I was talking with a friend one day, sharing with him some of my memories from when I served as an inmate firefighter. He stopped me: "Don't tell me about it, write it down and share it with everyone! It will be great to tell others what it was like as an inmate to be a part of the fight against the yearly California fires." So, I sat down and began doing just that, and I hope you enjoy this book. Being a firefighter was a wonderful experience for me, and I enjoyed going back over those memories as I wrote California Inmate Firefighter.
This is a well written story that depicts the life of a prisoner doing important and socially valuable work. It allows the reader an opportunity to see into lives that are usually hidden. A good book!
──Kenneth E. Hartman
The California Inmate Firefighter was a very enjoyable read. It definitely gives you an inside look to a world you otherwise wouldn't know. I cringed at some of the things that these men are expected to do but also was incredibly moved by the selfless and hard work they do. I was inspired by the quick stories that were full of faith and courage. They also gave me a few laughs and smiles along the way.
──Elizabeth (No last name provided in Amazon.com review)
This is a quick easy read about a group of people who protect so many lives and the state we live in and love. It gives insight to the inner workings of part of the prison system that many of us never knew existed. These people have much to offer and when given the opportunity to do positive things with the time they have to spend in prison, they rise to the occasion.
──Kathryn L. Deems
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The idea of a reward system, with lines drawn by clearly defined goals followed by a resulting guarantee, might be just what we need. The time is right, and this is a well thought out presentation. The author's experience should be taken into consideration. He's obviously had plenty of time to think this through.
Prison reform is a MUST both for humanity and the economy....Contract Parole is a giant step in the right direction!
Contract Parole is a powerful work that proposes──and describes how and why it will succeed──an extraordinary system for prison and inmate reform. Contract Parole offers a major way to encourage redemption in flawed and damaged humans, a way of making them whole, healing them, and helping to heal our society. If implemented, Contract Parole will have a powerful, positive effect on all of us.
──David Scott Milton
I hope that the powers-that-be utilizes Contract Parole: this concept makes so much sense.
Applied, and applied properly, Contract Parole is the best possible means to ensure that inmates leave prison both qualified and likely to be productive members of society. This in turn means that, properly applied, Contract Parole is the best possible insurance against recidivism.
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ENDORSEMENTS FOR DANGER ALERT!
I commend the author of Danger Alert! for taking on a topic that few people have studied seriously: troubled youth who are gifted. His decision to write about this special population within a special population is admirable and important.
To me, the central point of this booklet is a cry to identify fluid intelligence and then to direct children and teens with this type of intelligence into socially responsible activities. In this regard, he is right on target.
As to my thoughts on Roseland [Chapter III], this is an educational utopia if there ever were one. I truly believe the author is onto something in stating that troubled kids need more than a place to call home (which Roseland will provide), they also need to feel they are valued and valuable. How does this occur? Exactly as the author stated: by getting them involved in important work. Involving children in the active construction and operation of Roseland and its conservation program is a perfect way to accomplish this goal.
The Roseland project is ambitious; indeed, most life-altering innovations are! I would love to see this idea brought to fruition.
──James R. Delisle, Ph.D.
(Prior to his retirement, Professor Delisle taught four courses at Kent State University, plus 7th-8th grade gifted students one day each week. He also traveled extensively in the United States and abroad giving talks about gifted children.)
This author speaks from a different position than most [he spent the majority of his life incarcerated], and therefore he is able to see some things that others cannot. Danger Alert!’s concept is very sensible; it would be a valuable tool for educators to use.
──Rev. Peter Lord (retired),
Park Avenue Baptist Church,
Author of The 2959 Plan
After I read Danger Alert! I sat and contemplated all the author had to say. I was overwhelmed by the scope of the plan outlined for the Roseland project [Chapter III]. I will pray that God uses this author (and his ideas) to keep this whole thing going, and that he will be led to someone or a source which can help him bring his vision to fruition.
Retired Athletic Director/Bakersfield College
I have been involved with a children’s home in Alabama, and an orphanage in Mexico. Danger Alert! offers a different concept for helping children than most of the camps or homes that help kids. It is a good idea, and all great beginnings start with a simple idea.
I was so impressed with Danger Alert! that I loaned my copy to a friend who is a teacher. And she lent it to another teacher! I wish every parent and teacher (educator) understood the concepts of crystallized and fluid intelligence.
──Mary M. Frish, M.Ed.,
Career educator, retired, public school and juvenile justice system
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I once was in prison serving a life sentence. Each morning, I included Psalms 146 in my prayers; “He [God] upholds the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners.” John (the author) told me he was going to send me something special, but he did not say what it was. One day I received a piece of mail from him, and when I opened the envelope, I found his booklet The Lord Looseth the Prisoners. When I saw what it was, I felt like it was confirmation from God: the Lord looseth the prisoners!
P.S. I have since been released from prison and am rebuilding my life in society. The Lord does looseth the prisoners!
The Lord Looseth the Prisoners is inspiring.
When I read The Lord Looseth the Prisoners, I had no idea that my friend John was the one it was about. I found myself amazed over how God’s power is able to change one of the most seemingly incorrigible and repeat offenders ever. John (the author) once had 904 years and three life sentences…and now he is a free man leading a decent life. John is living proof that the lord looseth the prisoners!
The Lord Looseth the Prisoners should be read by all. It is an inspiration to read.
John Eddings is a very special person. I can say this because I knew John in high school in Titusville, Florida, before he committed the numerous crimes which put him behind bars in two states for nearly 40 straight years. I also had the privilege of staying in touch with John during his years of incarceration, and finally, spending time with him on the outside following his release from prison in 2013. I have seen firsthand the work of God in John’s life. I have seen John transformed from a scourge on society into a powerful blessing to many. This book is a testimony to the power of God not only in John’s life, but to all those who choose to put their trust in Him. John has a deep understanding of scripture that can only be had by one who has suffered much yet has also been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. I heartily recommend The Lord Looseth the Prisoners to all who wish to learn of the hope that God offers to all his children, no matter what their circumstances.