Lessons of Redemption: A Story of Drugs, Guns, Violence and Prison

Lessons of Redemption: A Story of Drugs, Guns, Violence and Prison

by Kevin Shird Maverick House

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BN ID: 2940157821135
Publisher: Maverick House
Publication date: 12/23/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,126,940
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Kevin Shird is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States. He got involved in crime at 16 and served almost 12 years in a federal prison where he reformed his life. Drawing on these experiences, he has become an advocate for young people and policy changes in America.

Shird currently lectures to students at colleges and universities in the US on substance abuse prevention, public health policy, incarceration, and re-entry to the community after imprisonment. In his lectures, he tells his personal story of redemption and how one can walk through fire and emerge on the other side to inspire others to live better lives.

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Lessons of Redemption: A Story of Drugs, Guns, Violence and Prison 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
In Lessons of Redemption Kevin Shird tells his life story. His family was poor and Kevin didn't have much supervision when he was younger. He was always stressed about where his next meal would come from and didn't know if there would be money for shoes and other necessities. To have what others were having Kevin started to deal drugs when he was a teenager. In Lessons of Redemption he explains how he began as a small seller on the streets of Baltimore and became one of the biggest drug distributers in the city. When he was arrested Kevin spent several years in prison and after his second arrest he turned his life around. Now he's a writer, a public speaker and he's actively trying to help others in similar situations to make different choices. Lessons of Redemption is an impressive book. Kevin Shird's honest and raw writing captivated me straight away. He describes life on the streets in a detailed and vivid way and that makes his book gripping and realistic. Kevin Shird openly talks about the choices he made and the consequences of his decisions. His time on the streets wasn't without danger, there were shootings, conflicts, raids and feuds. Some of the situations were quite shocking and I admire his courage to tell his story in such a matter of fact way. He carefully explains the subject matter, so his book is informative. He shows how easy it is to do something that doesn't feel right when it brings in a lot of money when you're young and vulnerable. Hustling might seem to be fun and adventurous at first, but the reality is a lot harsher than that. Kevin Shird takes responsibility for everything he's seen and done, which makes him a convincing narrator. His story feels genuine and real. Kevin Shird has written a unique book. He shows his readers what it's like to spend a lot of time on the streets, to deal with people suffering from addiction on a daily basis and the constant pressure of staying ahead of the police. His story is a warning against making the same decisions. It's an inspiration for young people who are in similar situations. The enabling of a large problem, the early deaths, the scary fights and the long prison sentences are making it a path nobody should go down. Kevin Shird's turnaround and redemption are amazing and I find it incredibly courageous that he's written this book. It's a life story that shouldn't be missed.