While confined to a hospital bed in traction, Bill Dyer was trapped in a prison of anger, hatred, and resentment. Eventually, he saw the error in his thinking. He became clear about the cost of his reactions and began learning lessons from his experience. He began wondering what he could do with those lessons; who he could share them with; who would appreciate them most.
These questions led to Bill sharing his experience and lessons with inmates. In their interactions with one another, amazing things started happening. In fact, they were so significant, meaningful, and inspiring that Bill decided to write a self help book for prisoners, Doing Time With God, as a way for other incarcerated men and women to benefit.
Bill not only wanted to write a book that helped inmates make positive changes in their lives, he also wanted to write one of the most encouraging books for prisoners that enabled them to see their value as human beings.
The message in Doing Time With God makes it a great self help book for prisoners because it is about being the man or woman God created us to be. The book has motivated inmates in dozens of prisons who have heard Bill's story. Inmates can relate to the feelings of anger and resentment that Bill experienced after the shooting, as well as other feelings: afraid, cheated, disappointed, discouraged, frustrated, depressed, ashamed, helpless, impatient, disrespected, and rejected.
In listening to Bill’s story, inmates can see that it is possible to break the chains of unpleasant emotions; they also see how it is possible escape the shackles of negative and powerless thinking that holds them back from being the person they were meant to be.
As they do this, they become motivated to make better choices that enable them to grow and change and reach further into their highest potential. One of the most motivational books for prisoners, Doing Time With God contains twelve stories about rehabilitation and finding freedom and peace.
In the stories, inmates gain healing and insight through conversations with crime victims and one another. Said another way, readers "sit in" on life-changing conversations that inspire inmates to make life-giving choices that positively impact themselves and others. This is why some readers believe that Doing Time With God is also one of the best inspirational books for prisoners to read.
Learning from others is one of the most important steps of the change journey. Self-help requires that habitual ways of thinking that have led to negative consequences, be changed into new thought patterns that lead to positive and life-giving outcomes. This happens when inmates read Doing Time With God, which is why it is a great self-help book for prisoners.