2. We’re All Doing Time – Bo Lozoff
Known as one of the most popular books for inmates all over the world, this book is filled with spiritual truths that relate to self-improvement and rehabilitation. Because it contains a message about breaking free from our inner prisons, this book is also meaningful for prison officers and people who have never been incarcerated, making it one of the best books for prisoners to read.
3. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption - Bryan Stevenson
A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us. This #1 New York Times Bestseller was written by one of the most influential and brilliant lawyers of our time. This inspiring story is now a major motion picture starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan.
4. From Prison to Ph.D.: A Memoir of Hope, Resilience, and Second Chances – Jason Sole
Considered one of the most encouraging books for prisoners, it is about the author's life. How he was a former drug dealer and the head of a street gang. He turned his life around completely after he had been convicted three times. He had three kids and left his wife to struggle with the pieces he had left behind. His life turned around after he was set up by his friends and made to spend nine years in prison. After he left prison he was supported by the community and had a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He is now pursuing his Ph.D. in Public Safety Leadership.
5. Choices: Lessons Learned from a Repeat Offender – Ronald L James
This self help book for prisoners is about choices we can make that humble us and make a positive difference in our lives. Written by the best-selling author and the President of Tremendous Life Books, James is aware of good and bad choices and their consequences. He shares in detail what these are so that the reader can see the big picture and make better decisions going forward.
6. Chicken Soup for the Prisoner’s Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heat and Rekindle the Spirit of Hope, Healing, and Forgiveness – Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
This collection of stories is one of the best inspirational books for prisoners. It is meant to create support for those in prison as well as their families. Readers will learn about faith, hope, forgiveness and the healing power of God. This book contains very interesting stories that will bring smiles to those reading it.
7. If You Change Your Words it Will Transform Your Life – Adam Houge
It is amazing to know that one’s life can change just from the words we speak. The way we talk can change our lives and it also reflects our thoughts as well as what is inside us. When you change your words, you change what is inside your heart. It is the force that changes the type of relationships we build and make us walk closely with God. This is why Houge's book is considered by some to be one of the best christian books for prisoners.
8. Why Courage Matters: The Way To Braver Life – John McCain
One of the great motivational books for prisoners, it contains certain examples provided by the author to bring inspiration and draw people to make up their mind to become good as well as being great. This book will teach you to become courageous and you would learn the difference between the two types of courage, moral courage, and physical courage. Both of which we all need to change our lives.
9. Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give in: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life – Louis Zamperini, David Rensin
This is one of the top 10 books for prisoners because it has touched millions of lives and contains valuable lessons of life. It talks about how a troublesome youth was changed to an Olympian in 1936. He volunteered to join the army during World War Two but his plane during a rescue mission went down. He survived.
10. Not Forgotten: The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea – Kenneth Bae
This book gives an account of Kenneth Bae’s life experience while he was in Prison in North Korea. When he was faced with the thought that he would never see his family again. His family and friends came together to raids a petition for his unjust release. Kenneth's book will inspire your faith and will show you how powerful love is.
11. The Sanctuary – Ted Dekker
Another one of the must read books for prisoners is Ted Dekkers amazing book filled with best seller stories. One of the great books to read while in jail, it is about a vigilante priest who was serving a term of fifty years in prison for the murder of two men. It covers the topics of rehabilitation and the failed corruption system that is in the heart of man.