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Make Your Own Evangelistic Bookmarks


Introduction

It has been my experience that people often know a Christian tract when they see one coming their way. They might take the tract, but by their expressions it is sometimes painfully obvious that they will probably end up throwing it away.

It never ceases to amaze me, however, that when I hand out these bookmarks to people, they usually react favorably and even thank me for the gift!

Bookmarks have another advantage over tracts because there is an actual use for them. Every time the book is picked up to be read, there is an opportunity for the person to read the message of salvation. In addition, someone else in the family might see the bookmarks and read them out of curiosity.

Pray every day for the Lord to prepare people to receive the Gospel, and for Him to put people in your path for you to give them some bookmarks, and for the bookmarks to be fruitful in planting seeds and bringing people to salvation. Then give people one or more of these bookmarks and simply say, "Here's a gift for you," or "Here, let me give you one of these. Whenever you need prayer or you have spiritual questions, there are some phone numbers and websites on here, so hang on to this bookmark." There's no fear of rejection with this method, there's no fear of confrontation, there's no fear of not knowing what to say, and so on. It's a simple way of sharing the Gospel, and these bookmarks are free!

To help you become more comfortable in sharing the Gospel with people, I invite you to see my article called How to Be Effective in Evangelism.


Creating the Bookmarks

Click on the links below and then click File/SaveAs to save the documents to your hard drive so that you can change them if you wish.

The documents below contain several columns of text so that several bookmarks can be printed at one time. Print out a document on one side of a sheet of card stock (i.e. heavy paper), then put the sheet back in your printer and print again on the other side. After you print both sides, hold the sheet of card stock up to a light and all of the columns should line up nicely on the front and back. I have been able to print these bookmarks in different versions of MS Word, using different versions of Windows, and at various screen resolutions.

If the front and back sides don't line up properly then click on the Table menu in MS Word and click "Table Properties." On the Table tab, make a small adjustment to the "Indent from left" value, then print another sheet. Since all of the bookmarks in all of the Word documents (below) are the same size and shape, if you make any adjustments to the Table Properties in one Word document then you can simply make the same adjustments in the other Word documents.

Please feel free to change the wording of the bookmarks. On some of the bookmarks there is room at the bottom to add information such as your name, phone #, email address, and so on. It's a novel idea for a business card!

After you print any of the bookmark files below, you can take them to a copying shop or a print shop. In the past, it cost me less than $10 to have a print shop run off about 50 sheets on card stock and cut out the bookmarks for me, but now I print my own at home.


How to Make a Template to Print Your Own Bookmarks

Since each document prints out several bookmarks per page, we need some guide marks to help us cut out the bookmarks. Using a template makes it fast and easy to put some pencil marks in all the right places to show us where to cut.

Print out a bookmark document on one side of a sheet of card stock, then use one of these two methods to turn it into a template.

Method 1

Step 1:

Using a sharp knife, carefully cut out the middle of the words "(Continued from the other side)" in columns 2 and 4, allowing some of the text to remain visible at the top and bottom of the words (as in the picture on the right).

The reason for doing this is because printers are not perfect, and they do not always print exactly the same each time. By cutting out part of the words to make a "window," you can then lay the template on top of a new sheet of bookmarks and line up the words using the "windows" that you had cut out. This ensures that your pencil marks for cutting out the bookmarks will always be in the correct places.
Step 2:

Use a ruler to draw lines on your template in order to show where the bookmarks need to be cut.

The bookmarks in all of the Word documents can be cut to the same size and shape, and this template can be used for all of the bookmark documents below.
Step 3:

Carefully make cutouts (wide enough to draw a line with a pencil) in the template at the appropriate places, as in the picture.

When you lay the template on top of a new sheet of bookmarks, those cutouts will be your guides for marking the new sheet.

That's it! You're done!


Making a template might seem a bit tedious (because it is a bit tedious!), but it only needs to be done once for whichever bookmark document(s) that you choose to use. Again, the above template can be used for all of the bookmark documents below.

After you make a template, here's how to make the actual bookmarks:

Step A:

Print off a new sheet of bookmarks (front and back).

Lay the template on top of the new sheet, then line up the words in the "windows" that you had cut out.

