Jonathan Aitken and Edward Smyth both experienced a dramatic fall from grace.
Each of them found themselves removed from their homes and loved ones, locked up in prison and having to deal with the fallout of their actions. However, in the middle of their lowest point they discovered something life-changing. God hadn’t forgotten about them.
Doing Time offers encouragement and advice on how to survive and even make the most of life inside prison. Offering the sort of practical and spiritual wisdom that only comes from personal experience, it shows that it is never too late for God to help us find a new way forward in our lives.
“My father, Lord Longford, who devoted much of his life to caring for prisoners would have loved this book. It is full of spiritual and practical wisdom – a treasury of tips on how to cope with life behind bars.” - Lady Antonia Fraser
“An excellent and much-needed book written by two men who have been through the prison experience and wish to pass on their knowledge of the help that spirituality can bring. Truly great advice for anyone doing bird.” - Noel “Razor” Smith, Commissioning Editor of insidetime, author of the best-selling memoir A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun and Jonathan Aitken’s cell neighbour in HMP Belmarsh.
“What a brilliant informative book! The knowledge of being able to survive in prison is so well presented in each chapter plus the spiritual part of the book is a life saver. To coin a phrase it’s an inside job. A must read!” - Michael Emmett, author of Sins of Fathers: A Spectacular Break from a Dark Criminal Past
“Prison can be a grim, unforgiving place. It can also be a place of transformation. This is an invaluable little book that brings together the vast experience of two people who know the prison system from both the inside and outside. It is honest, practical and wise – a valuable guide to help those who end up in prison to make the experience as redemptive as possible.” - The Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington, Bishop for Prisons, Diocese of London
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I did not know what to expect when I ead this book but I am glad I did. Prison is real and whether you have been in it or not you probably know someone who has or may be their. someday. They are people too with families, hopes and feelings. They are often forgotten but not by God. The problem is how do you familiarize the general population on how to help prisoners get their lives better or what spiritual suggestions to give them if they do want to. I felt a lot of hope and remembered the people I have known who made it through the long night of prison and came out alive and some even better people. This book offers hope and healings. It is excellent IMO andd though from a Christian viewpoint I cant see how it wouldnt help anyone to read it. Read this book if you or someone you know is having an incarceration at present or one that is possible.