This is the advertisement: "Don't surrender to misery another day."
The book promises that a reader suffering from worry, depression, anger and condemnation can find peace and overcome a negative outlook by recognizing and changing "damaging thought patterns."
No wonder women in the Lake County Jail are asking for "Battlefield of the Mind" and other books by Christian author Joyce Meyer. And she's not the only inspirational writer they want but can't get.
The problem is that the reading cart in this category is sparse, and it just about kills the ladies who manage the books to tell inmates they can't have the uplifting reading material that seems to provide hope for so many.
We can help them, can't we?
"Jail can be a dehumanizing experience," said Fran Winslow, one of the volunteer book-cart managers. "Sometimes reaching rock bottom can mean a new beginning for a life that has been on a downward spiral."
"It can be a place where God can speak and redemption can begin."
Fran is right. If there's any single place to start thinking about turning your life around, jail is it. Fran sees women desperately seeking information on how to live and deal with others in a way that benefits everyone. Many of them did not come from homes where upright living was taught. They just don't know how to do it.
It's easy to sit back in the La-Z-Boy and be smugly satisfied that a law breaker is locked up, getting what he or she deserves. But it's never that simple. Most women in the Lake County Jail are coming back out to care for children and live with the rest of society. That means bumping up against you at the grocery store or the mall or the doctor's office. Doesn't it make sense to provide a book that might show them the way?
"It's a scary thing to be released and not have a job, meet new friends and begin a new life. Too many return," Fran said. "These women are grateful for any sign of hope, for any sign that anyone cares about them."
In addition to books by Meyer, the women at the jail also ask for Christian authors Beverly Lewis and Max Lucado, along with any Christian poetry.
Of course, there are no doubt faiths other than Christianity represented by Lake jail inmates. Lt. John Herrell, a sheriff's spokesman, said the jail accepts inspirational books based on any religion that promote better living.
Since the recipients are in a jail, any donations must have soft covers. Used or new book are appreciated, and they may be dropped off in the lobby of the jail at 551 W. Main St., Tavares, with a notation that they are for the jail's chaplain.
Books may also be sent from home or Internet sellers to Chaplain Jim Cornell at the same address. Questions? Email Fran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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