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Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 8, 2016
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I want to help even more and agree with you. It's time my brother and I want you to know that we have brothers like you working in endlessly to make a difference.
Keep up the great work Shaka, please know you're a blessing to me and our brothers and sisters.
This book could be very inspirational for those going through difficult times, at risk of going to prison or already there. One can make a change for the better, and the author is proof of that.
There is language that some may find offensive but is definitely appropriate for the subject matter.
And then there’s Shaka Senghor.
He's the epitome of “second chances”. Anyone can say they’re redeemed, but actions truly speak louder than words -- and in his latest book, “Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison”, proves that seeking a second chance takes perseverance and crazy, unwavering faith.
In this novel, Shaka writes an honest portrayal of his childhood leading to his nineteen years in prison. The descriptive details through page after page is extraordinarily raw, conveying prison life only a former inmate could do.
If you work with kids, or a community activist, or just enjoy a great read, this book is for you! Moreover, Senghor’s prolific storytelling will move you to think deeper about self-worth and overcoming challenges when hope is all you have.
In other words, grab your copy today!
Writing My Wrongs is about the power of hope, change, and redemption. It sheds light on the gritty reality of prison and the truth of mass incarceration.
An important, poignant and powerful book, which should get the hands of every youth in public schools, detention centers, and prisons across America.
*** I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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There are lessons here for all young men who face an impossible situation and I hope some of the tools that he developed to change his situation could be harnessed to help a new generation of men crying out for help
Greetings from Ireland my friend,much love and respect.
A book for people interested in other people.
Finished it in a few days.
Solitary is a killer
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This book is very powerful. Shaka is a great writer, I could not put this book down and devoured it in two sittings.
Beautifully written a story of faith, hope, love in a place where most would not live by these values.