Miss Brenda and the Loveladies: A Heartwarming True Story of Grace, God, and Gumption

Christian - Living
242 Pages
Reviewed on 02/20/2014
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Reviewed by Darin Godby for Readers' Favorite

Miss Brenda and the Loveladies is a very challenging, rewarding, and uplifting story of God's grace, mercy, and calling upon some very unique women. Authors Brenda Spahn and Irene Zutell share the story of how Miss Brenda, who was a very successful businesswoman, just barely avoided going to prison and in return felt called to reach out and help those who weren't as fortunate. She soon was visiting the local facility, but found that the percentage of women that kept coming back was far too high and she felt compelled to do something about it. She had a huge home available so she convinced those in authority to allow a few of these women to come live there when they were released from prison, instead of sending them back where they came from, knowing they would mess up and soon return to the prison.

Authors Spahn and Zutell share this story in such a way that it is hard to put the book down as you are so captivated by the ladies that have been released from prison and how Miss Brenda helps establish them as creditable women outside prison. There are stories of how they first went to Walmart, to their first Thanksgiving outside of prison, etc. In story after story we sense the ups/downs, the hurts and laughter of these women. This would be a great tool to use within the prison library as well as to encourage people to start their own type of prison ministry. The reader will quickly learn when God enables the heart to reach out to others, then He will supply the rest that is needed.