Convicted: A Crooked Cop, an Innocent Man, and an Unlikely Journey of Forgiveness and Friendship
Convicted: A Crooked Cop, an Innocent Man, and an Unlikely Journey of Forgiveness and Friendship  -     By: Jameel McGee, Andrew Collins, Mark Tabb
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: WaterBrook
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0735290741
ISBN-13: 9780735290747

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Jameel McGee: "For the next three years not a day went by that I didn’t think about my son who I had never seen and the cop who had kept me from him. And for most of those three years I promised myself that if I ever saw this cop again, I was going to kill him. I intended to keep that promise."
 
Andrew Collins: "I watched this angry man march through a crowd, a little boy and another man struggling to keep up with him....The man walked straight up to me, stopped, and stuck out his hand. I took it. "Remember me?" he asked in a tone that sounded more like a threat than a question.
Somehow, a name came to me. ’Jameel McGee,’ I replied."
 
It reads like a gripping crime novel…except this story really happened.
 
Racial tensions had long simmered in Benton Harbor, a small city on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, before the day a white narcotics officer--more focused on arrests than justice—set his sights on an innocent black man. But when officer Andrew Collins framed Jameel McGee for possession of crack cocaine, the surprising result was not a race riot but a transformative journey for both men.
 
Falsely convicted, McGee spent three years in federal prison. Collins also went to prison a few years later for falsifying police reports. While behind bars, the faith of both men deepened. But the story took its most unexpected turn once they were released--when their lives collided again in a moment brimming with mistrust and anger. The two were on a collision course—not to violence—but forgiveness. 
 
As current as today’s headlines, this explosive true story reveals how these radically conflicted men chose to let go of fear and a thirst for revenge to pursue reconciliation for themselves, their community, and our racially divided nation.

Author Bio

Jameel McGee continues to serve as a mentor to Benton Harbor youth. He has previously worked for E.S.S. Emergency Shelter Services, assisting the homeless find housing. Andrew Collins is a former police offer who now is a licensed pastor ministering to youth as part of Young Life. Both men live in Michigan.

Mark Tabb
Mark is the New York Times best-selling collaborator and author of more than thirty books, including Mistaken Identity, Running for My Life, and Truth Doesn’t Have a Side.

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"In Convicted, Mark Tabb has captured a story that illustrates the grace and redemption first modeled for the world by Christ on the cross. It’s also a story of an improbable friendship that will challenge your assumptions and transform the way you see all those who might live on the other side of town. Convicted is a must-read for anyone who longs for the day when the dividing lines of race, class, and bigotry are finally overcome by the greater forces of love, forgiveness, and brotherhood."
—Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and author of Be Light

"What an amazing story of the work the Holy Spirit can do in our lives when we allow him and the power of forgiveness to heal all wounds!"
—Daniel Muir, former NFL player with the Indianapolis Colts and other teams

"By all accounts, Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins should be hardened, bitter enemies. But their story demonstrates in a powerful way how God can bring beauty out of brokenness. Convicted is a gripping true story that you don’t want to miss."
—Jim Daly, President – Focus on the Family

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  1. Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting Read
    February 23, 2018
    Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I found this book interesting and encouraging. No, it may not change the world, but it does have a wonderful message and possibly the power to help change one person at a time. It's a moving story of God's grace and forgiveness. There are many injustices in the world, and we will never right them all, because once sin entered the world, only through Christ will racial tensions be brought down, and the hearts of people changed. But because of sin, the world will never be perfect again, until Christ reigns in all His glory.

    This book can be taken in one of two ways. A person can dwell on the fact that there are crooked cops out there and all the racial injustice, or a person can dwell on the fact that forgiveness is real and does happen!



    I enjoy true stories of redemption, humility, and how God transforms lives. And this one was worth reading. It jumps back and forth between Jameel and Andrew, telling how each arrived at their current place in life. Its a great example of just how easy it is to either be in the wrong place at the wrong time, or simply by allowing small sins to creep in, we can soon be on a downward spiral to a place we never thought we'd go, doing things we never thought we would do. There were just a few places that were a tad confusing for me on the time-line, but could possibly be something I missed or mis-read.

    I would recommend this book.

