Written on Our Hearts: The Boy and the Signmaker

Who is the Signmaker, and how can he make such perfect signs? The boy decided to find out for himself. That’s when everything changed in his village, his home, and his heart. Children and adults alike will delight in this story filled with colorful illustrations and a message that resonates with the longing of every heart.

Author’s Back Story: Thirty-five years ago, one morning as I was traveling by train from my home in Franklin, Massachusetts to an engineering firm in Boston, a story unexpectedly emerged within my mind. As I walked from the train station to my workplace, I tried to remember as many words and details as possible. And when I finally reached my desk, I feverishly documented the story as accurately as I could remember.

It was about a boy and a signmaker. And it was all about treating everyone we encounter throughout our day with a little more kindness. It was about remembering that every person we see is someone who God created and loves, and who we should therefore treat with dignity, love, and respect.

Shortly after it was written, the story was published in a periodical. Soon after that, it was translated and published in a foreign language. Finally, 35 years later, the story of the boy and the signmaker was published as a new book – Written on Our Hearts.

Today, three and a half decades after the story was originally conceived, we live in a world that seems more divisive and unkind than ever. Can we all show a little more kindness to one another?

Maybe the story of the boy and the signmaker can help show us the way.

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Loved More Than You Know

Loved More Than You Know was written shortly before I became a new grandfather, and the content emerged from the question: “If I were not here, what would I want to make sure my grandchildren know?” This short story was written as a poem, with delightful illustrations provided by a wonderful artist from Colorado named Courtney Smith.

The story tells of Susie and her miserable day. Her mother and father comfort her by holding her close and explaining to her about the God who loves her, who died for her, and who can live within her. Susie is introduced to the good news that we can know God personally. When another miserable day comes along, Susie has a new outlook and a new hope.

Through this book, your children can gain a greater understanding of how much God loves us, grasp the truth that we can know God personally and have Him in our lives, and learn that we can handle anything since God is always with us.

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Where No One Has Heard

“J. Christy Wilson will go down in history as one of the great and courageous missionaries for the gospel in the twentieth century.”  —Billy Graham

Who was J. Christy Wilson Jr.? Many have never heard his name, but Christy Wilson’s life had a ripple effect in modern missions. Read the first full biography of the humble, adventurous man of prayer who helped launch the Urbana missions conference, pioneered ministry in Afghanistan when others thought it impossible, mobilized hundreds of students toward world evangelization, and reintroduced the biblical idea of leveraging one’s profession for the kingdom with the term “tentmaking.” Riveting, uplifting, and frequently amusing, Where No One Has Heard will challenge you to reconsider what is possible when we dare to yield to Christ and his purposes in the world.

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Too Amazing to Keep to Yourself


Too Amazing to Keep to Yourself is all about personal evangelism, about bringing our friends to Christ in a way that is safe and winsome and respectful. It covers the what, why, who, how, where, and when of personal evangelism, and it offers some suggested ways to overcome twelve common obstacles to sharing our faith. This interactive guidebook will equip you with the message, skills, and passion to bring your friends to Christ – and keep them as friends. Included are three sample gospel presentations, as well as chapters that describe:

  • Living out an ambassador’s commission
  • Interacting with other people as Jesus did
  • Becoming a fisher of people
  • Serving as a witness for Christ
  • Connecting with the power source of the Holy Spirit

This book is a great tool for both individuals and small groups.

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Finding God in the Bible

9780802414427Have you ever wanted to share the Good News with a friend but couldn’t find the right words? More than a tract but not quite a full-length book, Finding God in the Bible is a short Bible study that explains the plan of salvation and invites people to a personal relationship with Jesus. Let them discover for themselves what God says in His Word, through the gentle guidance provided in this simple evangelism tool.

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