One woman's fight to provide hope for the hopeless...
Seven ex-cons who changed her heart forever...
For Brenda Spahn, entrepreneur and businesswoman, wealth was a lifestyle - until a brush with the law threatened to send her to prison. In those dark moments, Brenda made a promise to God.
Spared incarceration, a renewed Brenda glimpsed into the lives of women serving time in one of the worst places in America - the JuliaTutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama. What she saw prompted a God-inspired vision.
With a heart to help and a will that couldn't be crushed, Brenda fought the system and overcame tremendous obstacles to take ex-cons into her home and help them navigate the alien world of life on the outside.
This is the story of Brenda's journey from rags to riches to redemption. It's the story of the first unlikely year of her "Whole Way House" and of the extraordinary lives of the first seven women who came to call her "Miss Brenda". It's a story that testifies to the power of faith and how God changes hearts every day.
©2014 Brenda Spahn and Irene Zutell (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks
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"Grace, God . . . and Giving Back"
I was so happy to find this book about the Loveladies. Our women's ministry at church collects little "goodies" for the Loveladies each year for their Christmas luncheon, so that each can have a little package at their table, just for them. You see, our church is in North Alabama, about an hour and a half from Birmingham, where the Loveladies Ministry is. Some of our own women have gone to the program there, which is now open to women suffering from abuse, addiction, and other trauma, not just parolees. I had to laugh at some of the reviews, which were skeptical about Miss Brenda . . . and her tax business, arrest and her husband's bankruptcy . . . there but for the grace of God go we . . . she put it all out there, not hiding a thing . . . so if people want to judge, then let them . . . and let them hang their own dirty panties out on the line for all to see . . . I am so very thankful that we serve a God that is NOT like that, for we'd all be doomed . . . doomed to fail . . . doomed to depression . . . doomed to being alone . . . and doomed to HELL . . . thank you, Jesus . . . for your mercy and grace . . . I laughed and cried during this book . . . nothing was hidden, it was all laid bare, and I think that's what it takes . . . otherwise it can't be fully cleansed out of our systems . . . thank you, Miss Brenda for being real with these women . . . and with all of us . . . BRAVO!!! This is a book for everyone to listen to . . . and then feel JOY!
"Just touched my heart deeply."
amazing how God calls us-even when it doesn't seem to include our family or what we are accustomed to. Love that Brenda's family finally all seem to have fallen in love with what she does!
"Listened to it all in one long evening!"
This story is so full of knowledge that I haven't known or understood. I was spellbound & haven't spent a evening/night staying up to read a book in a day for at least 20 years. Fabulous story. Something we all should learn & help if we can.
"Such an inspiring read!"
if you're looking for an entertaining and inspirational book, this is it! I was swept away by the story. I found myself challenged to live a life of stronger faith. I view parolees differently now. I better understand the social problems they face. Those who did the reading for this book absolutely brought it to life. I can't imagine reading a paper copy! The voices and energy put into each chapter made it totally come alive. This book is a fantastic read that I highly recommend!
"Exceptional! Highly recommend!"
This book was incredibly heartwarming and inspiring. It made me want to make a difference in my community. The performance was awesome as well!
"Oh, you gotta hear this one!"
Simply, I loved this book. I cried, I laughed out loud, I was amazed and astounded.
I was encouraged.
A great story, well told and the narration was wonderful. I actually would have loved more details than she shared about her thought processes and details on other things, but that's OK. She kept the tone pretty light though dealing with weighty matters. Makes me wonder what God could do through the rest of us, if we'd only listen and be that audacious?
Wonderful book. highly recommend!
I just love this book!!! It made me look at myself, my faith, my views of myself and others. I loved Mrs. Loveladies growth and determination! I want to go and visit!
"GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS!"
What a bittersweet joy! I cried, I laughed, I PRAISED. We all can learn from Miss Brenda and her Whole House Philosophy! Thank you LOVELADYS and God Bless!
While I admittedly rated this high, it simply reflects on the book as presented for entertainment and education. I do, however, withhold any judgment about the author herself in this rating. I find such Christian advocacy suspect and always wonder how exploiting it is, knowingly or not, for personal gain. I also wonder about the authenticity of her argument about no longer being interested in riches or glitz given that photos of her persist in showing a rather less humbly dressed and bejeweled lady than she professes to be now. And those bankruptcies and tax fraud...I don't completely believe all the gloss she paints over her faults.
"Loved this book!"
A true story that leave you feeling good at the end. I'm sorry it's finished.
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