Now make some light pencil marks on the new sheet as in the picture on the right, using all of the cutouts in the template.
Step B:

Using an inexpensive paper slicer, line up the pencil marks and slice away to separate the bookmarks.
Step C:

Now line up the pencil marks and cut off the extra space at the tops and bottoms of the bookmarks.
Step D:

Erase the pencil marks. Now you have 4 bookmarks to use for sharing the Gospel message!

Make lots more and give them out everywhere you go!



Method 2

This is an easier and faster way to make a template. The biggest drawback is that it's not as precise as the above method.

Cut out the "windows" and draw the vertical lines, as in Steps 1 and 2 above.
Trim about 1/8 of an inch all the way across the top and bottom of the template.

This way, when you lay the template on top of a sheet of bookmarks, simply make a pencil mark on the sheet of bookmarks at the tops and bottoms of the vertical lines.

You don't need to make any cutouts in your template for making pencil marks, as in Step 3 above.
Cut out the bookmarks as in Step B above, using the pencil marks as your guides.
Cut off the extra space at the tops and bottoms of the bookmarks as in Step C above.

The difference with this method is that you don't have any pencil marks to guide where to cut.





The Bookmarks

  1. "Where Will You Go?"

    Side one of this bookmark is intended to get the reader thinking about eternity. It demonstrates that the reader is a sinner in need of salvation, and it tells the reader about Christ's sacrifice for us. Side two has a sample "sinner's prayer" plus some discipling information, including websites for further study and toll-free prayer lines. There is also some blank space on side two if you want to include your name, email address, phone numbers, etc.

    If you can't get the front and back sides to line up well, simply print out the document on one side of the card stock (not on both sides). Then cut out two bookmarks (instead of four) and fold them in half.

    Bookmark1.doc
    Last updated on 04/09/2008. 38K.

  2. "Need Prayer?"

    This bookmark starts by offering to pray for any needs that the person might have, and offering to answer any spiritual questions that the person might have. Even non-Christians appreciate a sincere offer of prayer, and this gives the person a reason to keep the bookmark instead of throwing it away. Then the bookmark demonstrates that the reader is a sinner in need of salvation, and it tells the reader about Christ's sacrifice for us. Side two has a sample "sinner's prayer" plus some discipling information, including websites for further study and toll-free prayer lines.

    If you can't get the front and back sides to line up well, simply print out the document on one side of the card stock (not on both sides). Then cut out two bookmarks (instead of four) and fold them in half.

    Bookmark2.doc
    Last updated on 04/09/2008. 36K.

  3. "Who Is Allowed Into Your House?"

    Side one of this bookmark is intended to get the reader thinking about whom he or she would allow to come and live in his or her house. For example, we would not allow a serial killer to come and live with us, no matter how many "good deeds" he has done! It would be against our nature to allow serial killers, child-molesters, etc., into our house, and in the same way it would be against God's nature to allow sinners into His "house" (heaven). Then the bookmark explains that the reader is a sinner in need of salvation, and it tells the reader about Christ's sacrifice for us. Side two has a sample "sinner's prayer" plus some discipling information, including websites for further study and toll-free prayer lines.

    If you can't get the front and back sides to line up well, simply print out the document on one side of the card stock (not on both sides). Then cut out two bookmarks (instead of four) and fold them in half.

    Bookmark3.doc
    Last updated on 04/09/2008. 37K.
 
 
 
  Modification History  
 
 

  • 07/29/2008 - Removed the bookmark called "Check Out The Ten Commandments." It is big and bulky and I never use it, and I had peace from the Lord about removing it. The bookmark called "Who Is Allowed Into Your House?" was Bookmark4.doc, and it has now been renamed as Bookmark3.doc.
  • 04/09/2008 - Updated the wording in most of the bookmarks. Removed the "folding" versions of the bookmarks because each bookmark document can now be used to make "folding" versions. Added an easier and faster method of making templates for cutting out the bookmarks. Now a single template will work for most of the bookmark documents, instead of making a separate template for each document.
  • 09/08/2006 - Added Bookmark4.doc and Bookmark4_Folding.doc.
  • 08/18/2005 - Added "folding" versions of the first two bookmarks, which I now prefer.
  • 09/10/2004 - Modified the bookmarks in order to make them all the same size and shape, added a detailed explanation of how to make a template for each bookmark, and added single-sided versions of most of the bookmarks.
  • 05/25/2004 - Removed some of the old bookmarks and added Bookmark3.doc.