The command that the Lord left for all Christians is to make disciples of all people. For many, that means talking about church to a neighbor, a golf buddy, a co-worker or perhaps a family member. For Rick, the great commission was a call to bring spiritual freedom to those who had lost their societal freedom- inmates. America's ever-increasing prison population- lost to the message of salvation. In a world full of focus on victims and victim's rights, Rick saw the opportunity to bring the message of salvation to the offenders. Though many of the men and women to whom Rick ministers will never be free from the bars that surround them because of their crime against another person or society, they can be free from the condemnation that has souls as its focus. This is a book that describes a ministry. It describes a ministry to men and women who from hardened circumstances find the softness of salvation through personal forgiveness and an understanding that Christ's arms are long enough to reach around even the vilest sinner to bring them to Him. Read with your heart. Read with the knowledge that Christ still stands at the door and knocks and He will join anyone who with a repentant heart will open.
Mike Berry, Motivational Speaker
Lessons learned from our relationship quietly emerge with focused challenges. Rick's life lessons, connections with those in need and the lost, and of course, answering God's call guide him and I to this healing place, Georgetown County Detention Center. Ongoing encouragement to all who read this book. Prevention, intervention, and aftercare will always be needed for the least of these.
Chaplain C. Williams
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Upon receiving this book I was a little hesitant to read it but after starting the first chapter I wanted to read the rest of the book. I felt this book was very insightful into the prison ministry and the author made you see things and think about things that you wouldn't have otherwise. I commend Mr. Russ for his devotion to this specific ministry. Personally I feel as his wife did that seeing some of the inmates return after being released a type of failure. Wonderful to see such good work. Enjoyed your book Mr. Russ.