Helpful and Encouraging Resources for Prisoners
The man who suffered betrayal, mockery and death was Jesus Christ. Even before He created the world, it was God’s plan for His Son, Jesus, to come to earth, live as a man—experiencing all the pain, emotions, and temptations that we do—and then die a horrible death. But why would God send His own Son to suffer and die? How could this apparently total failure be part of the plan?
Family and Parenting Matters
Education is critical to a child’s success in life. Here are four ways incarcerated fathers can help with their children’s education.
A list of ideas for prisoners on how to address the pain of separation from their children during incarceration.
It’s amazing how feelings show unmistakably on the faces of young children. They don’t mask what’s on their minds. Their facial expressions clearly reflect what’s going on in their hearts. That’s not the case for most men. Masking emotions doesn’t help build healthy relationships—especially with our children. And when our facial expressions keep people out of our lives, we’ve got a problem.
When it comes to prison visitation, there is something I call “visiting room sabotage.” It’s that thing that happens when you were hoping for a good visit and it suddenly goes south. It’s when, by the close of the event, both parties wind up hurt and angry and later feel guilty for sabotaging their own visit.
Totally Fun Tests
FOR DADS AND CHILDREN A cool tool to help you know your kids better.
FOR DADS AND TEENS A cool tool to help you know your kids better.
FOR MOMS AND CHILDREN A cool tool to help you know your kids better.
FOR MOMS AND TEENS A cool tool to help you know your kids better.
Prison Life Matters
A list of ideas inspired by prisoners across the country who have found ways to make the season brighter.
Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus. He is the greatest gift we could ever receive!
Even behind bars, you can be your own best advocate. Your mindset is the single greatest factor in whether you do your time or use your time.
Of the 23 million veterans in the United States today, an estimated 140,000 are in prison or jail. And many veterans—imprisoned or not—are unaware of the help available to them. Did you know that in recent years, Congress has expanded many benefits for veterans, including disability, pensions, and health care, while easing eligibility requirements?
Picking a college, earning credits, and affording higher education while in prison.
Managing family finances, living without credit, and other financial matters.
Emotional and Spiritual Matters
The Bible is the ultimate source of encouragement and as such can give hope to those facing the challenges and consequences of crime and incarceration.
A former inmate said anger is the only acceptable emotion in prison. There are many reasons to be angry behind bars: loss of freedom, disrespect from fellow inmates, and so-called friends and family that have vanished. In contrast, what the Bible says about anger seems strange. Ephesians 4:31 says, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger … be put away from you, along with all malice.”
Confronting anger and changing destructive thought patterns.
Dealing with loneliness and learning how to reach out to other prisoners.
There is hope for those who have committed a sex crime.
Dealing with a tragic family background, overcoming temptation, and more.
Understanding the battle with sex. Adopted from Waylon Ward’s Sex Matters: Men Winning the Battle.
Learn more about depression and how you can find comfort in dark times.
Sexual abuse is an uncomfortable topic, but it happens all too often—affecting girls, boys, women, and men alike. Despite the tough facades they may put up, a disproportionate number of prisoners know this firsthand. As a volunteer, you may come into contact with an inmate who discloses painful details of past sexual abuse. Unresolved, that pain will continue to drive the inmate into destructive behaviors. Though you may not have a background in counseling, you can help direct a prisoner toward healing.
Your incarcerated relative or friend is facing daily physical and spiritual perils. This unique daily Christian survival guide will show them how they can receive God’s full pardon, forgiveness, and acceptance, along with a new identity as a loved son of the Father, a positive sense of purpose and expectation, and will show how to repulse the spiritual and emotional assaults of the enemy.
Developed in conjunction with Prison Fellowship, this low-cost, large print NIrV Free on the Inside Large Print Bible is a powerful tool for prison ministry. With a softcover binding, personal testimonies, additional study helps, and the easy-to-read and understand text of the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV), Bible study in prison ministries will be even more insightful.
By Zach Sewell
Each chapter in this book explores the story of a different person in the Bible who was imprisoned, and considers the unique way that God was at work in their situation. The purpose of this book is to encourage people who are currently incarcerated by showing them how God has worked through the difficult situation of imprisonment many times before.