Looking for Diamonds in a Coal Bin

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Looking for Diamonds in a Coal Bin

Pages: 80
Size: 5.5" x 8.5"
ISBN #: 978-1-59387-233-5
Format: Paperback

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Through his tireless work of commenting on courses, writing letters, visiting prisoners, and helping them find a church, a place to live, a job and often purchasing clothing for them, there was never a doubt of Dick’s commitment to the Lord.
Looking for Diamonds in a Coal Bin is a “ministry autobiography.” Dick shares insights and new perspectives into the lives of inmates. Read many testimonies of how God takes the pieces of coal found inside our prisons walls and transforms them into wonderful diamonds. Study courses written by Dick Hopkins include Proverbs for Life and How to Succeed on the Streets.

Dick was saved at age 19 while in the Navy. Afterwards, he attended Wheaton College and Wheaton Graduate School earning a M.A. in New Testament Studies. Dick and Marilyn were married in 1962, and have been blessed with three children and six grandchildren.

Dick worked as a juvenile probation officer for 33 years, and from 1994-2011 (when called home to be with the Lord) volunteered with ECS Prison Ministry of Northern California, focusing mainly on the spiritual aftercare of parolee students. Prior to his work with ECS Ministries, Dick and his wife served as leaders in their church's Junior High Department. He was also involved in evangelism and active at church.

MORE FROM DICK HOPKINS Proverbs for Life and How to Succeed on the Streets.


Introduction – My Story
   1 – Woe to those who make unjust laws
   2 – Being careful to do according to all the law
   3 – He squandered his property in reckless living
   4 – They went out from us, but they were not of us
   5 – Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents?
   6 – All the whole world may be guilty before God
   7 – They gave into their craving
   8 – The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective
Dick’s Life Verse
Dick’s Study Courses

Here's What People Are Saying!

“I sincerely thank you for Dick Hopkins' last book, Looking for Diamonds in a Coal Bin. What a great joy it is to read more of Dick's wisdom and insight in the faith (especially with prisoners in mind). I first met Dick in 1995 when he began his work with "Set Free," and visited me here at Corcoran State Prison probably four times before he passed away. It is such an honor to be blessed with sincere brothers and sisters in Christ who encourage me in the faith and who are also dear friends. The Emmaus Bible study courses were a real Godsend in my "spiritual formation" when I rededicated my life to Christ 20 years ago this past March. Please be encourage as the work that you are doing (and have done) brings much glory to God in the highest.”

–Dana, inmate in California