubt and hopelessness in their relationship with
the Lord. The Bible indicates in the
end times, it is only going to increase. Thus these testimony
books not only are treasured resources to lead the unsaved to Christ -- they
are also proven resources to encourage God's people.
Thus these testimony books not only are treasured resources to lead the unsaved to Christ -- they are also proven resources to encourage God's people.
In addition ... it gives
born again believers the opportunity to have THEIR Jesus-glorifying
testimony placed in a future edition. (Remember - God can't use our
testimony until we FIRST give it to Him to use).
In addition ... it gives born again believers the opportunity to have THEIR Jesus-glorifying testimony placed in a future edition. (Remember - God can't use our testimony until we FIRST give it to Him to use).
God has called my wife, Kathleen, and I to publish testimonies of the nature found in these testimony books now for well over 37 years through testimony booklets and leaflets, website and video broadcasts, DVD's, and we have had the privilege of receiving feedback of appreciation that has brought tears of joy to our eyes time and time again. If anyone questions the usefulness of Jesus-glorifying anointed testimonies to bring hope and encouragement to struggling Christians … take some time to read the many appreciative comments people leave on the numerous different testimonies you can find on the Precious Testimonies YouTube channel:
I've received incredibly positive personal feedback from many key sources
over time who have been and are able to monitor how God is using these
Real Life Stories Christian Testimony Books. And - I'm fully convinced
God will keep using them right up to the return of Jesus
Christ. (I wouldn't be giving nearly the exposure I've given them had
I been convinced otherwise; trust me).
I've received incredibly positive personal feedback from many key sources over time who have been and are able to monitor how God is using these Real Life Stories Christian Testimony Books. And - I'm fully convinced God will keep using them right up to the return of Jesus Christ. (I wouldn't be giving nearly the exposure I've given them had I been convinced otherwise; trust me).
You can learn MORE about our involvement with these Real Life Stories Christian Testimony Books by clicking on the following link: http://www.precious-testimonies.com/General/u-z/MinistryContributions.htm
Also be encouraged to get on the mailing list of: www.step-by-step.org (Jim & Carla's ministry website), to stay updated on NEW BOOK EDITIONS, praise reports, and special offers of Real Life Stories Christian Testimony Books and the various teachings - ministry engagements - Jim does.
Among other ways these Real Life Stories Testimony Books can be distributed, God is looking for people who will put copies of these books in ONE LOCATION in their community where they can be found by the unsaved. Might that person be YOU in YOUR location? (A little more about this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXbten7-yzE )
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Remember: All that we do in this life comes back to our God-given purpose which is to serve and glorify God. The money and assets we accumulate, the fame and power we've attained or seek to attain - all of the things of this nature will one day pass away, but those lives of others we impact for Jesus Christ will last for eternity, and we will be rewarded for the part we helped play by impacting those lives ... for eternity. (Matthew 6:19-20 is our assurance.)
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