We recently invited Louis Dooley to come and speak at our church. He wrote a book entitled, “Prison Saved My Life: I Recommend It For Everyone.” The book details his life story, from growing up in a life of crime to his life sentence for attempted murder to his conversation to Christ during his first week in prison to his unexpected release to his ministry to prisoners today. I commend his book to you. You can purchase it on Amazon. His message to our church was encouraging to us all. You can listen to it here: Ambassadors for Jesus.
His story isn’t unique. There are many who have been brought low and turned to God in their distress. Psalm 107 speaks of the prisoners who found themselves in trouble, who cried to the Lord, and found mercy.
Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
prisoners in affliction and in irons,
for they had rebelled against the words of God,
and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor;
they fell down, with none to help.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress (Psalm 107:10-13).
The Psalmist continues on by telling those who have been delivered what they should do. He writes, “Let them thank the Lord for this steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!” (Psalm 107:15). This is exactly what Louis Dooley has been doing. He has been giving thanks to the Lord in churches and in prisons.