Start reading The Women of Block 12: Voices from a Jail Ministry on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.
Read for Free
with Kindle Unlimited

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

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

Linda Pischke
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $2.99
Kindle Unlimited Read this title for free and get unlimited access to over 700,000 titles. Learn More

  • Length: 171 pages (estimated)
  • Prime members can borrow this book and read it on their devices with Kindle Owners Lending Library.
Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $2.99  
Paperback --  
Kindle Daily Deals
Kindle Delivers: Daily Deals
Subscribe to find out about each day's Kindle Daily Deals for adults and young readers. Learn more (U.S. customers only)

Book Description

More than 200,000 women occupy beds in US prisons and jails. Separated from their families and shunned by society, they live in shame – overlooked, feared, and despised. Most of these individuals will eventually return to our communities. Will we welcome them home and teach them the skills they need to survive as contributing members of society, or will we continue to punish them for their crimes, forcing them to recycle through the system?

The Women of Block 12: Voices from a Jail Ministry is a book about mentoring offenders. In this intense and very personal memoir, Linda Pischke shares her experiences in jail ministry and examines the world of incarcerated women. Citing statistics from the US Department of Justice, she exposes the truth about women offenders and brings new insight to the needs of this forgotten and misunderstood population. Eleven women share their personal stories and Linda reveals how God teaches us to love the unlovable when we open our hearts to serving him.

Editorial Reviews


". . . 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

Product Details

  • File Size: 317 KB
  • Print Length: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Pischke Publishing (November 26, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004E3XGUK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,154 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Women With a Voice January 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story filled with every emotion imaginable! December 27, 2010
By Missy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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!
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! May 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and Eye Opening May 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow - what a bite reality is. July 11, 2011
By marsha
Format:Kindle Edition
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
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Women of Block 12 August 28, 2013
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
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book! August 28, 2013
This book will open your eyes. It teaches us not to judge others and to have compassion for our fellow humans.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jail ministry March 9, 2012
By anne
Format:Kindle Edition
highly recommend this insightful and thought provoking book about non-violent women inmates, the lack of rehab opportunities & recidivism. includes personal stories & resources
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good insights into life on the inside as viewed by ...
Good insights into life on the inside as viewed by a religious volunteer. I really appreciated the different stories of the women and how they got to this point in their life. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Diana ES
3.0 out of 5 stars Jail & Prison Ministry
A good starter book for those who are interested in serving in jail and prison ministry. I especially like the essays written by the women incarcerated. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Testament to Hope
I found the book inspiring, and the voices of the incarcerated women to be revelatory, sometimes surprising, often grotesquely sad, and occasionally funny and even joyful as the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Camille Sanzone
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlocks your brain. Frees your compassion.
"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... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joey D. Pinkney
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pastor's Reflection on this valuable book
As a pastor of forty years I have often visited women and men in jail. Trying to navigate the prison system is a challenge, and visiting prisoners always eye-opening. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Frank D. Janzow
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Makes one think about the prison population ....It is easy to read and nicely written. I would recommend for everyone.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars can't put it down
very thought provoking and touching testimony to the power of caring for women incarcerated and the power of love to change lives
Published 12 months ago by Patty Bittner
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener
A great read and a real eye opener,my heart went out to these women,poor choices shaped their lives but they wanted to change but found it so hard to do.
Published 15 months ago by Graeme White
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stories of a way out of the past.
I have worked with incarcerated and previously incarcerated women, and the stories in this book resonate with those I have personally heard. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Connie White
5.0 out of 5 stars Helps Understand What Jail is Like
I have heard people say that jail is too much like going on vacation for the prisoners. I have known some people who have been in jail and where they were was anything but... Read more
Published 19 months ago by G. Baierlipp
Search Customer Reviews

More About the Author

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.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category