Book Review: Walking Thru Hale by Angie Pelphrey

Walking Thru Hale

By: Angie Pelphrey

Yawn’s Publishing, 210 East Main Street, Canton, GA 30114

978-0981867342, $ 19.95, 2009, 300 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Stories of Addiction, Bondage, Incarceration, and Redemption

“Walking Thru Hale” is a beautiful compilation of over 300 short fictional and nonfiction heartfelt stories of women who discovered freedom from lives of rejection, abuse, bondage, and low self-images. Angie became addicted to prescription drugs while being treated for the excessive pain that accompanies fibromyalgia. When her addiction became greater than that which could be handled through doctor’s prescriptions, Angie found ways to steal pills from her patients.  In 2004 she was arrested and sentenced to two years in the Ohio Reformatory for Women.

The book is written with refreshing candor, transparency, and humility in a conversational style that gives the reader a sense of visiting with Angie over a cup of coffee. Her narrative allow the reader to catch the glimmer of hope in a prisoner’s eyes as they discover personal freedom from the bondage of their addictions. Angie Pelphrey tells of her own struggle with addiction, of her incarceration, and of her redemption.

The book is filled with insight into recovery, new beginnings, with devotional inspiration, personal encouragement or spiritual applications. As I read the stories of rejection, anxiety, and fear, I sensed a plea for understanding, empathy, and intercessory prayer.

Today Angie is the Recovery Administrator of New Beginnings Outreach Ministries’ Freedom Hall Recovery Center.  “Walking Thru Hale” is engaging reading made up of stories of survival in the cold, uncaring world of prison, of finding hope while incarcerated behind a razor wired fence,  and of ministering while living as a captive of prison.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

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