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Overview Condemned is a powerful true story of transformation, of how a notorious and violent career criminal - constantly in prison or on the run - came to Christ and is now leading hundreds of others to faith in Him. The book forcefully coveys the message that you can never sink so low as to be unredeemable by God. The story of Mark's life serves as a vivid portrayal of how some criminals are born and others made, and gives insights into prison life and culture. But above all it demonstrates that Jesus is able to reach those whom society has outright abandoned.
Publishers Description Condemned is a powerful true story of transformation, of how a notorious and violent career criminal--constantly in prison or on the run--came to Christ and is now leading hundreds of others to faith in Him. The book forcefully conveys the message that you can never sink so low as to be unredeemable by God. The story of Mark's life serves as a vivid portrayal of how some criminals are born and others made, and gives insights into prison life and culture. But above all it demonstrates that Jesus is able to reach those whom society has outright abandoned.
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Studio: Monarch Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.54" Width: 6.38" Height: 0.37" Weight: 0.48 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2008
Publisher Kregel Publications
ISBN 0825461669 ISBN13 9780825461668
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More About Mark Rowan
Mark Rowan is now an associate pastor of an Assemblies of God church in Weston Super Mare, U.K., and is in the process of setting up a Christian-run drug rehabilitation unit.
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A former criminal's autobiographical account Mar 9, 2009
Reviewed by Kam Aures for RebeccasReads (3/09)
"Condemned: The Transformation of a Violent Gang Leader," is the autobiographical story of Mark Rowan. Rowan was a violent, drug-addicted criminal with no conscience whatsoever. He was in and out of the prison system or running from the law his whole life until he "came to Christ and is now leading hundreds of others to faith in him." He is "an associate pastor of an Assemblies of God church in Weston-super-Mare" and is also "in the process of setting up a Christian-run drug rehabilitation unit." (from the back cover)
The book begins with Rowan recalling memories of his home life as a child starting at the age of four years old. Unfortunately his childhood was not a pleasant one and was filled with abuse and poverty. To make matters worse, his real father, and male role model, led a life full of crime. A troublemaker in his younger years, Rowan evolved into complete rebellion by the time he became a teenager and things only escalated from there.
I found his stories of a life of crime and drug abuse to be very interesting. It is amazing to me the things that people will do to procure drugs and the powerful stronghold that this addiction has on them. The complete disregard for other human beings and their property is very disturbing. Also quite intriguing is the description of Rowan's stints in prison and the events that occur behind the prison walls, particularly the ingenuity of the inmates in the way that they smuggle drugs inside. With what Rowan described happening there, I can definitely see why so many prisoners are repeat offenders.
About eighty percent of "Condemned" details crimes that Rowan committed and his life experiences before he found God. The remaining twenty percent focuses on when he first went to church and his resulting remarkable transformation. I think that Rowan's story would be inspirational to those currently leading a life of crime, those incarcerated, those suffering from drug addiction, and family members of the above named. It shows that no matter how far gone a person is that there truly is hope for change.
Graphic story of a wild life of crime and drugs Feb 29, 2008
Mark Rowan's Condemned paints a graphic picture of a life filled with crime, drugs, and sex. Apparently, Mark developed into quite a controversial character as he dealt with the fallout of being raised in an extremely dysfunctional family. Sadly, this tale is one that is spun all too often: wanton crime abuse that culminates in someone radically finding Jesus in a prison conversion.
Please do not be mislead, the fact that Mark has found Jesus - and today is serving in the capacity of an associate pastor - is a joy to know. As Jesus said, "I tell you, in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to repent." We can all celebrate a life that is no longer darkened by the excess of sin - and has passed from "death unto life."
What is bothersome, however, is the way that Mark Rowan spins this tale. Condemned is pinned in a mere 157 pages. Most will find it interesting and that perhaps it stretches the boundaries of credibility a little. A sound "reader beware" should be intimated to anyone finding this book. No mention of Jesus is made in this book until one meanders to page 127 where Rowan describes the account of a fellow inmate who asked him to attend a chapel service. In the next 20 or so pages, Mark shares his explosive reversal into evangelistic Christianity that culminates in his present occupation on staff a church in the United Kingdom.
Who will benefit the most from this book? Those who have walked the pathway of criminal excess formerly and now find themselves in dire need of the Savior. Perhaps they will not be offended by the graphic descriptions and criminal hubris that exudes from the pages.
Armchair Interviews says: Book buyers--heed this reviewer's comments.