The Remarkable Journey of One Little Book

By Tom Castor | February 12, 2024 |

When we do presentations of Clear and Simple Media, we inevitably tell the story of how the ministry began. The story can be told in different ways (as in HERE and HERE).

 One question that arises when we do those presentations is, “How can you explain the growth of the books from one book in English to books now in 54 languages?” Our answer almost always includes the phrase, “The little book escaped.”

We set out to accomplish one task, to provide a resource for the church in Vietnam. Once that task was completed, we did not anticipate what would happen next. People, under very different circumstances, somehow found a copy of the book. As they looked it over, they saw that it might be helpful in their context and in their language. Those people, through some circuitous routes and curious connections, found us and asked for our help to put our resources in their hands. As our catalogue of resources grew, the requests increased. And we find ourselves where we are today. 

We are thankful for the growth of the ministry. And, in many ways, it has surprised us. Our goal has always been to “sow the seed” widely and indiscriminately. We have tried to be responsible and strategic in the way we have used the resources God has provided for us. But we have never prioritized the monetization of our publications or websites. This has allowed us to help many of the ministries that are under resourced, enabling them to extend their reach in ways that would otherwise be more difficult or impossible. And the ministry continues to grow.

What does “growth” look like?

Here is the list of translations available for our most widely used resource, Simple Truths for the New Believer.


  • Africa
    • African French
    • Jula
    • Gourmantché 
    • Dagaara
    • Mooré
    • Cerma
    • Bwaba
    • Pogouli
    • Nuna (Nunuma )
    • Lobiri
    • Sisala
    • Fara Fara
    • Ashanti
    • Dogosé
    • Somali
    • Amharic
    • Oromo
    • Lugandan
    • Wolof
  • Central/South America/Caribbean 
    • Poqomchi
    • Spanish
    • Portuguese
    • Haitian Creole 
  • Europe
    • Croatian
    • Russian
    • French
    • German
    • Swedish
    • Ukrainian 
  • North America
    • English
    • French
    • Spanish
  • Central Asia
    • Uyghur
    • Pashto
    • Tajiki Uyghur
    • Dari/ Afghan Persian
  • Middle East 
    • Farsi (Persian)
    • Arabic
  • South Asia
    • Hindi 
    • Maithili
    • Bengali
    • Nepali
    • Punjabi
    • Urdu
  • Southeast Asia 
    • Burmese
    • Mizo Chin
    • Vietnamese 
    • Bahasa (Malay/Indonesian)
    • Hmong 
    • Stieng
    • Bahnar
    • H’re
    • Tagalog
  • East Asia
    • Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese) (Simple/Classic)
    • Korean 
    • Japanese

For you who have supported us through these years, we are truly grateful. This is your work as much as it has been ours.

As we imagine where each of these little books is, physically, we pray:

THAT, in places all over the world, at this very moment, someone has one of our books in their hand. That they are reading it. And are learning more about how to know and follow Jesus. AND that they will share what they have learned with someone else.

Please join us in that prayer.

Tom Castor

Thomas Castor, founder of Clear and Simple Media Group, is a seasoned writer and communicator who has been delivering content with clarity and simplicity for 30 years.