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

Linda Pischke
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“. . .Inspirational and thought provoking.” Tom Lagana – Co-author, Chicken Soup for the Prisoner’s Soul

“Dramatic and revealing stories about female prisoners . . . inspirational . . . the human dilemma explored with depth and sensitivity . . . touching and uplifting." Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards - 2012

“It should be required reading in every high school.” Jill R. Turcott-Nielsen, psychotherapist.

“This book leaves you laughing one second and crying the next.” Missy G.

Women offenders – why should we care? “The Women of Block 12: Voices from a Jail Ministry” will open your eyes to the truth about incarcerated women. Professor Breea Willingham, University of New York, Buffalo says this book is “One of the most poignant, raw, honest accounts of ‘life’ in a women’s jail.” In this moving and candid memoir, author, Linda Pischke shares her experiences in jail ministry and reveals how God teaches us to love the unlovable when we open our hearts to serving him.

Why does the united states lead the world in producing prisoners? With less than 5% of the world’s population, the U.S. has more prisoners than any other nation - 2.3 million. More than 200,000 are women and eighty-five percent of them are non-violent offenders who suffer from addictions, mental illness, and post-traumatic stress disorders. Separated from their families and shunned by society, these women live in shame – overlooked, feared, and despised. “The Women of Block 12” opens a window into their world. Citing statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice, the author sheds light on the circumstances that lead to the mass incarceration of these individuals.

True stories written by women in prison. Linda Pischke has given a voice to these women in a book you will never forget. Eleven offenders share their personal stories and bring new insight to the needs of this forgotten and misunderstood population.

Prison ministry handbook. The Women of Block 12 is a practical guide to mentoring men and women both during and after incarceration. “A must read for those considering jail or prison ministry.” Regge Krueger, Executive Director, St. Vincent de Paul Jail Ministry, Wisconsin.

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Editorial Reviews

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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

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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,570 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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!
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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
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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
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book! August 28, 2013
Format:Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and Eye Opening 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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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
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Women of Block 12 August 28, 2013
Format:Paperback
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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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
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month 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 4 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 5 months ago by G. Baierlipp
3.0 out of 5 stars easy, fast read
The beginning of the book was very interesting, explaining how the author became involved in jail ministry. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J.Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Not an easy read!! But, a very worthwhile, and ultimately encouraging...
This book opens the reader into a world that we generally choose to avoid-women who have been incarcerated. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jack T. Congleton
4.0 out of 5 stars There but for the grace of God go I
Hearing these women's stories makes me realize that I didn't have things that bad growing up.
This book is well-written and the author shows a genuine caring for the women she... Read more
Published 6 months ago by K. Kuhl
5.0 out of 5 stars so true!
Just excellent, the stories are so real, the writer is just so down to earth, exposing the truth!
i am sure there is so much more horrific stuff going on behind the cell, many... Read more
Published 7 months ago by mari garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars The Women of Block 12
The author has an amazing transformation in her growth as a Christian while telling the story of the women in jail who turn their life to God. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joyce H
5.0 out of 5 stars Both Heartbreaking and Hopeful
Whether you do jail ministry or not, I highly recommend this book. I don't know how anyone could read this without developing empathy for these women after hearing their stories in... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Laura DeNooyer-Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Women of Block 12"--a must-read
This book is a must-read for anyone considering a prison ministry or anyone who wants to understand it better. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mark Fechter
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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.

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