I had a couple of months to wait before starting prison ministry while my application went through the County Sheriff's Department. During that time I decided to buy this book and I'm glad I did. My uncle performed prison ministry years ago and he didn't have a positive experience. This book made me realize that there is a big difference between going solo (which was my uncle's case) and going in with another fellow minister, which is what I do. The book is written by an author who not only did time inside the prison as a prisoner, but who has also spent decades as a successful solo prison minister. He gives different outlooks on prison ministry, such as going solo, being with another minister, group ministry, women's ministry, and the perspective of prison life from both the prisoner's and minister's point of view. Once you read this book, it will help you understand why some prisoners act the way they do and so you don't take it personally. It's their way of life and what they have to do to survive their environment. With that said, my experience in prison ministry has been positive and is truly a blessing. If you have a heart for prison ministry, read this book and gain the knowledge of the prison culture so you can not only understand what is going on around you but will help keep you focused on the mission, which is teaching God's children His word and reach those who are inaccessible to most.
A must read for all prison/jail ministry volunteers. I am finishing up now and then my wife. The book greatly highlights the need for volunteers and how fertile these ministries are for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Great job Lennie!