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Cain's Redemption: A Story of Hope and Transformation in America's Bloodiest Prison [Paperback]

By Dennis Shere (Author)
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Personal, authentic, and real emotions play out as Shere discusses the issue of church and state and the phenomenon of finding religion in prison.

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Formerly known as America's bloodiest prison, the 18,000 acres that comprise Louisiana's Angola State Penitentiary are now home to 5,000 inmates, a full range of seasonal crops, a 9-hole golf course, yearly rodeos, a Bible seminary, a museum, and much more. All of this came into being at the behest of Warden Burl Cain, who is now the longest-standing warden in the history of Angola prison. Under his leadership, the inmate population of 5,000 has gone from regular knife fights to Bible studies. Cain is a strong believer in the ability of the gospel to turn the most incorrigible of sinners into productive, moral citizens. Because eight out of ten prisoners are serving life sentences without parole at Angola, Cain has taken upon himself the task of making the lives of these prisoners productive and educational. Through a partnership with New Orleans Baptist Seminary, prisoners have the opportunity to get a bible degree and even be transferred to other prisons as a missionary.
The Angola phenomenon has been covered by such media outlets as "Time Magazine," "Christianity Today," and in the award-winning film documentary, "The Farm: Angola, USA." Author Dennis Shere combines his background in journalism and law to bring readers this account of redemption and life change in the most unlikely of places: a maximum security prison.

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Cain's Redemption: A Story of Hope and Transformation in America's Bloodiest Prison by Dennis Shere has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 09/01/2005 page 148
  • Ingram Advance - 08/01/2005 page 21

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Northfield Publishing
Pages   180
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.58 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 19, 2005
Publisher   MOODY PRESS BOOKS #13
ISBN  1881273245  
ISBN13  9781881273240  

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More About Dennis Shere

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! DENNIS SHERE was a reporter, editor, and then publisher for the "Dayton Daily News" before becoming the senior media manager at Moody Bible Institute. He is currently an attorney working on behalf of death penalty defendants in Illinois. He is author of "Cain's Redemption: A Story of Hope and Transformation in America's Bloodiest Prison." He resides in North Aurora, Illinois.

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An Amazing Story and An Amazing Place.  Sep 24, 2008
This was a very inspirational story. A well written book that will send you on an emotional rollercoaster. This book IS NOT filled with a pack of lies. I met Dennis Shere, and Warden Cain, along with many of the inmates and those that work at Angola.

Of course Angola is not a perfect place, run by perfect people, or has only perfect inmates. I don't believe that anyone ever made that claim. But what it is, is an amazing place with amazing things happening. Anyone who doubts this, start visiting different jails and prisons in your area, then go to Angola for several days, and tell me God isn't at work there.

The system is screwed up. The government is screwed up. People screw up. But God is good. With him, all things are possible.

I stayed at Angola for eight days. I ate there, slept there, worshiped with those that worked there, and those that were doing time, there. I was so moved with what was going on there, I didn't want to leave. I'm involved in the prison ministry and write to several inmates, including a handful from Angola. Great men with big hearts and a genuine devoted love for God.

Look at how crowed our prison systems are! What the statistics show the reentry rate is. Isn't it obvious we're doing something wrong! I truly believe in my heart, that if all prison systems would adopt what Burl Cain is doing, along with places like, Koinonia House, in Illinois, we would find a big dent in the cost of our prison system, for we would be truly reforming criminals, instead of slapping a number on them and writing them off. That's just not working...hello.

Hebrew 13:3 "Don't forget about those in prison. Suffer with them as though you were there yourself. Share the sorrow of those being mistreated, as though you feel their pain in your own bodies."

A Pack of Lies  Feb 15, 2008
There are several half truths and ignored facts that permeate this book. I have been there and seen what the author is writing about. The 'trouble makers' referred to in the book are Black Panthers who are being punished for little more than asserting their human rights after being framed for a murder they did not commit. There is one man in particular that has been there since 1970 that is completely innocent but dos not have the means to 'buy' representation, so he just sits there and rots. There has to be a better solution to poverty and the lack of a credible mental health system in Louisiana than returning Black men to a state of contemporary slavery where they are controlled with Christianity and judged on what they have done and might do by fellow White Christians.

The inmates regularly told me, "I have a life sentence, but God has a better plan," meaning the judges on earth will be judged by the ultimate judge when their power on earth is null and void and they try to collect in the afterlife.

"How can man give me life and God give me life?"

America needs to awake to what has been done to 'others' in the name of God!!
Miraculous Stories!  Aug 25, 2007
I spent three days filming a documentary at Angola, some with the Warden, and saw firsthand what God has doen through Warden Burl Cain. Having been raised in Louisiana and heard all the stories of the hellhole known as Angola, I was a bit hesitant about the assignment. It was one of the most uplifting and encouraging experiences of my life. It's almost impossible to believe the stories from the book, but to see them in 3-D, in the flesh, was amazing.

Get the book. Let it speak to your heart. See what God can do. You will hardly believe it.
It's pretty hard to argue with results...  Feb 20, 2007
As a volunteer Christian minister, I found it easy to embrace the concept of moral rehabilitation. Dennis Shere presents the information in such a way that even a skeptic would have to accept the results as truly impressive. I wish that Shere had spent a bit time more on the transition. Still, it speaks volumes for what God can do with an open hearted person, whatever their background.
The fascinating true story of Cain's persistence and perseverance  Jun 13, 2006
Cain's Redemption: A Story Of Hope And Transformation In America's Bloodiest Prison by Dennis Shere is the remarkable story of Burl Cain's inspiring struggle to provide a kinder, safer, more creative and beneficial environment the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, once infamous for being the bloodiest prison in America. Carrying readers through the fascinating true story of Cain's persistence and perseverance, Cain's Redemption describes the remarkably relentless efforts to engender an atmosphere of reform and cooperation for both prisoners and guards which was to ultimate result in substantially improving the entire prison. Cain's Redemption is very strongly recommended reading, especially for students of penology, prison system administrators, prisoner rights advocates, social justice activists, and incarcerated prisoners.

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