I use Bookmooch to recycle and get used books. It’s a pretty cool way to get free books and even donate books to charity. This past weekend one of the books I have listed was “mooched” by a prison ministry. I read about the ministry and was convicted about sending some of my books to them.
You can send the books to:
Prison Book Program
C/O Marlene Cook
1306 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169
It’s a great ministry that fills a tremendous need…According to an article I read today,
A recent report by the Pew Center on the Statesâ€™ Public Safety Performance Project, stated that for the first time in history more than 1 percent of adults in the United States â€” one in 99.1 persons is held in jail or prison. Also, As reported in the May/June issue of Correctional News, the United States leads the world in the number of inmates per capita, with 750 inmates per 100,000 residents, according to the Pew report. During 2007, the U.S. prison population increased by more than 25,000 inmates to almost 1.6 million inmates, and local jails throughout the United States held 723,131 inmates at the end of 2007.
Prison Fellowship provides the following rationale for Christians to minister to prisoners:
God, unlike the world, has always chosen to identify closest with those who are isolated and broken. â€œFor I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison, and you came to visit me . . . I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for meâ€ (Matthew 25:35-36, 40).
I know that I also have a lot of atheist readers. Feel free to send books to the above address because it’s a good thing!