Top 10 Books For Prisoners

Robbed and Shot at ATM. Craving Revenge. Bill Dyer Was Locked Up In Anger, Hatred, And Resentment. Then A Miracle Happened. God Led Bill Out Of Darkness And Into Prison To Share His Story With Inmates For Unfinished Business.

 "A beautiful testimony of how our shared-life in God is renewed through story. It shows the reconciling power of God's love in our openness and vulnerability - the way to Peace. If you want to see who we are created to be for one another, read this book. It is a wake-up call." 

Sr. Helen Prejean

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"I bought this for a friend who is currently incarcerated and he just informed TODAY that his cell mate read it within 2 days and told him (my friend) that it was one of the BEST BOOKS he'd read in a LONG TIME."

- Amazon Customer

"This challenges us in remembering God's awesome power in finding the lost, healing the sick, and turning people's lives around. Read this compelling book and be inspired by what is being done to transform lives and restore people to productive places in society."

- Lynn Huntley, Former Civil Rights Attorney, US Dept. of Justice 

Doing Time With God - Bill Dyer
After being shot in a robbery the author was led to share his story in prison as part of a restorative justice program. There, inmates and other victims of violence courageously meet with one another to say what hasn't been said before. In the meetings, something unexpected and beautiful happens, leading to healing, forgiveness, and rehabilitation. This book was written to show how the power of God's love is transforming lives in prison, which is why it is one of the most highly recommended books for inmates.

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.

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.


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Top 10 Books For Prisoners

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Doing Time With God Is One Of The Top 10 Books For Prisoners Because It Opens The Heart, Touches The Soul, And Renews The Mind 

While reading this book, you may experience these things happening in yourself. Discussion questions and an afterword by the author invite you to reflect on your own journey, discover new meaning, and expand this movement of Peace in your life.  

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See Why Others Say Doing Time With God Is One Of The Most Encouraging Books For Inmates 

"Doing Time with God is packed full of courage, wisdom, and inspiration. I recommend this book to anyone who has lived the valleys and peaks of life; folks who are struggling with forgiveness, for those who are dealing with anger or loss. This book will give insight into what true unconditional love is like."
Scott H.

…The presence of a loving, nurturing, and persistent God weaves its way through each page-turning account of how lives are changed by Faith. I highly recommend this book."
Joseph Pryor

Assistant Warden; Chief Chaplain, Federal Bureau of Prisons (retired)

Doing Time With God Is One Of The Top 10 Books For Prisoners Because It Shows How Healing Leads To Freedom In The Midst Of Prison