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By Amelia C. Boomershine

Breath of unpolluted Air: Biblical Storytelling with Prisoners demanding situations the behemoth of mass incarceration throughout the convergence of biblical storytelling pedagogy, restorative justice rules, and peacemaking circle constitution. Circle of the be aware is an interactive, artistic strategy of engagement with biblical tales. it's a religious intervention that addresses an American legal justice method that's retributive, discriminatory, and uncontrolled. Boomershine experiences at the influence of Circle of the notice for incarcerated women and men and grounds Circle of the observe in a multifaceted beginning: the learn of the Bible as functionality literature, the background of criminal reform in Enlightenment England, the doctrine of the observe of God, and the development-of-hope conception. because the goal of the ebook is either advocacy and empowerment, a how-to bankruptcy is integrated with information for implementation. Participation in Circle of the notice has confirmed to be a transformative event for women and men at once impacted by way of mass incarceration--discovering group in the middle of isolation and desire in the course of despair.

"A must-read for these dedicated to the transformation of inmates and the legal justice process. conscientiously researched, sensible, but theologically astute, this persuasive testimony of the facility of biblical wish is a clarion name and available consultant. Amelia C. Boomershine supplies the religion neighborhood an indelible photo of a damaged procedure, its sufferers, and confirmed instruments of grace through which to set the captives free."
--C. Joseph Sprague, President, Horizon criminal Initiative

"This ebook addresses a vast social challenge: the us has simply five percentage of the world's inhabitants, yet approximately 25 percentage of the world's prisoners. What makes Breath of Fresh Air a detailed piece of literature is that it combines actual info about mass incarceration with deeply non secular insights. Boomershine vividly describes her felony ministry, which makes use of the performative voice of biblical tales with the target of empowering the boys and ladies in the back of bars. A masterful storyteller herself, Boomershine's book amounts to a relocating entice remodel the retributive procedure into restorative justice."
--Werner H. Kelber, Isla and Percy E. Turner Professor Emeritus of religious study, Rice University

"Our prisons and jails are stifling and deadening areas. Boomershine's practices have the opportunity of respiring clean air and new existence into humans within the incarcerated church, in addition to into the church open air felony partitions. As a result, Breath of unpolluted Air makes a big contribution to Christians discerning what it potential to 'visit the prisoner' in an age of mass incarceration."
--Amy Levad, collage of St. Thomas; writer of Redeeming a jail Society: A Liturgical and Sacramental reaction to Mass Incarceration

Amelia Cooper Boomershine is govt Director of GoTell Communications Inc. and an ordained deacon within the United Methodist Church. She holds an MA in early formative years schooling from the collage of Michigan and an MDiv and DMin from United Theological Seminary.

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