The Concept Statement
Anyone who has had a personal experience
with the Living Christ has felt the
presence of an overwhelming Force—a
Force of love, acceptance, and renewal.
How should we respond to the God who had
so touched our lives with His Presence?
And how can we help others experience
the Powerful Love that brings peace of
mind and a new purpose in life? We
want to discover why God created us and
what He expects of us. We want to
know how to structure our lives and our
goals in accordance with God’s plan.
In essence, we are asking how to be
his research of the lives of well-known
Christians, and drawing from his
experience as a Christian layperson, Tom
Hollingsworth uncovers the key elements
that are essential for effective
Christian living. He shows how
these elements can be applied to our own
About the Author
Thomas E. Hollingsworth worked for 25 years as an industrial engineer
and manager for several large corporations. He spent the next 12
years combining consulting work with teaching industrial management in
the North Carolina Community College System.
In the process of moving around the country, Hollingsworth was active in
many different Christian organizations, including mainline churches of
several denominations and unaffiliated charismatic prayer/Bible study
Sometime during the late 1980’s, the author concluded that most of the
Christian organizations with which he had been involved did very little
reaching out to those outside the church. He began concentrating
on doing outreach work—both in a jail and prison ministry, and in
conducting weekly devotional services in nursing homes.
Concurrent with these outreach services, Hollingsworth began in earnest
his search for the behaviors and attitudes held in common by truly
effective Christians. Using analytical skills acquired in business
and industry, he searched the Scriptures and biographies of notable
Christians for key elements associated with effectiveness in the service
Hollingsworth self-published a booklet in 1971 entitled Living
Promises. In 1972, he revised and re-published this booklet
under the title Living Promises-Living Commands. Thousands
of these booklets were distributed across several states after
Hollingsworth made arrangements with motel managers to have these
booklets placed in the rooms of guests.
Hollingsworth was a native of Chattanooga, Tenn. He was a 1948
graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a Bachelor of
Science in Industrial Engineering. During World War II, he served
in an airborne division in Europe. He was recalled to active duty
during the Korean War and served in Japan. He died in 2001 in a
rural community just outside of Greensboro, N.C.