Prison Saved My Life

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Have you ever been at the end of your rope?
Have you ever felt the bottom fall out of your life?
Have you ever felt completely and utterly hopeless?
Have you ever felt rejected by this world–sometimes even by the very people who are supposed to love you?
Have you ever done something so horrible that the biggest punishment there seems to be is simply having to live with the knowledge that you did it?
Have you ever wondered what’s the point of this confusing and often painful life?

If you answered yes to any of these, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. So did Louis Dooley. This is his story. It will resonate with you, make you uncomfortable, shock you, make you laugh and cry, but in the end it will give you hope.

Product Details

Pages: 160
Size: 5.5" x 8.5"
ISBN #: 978-1-59387-290-8
Format: Paperback

Full Case = 88


Table of Contents

Foreword  5
Prologue  7

Part 1 – Faith

1.  Death Comes in a Paper Box  13
2.  The Red Balloon  19
3.  When It All Comes Crashing Down  29
4.  Game Over  39

Part 2 – Hope

5.  Reboot  47
6.  Slick-Legged  59
7.  Dirty Urine  65
8.  For Whom the Bell Tolls  71
9.  Growing in Concrete  79
10.  The Seed  93
11.  The Invisible Power of Prey  99
12.  Big D  107
13.  Julie  113
14.  News of a Lifetime  119
15.  888 Days to Freedom  123

Part 3 – Love

18.  Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire  131
19.  Going Back to Prison Set Me Free  141

Epilogue  153
Notes  157


About the Author & Co-Writer

Louis Dooley was a young man who found himself imprisoned with a life sentence for theft and attempted murder. Through a miraculous turn of events, Louis received Jesus Christ in prison and recognized he had new life in Christ. Today, Louis is a free man providing pastoral counsel to current inmates, in hopes of the gospel setting them free.

Heidi Gruber O’Very is a writer and home educator who first met Louis while working as a VIC (Volunteer in Corrections) at Potosi Correctional Center where she helped with Bible studies as well as taught some creative writing courses. She continues to be a VIC, and has remained friends with Louis since his release. She lives with her husband, Dan, and their four children in St. Louis, Missouri.