Item description for Inmate 46857 by Eddie Charles Spencer...
Overview INMATE 46857 sat on his prison cot at Parchman Penitentiary in 1982 fingering his homemade knife and contemplating murdering two fellow inmates just to strengthen his tough reputation. As the nineteen-year-old convict visualized himself stabbing his intended victims, God intervened and provided deliverance. The encounter took only a moment, but getting there had taken a lifetime.
Instantly, all the years of anger and rejection flashed before Eddie Spencer?s eyes. As memories flooded back, Inmate 46857 felt the pain and poverty of his childhood. He pictured himself the morning his only pair of shoes had fallen apart and his mother sent him to school wearing his sister?s shoes. As Eddie stepped into his first grade classroom, his classmates taunted him, ?Look at Eddie Spencer. He?s got little-girl shoes on!? Humiliation and revenge gripped his young mind, launching him on a journey of crime and violence in the streets of the Mississippi Delta.
Finally, Eddie recalled the night he slipped into a house, pointed a gun at a sleeping man?s face and demanded, ?Give me all your money!? His victim handed over the cash, but he also spoke some amazing words that Eddie would never forget. As the words replayed in his head, Inmate 46857 knew exactly what he must do. He put away his ?shank? and made the choice that changed his
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deeply moved May 29, 2007
i just finished reading this book and am deeply moved by the conditions in which this man had to grow up in and felt it an honor to have been allowed into his personal pain. it puts me to shame for my own careless affluence, always a good reminder. reading this book allows me an encouraging faith as i pray for prisoners. besides all this, it's a really good read.
A compelling true story Jan 13, 2006
I just finished reading Inmate 46857 after having met and heard Eddie Spencer in person at a reading conference this week. I cannot imagine someone even younger than me living a life like he described in his book. It was truly through the grace of God that he did not commit murder and his testimony is one that could and should shake up folks who might be headed down the wrong path. I highly recommend having him speak to troubled youth and using his book as a witness to God's power to change people.
WONDERFUL Testimony of Faith Jan 18, 2005
I read this book because Eddie Charles is coming to visit my school. My eyes were opened up on how a person can turn to such a sinful life. I am hoping that the message he carries will influence some of my students. Hopefully, his story will keep some of them from making some of the mistakes he made. I also took to heart what he said "Only God can change a person for the good".
Incredible testimony! Sep 21, 2004
This is an incredible testimony of God's grace and faithfulness. It is very well-written and is hard to put down once you start it. Written in the first-person narrative, it makes you feel as if Eddie is personally talking to you and telling you his story. It is exciting to think of how God will use this book to impact many for His glory!
A Story of Redemption Sep 20, 2004
I started the book thinking that it would be just another biography of a bad life turned good. By the end I was gripped by the reality of a miracle and reminded that God can indeed change anyone. I recommend the book to any person who thinks that anyone or any situation is hopeless. It is also a great tool for those that work with at risk youth.