After Bill Dallas was sent to prison for economic crimes related to his real estate and development business, his life entered a tailspin. Though Dallas had initiated a relationship with God prior to being sent to prison, his fledgling faith wasn't enough to prevent him from plunging into despair and hopelessness.
It was only after developing relationships with the "Lifers" at San Quentin prison that he was able to learn from their example, re-modeling his life after the example they provided. Lessons from San Quentin shares Dallas' experiences in prison and how they worked to reshape his character. The first portion of each chapter shares his experiences, and the positive examples set for him by prisoners more mature in the faith; the second half relates how everyone can apply what Dallas learned in prison to their own lives.
The lessons Dallas relates are eminently practical, and while we won't all be faced with living in such cramped quarters and such bland food, we all encounter deserts of the spirit wherein we need to struggle through in order to move on to the plans God has for our future.
At times it does seem that Dallas is becoming somewhat repetitive and stretching out his observations to fill the pages, but there is a great deal of inspiration here. The writing is accessible, and very readable; somewhat reminiscent of a gift book, you won't need to struggle to grasp these lessons.
This is one of the best books I have ever read that truly spoke to me, spoke to where I live, angonize and grow. I think that because it is in a true-life story form, and not just informational only, it is easier to process and absorb it. I underlined a great deal of the book and made many, many notes along the way. YES, it does inspire me to rise above failures and disappointments to develop the character God wants me to have, and THAT's what our problems and struggles can ultimately accomplish!! Awesome book. Thank you Bill Dallas!!
Even though I don't personally know anyone who's been in prison, nor have any idea of what prison-life is like, this book enticed me. I developed compassion for the inmates and their lifestyle. I also gained an appreciation that prison is not a dead-end street, but that God, is His sovereignty and power, can mightily change lives for the good. I also realized that a person doesn't have to be in an institution to be in prison. God can work the same within other physical limitations, such as an illness.
Amazing Grace is truly the lesson Bill Dallas reminds us of through Lessons from San Quentin. Although having never spent time in prison, the story of Bill Dallas caused me to realize the lessons he learned while in prison apply to anyone who reads this book. Unfortunately we are all prisoners of this world and suffer many of the same basic trials as Bill Dallas therefore the Transforming Principles he shares applies to all of us no matter our position in life.sustaining faith demands transformation, and such transformation can only be built on surrender, brokenness, and humility. Through Lessons from San Quentin Bill Dallas exposes a very dark time in his life to help us understand the power of sustaining faith Christ Jesus.
Lessons From San Quentin is the type of book to make you thankful for Gods plan in our lives. Bill Dallas, author, was educated and wealthy and life was good. However, it soon fell apart.Bill Dallas was convicted of grand theft embezzlement and was convicted and found his new home to be San Quentin, one of the nations most infamous prison (the worst or the worst). Feeling like life was over; he soon came to realize that life does continue.Lessons from San Quentin covers Bills journey from playboy to suicidal inmate to spiritual apprentice. During Bills prison term he comes across a group called The Lifers. The Lifers guided Bill to a personal relationship with God, showing that no matter where you areGod is there and will put people in your path to help you find Him.This is a book that will stir your heart and shows how someone can turn their life around no matter what the circumstances are.