Monthly Archives: February 2019

New book investigates wrongful convictions and innocent Americans on death row

FAITH NEWSWIRE The Deprived: Innocent on Death Row’ by Steffen Hou describes how thousands of Americans are convicted of crimes they never committed. Many of them end up on death row where inmates have been executed despite their innocence.

The Deprived—Innocent on Death Row tells the dramatic stories of the innocent death row inmates and describes the murder cases that led to their wrongful convictions.

The book also describes what ultimately set them free and how they struggle to restore life after prison.

The Deprived—Innocent on Death Row also investigates what leads to wrongful convictions in the U.S. and who’s most likely to be incarcerated for a crime they never committed.

The book is based on interviews with ten Americans who have all been affected by wrongful convictions and the death penalty.

Sonia “Sunny” Jacobs tells what it is like to be a woman on death row and how she reacted when her husband was wrongfully executed.

Derrick Jamison tells what it feels like to be scheduled to die in 90 minutes and why he accuses law enforcement officers of killing his mother.

Damon Thibodeaux tells what it feels like when even relatives believe you are a cold-blooded killer.

Kwame Ajamu tells what it feels like to be put in the death house as a teenager and be deprived the chance of having children.

Randy Gardner tells what it did to him when a firing squad executed his brother and why he fights to abolish the death penalty.

Herman Lindsey tells why he is still labeled a murderer even after being exonerated.

Ronnie Sandoval tells what it is like when your teenage son is the victim of a wrongful conviction and how she lost him twice.

Magdaleno “Leno” Rose-Avilá tells why his own past as a violent gang member turned him into a human activist.

Marietta Jaeger tells why she forgave her seven-year-old daughter’s serial killer and fought for him not to be sentenced to death.

Nick Yarris tells what life is like on death row when Ted Bundy is in the cell next to you, how you survive the violence in prison without becoming a monster yourself.

Paperback: 218 pages
Publisher: BookBaby
Language: English
ISBN-10: 154395507X
Sold through 170 online retailers worldwide

About the author:

Steffen Hou is a Danish author (born 1975). He has a background as a journalist and he has previously written about topics such as ‘Human Trafficking’ and ‘The White Supremacy Movement in America’. He is also a filmmaker.

Contact for interview, further information or if you would like to publish excerpt of book:

Steffen Hou: +45 4081 3196
steffen.hou@houmedia.dk
www.steffenhou.com

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The history of Christian music, compiled into one book

FAITH NEWSWIRE – If you’ve ever wanted to understand where Christian music originated from, then this is the perfect book for you.

Let the People Rejoice: An Interactive history of Christian Music is a remarkable book that has been put together by Mike Spencer, a New Zealander who now resides in Australia.

“I always wanted to tell the story of Christian music, so I jumped at the opportunity to lecture on the subject in my local church in New Zealand,” stated Mike. “Five years and 24 lectures later, I was still going strong! At that stage, I moved to Australia and concentrated on promoting my landmark Australian history book, One People, One Destiny: A Christian History of Australia. However, I felt that I shouldn’t waste all the research that I had done, so I started collating it into book form. Several years later, Let the People Rejoice is the end product of my endeavours.

“Because music is such a vital expression of our Christian faith, it has proved very controversial over the ages. Churches and congregations have often found it difficult to accept new forms and expressions of worship. This has culminated in the so-called ‘worship wars’ of recent years.

In personally growing up singing hymns and Gospel choruses, Mike passionately believed that worship leaders should be able to choose from the whole heritage of Christian music, and not just part of it.

“The book’s title comes from the Fanny Crosby song ‘To God Be the Glory,’ he continued. I use the word ‘Interactive’ in the title because I want readers to actually experience the music they are reading about. Music is by nature participative, so for that reason, I encourage readers to either access video clips of songs and musicians, or sing the songs for themselves.

“In this book, I delve into the history of music in the church, from Bible times right through to the present day. I look at the relationship between music and some of the great events in church history and examine the lives of some of the men and women of God who have contributed to our rich musical heritage.”

An extraordinary read for music lovers everywhere, Let the People Rejoice is now available globally.

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