The Change Agent: How a Former College QB Sentenced to Life in Prison Transformed His World

The Change Agent: How a Former College QB Sentenced to Life in Prison Transformed His World

by Damon West


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From the bestselling co-author of The Coffee Bean comes the true story of a well-raised kid, a three-year starting quarterback, a young person filled with potential...until a shocking addiction took hold.

Sentenced to sixty-five years in a Texas prison, Damon West once had it all. He came from a great family, in a home full of God, love, support, and opportunities to reach any goal. A natural born leader, an athlete with good looks and charm, he appeared to be the all-American kid pursuing his dreams.

Underneath this facade, however, was an addict in the early stages of disease. After suffering childhood sexual abuse by a babysitter at the age of nine, Damon began putting chemicals into his body to alter the way he felt.

Once he was introduced to methamphetamines, however, he became instantly hooked—and the lives of so many innocent people would forever be changed by the choices he made in order to feed his insatiable meth habit.

After a fateful discussion during his incarceration with a seasoned convict, Damon had a spiritual awakening. He learned that, like a coffee bean changing with the application of heat and pressure, he was capable of changing the environment around him. Armed with a program of recovery, a renewed faith, and a miraculous second chance at life, Damon emerged from over seven years of prison a changed man. His story of redemption continues to inspire audiences today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781642931020
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 54,293
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Today, Damon lives a life in recovery and service, going to meetings and sharing his story all over the country with schools, church’s, athletic teams, corporations and inside correctional facilities. His #coffeebeans message has inspired thousands, winning him the Service To Mankind Award in 2017. He is also the co-author of the bestselling book The Coffee Bean: A Simple Lesson to Create Positive Change. He works as a legal assistant for the Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont, Texas and is earning his master’s degree in Criminal Justice at Lamar University. You can reach him through his website,

Table of Contents

Prologue: Rock Bottom 1

Chapter 1 The Escape 9

Chapter 2 Innocence Lost 12

Chapter 3 Better Days 18

Chapter 4 Youth Is Wasted on the Young 22

Chapter 5 Menagerie of Miscreants 31

Chapter 6 Fork in the Road 45

Chapter 7 Debts Demand to Be Paid 61

Chapter 8 Proximity to Power 69

Chapter 9 You Don't Have to Win All Your Fights 82

Chapter 10 You Cannot Give What You Do Not Have 103

Chapter 11 Fruit of the Poisonous Tree 114

Chapter 12 Misery and Time 134

Chapter 13 The Coffee Bean 152

Chapter 14 The Animal I Have Become 172

Chapter 15 You'll Never Leave This Place Alive! 193

Chapter 16 Footprints in the Sand 213

Chapter 17 Halftime Is Over 234

Chapter 18 Not on My Line 238

Chapter 19 Bench Warrant 248

Chapter 20 The Secret to Life 253

Chapter 21 Parole Hearing 258

Chapter 22 The Nightmare Is Over 268

Chapter 23 On-Chain 274

Chapter 24 The Carrot and the Stick 278

Chapter 25 Hat on Tight 284

Chapter 26 Three Tools to Begin Your New Life 297

Chapter 27 Living in Recovery 318

Chapter 28 The Good Thief 330

Epilogue: Life Coming Full Circle 339

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The Change Agent: How a Former College QB Sentenced to Life in Prison Transformed His World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Great book, inspiring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing what one can achieve by letting God lead instead of follow. This was an incredible book!