What started with the prayerful pursuit of three Christian traveling salesmen would be blessed by God to become a worldwide Association committed to spreading the Gospel. Through world wars, cultural revolutions, pandemics, and opposition, members of The Gideons International have remained steadfast to their calling of winning others to the Lord Jesus Christ. Through the years, others have joined this effort. Local churches have long partnered with Gideons, and a great many supporters have sacrificially given, so that people would have a copy of God’s Word.
The rich heritage and global impact of The Gideons International is an exciting story.Witness to History presents the founding principles, key people, opportunities, and trials that shaped the ministry’s growth and influence for over 120 years.
How did the dream of three men more than a century ago grow to change the world? How did members respond in the midst of religious challenges and economic downturns? What can the journey of The Gideons teach us all about determination, focus, and faith? There’s so much more to the story than just placing Bibles in hotel rooms.
Witness to History takes you behind the scenes, decade by decade, and shows you the heart of the men and women who have provided more than 2.5 billion copies of God’s Word and steadfastly shared the Gospel for more than a century.
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Witness to History is a comprehensive narrative of The Gideons International. This book is more than catalogued dates and systematic timelines; this is a story – the story – of The Gideons International. It will leave you energized and ready for what God wants to do through you in the days ahead.
This book is interspersed with archived photos and documents from the past century, many of which have never before been seen by the public. Each image adds to the story and is an integral part of The Gideons’ history. You’ll be inspired by the way 120 years of reaching people for our Lord Jesus Christ comes together in one place, one book, one story.
This story is a reminder of who we are, what we believe, and how we live in light of our Savior and the legacy of our founding members and key leaders. Reflecting on what God has accomplished through the history of The Gideons will increase your faith in what He has planned for you.
“Bottom line is: I love it. I think it is excellent in every way. A lot of great historical information, testimonies, and some small tidbits I think the membership will love to read.”DENNIS DONNELLY former International President of
“This is a thorough and entertaining history of The Gideons International—featuring moving testimonies and many heart-touching photos. It is the unique story of God orchestrating the beginning, and overseeing the more than 120-year growth, of the Gideon ministry.”Woody Murray Gideon since 2009
“Reading this book allowed me to relive the most exciting years of my life as a member of The Gideons International. So many friends were found among its pages. Every Gideon and Auxiliary need to read a copy of this book.”Brian Stromsoe Gideon since 1976
“It took me back in time, and I started to share several of the testimonies in it with my camp. Excellent work. I want to buy a copy.”Mike Richey former International President of
“Impressive!”Perrin Prescott former International President of