Funny how God can meet you right where you are with what he knows yu need...As I began to read each day's step of faith the words became personal as if God were speaking directly to me each day. By the end it wa clear to me that my life had been changed drastically in how I began to see my role in the journey of faith. Reginald, D.C.
God blessed me in the form of finding your book and you were kind enough to send me copies to pass out at a recent Military Expo in Camarillo, CA.at which we at M.O.M.S. - "Military on Motorcycles Safety" participated. Everyone was grateful. - Dr. Kimber Lee Wilkes, CA
I am in prison for the 2nd time. I have read numerous daily devotionals and spiritual books, but not one has grabbed me like Journey to Freedom. In the last 30 days I have found new light. If nothing else, this trip back to prison was worth it because I got to read this great book. It is the best thing I have ever read and I am passing it on to a friend. CA
From a ministry in Northern California via Facebook - Journey to Freedom has become one of the books the inmates look for at our table. When a new inmate comes to our class, the other inmates tell the new inmate to get Journey to Freedom, that it is an awesome book and can change their lives! Praise the Lord! Thank you so much for supplying it free of charge! It is greatly appreciated and used!
Right now I'm in a state prison called Champ Hill. Some one here that I go to church with gave me the book called Journey to Freedom 30 days to forgiveness and hope. Well any way I red this book 2 times all ready. I love this book this is the first book about God that got me. When I started to read it I can't believe I could understand it and while reading it tears ran down my face. It was like the Holy sprite came down on me. I never in my life time red a book like this. Really I can't read that good I only went to 6th grade in school. But it was odd that I can read this book and understand it. This time me being in jail I got so close to God and this book just really got me. This book it changed my thoughts because I was scared to go to God because what I used to do. But I know God love's me and I'm forgiving. This book is like magic. I really truly understand and when I get out I want to help the kids that there father's are in jail or not around . Now I know what my reason in life is and that's to serve God & Jesus. Thanks so much for this book. E.S., Pennsylvania P.S. I am getting ready to read it again.
I have finished reading your book "Journey to Freedom" and I could honestly say it hit me right in the heart. I cried after I read the chapter for the day. I felt you were talking directly to me To be honest your book left me speechless. It touched every situation I was dealing with myself, like the guilt I felt deep down inside of me. I always felt God would never forgive me for all the sins I have committed in the past and even though I asked God to forgive me but I felt he didn't want to forgive. But as I keep reading chapter after chapter it came to the light that I had to let go of the past and continue forward. I also had too much pride and I have learned to let it go, slowly but surely it left me with the next challenges.
When I was through with the book I had the need to want more of God. I honesty feel your book has done a great number in my life. I feel refreshed and a burden lifted off my shoulders and chest. I could finally breathe with ease. I have given myself to Christ and I'm not looking back. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart and I want to say God Bless You. R.H., Texas
This is an answer to prayer. I've been praying for a book for my Women's Ministry.- Salvation Army Officer, NY
When I tried to hang myself in county jail, and I told God to let me die, He did. I really died that day and I never realized it. The old is gone and the new is working every day. When I got your book, I just couldn't put it down. I still have a lot of bitterness, loneliness and heartache. But I'm dealing with it through the Lord. - W.A.
I strongly bellieve your book has been given me through interventin of God. When I go locked up I was literally hopelfee. I fantasized about suicide. God has been good and faithful to help me get to a poiint where hope has been restored. - G.A.
I am a 35 year old man that is addicted to meth. This drug and many poor decisions has caused much pain and shame. When I was arrested this time I was ready to throw in the towel. [This man’s chaplain explained that he was referring to hanging himself in his cell, an epidemic among prisoners.] Then one day someone slid your book under my cell door. I don’t even know who. As I’ve read each story, action step, God’s encouraging word and prayer I’ve continued to gain faith and hope again. Although I still consider myself a mess, I know that I’m just a blessed mess who needs God in my life.- C.S.
When I was locked up in March I was literally hope-less. I fantasized of suicide. I was taking medication for anxiety and depression, but have recently discontinued them. Today, I want God to be the reason I am well. He has been good and faithful (again) to help me get to a point where some hope has been restored. I’ve still got a ways to go – and I strongly believe your book has been given me through intervention from God. – S.M.
