Foreword by Jack Hayford
Founding Pastor, Church
on the Way
President, King's College and Seminary
2,000 copies of the book
"The skilled approach taken by Rick Howard and Jamie Lash to this
awe-inspiring theme is peculiar in this respect: It is both
entertaining and frightening. If 'entertaining' seems glib, know
that it is only in the sense that it is highly engrossing.
If 'frightening' seems undesirable, know it is only in the sense that
one is led to a new awareness of our ultimate accountability for our
It may strike some as a superficial generalization to say that every
Christian should hear this message, but it seems in today's mental and
moral environment that it would merit such priority consideration. This
message is a sobering summons to our souls - a sensitively discussed but
starkly honest presentation which will enrich the viewer. We need
the weight of such teaching to balance the truths of our expectations of
God's blessings with the truth of God's expectations of us. Here is
ballast for the soul - a blessing in both smooth and stormy times."
“This message jolted me with a dramatic
glimpse of eternity. It has shaped my life and rescued me from
John Dawson, Best-selling author & President of YWAM
"I read about half of the book and I wept and I wept and I wept.
It has really washed over my soul. That book actually
revolutionized my life. I don't know how many copies I've given
Thelma Wells, Women of Faith Conference Speaker
“This message was what my soul needed now—not
only to be better prepared to meet my Savior, but to be motivated in a
greater, more solid way, to work for Him.”
Loren Cunningham, Past President of YWAM
"Wonderfully written and Christ-centered. From the very first
page to Booth's vision, it is a compelling book."
Rick E. Amidon, President, Baker College of Muskegon
“Every follower of Christ should read this
book. I wish I had this guide much earlier in my Christian walk.
I would not have wasted so many years seeking man’s approval and praise.
The authors guide the reader to an uplifting knowledge of how to truly
follow Christ. The book is filled with practical instruction on how
to change. I have already given away ten copies to friends.
After reading it, several have said, 'This is
exactly what I have been looking for!'"
Mike Cummins (Arlington, TX)
“The impact of This Was Your Life continues to astound me. I am a
different person than I was a year ago.”
Robbie Newsome (Sulpher Springs, TX)
“Uniformly excellent. One of
the best guides to the basic Christian life I have ever read. Not
once did the authors dip into the pool of selfish theology. This is
a book that shows how to get your eyes off of yourself and on the prize.
And what a prize it is.”
Dave Canfield, Reviewer for Cornerstone (Vol. 27, Issue 15)
"This book has impacted me more than
any other I have read. I plan to
read it at least once a year."
Jennifer Lockerbie (Fortville, IN)
“There is a lot of great information
available through various sources, but this series is heart-changing and
life-changing. God is renewing my mind and transforming my thought
patterns, removing the lies and false teachings I had been programmed to
believe. The Truth will set you free! I cannot tell you how much
these videos are impacting my life.”
“Absolutely the most life-changing teaching
I have ever heard.”
Rick Fry (Ventura, CA)
“I believe that after THE GOSPEL, this is
THE most important truth that anyone can ever hear. If believers
really embrace this, their lives will never be the same. Since I
read ‘This Was Your Life!’ in l999, there is not a day that I do not think
about living for THAT DAY instead of just TODAY. I have now
bought over 400 copies of the book and about 20 copies of the video
series! I have distributed these copies resulting in
overwhelmingly positive and grateful responses. Most people have had
similar reactions to mine and have in turn ordered more books to give to
the believers they know. There is just no way to measure the
far-reaching impact this book will have.”
Penny Dyer (Dallas, TX)
"A life-changing book. Far from a depressing tone of doom and destruction,
This Was Your Life! covers nearly every aspect of Christian discipleship
recognizing that how we live our lives affects our heavenly rewards."
"...Will stir readers out of concern for themselves and into concern for
others. This prophetic message explains how the Judgment Seat of Christ
shapes our living faith in everything we do. An excellent book for a short
Bible study course or for individual reading, a strong addition to any
“The dynamic of this message cannot be overstated. You will rejoice
that you heard it while there is still time to change.”
Iverna Tompkins, Conference Speaker
“This is a wonderful book! If you long to hear Jesus say, ‘Well
done, good and faithful servant’--this book is for you.”
Barbara W. Rogers, Reviewer for Newsline (Oct. ‘98)
“This Was Your Life!” has made a huge impact on my family. Not only
have I given several copies away, but my wife is an avid reader, and she
has told countless people that it’s the best book she’s ever read.”
