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Inmate 46857 Paperback – March 31, 2005
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From the Publisher
'Don't miss the compelling true story of Inmate 46857, so rich in mercy and redemption you'll be convinced that if God can change this angry kid-criminal, He can change anybody!'
About the Author
In 1988, Eddie Spencer left prison a free man. For several years, he worked with Young Life in Jackson, Mississippi, and in 1989 USA TODAY recognized him as one of fifty national drug-fighting heroes. Currently Eddie has a ministry speaking at schools, churches, and conferences. Read Eddies incredible coming-of-age story, written with co-author LaFon Walcott Burrow, to discover a rich redemption that just might change your life as well.
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Eddie's childhood was a sad one and not very fun to read about, but it was very enlightening as to how someone can grow so hard and so angry. He "got religion" as a child because he felt pressured to, but no one explained what that meant. He later "accepted Christ" to please those who had shown kindness to him, but it was only when he'd lost control of himself that he finally, truly surrendered to God. Then he faced the scary prospect of the other inmates now viewing him as weak and attacking him. He wondered how God could protect him as well as how he was going to keep from losing control to his temper again. But God knew the answers.
The last 33 pages described Eddie's post-conversion struggles, which were very interesting. I'm involved in prison ministry and work with a young, angry man that's much like Eddie in many ways. I'm planning on giving him a copy of this book to encourage him that it's safe to surrender to Christ. Right now, he believes in Christ, but can't let go of maintaining "his reputation." (I work with other inmates who know him and, ironically, his reputation isn't one of fear-inspiring awe like he thinks it is. But now I better understand why his reputation--what he thinks it is--is so important to him.)
This book was written in a conversational tone, was well-written, and kept my interest from start to finish. I'd highly recommend this insightful memoir to those who work in jail and prison ministry, those who work with troubled kids and teens, and those who have anger and trust issues.