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Marked for Life: A Prison Chaplain's Story

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A beautifully told narrative of a church pastor who became a state chaplain in high-security prisons for men. Having chronicled many stories of incarceration during her thirteen-year stint, she describes here how she bore witness to misery and miracles within an intractable system.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 29th 2019 by Orbis Books
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Alan  Marr
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If I was in prison I would hope for a chaplain like Nancy Sehested. I think chaplaincy in any institution is a difficult call. Chaplains are usually employed by a system ostensibly to care for people who are controlled by the system and it is a difficult path being true to the integrity of the call while serving the "needs" of the Institution.
Sehested's stories portray this tension beautifully. She is at one time a suspect in the eyes of the inmates while at the same time a suspect of those in
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Robert D. Cornwall
The United States has a mass incarceration problem. It appears that we have more people in prison than any other nation in the world. Tough on crime laws and anti-drug efforts have filled our prisons to overflowing. As a nation we are not in agreement as to the purpose of prisons. Are they there to rehabilitate or warehouse people we don't wish to deal with -- all in the name of protecting the citizenry. But at what cost, not only economically, but in terms of humanity. Whether one is a prisoner ...more
Drew
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A splendid life-giving book about a very, very difficult subject.
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