“Journey to Freedom” touches the hearts of people! I was just with one of our soldiers today, and he informed me that he is reading the book and has found it to be life-changing. One of the daily devotionals made him cry because it made him realize how much he needed God’s love. – Captain Jerry Esqueda, Salvation Army, El Centro, CA
"When I started to read JtoF, I instantly felt not just better about myself but better about my life and the new direction I had just taken. I thought forgiveness was something of mere words. I now know true forgiveness, God's forgivenss and what a blessing it is. For the longest time I had begged loved ones, friends, family for their forgiveness for the things I've done wrong and althought they would always say "It's OK," I would never feel better. I was asking the wrong Person! For anyone who have even the slightest of faith, even it it's only the size of a mustard seed, I beg of you, hit your knees, bow your head and confess. You will be forgiven. - J.J.
I was given the book by my chaplain…. At the end of the day one reading I was sitting in my cell alone in tears. But wait, I was not alone. Me and my Lord were crying together. My journey since then has been easier to say the least. I would give the book to anyone, not just folks in jail. - M.S.
My reason for this letter is because I fell in love with this book called “Journey to Freedom.” Well, because of me reading that book I have rededicated my life to our Lord Jesus Chrsit and it has helped me move forward in life and learn to forgive myself and others. - A.M.
I ended up being put in the segregating-housing unit, where people go after getting into trouble or just held. The chaplain had made rounds giving prayers and also gave me a book and told me God loved me regardless. My curiosity got the best of me so I started day one “God Can’t Remember.” I thought 30 days couldn’t possibly change someone, but during my reading experience in the book, I can finally call myself a “Baby in Christ.” I am learning how to have patience, I have learned how to tame the tongue, my hardest thing for me to overcome was my inability to forgive others, as well as myself… I know if God can always forgive me and never turn his back on me, then I myself can forgive. I would like to take my experience with the book and share it with the world. There is a God and he truly loves me. I am going to introduce my children and family to my new life. – W.L.
I am not completely finished with Journey to Freedom but I felt lead by the Lord to write your foundation and its donors and try to explain the peace it has given me. It is kinda hard for me to express my gratitude for this small yet powerful book. It arrived at just the right time. While I was in the darkest moments of my life. It blessed me with new hope and a reason to keep going. Your ability to mix sincerity, love, hope and compassion with humor is what I appreciate most. Your wording is perfect, not too hard to understand and not too ordinary to lose interest. The stories are quick and to the point. The action steps are motivating, the God’s encouraging word is …..well, encouraging! And the prayers are so powerful. Thank you for this book, Thank our almighty God for this book. It has lead me to want to be a better person, both to myself and the people around me.” In closing, please accept my tithe to the Lord (Malachi 3:10) to use toward spreading this inspiring book throughout the world. - E. (Enclosed with the letter was a book of 44 cent stamps).
I know God has forgiven me; I get that. But your book hit right on my issue – forgiving myself. One bad choice outways 20 years of good – the good thing is I am back with God. The book was a great reminder that I am not alone. Former Correctional Office, now serving time
Journey to Freedom will be a very useful ministry into men’s lives in prison. You should know that at least 5 men read the same book sent behind bars. So each book will be multiplied by five at least. C. W., a former minister who committed murder
I must say that before someone handed me your book I was still lost. But once I pick it up and read it I found a new love in my life to wanna live. I have a lot of demons in my closet and am filed with these demons everyday, yet I’ve now learned that I must be strong and let God take my pain away. - G.K.
I want to applaud you on the potent affect that your writing is having on me as well as others. I am indeed struggling with self-frustration from my past actions and would like to “blot them out and redo them”. I am 24 years old and I truly wish to better myself and achieve some measure of success and productivity in society before my time to leave this planet. I would like to leave something beneficial and to learn what my Creator’s will is for me so I can fulfill it to the best of my ability. - W.B.
Being incarcerated, it is sometimes difficult to have faith. God certainly supplied that through your book! I truly felt like God was speaking to me. I thank God and I thank you for the opportunity of reading such an inspirational book. I’ve done my part by passing the book on and will continue to do go. - J.M.
So far this book is really the only one that has helped me to know my self a little more and has given me a better understanding of my self and the Lord. It helps me to know and accept how and that I have to forgive myself. - D.M.
Thank you for helping me find hope and forgiveness in my heart and also helping the inmates in the prison system in these perilous times we’re in. - M.M.