Dr. Hal Stewart (Flower Mound, TX)
“I'm not sure what to say or how to say it. This was something that,
in more than 25 years of being a Christian, I don't believe I have ever
heard. This truly is a life-changing word. It changes our
outlook on everything. It also puts a new understanding on a lot of
confusing Scriptures. When I first heard you speak on this, I knew
that this was something that my whole family needed to hear. When I
watched the video, the impact of the message was just as strong. I
was truly "blown away." I felt cheated that I had never heard this
before, and it left me with a hunger to hear & know more. It is hard
to put into words the feelings that I went through because words are
inadequate to express what God does in a heart. This is truly a Word
that the Body of Christ desperately needs to hear.”
“That book is having a MASSIVE affect on our family, and we are going to
do a weekly focus group on the videos from our home. This is just
AWESOME, simply AWESOME! I really can’t get over it.”
"Bible studies are going on everywhere here
in Colleyville because of
"This Was Your Life." Lives are being changed before my eyes!"
Lisa Rose (Colleyville, TX)
"I just finished the 'This Was Your Life' tape
series - wow! I have
listened to many of the tapes more than once. I have been reading
book as well and going over the questions. It's a very powerful
Snyder (Orlando, FL))
Some of these comments were from a
This Was Your Life!
Conference held at Christ for the Nations Institute...
"It set my heart free."
"I learned SO MUCH that I CAN and will use. The section on the
Fear of Man freed me."
Palocios-Crawford (San Antonio, TX)
"It was amazing! Already, I have made some major
changes in my life,
and God has pulled me out of a month-long depression."
"This has been an eye opener!"
Henschel (Vancouver, WA)
"It has been awesome. Some amazing insights into the Word."
Meikle (Mutare, Zimbabwe)
"It was excellent. I wish it were longer."
—Jeff LaBarge (Belton, CA)
"Awesome! This conference really changes lives."
Ramirez (Mexico City)
"Absolutely phenomenal! Rock on! The illustrations/analogies were
superb. Let’s make it longer."
Cunningham (Santiago, Chile)
"I enjoyed the focus on pride/humility. It’s nice to have it
re-enforced that any focus on yourself (including negative)
is still pride! This concept can set a lot of people free!"
Butler (Lubbock, TX)
"It was awesome! Never before have I understood what true humility
Lassiter (Nyssa, Oregon)
"Clear and powerful. This conference was an answer to my prayers."
"It was a very effective conference in giving us tools to use in
living every moment to its fullest for God."
Blanchard (Laredo, TX)
"I enjoyed it very much. It gave me a freedom to enjoy and
appreciate change without putting up a defensive wall or using
"It was very helpful. God used you to say, "If you even think
‘What will people think of me?’ no matter what the answer is, it
is still pride." That revelation gave me an understanding of how
the devil works. I have been living in shame and rejection for
many months. Once I got a revelation of casting your cares upon
the Lord, I was broken free. Now I just have to stand on this
revelation and meditate on the teaching that was taught to me.
Thank you, Jesus, for using this conference to drastically change
and put joy and peace in my life."
O’Brien (Quincy, TX)
"Very encouraging. It has blessed my life in many ways."
Ives (Waco, TX)
"It was excellent. The topic [of the Judgment Seat of Christ] is
unchartered territory for me & very challenging!"
Polley (Minneapolis, MN)
"I really enjoyed the conference. I learned a lot. This conference
opened some new doors in my faith that changed my life. I would
recommend this conference to any believer."
Belcher (Auckland, New Zealand)
"Very sobering. It brought much light to the subject [of the
Judgment Seat] and helped me focus on the true reason for
living—to serve others and be closer and closer to God. I loved
everything you said, especially the way you did it. You can
touch on harsh subjects in a very gentle way, and talk about
something serious with a lot of humor. I wish we had more time!
Everything was simply great!"
Thieme (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
"Very well presented, understandable, and impacting."
Godwin (Dothan, Alabama)
"This was such a great God week. It has given me a new freedom and
a different mindset."
Weaver (Elizabethville, PA)
"Wow! It was a waker-upper. It was awesome."
Teram (Douglas, AZ)
"This was some of the most amazing insightful topics I have ever
Stake (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
|I just wanted to send an email
to let you know that this ministry has been an incredible blessing
to me. I've been listening to the sermons on the Judgment Seat of
Christ, as well as the Freedom in Christ messages (particularly what
is God really like) for about a year now, and God has used them to
really revolutionize the way I see Him, and the way we interact.