    I received a copy of this book courtesy of Blogging for Books and Waterbrook to read. I was not asked or required to review this book positively. All opinions are my own.
  2. Cheri
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing Book - This is a wonderful story of forgiveness
    October 6, 2017
    Cheri
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I read Convicted by Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins with Mark Tabb. Wow what interested me in this book to begin with is that it occurred within 90 minutes from where I live. I have been to Benton Harbor multiple times so I could picture the scenery as it was described. The authors did a wonderful job bringing the readers to their town. Second, the story itself was so gripping. I couldnt put it down. I could feel Gods presence throughout the book it was evident that each man, separately, had a personal encounter with their Heavenly Father that left them changed for the better. I loved how God brought them together and reconciled them in the end. It wasnt a fairy tale it was told with honesty, courage and authenticity, the good, bad and ugly. This was a book I highly recommend to others. Its one that changed me for the good.
  3. Kendra
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    powerful testimony
    October 3, 2017
    Kendra
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A white crooked cop and an innocent black man sent to prison by his lies share their powerful story of redemption in this timely autobiography. I felt angry as the book revealed the corruption and injustices that happen daily in our law enforcement and judicial system. I grieve the impact of poverty and injustice that leave millions trapped and hopeless. This isn't a story of perfect endings or solutions to the social issues facing America; rather, it is a testimony of the power of the gospel in transforming individual lives. Only in Jesus can there be found the healing and reconciliation that is so desperately needed. I may not be able to right all the wrongs of our society, but I can be transformed by Jesus and allow Him to shape my perspectives of and relationships with others--a challenge for all of God's people!

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.
  4. nkwbookreviewer
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    WOW, Moving, Engulfing, 5 Star Must Read
    October 1, 2017
    nkwbookreviewer
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Some books just provide entertainment or a diversion from the day to day activities life brings. Others demand thought and emotion, grabbing me by the heartstrings and don't want to let go. This is one of those books. I am still thinking about it and in its grasp. Convicted: A Crooked Cop, an Innocent Man, and an Unlikely Journey of Forgiveness and Friendship is a page turning, engulfing true story by authors Jameel Zookie McGee, Andrew Collins, and Mark Tabb.

    This is the story of two men and how Jesus worked in their lives to provide healing and forgiveness. Set in Benton Harbor, Michigan and St. Joseph across the river, this story tells of the different lifestyles the two places provide.

    Convicted is an excellent well researched, written, and organized story. The writing is done in a nice manner. It flowed smoothly and the story definitely held my attention from page one until I finished the book. I ran the gamut of emotions while reading the story, too. Rage, disbelief, love, heartbreak, forgiveness, grace, and everything in between. I cried (and cried) while reading this touching story.

    This true story is the tale of two men, a white policeman and a black man shopping for food. Their lives intersect at a store in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The shopper, Jameel McGee, was arrested but did not commit the crime. Andrew Collins, the policeman, falsely arrested him for possession of drugs with the intention to distribute. Jameel is obviously angry and disturbed about the unlawful arrest. To be sure that another drug dealer is in jail and off the streets, Officer Collins falsifies his report and lies to the court about Jameel. This sends Jameel to prison for three years. As time goes on, Jameel hears from God and learns to forgive and let go. Andrew on the other hand has continued his bad ways and ends up in prison himself.

    The lessons learned in this book are relevant in today's society. First off, we need to be honest. God has given us laws to live by and we need to obey them, We need to show grace and forgive others. We can and should, no must, turn to God and ask for His forgiveness first. Healing comes from Him. Redemption comes from God.

    I would recommend this to everyone. Men and women alike will enjoy this book. Teens, too. This would be a fantastic book club read because it needs to be discussed. I wouldn't be surprised if this isn't made into a movie someday. Definitely a 5 star rating.
  5. PinkishHue
    Topeka, KS
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Convicted - a book that I would read again
    September 25, 2017
    PinkishHue
    Topeka, KS
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a well written book that goes back and forth between the two main characters - a crooked cop and a man that he sent to prison. I found it very easy to read and enjoyed the story overall. It is based on a true story. Forgiveness is something that we know that we should do but that doesn't come easy for us. This story shows true forgiveness and renewal - God's forgiveness and man's forgiveness. Check it out!
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