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Overview For most Christians, prison culture is like visiting a foreign land, and the thought of ministering in prison to those incarcerated is an intimidating prospect. This book will impower any pastor, educator, or lay leader in doing effective prison ministry by providing a thorough "inside-out" view of prison life. Author Lennie Spitale offers a unique and qualifying vantage for writing about prison culture and prison ministry. As a young man, Spitale served a prison sentence for an armed robbery that was later reduced to assault and robbery. Two years after his conversion to Christianity, he began conducting a weekly Bible study in a local jail.
Publishers Description For most Christians, prison culture is like visiting a foreign land, and the thought of ministering in prisons to those incarcerated is an intimidating prospect. Prison Ministry will empower any pastor, educator, or lay leader in doing effective prison ministry by providing a thorough "inside-out" view of prison life. Author Lennie Spitale offers a unique and qualifying vantage for writing about prison culture and prison ministry. As a young man, Spitale served a prison sentence for an armed robbery that was later reduced to assault and robbery. Two years after his conversion to Christianity, he began conducting a weekly Bible study in a local jail and has been involved in prison ministry for more than two decades.
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Studio: B&H Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.28" Width: 5.04" Height: 0.81" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date May 15, 2002
Publisher Broadman And Holman
ISBN 0805424830 ISBN13 9780805424836
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More About Lennie Spitale
Spitale has been involved in prison ministry in scores of correctional institutions including adult, juvenile, male, female, state, county, federal, maximum, medium, and minimum security prisons for over twenty-five years.
Lennie Spitale currently resides in Pepperell, in the state of Massachusetts.
Reviews - What do customers think about Prison Ministry?
Incredible Insight, Devotional in Nature Feb 24, 2006
This book gives you incredible insight to the minds of men in prison. The book is written in such a way that those who are not involved in prison ministry can use it as an inspirational book. It reinforces in practical and understandable terms that we are all fallen from grace and we all require redemption.
The ultimate introduction and guide to prison ministry Apr 10, 2005
I bought three books on prison ministry, have experience with one on one prison ministry and mentoring, and have attended the Prison Fellowship VIP (Volunteer In Prison) Training.
Lennie Spitale's book is the best I've read yet. It gives virtually all you will need to know if you are considering prison ministry, already involved in and form of prison ministry, or just curious about what life behind bars is like. Spitale is probably one of the most authoritative writers on the topic, having plenty of experience of life from both sides of the fence.
He was a rebellious child, joined the military and was jailed a number of times before discharge. After discharge from the military, he served many years in prison on multiple incarcerations before turning his life around and going straight. Since his release, he has spent at least 25 years in prison ministry, and founded an organization dedicated to preparing others for prison ministry and chaplaincy.
This book has all the information and warnings any prospective prison ministry volunteer could need, as well as all the heart breaking and compelling motivations to become involved. It is easily readable, neither deep mind bending theory nor shallow boring fluff. Of all the books on the topic I have read this one is the most value for money.
If you only buy one book on the subject, this is the one that will give most value.
Prison Ministry Jul 22, 2002
I just read this book and can say that if anyone is in or going into prison ministry that it is a must read. His grasp of the workings of prison ministry from the inmates perpective is truly inspiring and enlightning.
What's prison really like? Jun 9, 2002
As someone involved in prison ministry for nearly 30 years, I have read a lot of books about prison and prison ministry. I have never seen any like this one! Many "prison books" sensationalize prisons and prisoners -- some even seem intent on glamorizing them, or at least on glamorizing the ministries that sponsor the books. Others focus on studies and analyses of data about prisons and prisoners. This one simply and eloquently tells you what prisoners think and feel and deal with, day by day, month by month, year by year, so that you can begin to understand a strange, alien culture that most of us can barely imagine, but which deeply affects millions of people in this country.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who deals with prisoners or ex-prisoners in any way -- while they are "in" and when they get out. If you ever hire an ex-prisoner, read this book. If you have an ex-prisoner in your church you would like to encourage and support, read this book. If someone in your family has been sent to prison, or is about to be released, read this book. It will help you understand his experiences and how they will continue to affect him for years after his release, and what kinds of things you can do to help heal the psychological and spiritual effects the prison experience inflicts on those who go through it.
A disclaimer: I know Lennie Spitale, and greatly respect his ministry. I heard that he was writing a book, but I never imagined anything like what it turned out to be. This book will change minds and I believe it will change lives. Which is, I am sure, exactly what Lennie intended it to do.
An Inside/Outside Perspective Apr 22, 2002
Prison Ministry could be called an "inside job" because the author is writing after serving six times in the brig in the Navy and three and a half years in a New Hampshire prison. But it is also an "outside job" because Lennie has gone from outside to the inside of prisons in California, Florida and all six New England states for 25 years. He entered prison a rebellious, anti-society, cocky young man. He now goes into prison as a humble, loving, caring prison minister--and supervises a staff of men and women that go into every penal institution in New England with a message that Jesus loves prison inmates and wants to give them a new life.
From that perspective, Prison Ministry is a book that will transform the reader's understanding of prison culture. Fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters--and the volunteers serving prisoners--will find this a well-written, even riveting behind-the-scenes look at how prisoners feel, what they long for, what will give volunteers and family members the greatest success in helping them. There will be tears of recognition as readers recognize their loved one in this book--not be name but by feelings. There will be a new understanding of what makes the prisoner "tick."
Anyone involved in any way with prisoners ought to read Prison Ministry, by Lennie Spitale. It will be a richly rewarding experience.