We're a lot closer now, knowing that he really wants me to enjoy my
life. I've been able to be a lot more honest and real with
God. Thank you for your honesty, because it's helped me to be honest
with myself too. 9 out of ten times I've thought the same thing that
you mention! Also the stories that you tell stick with me, and make
everything more practical. Sometimes when I need a good laugh, I'll
just download a message. So bottom line; I just wanted to express my
appreciation, because they've been a major catalyst in my growth
with God. Thanks a lot!"
Boettcher., via e-mail
Words from Freedom in Christ
"Probably the most Biblically true series I’ve ever
heard. The truth was presented with such clarity that it would be
very difficult to miss. The most helpful thing to me was the
emphasis on believing the truth as God has spoken it instead of
assessing myself by feelings or experience. I am who God said I am!
[The speaker] made this journey so much fun, but the fun never
detracted from the focus. Excellent humor!"
"It was the best conference I’ve ever been to. I’ve gone
to "gospel" meetings all my life but this one had true good news for
Christians and non-Christians.
"It inspired me and I left feeling great burdens lifted
"I have been to conferences, gone through various
Bible Studies, etc., but nothing has changed my life like this." —Darrie
"It opened my eyes in a way that hasn’t happened
"Excellent material! Well illustrated, practical, potent."
Burke, Arlington, TX
"I really enjoyed it. Very practical. I have seen a marked improvement
in my effectiveness because of application of the principles learned."
"Very, very good. I've been to and listened to time management before
but not from a Christ-centered perspective. All the glory be to Him!
This is fun to gain back control!"
Grimes, Kennedale, Texas
"Wonderful. I wish I heard this earlier!"
Shira Malang, Java, Indonesia
"Excellent. I learned a lot and changed a lot in my attitude toward
planning and goal setting. This has the potential to be life-changing!"
"The conference was wonderful! It opened my eyes to the
I make daily! This seminar is very helpful. I highly recommend it!
Bates, Fort Worth
"Enjoyable--which is not what I expected."
"Very practical. A scaffolding for a more productive and less
stressful life." —Sam
—Terri Lynn Graves
"Highly effective. This has effectively trained me to become a better
leader and a more efficient Time Manager. At the same time, it has
eliminated a great deal of stress by simply doing the things that matter
most and eliminating those things that are not important. I highly
recommend this to anyone who is serious about their future with family,
work, or personal life."
"It was extremely helpful to me."
"More informative and effective than any Time Management class I have ever
attended. The spiritual relevance gave me more perspective."
"Great conference! Gives the tools necessary to begin having more
effective, fruitful lives." —Jan
Fuller, Fort Worth
"The conference was very helpful. It was informative, interesting, and
presented in an entertaining and relaxed manner."
Duffey, Fort Worth
"Terrific. This was time well spent."
Reeves, Arlington, Texas
"Enjoyable and informative. Lots of good stuff!"
—Jason Ballou, Arlington,
"Extremely helpful! This is such powerful/healthy material. I wish
there was time for more."
Weems, Granbury, Texas
"I feel that I have been given great opportunity to make my life more
meaningful and productive."
Newby, Arlington, Texas
"Valuable information effectively presented."
Miles, Duncanville, Texas
"Very helpful to me. Applying these principles will change my life.
It clarified some things I was confused about because I was too busy to
stop and think clearly. I attended this conference because I knew I was
out of control. This will help me get a grip."
Boal, Kennedale, Texas
"Wonderful. Anointed. Very sincere. Personal."
Penn, Colleyville, Texas
...From the staff of Hope For The Heart
Following a Time Management Conference
"Material = excellent! Delivery = excellent! Jamie--you have
wonderful gift for taking something that has the potential to be boring
(like Time Management) and turning it into something that I truly looked
forward to each week!"
Comm, Administrative Assistant
"Practical--extremely valuable--maybe life-saving! Thanks!"
—Beth Stapleton, Research Assistant
"So very helpful, practical, and 'do-able'! Jamie, your sincere desire
to present truth in order to help us was so evident. I deeply
appreciated your humble spirit and commitment to God's Word."
"One of the most beneficial, fulfilling seminars I have ever attended.
Truths that I've heard all of my life were given new definition and
Thompson, Supervisor of Data Entry Department
"Very helpful and challenging"
"I have attended other seminars before but none that presented the
importance of Time Management from God's viewpoint and our personal
Amos, Coordinator of Counselling Through the Bible
"Super! It has given our entire staff a focus on the importance of the
way our time is used and a freedom to be more effective."
—June Hunt, President, Hope for the