Beyond Bars arose from a series of articles which appeared in The Evangelical Magazine, published by The Evangelical Movement of Wales. The author expanded and developed the material to illustrate the prison work started under Day One Prison Ministries and then continued by DAYLIGHT Christian Prison Trust, in association with Day One Prison Ministries. In demonstrating the power of the Gospel to “set the prisoners free,” this book makes no extravagant or exaggerated claims. It is a real eye-opener, giving glimpses of thieves, rapists, murderers, and violent thugs, as well as illegal immigrants and others guilty of “white-collar crimes.”
Read of prisoners gladly accepting Christian literature, hardened criminals listening attentively to the Gospel, and people being transformed by the power of the Gospel, demonstrating the biblical truth that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” Read also of the heartache of seeing those believed to have been converted to Christ not going on with God.
At one point the author asks, “How involved is the Christian church in prison and prisoners?” The stories in this resource point to ways in which many could respond to that challenge.
In the Logos edition, all Scripture passages in Beyond Bars are tagged, appear on mouseover, and link to your favorite Bible translation in your library. With Logos’ advanced features, you can perform powerful searches by topic or Scripture reference—finding, for example, every mention of “forgiveness” or “Luke 23:34.”
- Traces DAYLIGHT Christian Prison Trust’s creation and early development
- Provides letters from prisoners
- Concludes each chapter with relevant Scripture
- “Lock the Cell Door and Throw Away the Key!” Really?
- The Downs and Ups of Prison
- Can God Use a “Lifer” or a Christian Criminal?
- Paterson’s Penalty
- When Prison Peer Pressure Collapsed
- Don’t Forget the “Screws”
- Roses from the Rubbish Tip
- Letters from Prisoners
- The Great Escape!
- Prison’s Regulars—or—Putting the Faces on Recidivism
- Me—in Prison? The Daylight Story so Far
- Beware! You Could Easily End Up in Prison!
Praise for the Print Edition
In a unique way, Gerard Chrispin skillfully uses down-to-earth, up-to-date language to retell familiar Bible stories, then synchronizes them with modern case histories. The result is twofold: one is clearly reminded that there are no ‘new sins,’ only the old ones in modern dress, and that not even the deepest-dyed sinners are beyond the reach of God’s sovereign grace.
- Title: Beyond Bars: Looking Inside the Inside Story
- Author: Gerard Chrispin
- Publisher: Day One
- Publication Date: 2007
- Pages: 144
About Gerard Chrispin
Gerard Chrispin, a former criminal lawyer and manager, is a Bible teacher and evangelist. He is an associate evangelist of Young Life, an itinerant pastor with the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches, and former chairman of both United Beach Missions and its European subsidiary, Missions Vacances. He has authored several books, including The Bible Panorama.