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Author Dennis Pierce is a former chaplain at the Joliet ...
Author Dennis Pierce is a former chaplain at the Joliet Correctional Center in Illinois. Here he presents a functioning approach to forgiveness and reconciliation which combines pastoral counseling, Christian education, Bible studies, and worship to help inmates develop self-esteem and an overall feeling of self-worth through compassion and empathy. He examines the vital issues facing juveniles in the criminal justice system (the transition from county jail to a correctional facility, victimization, rejection, understimulation, homosexual rape) and advocates the creation of nonthreatening niches that can help inmates cope with their situations and move toward forgiveness and reconciliation.
Prison Ministry: Hope Behind the Wall also includes case studies of four inmates, an extensive bibliography, a glossary of prison terms, sample Bible studies, and sermon topics. The book is designed to provide essential information for anyone dealing with incarcerated youth and young adults in civilian or military correctional/juvenile detention facilities.
|Ch. 1||Time to meet the incarcerated||13|
|Ch. 2||Prisons : warehousing the oppressed||57|
|Ch. 3||Defining the prison's emotional ethos||69|
|Ch. 4||Human breakdown created by prison's emotional ethos||79|
|Ch. 5||A theology to the oppressed in a maximum-security prison||87|
|Ch. 6||Components of empowerment needed for prison ministry||109|
|Ch. 7||Society without souls : transient choices||119|
|Ch. 8||A choice for a peaceful heart||137|
|App||Letters from inmates|
|App||One-hour sessions for Christian education component|
|App||Order for corporate reconciliation|
|App||Outline sermon : being genuine|