Unshackled: A Remarkable Journey To Finding Life's Meaning From Prison And Releasing The Guilt, Shame And Bitterness Of The Past
From serving a life sentence to finding life's meaning and purpose took Gene McGuire on a decades-long journey inside a very small cell. In his riveting new book, McGuire takes readers through nearly 35 years of incarceration, steeped in the culture of violence, drugs, and pornography that is prison life, all while serving a life sentence for a murder he didn't commit. Miraculously, that injustice did not turn McGuire against the world. Instead, he moved from ruin to redemption.
"This is my story,” McGuire says. "But it's your story, too. God didn't intend for you to live your life in chains, shackled to guilt, shame, or bitterness related to events in your past, fears in the present, or apprehension of the future. God set me free—unshackled me! He will do the same for you. Imagine your life … unshackled!”
In 1977, Gene McGuire was one of three people involved in the late-night robbery of a bar. One of the men, his cousin, stabbed and killed the bar owner. At seventeen, McGuire was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He embraced the prison culture wholeheartedly for nearly ten years. Then, by God's grace, he humbled himself and experienced a Christ-transformation.
After submitting to years of discipleship, McGuire became a spiritual leader to thousands of inmates. With no hope for release himself, he instead developed a fruitful, fulfilling ministry within his small world. He became an elder in the prison church, developing small groups and yard Bible studies and leading others who had no hope of freedom to true freedom in Christ.
Then, almost 35 years into his prison sentence, came an unexpected miracle. In 2012, a judge ruled that McGuire had been wrongfully charged, that his life sentence was reversed and that he had already served the appropriate sentence due. He was released a free man.
His story is riveting — from a life in shackles to one filled with the power of God's love, forgiveness and freedom, bringing hope to all. Now a resident of Texas, McGuire works as a speaker, author and community advocate, sharing his remarkable story and hope with people and corporations around the country.
For more information, please visit: https://genemcguire.org
Unshackled – From Ruin To Redemption
Available January 20th, 2017 in all book stores and at: Amazon.com: