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"A direct, forceful, gripping message about why we must, and can, know the true God of this universe. Readable, helpful, effectual." -- Dr. James Kennedy, Ph.D., Senior Minister Coral Ridge Presbyterian

"This book cuts through any confusion and showcases what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is all about. It reads easy, but runs deep!" -- Joni Eareckson Tada; Author and Artist

"With great clarity, Dr. Pritchard provides an illuminating explanation of God's great plan. This is absolutely compelling, and life-changing." -- Bill Bright, Founder and President Campus Crusade for Christ International

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 "The Gospel is 'the' good news in a bad news world. What is it? Ray Pritchard answers that question in a way that will not only define it, but lead you to delight in it."

            -Dr. Joseph M. Stowell, president, Cornerstone University

 "With great clarity, Dr. Pritchard provides an illuminating explanation of the supreme, sublime truths of the universe, and God's great plan. This is absolutely compelling, and life-changing."

            -Bill Bright, founder, Campus Crusade for Christ International

 "A wonderful summary of what the Christian faith is all about. Ray Pritchard presents the Gospel of Jesus Christ not as an idea to be studied but as an urgent message to be received and responded to. This is a compelling account of the Savior's love."

            -Timothy George, dean, Beeson Divinity School

 "Simple and Straightforward, clear and concise. This book cuts through any confusion and showcases what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is all about. It reads easy, but runs deep!"

            -Joni Eareckson Tada, author and artist

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 131 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802415350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802415356
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,304,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr. Ray Pritchard serves as president of Keep Believing Ministries. He has ministered extensively overseas in China, Bolivia, Columbia, Paraguay, Belize, Haiti, Nigeria, Switzerland, Russia, India and Nepal. He serves as a regular co-host on "Today's Issues" on the American Family Network. He has written 27 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul, The Incredible Journey of Faith, The ABCs of Wisdom, Leadership Lessons of Jesus (with Bob Briner), Why Did This Happen to Me?, and Credo: Believing in Something to Die For. For 26 years he pastored churches in Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago. He is a graduate of Tennessee Temple University (B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.) and Talbot School of Theology (D.Min.). He has been married to Marlene for 39 years. Their three sons (Josh, Mark and Nick) have spent time in recent years teaching English in China. Josh and Leah were married in July 2006. They have one son (Knox) and a daughter on the way. Mark and Vanessa were married in July 2007. They have two children (Eli and Penelope). His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.

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The book is less than 200 pages, but is a quick easy read.
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If so, this book captures the essence of the Bible in a simple, yet straightforward manner.
Brian J. Bill
Salvation is a free gift offered to anyone who trusts Christ as Savior.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Bill on November 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
If so, this book captures the essence of the Bible in a simple, yet straightforward manner. This book is perfect for anyone who is trying to figure out how to find that elusive peace and forgiveness that we all seem to be searching for. In a compelling manner, the author distills the message of Scripture into an easy-to-read format so that we can know our standing before God -- and clearly explains how we can be saved from our sins and on the road to heaven.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bob Neill on November 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
An Anchor for the Soul is a primer in helping seekers and new believers capture the essence of new life in Jesus Christ. We use it at our church as part of a Fresh Start Packet for new believers and seekers. It is scripturally based and presents a great help for those seeking to grow in Jesus Christ. It also gives hope to those who are looking for an anchor to base their life upon in a world desperately looking for answers to the key questions of life. It is easy reading, but compelling. I highly recommend this little book as a means of telling the Good News that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pastor Roger on September 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
First off, I'm a pastor in Chicago. Ray Pritchard is my senior pastor(I don't work for him; I minister at a nearby college). I've enjoyed his sermons for almost 3 & 1/2 years now. So I'm a bit partial to him.
With that said, let me say that this is the first book by Dr. Pritchard that I've actually read. It's very down to earth, clear, and easy to read. It took me all of 3 days to finish it(it's only 130 pages long).
Dr. Pritchard basically tells us that we're sinners, why we're sinners, why we can't save ourselves, and why we need a savior. But most importantly, he tells us what to do to get saved and to find salvation. He doesn't browbeat the reader into submission or to his ideas. But he lovingly explains all that I've mentioned above. And he proves everything he says in this book.
This book would be an excellent gift for anyone and everyone you know that doesn't know Jesus personally. Amen to Dr. Pritchard & this book!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan Thatcher on July 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and a refresher for what I already knew to be true. I plan to use it as a witnessing tool and to give copies to family and friends that are not saved because it provides the basic concepts in a nonthreatening way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Spradlin on September 8, 2005
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extremely good for outreach and to clearly explain our relationship to God .Excellent for small group study.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FaithfulReader.com on March 4, 2011
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Ray Pritchard, president of Keep Believing Ministries (an Internet-based community that works with Christians in 220 countries), was a pastor for 26 years and has written 27 books. AN ANCHOR FOR THE SOUL was first released in 2000 and has sold over 500,000 copies. This new edition will reach as many, if not more, readers given its timeless message containing the "big questions which deserve real answers" content.

Pritchard begins the book with a story written by a prison inmate who traded his food tray for a type of jail currency (envelopes) and felt he got cheated when he received a copy of this book to read. The inmate never believed in God and was upset someone traded him a "religious book." But he read it cover to cover and proclaimed that the text answered every question he ever had about God. This incarcerated reader also concurred with Pritchard's principle, "Once you've hit rock bottom, you can only look up." So saying, he continues with enthusiasm, "The day I found God was 9/22/07. I think I'm going to have it tattooed on my arm."

With stories like these scattered throughout the text, people from all walks of life will find themselves generating interest and gaining momentum to keep reading, to keep persisting beyond long-held doubts about God and the mysterious ways He works amongst people. For a basic outline of the questions Pritchard addresses, here are general topics of interest:

*What is God like?
*How can I know Him?
*Am I really a sinner?
*How can my sins be forgiven?
*Who is Jesus, and what did He do?
*What does it mean to be a Christian?
*How can I find peace with God?
*How can I be sure I am going to heaven?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By uwanbauto on January 8, 2014
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Great product, Worth investing on. Timely delivered. Great Ebayer. I recommend this product to other Ebayer who may want to advance. This is a book that everyone should read. I could not stop reading this book over and over.
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There are millions of people living in the world today who could use some help as well as hope. With so many hurting people in our world living lives of brokenness and despair with no one to help them and with no hope or reason to have hope for the future, author Ray Pritchard's book and message is very timely and necessary.

Author Pritchard begins his book with the right and necessary place for all of us to begin our journey towards finding help and hope in this world...God. He directs our attention as readers of his book to who God is as well as to what he has done to make it possible for us as sinful fallen man to find "help for the present and hope for the future." He states in the first of his several "Truths to Remember," in the book, "If you live for eighty years but don't know the God who created you, you've missed the very reason for your existence." And so our finding help and hope all begins with our learning about who God is and what he has done for us as well as who we are and what we need to do in order to receive that which God has in his grace and mercy has done for us so that we might experience "the help and hope" that we most desperately need and want and that only God can provide.

I view his book as a mini theology book on the doctrines of God, man, sin and salvation. I know that seems like a lot of material to cover in one small book, but cover it author Pritchard does, and in an easy to read, effective and understandable manner.
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