I want to thank you for the great book journey to freedom. I found so much joy and hope through the book. It was so great to start the book and to continue the book to complete. I just want you to know God has brought so many gifts to my life I am so happy to have turned my life over to God and the hope I have received through the book journey to freedom has been a great joy. I have been through ups down but one thing is God has been with me through everything Journey to Freedom has helped me so much with my attitude, choices and behavior with where I am at and where I am in my life as well! I now more than ever in my life am trying to be more Christ like. Now that I am 45 time is getting so much shorter. Please tell all of board and others with this book GOD Bless and thanks for helping to open my eyes more to GOD and our life with him. - L.J.
I can say that in this environment “forgiveness” is a huge issue and as insurmountable as Mt. Everest to some. - M.
Thanks God you’ve shared this path to freedom with me . I have an accountability factor as a Christian to forgive myself as well as others. I really enjoy “My Action Step”, it gets me past the question of “Now What.” - L.
What I liked most was that it was so easy to read and the action step at the end and the prayer tuch my soul and heart. It shows that we all have times in life that we really need to let God take over our life. - W.W.
Once again, thank you for your inspirational book. I assure you that people will look, listen and learn before they choose the wrong choice and just saying thanks on behalf of the Middleton Unit, Abilene, TX, and I do hop you keep up the good work at the JTF Foundation. I was thankful to see a copy of your book in almost every inmates hands and I do hope you will send my family a copy of this Journey to Freedom now. Now I can and will make a difference in my life.” - M. M.
I’s currently in a state pen. I wana thank you so much for providing this book and I’ve read the hole thing. I really like the story about the fork. This books has really helped me here this being my first time in a state prison I will keep you in my prayers I’m going to try to apply the things I’ve read in this book but in my life. I really wana change my life and ways I just find it very hard sometimes. But I gona keep my faith and look at life from the window shield and not the rear mirrors. - M.C. (The references to the fork and looking at life from the window shield, not the rear view mirror refer to chapters in “Journey to Freedom.”)
I am an alcoholic incarcerated once again for DUI. I was extremely blessed to see your book. It is such a wonderful book, with very meaningful messages that touched me deeply each day. I want to thank you for allowing the holy spirit to inspire you to write it. - D.B.
I don’t know how to begin to tell you the great impact your book Journey to Freedom has had upon me! It fits and impacts so much that it has taken me 90 days to get through it because each day has things that I feel must give deeper meditation than a mere day. It is inspired and has NO DOUBT helped me through where honestly I couldn’t handle it and was ready to end it all. I want you to know the pain, anguish, turmoil, sorrow, despair, and regret were far to overberrin upon me and without God guiding me with your book I know for sure I would not be here today!... One of my favorite sayings in your book is on page #70 where it says “if you’re going through Hell keep going.” The worst experiences are only temporary. (By the way, I’m starting the Book all over again beginning today! – A.S.
About a month ago I received the book “Journey to Freedom.” I used the book for 30 days and pondered each day on the Action steps and God’s Encouraging Words. (really the whole thing.) And I have learned so much. I’ve learned to forgive my self and others. And I have hope and peace. And it’s the most awesome experience ever! Just as I would be going though a situation I would open to that day and it was written just for me. I plan to pass this book around. And hope it helps others as it has helped me. - S.M.
My reason for this letter is because I fell in love with this book called "Journey to Freedom" 30 Days to Forgiveness and Hope. Well, because of me reading that book I have also redadacated my life to our lord Jesus Christ and it has heped me move forward in life and learn to forgive myself and others. - A.M.
Journey to Freedom will be a very useful ministry into men’s lives in prison. You should know that at least 5 men read the same book sent behind bars So each book will be multiplied by five at least. - C. W.
“Help for the present - Hope for the Future” Don’t ever feel alone or unloved, because your not. We prisoners love you and bless you and your always in our prayers” - J. H.
It has helped me so much with my attitude, choices and behavior with where I am at and where I am in my life as well! I now more than ever in my life am trying to be more Christ like. Now that I am 45 time is getting so much shorter. Please tell all of board and others with this book GOD Bless and thanks for helping to open my eyes more to GOD and our life with him. - L.J.
I am incarcerated in a California prison with a sentence of 34 years to life. I am a first time offender. Yes, I have lost everything that was dear to me. My children do not communicate with me, I have never seen or touched any of my four grand daughters. I have lost all of my material wealth and I have lost almost every friend that I had. But, now I know who Jesus Christ is! He came into my cell and forgave me of my sins and he has set me free, inside. - D.E., PHd.
