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In this book, son Will Vaus tells the inside story of his father's nefarious life in the syndicate and describes how close his...
In this book, son Will Vaus tells the inside story of his father's nefarious life in the syndicate and describes how close his father came to being caught for devising a scheme that was later said to have been the inspiration for the movie, “The Sting”. Just before carrying out his plan, Jim Vaus was persuaded to drop into the famous Billy Graham tent meetings taking place in Los Angeles in 1949 and almost against his own will, found himself compelled to “walk the sawdust trail” to the front of the gathering and along with hundreds of others, give his life to Christ.
The author then describes the dramatic transformation that took place in his father's life as he makes amends for his many wrongs and sets his course on a new life that is honoring to God and that brings many others into the Kingdom.
This story has been recounted in Time Magazine, Life Magazine and Reader's Digest and was chronicled in a motion picture, “The Wiretapper.” Now it is told from a son's perspective, a son who watched his father go on to live an exemplary life, dedicated to saving others from falling victim to the life of crime that had sought to destroy him.
Posted April 7, 2008
My Father Was a Gangster has many turns and twists. I couldn't put it down! Jim Vaus had an inventive mind and used it throughout his life. Got him into trouble and then used it to help others. His love reached out to thousands and still has an impact today.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 28, 2007
My Father was a Gangster is a very intriguing and catchy title to a book that describes the life of a man who dedicated his life for youngsters in need of love and compassion. The body if the work keeps the reader engaged through out. Jim Vaus was a man whose story should be heard in this generation. Will Vaus, the author, has written a very intriguing biography of his father that caused me to be inspired, to laugh and to cry. What a wonderful story this is and Vaus¿ style of writing keeps the reader both fascinated and inspired simultaneously. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has made mistakes in their life and wonders if they can still be used by God. The answer is a resounding yes. The perspective of the life of Jim Vaus from a son¿s point of view is refreshing and insightful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.