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Monday, November 25, 2013

Doing Time With Charlie

Doing Time With Charlie by Kay Page

About The Book:
Kay decided it was time to tell others at her church that we are all missionaries. Grabbing a pen and paper, she began to write letters to build a friendship with an inmate named Charlie who was a faithful follower of Jesus and one of the leaders of Christian inmates at Maine State Prison. Sentenced to life under maximum security for his crimes, he had already spent 25 years behind the iron bars. Kay believed prison to be a frightening place. Men in prison deserved to be there. Men in prison were dangerous. Men in prison could never change. Yet, the more Kay exchanged letters with Charlie, the more she learned about his life. “As I read each letter from Charlie, another new thought dawned on me - that a person in prison could be radically changed. In theory, I knew this was true, because Jesus was changing me.” As God changes us spiritually from the inside out, He found a way to change Charlie from inside his prison walls. There he found life in Christ, forgiveness, and in Kay who later became his bride.

My Thoughts:
This is an interesting true story. You always hear sort of seedy stories about women who love men in prison, but this is much different. Following the journey of Kay, you will gain a new appreciation for the people on the outside of the prison, and what they go through.

About The Author:
Kay Page tells how doing time as a prison wife can be almost as painful as for the men inside. The loneliness, the long drives, the struggles with prison rules. This is the story of a husband and wife sentenced to life…till death do us part. Born into a teacher’s family, Kay graduated from Wheelock College. To support five children she taught in the public schools. Much time was spent on developing a reading program that works. Eventually Kay left teaching school to join with Youth With a Mission (YWAM), going to Iraq, Bosnia, and Kosovo. There she set up programs for war traumatized children. After meeting Charlie, she involved herself in working for good practices in prisons, and has formed YWAM Prisons to lend support to those around the world who are in prison and to support missionaries who work in prisons. Kay also serves as Mission Director in River of Life Church in Sanford Maine.
 
 

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