Keep your nose clean an don’t take no wooden nickels! Keep you head above the water the suns gonna shine tomorrow! - T.T
When I tried to hang myself in county jail, and I told God to let me die, He did. I really died that day, and I never realized it. The old is gone and the new is working every day. When I got your book I just couldn’t put it down. I still have a lot of bitterness, loneliness and heartache. But I’m dealing with it through the Lord. - W.A.
I have a friend who came across the book, Journey to Freedom, here at Indio County Jail. Well, my friend reads to 11 of us every night, and we’d love to have a copy of our own. We really enjoy your book…. Thank you for your willingness to send such a wonderful and blessed book at your expense, to others. May the Lord smile on you always. - A.D.
“Journey to Freedom” will help our women to re-connect with God during the difficult time in their lives. – Sister Hilda Alfaro, Century Regional Detention Facility, Lynwood, CA
I am seldom very impressed by what I read, but “Journey to Freedom” is first-class and God-inspired! I opened the pages and it ‘glowed.’ I am using Dr. Dorst’s book with my ministry to my staff as well as with our inmates. Only God knows what good will come from this book! - Chaplain Wayne Horton, Jim Rudd Unit, Brownfield, TX
“Journey to Freedom” is a well-lit path of hope for anyone who is struggling with feeling abandoned by God. Dr. Dorst’s words provide important keys to unlocking the inner chains of shame and guilt. This book is clear, concrete, non-judgmental and firmly rooted in the wisdom of Scripture. I love this book! - Chaplain Dave Robinson, Elmwood Prison, Milpitas, CA
I wish Journey to Freedom had been written when I was serving as a correctional chaplain. It would have been a big help in my ministry, giving practical help for prisoners who want to make real changes in their lives. Over the years I would have given out thousands of copies as guide and encouragement for those seeking forgiveness and a new beginning. I believe that most inmates really want to change but often can’t admit it even to themselves. They need to know that God cares and that we care. This book is not only for inmates but for anyone who wants to make real changes in their lives. - Rev. Chuck Walker, retired correctional chaplain who served in correctional facilities in Santa Clara, California, for 23 years
I find Journey to Freedom simple to read and it easily brings you to its purpose in each chapter. I appreciate "My Action Step" at the conclusion of each daily reading. - Commissioner Bill Luttrell, Divisional Commander Retired, The Salvation Army, San Diego, CA
This book is excellent! Its message is important to prisoners but also to those in halfway houses and on probabion, because they are reminded almost daily that they have failed. For those in recovery, Journey to Freedom reinforces the comforting reality that imiperfection and spirituality can indeed c-exist. - Tom R., ex-inmate and recovering alcoholic
Journey to Freedom has been a real help to me. I had something big come down in my life while I was reading this book, and the messages really helped me to stay on track. Especially the ones on forgiveness. - Daryll N., ex-prison inmate and recovering addict (27 years)
Coming from an abusive family, I grew up in anger, with poor self-image (masked by arrogance) and ignorant as to how to make friends. I isolated myself and became addicted to pornography. This ruined a big part of my life. This book has helped me to shake this horrible addiction, cauterizing past hurts, developing faith in myself and enabling me to develop really satisfying relationships. It also helped bring me to God. - Bill S., Ph.D., New York City
Dr. Dorst has discovered a format that will resonate with readers: real.life stories and reflection (taking time to absorb and think about what was just read); My Action Step (personalizing the message); God’s Encouraging Word (I’m a big fan of encouragement!); and Prayer (connecting with God). Journey to Freedom is very readable. The stories easily hold one’s attention. It is written for everyone! For staff and volunteers to use this in a prison setting, each one (including myself) can relate to the life.changing and important values that are being instilled. It levels the playing field! I realize it was written especially for those in prison and those suffering from addictions, but it is for us all. - Rev. Sadie Pounder, associate pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster, PA, Chaplain at a men's state prison in PA; and author of Prison Theology: A Theology of Liberation, Hope and Justice (Dialog Fall 2008)
Journey to Freedom is a well lit path of hope for anyone who is struggling with feeling abandoned by God. Dr. Dorst’s words provide important keys to unlocking the inner chains of shame and guilt. This book is clear, concrete, non.judgmental and firmly rooted in the wisdom of Scripture. I love this book! We have just ordered 1,000 copies for use within our jails. – Chaplain Dave Robinson, Elmwood Prison, Milpitas, CA