The Prisoner: An Invitation to Hope

Overview

The first twenty years of Jim Townsend's life was a saga of abuse and violence stemming from an extremely dysfunctional family and the juvenile correctional institutions into which he had been placed. The pain and brokenness he experienced were never dealt with, and thus, when confronted with a devastating problem in his marriage, his violent and unhealed nature could only deal with the situation violently. On January 31, 1948, he was convicted of first-degree murder and ...
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Overview

The first twenty years of Jim Townsend's life was a saga of abuse and violence stemming from an extremely dysfunctional family and the juvenile correctional institutions into which he had been placed. The pain and brokenness he experienced were never dealt with, and thus, when confronted with a devastating problem in his marriage, his violent and unhealed nature could only deal with the situation violently. On January 31, 1948, he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. He was twenty years old.

The Prisoner tells us about Jim's early life and takes us through continued violence in prison to an astounding change and transformation that led to his release from prison and his subsequent new life as a Capuchin Franciscan Brother of the Province of St. Augustine. This new life has led him back into prisons, but this time to provide a ministry of healing and hope through personal counseling and speaking that has impacted the lives of thousands of people.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809143016
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2005
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 499,342
  • Product dimensions: 4.94 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments xi
Prologue: The Arraignment 3
A Prisoner of Abuse
1 The Early Years 13
2 Adolescence 25
3 Alice Moss 36
A Prisoner of the State
4 Western Penitentiary 49
5 Rockview 66
6 Thomas Merton 78
7 Mr. Slick 94
A Prisoner of God
8 Ministry in Prison and Beyond 107
9 The Postulancy 131
10 All Things Become New 141
11 Cleveland 153
12 Being and Doing 164
13 The Jim Townsend Award 173
Epilogue: Healing and New Freedom 189
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