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Lessons from San Quentin: Everything I Needed to Know about Life I Learned in Prison [Hardcover]

By Bill Dallas (Author), George Barna (With) & Henry Cloud (Foreword by)
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Real-estate entrepreneur Dallas's charmed life changed dramatically when he was sentenced to five years in prison for embezzlement. Now he reveals how life was changed for the better due to the hardships encountered at the legendary maximum-security prison.

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Real-estate entrepreneur Bill Dallas's charmed life changed dramatically when he was charged, convicted, and sentenced to five years in prison for grand-theft embezzlement. "Lessons from San Quentin" tells the amazing true story of how one man's life was changed for the better due to the hardships encountered at the legendary maximum-security prison. Using stories and reflections from life on the inside, Bill teaches 12 core principles that will inspire readers to use tough times to develop the character God wants them to have. Chapter headings include: (1) Life in the Median Strip; (2) I am H64741; (3) Embrace Your Trials; (4) Cling to Hope; (5) Express Yourself through Your Work; (6) Choose Sustaining Faith; (7) Get Your Self-Image Right; (8) Get Rid of Self-Absorption; (9) Shape Your Attitude; (10) Give Respect; (11) Persevere Until You "Get It"; (12) Let Life Come to You; (13) Make Life Simple; (14) Find Freedom in Forgiveness; (15) Life after Prison; (16) He Was Always in Control.

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The CEO of Church Communications Network wraps his story of going to prison around the core principles of life he learned there. With coauthor Barna, a researcher and cultural critic, Dallas tells stories of people he meets in San Quentin prison; the group he learns the most from are the Lifers, those sentenced to life terms in prison. One of the long-term men Dallas meets who shapes his experiences is Vy Le, a Vietnamese immigrant who conquered revenge through a relationship with Jesus that began in an isolation cell. A central feature in the book is a section in each chapter with principles that center on humility, determination and trust in God. Otherwise good stories are told with a lack of suspense and drama in favor of highlighting principles. Readers will also find a challenging series of questions to help them discover how self-absorbed they are. Those looking for riches-to-rags-to-success stories will find a passionate case for avoiding the pitfalls of the financial crime Dallas committed and living a principled life. (Feb.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Pages   207
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.18" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.87"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2009
Publisher   Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN  1414326564  
ISBN13  9781414326566  

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it is a Christianity book  Nov 9, 2009
not a bad book, definitely not what I expected. It is a religious book, about Christianity. not much story, but gospel.
Painful.....  Jul 14, 2009
As one interested in prison ministry, I went into this book with great optimism. It is written by a man who was sent to San Quentin, found the Lord, and "made good" with his life.

Despite all the hype for this book, it is absolutely painful to read. Every chapter is virtually the same theme: 1)he was a successful real estate developer 2)he pulled some shady deals (which he never really admits he knew they were shady, 3)he was wrongly sent to San Quetin (he "should have been in a fire camp), 4) he was depressed, 5)he started hanging with "lifers" who taught him everything he needed to know in life. Every single chapter follows this outline. The only reason I finished this book is that I kept thinking it would get good.

The author is definatley a "lifer-groupie." I suggest Dallas re-title this book to "Everything I Needed to Know I learned from Lifers."

I can't believe this book has received such postive reader reviews. I don't think I have ever been so in the minority. I suspect many of the "reviewers" are friends of the publisher or author and have written reviews to help market the book.

Save your money on this book and take a nap instead.
Inspirational  Jul 9, 2009
For me, the author's Foreword alone is one of the most inspirational and well written pieces I have ever read. It's worth the price of the book by itself. Fortunately, there's a lot more.

If you're somehow offended by thinking about God, then you'll want to avoid it. Otherwise, give it a chance and see what happens!
A Look On The Inside  Jun 6, 2009
The lessons learned by Dallas are instrumental for every walk of our lives. His lessons were in an environment few would want to be, yet Dallas through his transparent words, took me behind the bars where I saw a former prideful man broken to the core. A place where only a few then look up to see where their pride got them and choose to continue on in their own power or begin to see there is Someone who loves them and desires a better life for them. Thank you Bill! This is good for all of us!
Wow, what an amazing book. I was quickly drawn into Bill's story of transformation from a selfish, godless human, to one devoted to his faith and living for God. This is a must read for all that are in the prison ministry, know of someone in the prison ministry, or are or have been in prison. I only wish it were currently available in paperback so I could order several copies for the inmates that I write to.

What a wonderful message of how God can transform our lives if only we allow Him to. Everything in this book is what I believe in, yet Bill has brought it to life in the pages in a way that will penetrate your soul, and having you saying, "yes, only God".

I hope that after reading this book and others like it, you will gain some insight to those that find their way into the prison system. That they too are people loved by God and created for a purpose, and deserve respect. There's not one of us who hasn't sinned or made mistakes.

If this story has tugged at your heart and made you think about those locked behind bars in a new way, check out the prison ministries available through your local church. I'm the coordinator for the adult prison pen pal program though my church. We go through, Christian Pen Pal. Check out their website at, Their a great organization that matched up inmates with Christian volunteers. It's a wonderful ministry, one that will bless you beyond the blessing you will bring to others.

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