Grace Behind Bars shares the true and dramatic account of how Bo Mitchell, businessman and chaplain for the Denver Nuggets, inexplicably ended up in federal prison only to find God's true freedom behind bars. Ironically, it's in a six-by-nine-foot cell that God begins to free this driven Christian leader from his prison of performance and success. In the end, Bo realizes that God's love is a gift, not something he must earn.
But there's more to the story: Just before Bo enters prison, his wife, Gari, becomes incapacitated by a brain illness and enters her own prison of clinical depression.
Readers will see how the couple struggled together as their world fell apart, yet ultimately grew closer to each other and God behind the bars of their trials. This story will not only inspire and encourage readers, it will show them how they, too, can find spiritual freedom in life's "prisons" if they choose to see God's hand in their lives.
- Bo & Gari Mitchell
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Bo Mitchell graciously gave me a copy after learning I was suffering from the drug-induced death of my 28 year old daughter. The book reveals that , although our situations were different, life's challenges are almost identical. His struggles with shame, pride and remorse were just like mine.
Not only did this book address many of the struggles I've been going through but the story line was gripping! Bo wrote it in such a way that you could not put it down.
A must read.
Graduating high school with the Class Cut-Up,, Most Popular and Best Personality, no one expected the events God had in store for Bo (or Dudley as we knew him) Mitchell. In class reunions we learned some of his story and success, but Grace Behind Bars now fills in the blanks of 50- plus years. The book hits close to home. Not my school home, hot the home I grew up in, not at "homecoming" events, but a home in heaven being built by the builder of the universe, a carpenter who had no earthly permanent address.
Anticipating renewed friendships at class reunions also brings anxiety over old grudges, fights and misunderstandings, but none like the turmoil Bo and Gari went through. Reunions don't reconcile everything; disputes and injustices we thought forgotten get dredged up. Bo and Gari's sifting teach me not to fear a heavenly reunion, when despite my shortcomings, all is forgiven! I can share blessings one on one with the poor and the famous alike. That is unmerited favor, God's free gift, nothing we can earn, but pure Grace.