There are many books out about this vital ministry—I’ve just ordered another one—but after reading virtually all of them, I wrote our own because what the others lacked was an understanding of the criminal/carceral world narrative; being influenced too deeply instead, by the narrative the criminal posed to prison ministers; a narrative based on the current perceptions of what criminals really thought as filtered through certain religious, ideological, or political interests.

The danger here, of course, is that a ministry, which to be successful must be built on reality, is instead built on contrived perceptions; rendering it virtually useless, which is why the research on the effectiveness of prison based religious rehabilitation programs in particular, show virtually no improvement in outcomes, which we note on our rehabilitation page at

My book on prison ministry can be found here