Child of Grace: A Death Row Story

Child of Grace: A Death Row Story

by Dr. Chris Brown

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Dr. Chris Brown takes you on a journey of faith as he and his father discover God's grace in the most unlikely circumstances. Come along on the journey to the darkness of death row, into the light of Christ, and through the pain of an execution. This book is a unique look at redemption through the eyes of a child who sees his wayward father saved on the way to death row and follows his own road through darkness on the way to redemption. It's an amazing true story of God's unfailing grace and the redeeming love that is available to all.

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BN ID: 2940161257395
Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc
Publication date: 01/28/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 236 KB

About the Author

Son of a criminal sentenced to death, Dr. Chris Brown writes from his extensive experience of loving someone through failure and finding grace in the midst of trials. Chris has shared his message of hope both at home and abroad, with free men and convicts, all believing they are too far gone, too lost, too broken to be accepted and lovingly restored by God. Chris’ unique experience and love for God, who also walked a road to execution, make his message not only authentic but also life changing for those who receive it.

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Child of Grace: A Death Row Story 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TheBeccaFiles 6 months ago
What do you think of when you hear the story of the thief on the cross? The one whom Jesus said “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43). He was a man condemned to death for his crimes, yet he still wasn't too far gone for Jesus to reach. In our human nature it's hard for us to not place levels on sin. Have you ever heard someone say "there's a special place in hell for that one" or "don't worry, his bill will come to," or something along the same lines? I have, and I'll admit it didn't seem to bother me until I was older and grew more in my faith. The thing is, we all deserve hell. Jesus paid the ultimate price so that we could have a restored relationship with our Heavenly Father and one day enter Heaven. There isn't anyone too far gone for Jesus to reach.  Why do I say that and what does it have to do with this book? Dr Chris Brown is the son of a man who was sentenced to death for murder. He spent his childhood living with his paternal grandparents and only seeing his father Gary in prison. It was behind bars while on death row that Gary came to Christ. Apparently getting drugs while in prison wasn't too difficult, and initially he continued his lifestyle of drugs and pornography, but over time he felt convicted and turned away from those things. Eventually he became a minister of sorts in the prison, and shared his faith with anyone he could. While he still had earthly consequences for his sin,  he lived the rest of his days serving the Lord in the capacity that he was able. This book is part memoir and part testimony. It's a shorter read coming in at just under 200 pages (and is also smaller in dimensions), but holds such a powerful story of redemption. As a bit of a content warning, Dr. Brown shares some graphic details about the murder that resulted in his father's incarceration. I believe it's intentional to show that he's not trying to sugar coat or deny any of the things his father did. It was ugly. What he's trying to show us is just how much Jesus changed him from the inside out. Not only do we hear of his father's path to faith, but Dr. Brown also weaves his own testimony into the pages as well.  This was an incredibly powerful read and one I highly recommend. This would be especially great for those interested in starting and/or participating in a prison ministry. It holds a powerful message everyone could benefit from hearing though. There is certainly some difficult-to-read content, but it's intended to show just how much saving faith in Jesus can (and does) change people.  *I received a copy of this book from the author. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite Child of Grace: A Death Row Story by Dr. Chris Brown is a nonfiction, inspirational story that captures the message that “no one is beyond the reach of God’s grace.” What makes it even more compelling is that it is a true story. The author’s dad, Gary Brown, had been in and out of prison until a judge and a jury sentenced him to death row in Alabama. The author was just six years old. But when his father was executed, the author was already in senior high. This narrative covers the story of his father’s conversion and the inner freedom he gained through faith, a freedom that allowed him to face death with equanimity. The experience of the execution haunted the author but it also strengthened his faith because of the path his father had walked in his last days. This story will bring tears of joy to the eyes of readers. At times it will be heartbreaking, but there is something uniquely beautiful about it — the inscrutable ways of God are made evident in the story. While it tells the story of a criminal considered hardened enough to be executed, it also explores the power of the grace that strips us bare and allows the child of purity to be reborn. The writing is wonderful and filled with insights and beautiful lessons of faith. Dr. Chris Brown brings his experience of faith into the writing and inspires readers to see the loving mercy of God even in the darkest moments of their lives. Child of Grace: A Death Row Story is poignant and empowering, a real gift of faith and a testament of love beyond our imperfections.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kimberly Luyckx for Reader Views (2/19) “I wasn’t born in jail, but I came pretty close.” This first line in “Child of Grace” by Chris Brown sets the stage for what is an honest account of a young son’s relationship with his father - a prison inmate on death row. After several episodes of drug related crimes, Gary Brown is charged with capital murder. Once incarcerated, he sobers up, realizes the errors of his ways and rediscovers Jesus. As a leader in the prison’s “Life Row Church,” Gary sees that despite his dismal situation there is hope. He is filled with the desire to do good and pledges to give up his evil ways and live for God’s salvation. In his book, Chris Brown characterizes his mother and father as a present-day Bonnie and Clyde, always in trouble with the law. At the age of 3, his paternal grandparents adopt him and carefully raise him to not follow in his parent’s footsteps. Still mourning for their love and feeling an especially strong emotional connection to his father, the author describes his prison visits with fondness. Never having had a physical relationship with his father, Brown longed for these family reunions and associated the jail visits with vacations, treats and times when special allowances were given. All during his young life, the author is given ample opportunities to thrive. He dreams of becoming a successful engineer but fears his addictive behavior will lead him on the same path as his father. Will he be able to learn from his father’s mistakes? Although it is a genuine story, “Child of Grace” reads a bit pragmatic - almost like a newscast with just the facts being presented. Granted, Brown has had to be emotionally detached throughout his life to function with such grim circumstances. But his honesty and conviction still shine through. And, Brown’s intention is clear - he wants to help others who may feel as though they are beyond rescue. The author is definitely looking for his father’s redemption. But it’s not to say that Brown is advocating for anything other than decency. He is proud that his father discovered ways for others to receive God’s blessing. He specifically references a sermon in which Gary Brown preached to prisoners that they should serve God because they loved him and not because they think it’s their way out of jail. It is interesting to juxtapose this with today’s political pardoning of drug-related criminal offenders turned honorable citizens. Author Dr. Chris Brown tells the true story of how his father, a death row inmate, shaped his life. “Child of Grace” is a quick read that has powerful references to the bible, focusing on the concepts of redemption and charity. Yet, it is a memory of a son who possesses a strong connection to his father despite the prison walls that divide them. This would be a good book for anyone struggling with alienation or addiction. Its uplifting message is motivation for keeping the faith each time there is a fall from grace.