"This book will change your life!" my pastor promised me. I was far from home and struggling with sadness and disappointment. It was a hard season.
I read this little book and my pastor was right! It changed my life! That was not the only time I read Prison to Praise by Merlin Carothers. This is one of those books that I try to reread every year or so. Yes, it's that good!
Prison to Praise shows how an angry young man was changed by the power of God through the Gospel. It is also the story of how one man of God learned to praise God in everything!
Bored with military training at Fort Benning, Georgia while waiting to be sent overseas in World War II, Merlin and some friends walked out of camp, stole a car, and went joy riding. After being captured by the F.B.I., Merlin found himself in military prison. Sentenced to five years in the federal penitentiary, his sentence was suspended so he could serve in World War II. After serving six months in the stockade at Fort Dix, Merlin, a paratrooper, headed to Europe to serve in the 82nd Airborne. Next, he found himself as one of General Eisenhower's guards living in Frankfurt, Germany. Because of his combat record, Merlin received a complete pardon for his earlier illegal escapades, but that didn't stop him from making massive amounts of money in the black market.
Attending church out of duty with his grandparents, Merlin heard God speak to him to make a decision to follow him or it would be too late. He surrendered his heart to Christ and was hungry for prayer, Bible reading, and fellowship. God called him to the ministry and while he worked his way through college and seminary, he preached in local jails.
I will let you learn the rest for yourself. You see, Merlin was on an adventure with the Lord! He was set to learn lessons that would allow him to live each day in unspeakable joy!
I hope you will read Prison to Praise, too and that the Lord will minister to your heart through the testimony of a man that was rescued by God's grace.
This book impacted me so much that I made it required reading in high school. All of my teens loved it, too. It's just a great book.
I have included it in my God's Girls 101: Grow in Christ and Real Men 101: Godly Manhood, along with other living books that will impact teens' lives and help them to grow strong in their faith in and love for Jesus.
God's Girls 101: Grow in Christ is available at Amazon. The E-book is available at PayHip and Currclick.
Real Men 101: Godly Manhood is available at Amazon. The E-book is available at PayHip and Currclick.
In the end, all that will matter is Jesus and people. Seek Jesus, love Him, and keep your eyes on Him. He will fill you with love for people!