“Set Free”: Autobiography of American Bible Society President & CEO Releases Today

Today marks the release of Set Free: Unstoppable Hope for a World that is Waiting, the autobiography of American Bible Society President & CEO Roy Peterson. Set Free tells the story of how Peterson went from being a teenager in a Mexican prison to serving as the president of three Christian, worldwide organizations.

When he was behind bars in Mexico, Peterson discovered that he was also spiritually imprisoned. He writes, “My life apart from God and His Word had put me in a prison of my own making—a prison of the spirit.”

But Peterson was introduced to Christ through the Bible in that Mexican jail, and that made all the difference. Now Peterson is sharing the same message his former inmate shared with him: “God’s Word changed my life, and he can change yours too.”

After having his life transformed by the message of hope found in the Bible, Peterson served as a missionary with SIL International, as the president and CEO of Wycliffe USA, and as the president and CEO of The Seed Company. He now serves as American Bible Society CEO & President, working to make God’s Word available and accessible to others, so they might experience freedom from darkness, confusion, and disbelief.

The title Set Free comes from John 8:36, where Jesus tells us: “If the Son sets you free, then you will be really free.” Peterson says his life is proof of that promise, and he invites his readers to experience this same freedom: “I hope my story shows how God has a plan for all of us, through life’s ups and downs, and how he uses the Bible to speak to us, encourage us, and guide us.”

Peterson’s challenge is this: “Let’s dedicate ourselves once more to bring God’s message of love to a world that is longing to be set free.”

Set Free (hardcover and e-book editions) is available for purchase at American.Bible/SetFree, Amazon.com, and Barnes & Noble.com.

All proceeds from the book’s sales will go toward bringing the full New Testament to the Ngöbe people of Costa Rica in their heart language. 

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