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A Different Kind of Cell: The Story of a Murderer Who Became a Monk Paperback – September 2, 2011
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— Martin Sheen
"Bernard of Clairvaux in the twelfth century once liberated a murderer being led to execution. 'I will kill him myself,' Bernard promised; he took the man to Clairvaux and made him a monk. Bernard meant that through the process of monastic conversion the man's false self, which had expressed itself in violence, would die and his true self emerge and thrive in peace. W. Paul Jones tells a twentieth-century version of that story. Through Jones's sensitive, gripping prose the reader follows the conversion of Clayton A. Fountain from chaos to clarity."
― Fr. Mark Scott
Gethsemani Abbey, Kentucky
"No one is beyond the mercy of God. No one. The message of this book is that to kill anyone on the assumption that their redemption is impossible is to take the place of God."
― Sr. Helen Prejean (from foreword)
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Amongst other things it puts before the reader, as simply as I have read anywhere, a description of The Dark Night of the Soul, but that is just one of many of the Treasures of Darkness this book contains.
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Sad but a good read. I probably would rate it a 5 but the story hurts my heart...Published 9 months ago by Timmy
Do you think much about the "dignity of human life"?
Perhaps you should. Do you spend much time thinking about
the goal of life? Perhaps you should. Read more
Even I thought Clayton Fountain needed to stay in prison, I could not help but be inspired by a man who, with the help of God, turned his life so completely around. Fr. Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by Maddysmom
I bought this book thinking it would go in detail of the subject's past. It mostly spent the book detailing his efforts to get a seminary degree.Published on December 22, 2013 by Kathleen
Incredible story of a life resurrected! How one man and two priests found redemption through Gods grace. It will move your soul.Published on November 29, 2013 by John Hicks
I am so impressed with this man's story. It has increased my own nelief in the Mercy of Our God.Published on October 8, 2013 by John R. Waldren
for an offense he did at 20. I visit him once a month. So it helps me to understand what happens in those facilities and why some things happen as they do. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Arlene L. Anderson