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The Women of Block 12: Voices from a Jail Ministry Kindle Edition

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Length: 171 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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". . . Inspirational and thought provoking. --TOM LAGANA, Co-Author, Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul

"This amazing book brings great insight into the lives of incarcerated women. THE WOMEN OF BLOCK 12 are children of God, created in his image for his glory." --BILL LANGE - President, Board of Directors, Projecty RETURN, Milwaukee, WI

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  • File Size: 317 KB
  • Print Length: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Pischke Publishing (November 26, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004E3XGUK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Linda Pischke is a freelance writer who lives in Wisconsin. She is an active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Jail Minsitry where she has mentored women offenders since 2002. Linda writes non-fiction books and articles on jail and prison ministry. Her articles have appeared in "The Catholic Herald" and "The National Catholic Reporter". In 2007, Linda received the Christian Stewardship Foundation's "Faithful Servant Award" for her work with prisoners. She speaks to groups and organizations about the needs of women offenders both during and after incarceration.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Stoddard on January 6, 2011
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Watching Linda write this book with the same loving compassion she gives her friends, family, and patients was a remarkable experience. I cried and laughed through all the pages. I am very happy this work is now published and accessible to all. Linda has the gift of voice: she listened to all their stories and enabled them to tell experience as they found it. What a blessing to know these courageous women exist and that a person like Linda could let them come alive for me in this special book! Thank you!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Missy on December 27, 2010
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Linda Pischke's book will deinitely open its readers eyes to a new world that not many care to think about. It made me look at criminals and offenders in a whole new light. She leaves you laughing one second and crying the next. Everyone has a story and this one will teach its readers to not judge a book by its cover, as it opens your eyes to the horror, loss, sadness, and unforgettable experiences endured by women across the country. After reading these touching tales of strength, endurance, and forgiveness you will want to know what you can do to make a difference in the lives of others. Linda Pischke and the Women of Block 12 are truley an inspiration to all!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wendy kehoe on May 5, 2011
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I was absolutely captivated by this story and the stories of the women of Block 12. The writing is excellent and Linda's compassion shines through~she has done an amazing job illuminating this world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By marsha on July 11, 2011
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I have led some writing workshops at a women's county jail, so I had an idea about what I was in for when I picked up Linda's book. However, the second half of the book blew my mind. The last 11 of the 22 chapters are first-person accounts written by jailed/imprisoned women of all ages and backgrounds. After I read them, I thought, "How do you ever pull yourself out of that morass?" Each woman wrote about a slightly different hell of a morass, including beyond-rough upbringings, abuse, and addiction. The message is clear... when you're so low that down seems up to you, there's only one ladder out: FAITH. Thank you Linda, for your honesty regarding your own faith journey... and for being a door through which these women may walk into our lives. - Gail Grenier, author
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anna Roberts on May 22, 2012
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Some might think there's a narrow audience for this book(maybe those interested in the incarcerated or ministry programs), but I'm here to tell you that this is a book everyone should read. Not only was it informative as far as how the jail system works, but it also gave me an inside look at the lives of the women offenders. And I came away with more compassion and sympathy.

The book was an easy read, but an important one. Well worth the time and money. My advice is to buy it and read it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill R. Turcott-Nielsen on August 28, 2013
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The Women of Block 12 by Linda Pischke is a 5 star book! It should be required reading in every high school. The stories of these women will remain in my mind as long as I live. What responsible parent wouldn't want their child to be forewarned of the grim consequences of following the wrong crowd, engaging in illegal behavior or being swallowed up by a culture that has lost its moral compass? As a psychotherapist, I will continue to recommend this book to young people and parents at every opportunity. This is a poignant book about prison ministry but it is also a call from the darkness that could possibly save the future of young people who read it. Bless you, Linda Pischke!
Jill Turcott-Nielsen, Psychotherapist
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynette Wanasek on August 28, 2013
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This book will open your eyes. It teaches us not to judge others and to have compassion for our fellow humans.
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"The Women of Block 12" by Linda Pischke is a journey. This book is a journey past your preconceived notions about the drug-addicted women in our society and the imprisoned women that are talked about yet hidden from view. This is a journey past the media hype. This is a journey past being a safe, convenient Christian. This book takes you into the often scandalous lives of female inmates and their trek with Jesus Christ.

Pischke does a great job relaying her feelings and insights as she becomes aware of the humanity of the women who attend her Wednesday night ministry. She realizes not all of the women in the county jail are shadows in the dark. Every woman in that county jail was not simply a bad statistic or simply a product of their environment. The women of Block 12 who came to and went from the prison ministry had families, dreams and lives that stretched beyond the concrete walls.

The second half of "The Women of Block 12" was comprised of letters given to Pichke telling the stories of the women in their own words. Some letters are informative. Some are adventurous. Others are downright ugly. They all had a common thread of reflection and passion. They gave names, faces and places to people who were reduced to a series of numbers or marginalized by the industrial prison complex.

The beauty of the stories shared by the inmates was that they are authentic, naked and raw. Some of the things that were shared in terms of what lead them to being in Block 12 and beyond were so tragic they could not have been fabricated. These stories were not heroic nor commendable. There were broken homes, children lost in the foster care system, manipulative family members and going in and out of the prisons like they were department stores.
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