Monday, August 1, 2011

Book Review: In the Sanctuary of Outcasts

"A remarkable story of a young man's loss of everything he deemed important, and his ultimate discovery that redemption can be taught by society's most dreaded outcasts."

John Grisham's above quote really sums up the heart of In the Sanctuary of Outcasts. I can honestly say that this memoir by Mississippian Neil White is one of the best books that I have read in a long time. I laughed out loud on several occasions as I read it and was also moved to tears at other parts. This true story is full of entertaining, memorable, and touching characters.

Neil White was a highly successful Southern magazine editor whose life falls apart when he is sentenced to a year and a half in federal prison for bank fraud. He arrives at the prison in Carville, Louisiana to find that the prison is also the home to the last people in the US disfigured by leprosy. In this strange world of outcasts, White finds friendship and ultimately redemption.

I highly recommend picking this one up. You won't regret it!


Amanda said...

Looks really good! Thanks for sharing.

Christian @ Modobject at Home said...

I loved this book!

Jo-Jo said...

Now I am going to have to get it and read it, too. Just finished The Secret Life of Bees, currently reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan. Also trying to read When Sinners Say "I Do" since I haven't read a marriage book in a while. I just love to have time to sit and read (and not fall asleep).

Emily said...

I've been reading this book and it is great! Thanks for the recommendation!