"A most inspired account of the grace of God working in a human life..." Norman Vincent Peale An enlightening book that is not about a prison with bars, but about a prison of circumstances - and how to be set free! Millions say it has changed their lives and introduced them to the solution to their problems.
In PRISON TO PRAISE Merlin Carothers describes how his life was transformed by finding faith in Christ. Using many stories from his own experience as a US army chaplain, he issues a radical challenge to praise God in all circumstances. 'Miracles, power and victory will all be part of what God does in our lives when we learn to rejoice in all things,' he promises.
I fell asleep at the age of 18 and awoke some 23 years later... "How in the hell did I get here?" I asked myself I often wondered, "How did I get myself in this situation?" A situation which there seemed to be no way of escaping..... There I was sitting on a hard steel bunk. The mattress was as thin as a sheet of metal, my pillow laid on my bunk resembling a flimsy thin pancake on a cold unloved plate. Some of us called this torture we slept on every night a "bed," but this thing did no justice as a bed. As I sat there my mind reflected back to the role I played that caused me to become a prisoner in my own mind, as well as a prisoner in the GA Penal Institution. Hold up! Wait a minute; I think I'm jumping ahead of myself a bit. Let me go back to the beginning, maybe you will understand why I decided to write this book.
What do you get when you take a young, naive, and curious teenager, who thought he knew it all, out from the guidance and care of his parents? Trouble! Curiosity brought about rebellion as the mean, unforgiving streets of southeast Houston was too tempting and intriguing to not be a part of. Although Avery was taught correctly and was constantly warned about the dangers that lurked around the corners, he just had to see for himself just what all the fuss was about. The overprotection from his parents was unbearable, and the more that he saw guys from school in and around the neighborhood, the more he thought, "Well, if they can be out there, then I can too. How bad can it be?" It didn't take any time at all before the family-oriented, Christian-church boy image soon turned into a thuggish, hood-boy image. Still unaware of the detrimental impact that went along with this rebellious way of acting, the consequences of wanting this lifestyle came with a devastating price--prison! Here goes a young, lost, and aggravated teenager now about to be plunged into Texas's criminal justice system, having no idea of how to do time or what to expect next. Avery adopted to the street life. Now he reluctantly has to embrace life as a mean, yet fearful convict in prison. God help him!
Release on 2014-10-29 | by Michael Hall,T. M. Rain
A Journey of Faith
Author: Michael Hall,T. M. Rain
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Raised in North Carolina, Michael Hall learned to love two things above all else; God and family. Unfortunately for him, when his way of serving both did not work out the way he thought it would, he lost his family, and his faith. Michael spent years chasing happiness through the deepest reaches of sin until the day God needed him for a special mission. Now Michael found himself getting back in touch with the Holy Father and preparing to take the Lords ministry into one of the darkest place imaginable: Federal Prison. From Prison to Praise is a memoir of Michael Hall's struggle with his own faith, and how he overcame the hold Satan had on his life, and how he continues to this day, even while incarcerated, to bring the promise of salvation to those searching for something to believe in, and to those who do not even know they are searching.
From Poverty, to Prison, to Praise is the journey that I was allowed to take in life in order to be a witness to all those incarcerated or one who may have simply lost hope. I grew up in the poorest neighborhoods in Las Vegas. As a teen and young adult, I became very sexual with countless women and developed a terrible anger problem due to a lack of patience. That anger ultimately exploded one spring morning, and I found myself facing a murder conviction. During my fourteen years in the state of Nevada prisons, I was overtaken by Gods sovereign grace and tender mercies. I made the decision to follow Christ and allowed him to change me and rule over me with his unconditional love. I said yes to Jesus and began to live a life of spiritual standards that can only be achieved if I would trust him and go through whatever was necessary in order to fulfill my calling and ministry of edification to a lost, dying, and confused generation of young men and women who remain incarcerated or living a life in society but having no hope nor direction. This book is to inform you that you can make it! Give God a try. He can do all things but fail. Know undoubtedly that God is able. God can. And God will. If you let him.
In Daniel 7:1314 (NIV), the prophet Daniel had a vision in the night. He saw one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations, and men of every language worshiped him. Who was this son of man, and what were these clouds of heaven? They could have been dark storm clouds of Gods impending judgment or multitudes of heavenly angels. But there is one more cloud that I am the most interested in: a great cloud of witnesses. They can testify to the world who this Son of Man is. He is Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews! (See John 19:19.) Hebrews chapter 11 is the Bibles Hall of Faith, recounting the names and deeds of all of the mighty saints of the Old Testament. The very next chapter begins with these words: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us join the cloud (Hebrews 12:1ff., NIV). We also can be a part of this eternal Kingdom of Praise. It includes all peoples, nations, and men of every language who will worship Jesus as their Lord and King. Let us praise the Lord together, and exalt his name (Psalm 34:3). Hallelujah!
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