1. Miss Brenda and the Loveladies: A Heartwarming True Story of Grace, God, and GumptionBLOWOUT
    Miss Brenda and the Loveladies: A Heartwarming True Story of Grace, God, and Gumption
    Brenda Spahn, Irene Zutell
    WaterBrook / 2014 / Hardcover
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    4 Stars Out Of 5 20 Reviews
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  1. Ohio
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Informative and Eyeopening
    June 5, 2018
    Deborah
    Ohio
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I purchased 2 of these books - at an extremely low price. Gave one to an individual who I hope will expand her thinking about ex cons. And the author's sense of humor was enjoyable. I would give this book to others to open their eyes as well.
  2. Williamston,MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Brush with prison
    April 30, 2014
    pastor les
    Williamston,MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I am ambivalent about this book. It is well written and presents some remarkable challenges . The way that Brenda stuck with these ladies and how the Lord honored her commitment is a blessing.

    I do believe that many opportunities to present the Gospel were missed. There were too many social answers in place of Biblical ones.Seldom was a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus presented as the answer to the many struggles that these ladies were experiencing.

    I do not believe that "baptismal regeneration" was the intent of the author; one episode made it appear that was how one comes to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus.

    There was crude language that was not necessary.I do pray that people would realize this is not necessary to communicate a truth.

    It was a good read but I cannot give it five stars.It was good to learn of some of the situations still extant in prisons today.I admire the hours ,prayers and commitment that Brenda made to reach these ladies .
  3. Oregon
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful story
    April 18, 2014
    GHayes
    Oregon
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book far exceeded my expectations. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and, in the course of doing so, my capacity to love grew.

    "Miss Brenda and the Loveladies", by Brenda Spahn and Irene Zutell, is a true story of Brenda Spahn, a self-made wealthy woman. Thanks to a former client; a woman nailed for embezzlement who used the whistleblower law to get a reduced sentence, Brenda, the owner of a prospering tax preparation service, quickly became a victim of the IRS. Brenda was able to escape prison (being innocent of anything but a minor infraction), but chose to give up her tax preparation business.

    During the time she fought to keep out of prison she says "Sometimes in life we make decisions that change the course of our destiny. I made mine one day later_."

    "Was God telling me it was time to stop ignoring Him and start listening to His call, the call of my destiny?

    In those moments, the frenzy that had consumed my life suddenly seemed miles away. My heart became quiet. I knew the answer."

    From that point forward Brenda's began a major change of course in the path of her life. This book is the story of how her organization "the largest and most successful nonprofit transitional center for women in the country" began.

    It is a wonderful heartwarming story of how Brenda started out working with seven very hardened ex-con women that, to be honest frightened her. But with Brenda's love and determination, and guidance from God a story of redemption can be written. I laughed and cried as I read my way through this journey of Miss Brenda's, and the Loveladies. I learned to have compassion and love for women whom, if I'd met them on the street, I might not have acknowledged. Through her story I came to have a clearer understanding of God's love for all of his creation.

    This is a beautiful story of challenges, struggles and ultimate success; success that comes with finding and fulfilling one's true destiny. This is a book I highly recommend for reading.

    "I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review."
  4. Kearney, NE
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Won't inspire
    April 4, 2014
    Jeanie
    Kearney, NE
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    "Lovelady" is the author's maiden name, but it's also what she came to dub each woman that she took under her wing in what she calls a "whole-way house" (as opposed to halfway). These are women that are newly released from a hellish-sounding Alabama prison. In most cases they have known no other life than drugs, poverty and abuse, and thus no way to escape those. Spahn tells the story of how she herself had gone from the lap of luxury to the throes of despair and near-imprisonment.

    A client at her tax-preparation business had falsely accused Spahn of tax evasion, in the hopes that the client would get a reduced sentence. Spahn says she wound up pleading guilty to filing four false tax returns in order to avoid prison. It was after this that Spahn was inspired to open what became her "Lovelady Center," in the hopes that these women make a fresh start that lasts.

    I say upfront that Spahn is not Catholic. That became clear when she told the women that she'd been ordained specifically do this work. Also, not passing judgment but just relaying further evidence: Spahn is twice-divorced and now married again. Later, she herself baptizes a woman in a ceremony (I use the term loosely) that's not like your grandmother's, or even your own. You'll cringe, as Baptism is cheapened by a purpose (or lack thereof) entirely different than ours.

    Late in the book Spahn tells about her own upbringing in faith, and her start in a Baptist church at age 11. A Catholic wishes Spahn had have begun with this.

    Written by a Catholic or not, this book drags, and you won't be inspired. By describing how she repeatedly tried to convince people she is not crazy, Spahn seems like she's trying to convince the reader of the same thing. There may be an audience for this book, but this reader isn't in it.

    "I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review."
  5. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing
    March 28, 2014
    Danni
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    There are very few books that can make me laugh, cry, and just plain out root for the characters. But that was the thing with this book, these weren't just characters, these were real people. Real people with real stories. There was something about the Loveladies stories that were gut wrenching yet held such hope. A hope that can truly only be found with Jesus.

    This book is raw and honest. If you have a soft heart it maybe difficult to read this book. These ladies went through drugs, rape, abuse, and some unimaginable things. Things that only Jesus could heal.

    Read this book though. Brenda enthusiasm is infectious and heartwarming. These stories need to be shared.

    I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
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