The Foundation of Praise was established in 1970 by Merlin Carothers. We invite you to visit our site, enjoy our newsletters, and contact us with prayer requests.

Merlin & Mary Carothers

Foundation of Praise, Merlin and Mary CarothersThe author of several bestselling books, including Prison to Praise and Power in Praise, Merlin believed his calling from God was to get free books into every state and federal prison in America, and into as many city and county jails as possible. Since Merlin’s passing in November 2013, the Foundation of Praise has continued to carry on the work that he established. In addition to getting Merlin's books into prisons, the list of Foundation of Praise activities also includes distributing books to military facilities, hospitals, crisis pregnancy centers, and missionary projects around the world. Each year the Lord increases our outreach. The opportunities are great, and we rejoice in doing everything we can to be God's servants. We will continue, with God’s help, to reach those for whom He gave His Only Son, Jesus.

Letters From Our Readers

I started reading Prison to Praise yesterday and I could not put it down. I started thanking God for everything, good and bad, in my life. Here in my cell at the Tucker Unit I am happier today then I was when I had all those worldly possessions.



Thank you for the Praise News. It is always a blessing! I have been changing the way I pray. Instead of asking God for something that I need – I changed my prayers by saying, “Thank you Father for meeting this need” and He does!



I just want to say thank you for Merlin’s life-changing books. I was super sad to hear that he had passed away before I could tell him that his books saved my life. I have a new relationship with Jesus, and I am encouraging the other inmates to read the books.


County Jail, Utah

Foundation of Praise Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible is the Word of God. Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, rose from the dead, and is coming again. By faith in Him we receive forgiveness of our sins and the free gift of eternal life. We are called to tell his Good News to the entire world.
Founder Merlin Carother's unique concept of praising in all things brings results that can only be termed miraculous. This one simple thought - that God's people are intended to give Him praise for everything that comes into their lives - is based on scriptural promises. The Bible tells us in Romans 8:28: And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God. There is nothing that He cannot turn to good and use as a source of spiritual growth to those who love and trust in the Lord.