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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Northfield Publishing (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881273245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881273240
  • ASIN: B002T4513G
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

DENNIS SHERE was a reporter, editor, and then publisher for the Dayton Daily News before becoming the senior media manager at Moody Bible Institute. He is currently an attorney working on behalf of death penalty defendants in Illinois. He is author of Cain's Redemption: A Story of Hope and Transformation in America's Bloodiest Prison. He resides in North Aurora, Illinois.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This was a very inspiring story.
Kym McNabney
When anyone gets right with themsevles there's a differant outlook as you can see being playede out in the book as they are offered a chance for change in their lives.
The Old Guy
This book bears witness of the power of God to touch hardened hearts and change lives.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Downing on August 10, 2005
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I have been a judge for 20 years. The previous best book on corrections was 20,000 Years in Sing Sing, by Warden Lewis Lawes. This book about Angola and Warden Cain is the only book you need to read about how to reform prisoners. It needs to be the Criminal Justice textbook because few of the people teaching criminal justice have a clue about how to change criminals. Warden Cain has the answer. Very readable. Great stories.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Christian Book Previews on January 13, 2006
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The transforming power of the gospel message electrifies the pages in this remarkable book! Readers will have a unique opportunity to visit Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana, a place that was once known as America's bloodiest prison. When Burl Cain accepted the position of warden, he brought along his vibrant faith in Christ. The combination of his leadership skills and his commitment to the Lord effected changes in this prison that are nothing short of miraculous!

These pages lead readers behind the bars and into the hearts and minds of those who live there. Since most of the prisoners are serving life sentences with no chance of parole, the atmosphere was a breeding ground for despair. When Warden Cain realized that despondency often leads to violent behavior, he decided to give these men hope in the Person of Jesus Christ.

Cain's philosophy is simple: prisoners are human beings and they deserve an opportunity to know Jesus as Savior. This book bears witness of the power of God to touch hardened hearts and change lives. The documentary style of writing makes these men real to readers and will highlight the command of Jesus to visit those in prison.

Although this facility has undergone a transformation, readers will understand that it is still a prison. Cain must be ready to deal with issues like riots and hostage situations. Not every prisoner has accepted the call of Christ and therefore unrest travels throughout these halls looking for opportunity. The author has included accounts of real-life problems that needed a firm but fair handling. The warden has proven himself capable of dealing with the worst that this prison can give him, yet he never loses sight of the best that he can give these men.

Cain's Redemption will powerfully remind readers that every person is precious to the Lord! -- Joyce Handzo, Christian Book Previews.com
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kym McNabney VINE VOICE on September 23, 2008
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This was a very inspiring story. A well written book that will send you on an emotional rollercoaster. This book IS NOT filled with a pack of lies, as one review seems to think. I met Dennis Shere, and Warden Cain, along with many of the inmates and those that work at Angola. Of course Angola is not a perfect place, run by perfect people, or has only perfect inmates. I don't believe that anyone ever made that claim. But what it is, is an amazing place with amazing things happening. Anyone who doubts this, start visiting different jails and prisons in your area, then go to Angola for several days, and tell me God isn't at work there.
The system is screwed up. The government is screwed up. People screw up. But God is good. With Him, all things are possible. I stayed at Angola for eight days. I ate there, slept there, worshiped with those that worked there, and those that were doing time there. I was so moved with what was going on there, I didn't want to leave.
I'm involved in the prison ministry and write to several inmates, including a handful from Angola. Great men with big hearts and a genuine devoted love for God. Look at how crowed our prison systems are! What the statistics show the reentry rate is. Isn't it obvious we're doing something wrong! I truly believe in my heart, that if all prison systems would adopt what Burl Cain is doing, along with places like, Koinonia House, in Illinois, and other great ministries, we would find a big dent in the cost of our prison system, for we would be truly reforming criminals, instead of slapping a number on them and writing them off. That's just not working...hello.
Hebrew 13:3 "Don't forget about those in prison. Suffer with them as though you were there yourself. Share the sorrow of those being mistreated, as though you feel their pain in your own bodies."
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JE on August 25, 2007
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I spent three days filming a documentary at Angola, some with the Warden, and saw firsthand what God has doen through Warden Burl Cain. Having been raised in Louisiana and heard all the stories of the hellhole known as Angola, I was a bit hesitant about the assignment. It was one of the most uplifting and encouraging experiences of my life. It's almost impossible to believe the stories from the book, but to see them in 3-D, in the flesh, was amazing.

Get the book. Let it speak to your heart. See what God can do. You will hardly believe it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 12, 2006
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Cain's Redemption: A Story Of Hope And Transformation In America's Bloodiest Prison by Dennis Shere is the remarkable story of Burl Cain's inspiring struggle to provide a kinder, safer, more creative and beneficial environment the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, once infamous for being the bloodiest prison in America. Carrying readers through the fascinating true story of Cain's persistence and perseverance, Cain's Redemption describes the remarkably relentless efforts to engender an atmosphere of reform and cooperation for both prisoners and guards which was to ultimate result in substantially improving the entire prison. Cain's Redemption is very strongly recommended reading, especially for students of penology, prison system administrators, prisoner rights advocates, social justice activists, and incarcerated prisoners.
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