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Posted December 10, 2006
dont just stop because the beginning isn't very exciting
I plan on pursuing a career involved in law after i graduate high school and I am very oppinionated on capital punishment. I may only be in 9th grade, but I understand the pros and cons of our governments way of execution. I believe this book can open the eyes of the people on both sides those that believe in the death sentence, and those that don't and maybe they can all come to an understanding that there is a fine line between those that deserve death, and those that don't, but that line, nevertheless, is there and needs to be fully understood by evey American so that we, as citizens, can fully understand our job because one day, it could be any one of us that is on a jury to decide between someone's life or death and everyone should be prepared to make that desicion, no matter how hard it may be to decide if a human's life should be taken from them, and I believe Prejean was very brave to take in such a responsibility such as this. I am not sure if I would be able to converse with people on death row and not be scared out of my mind, whether they actually did it, or if they were just an accomplice. I recomend this book to anyone that can fully understand the complexities of the death penalty and how important it is that we have such a system in our government.
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Posted January 1, 2012
Posted April 23, 2010
Excellent read and can be controversial. Good book for discussion.
This book is one that is complex and vivid. It also tells how the justice system can be manipulated for different reasons. This can be for power, personal, and or political reasons, just to name a few. It is a very well written book and anyone can get emotional connected. It allowed me to look at individuals who are facing death differently although the crime they committed was one that is horrendous. The Num who played the part as the spiritual advisor opposed the death penalty but did not turn a blind eye to the victim's family. Although this is the case she was faced with backlashes form the family. I was not surprise by her behavior and the way she sympathized with the inmates given that she is a religious person.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book is one that can create serious discussision.
I would recommend it to any book-club.
Posted March 8, 2005
I recommend it
This book is about a nun named Helen that became up close and person with the murderer of two teenagers from that were kidnapped from lovers lane. The murderers name was Patrick; Helen became the spiritual advisor for him and Angola state prison where the priest of the prison had to interview her before she could come in and be helpful to him. Helen also became close with the officers who had to be the ones to execute him in the electric chair and they even had some doubt about it. Overall this book was a good book and I would recommend it to anyone who thinks capital punishment is wrong.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 24, 2004
The other review gave young people a bad name
This book is incredible. The Death Penalty is an issue that most people don't realize affects them. Their taxes possibly go to funding prisons and thereby executions. In this story the reader's idea that 'eye for an eye' is always appropriate is challenged by the father of a murdered victim: the father of a murdered son immediately forgives the murderer (true act of Christian love).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 4, 2012
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