Have you ever been at the end of your rope?
Have you ever felt the bottom fall out of your life?
Have you ever felt completely and utterly hopeless?
Have you ever felt rejected by this world–sometimes even by the very people who are supposed to love you?
Have you ever done something so horrible that the biggest punishment there seems to be is simply having to live with the knowledge that you did it?
Have you ever wondered what’s the point of this confusing and often painful life?
If you answered yes to any of these, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. So did Louis Dooley. This is his story. It will resonate with you, make you uncomfortable, shock you, make you laugh and cry, but in the end it will give you hope.
Louis Dooley was a young man who found himself imprisoned with a life sentence for theft and attempted murder. Through a miraculous turn of events, Louis received Jesus Christ in prison and recognized he had new life in Christ. Today, Louis is a free man providing pastoral counsel to current inmates, in hopes of the gospel setting them free.
Heidi Gruber O’Very is a writer and home educator who first met Louis while working as a VIC (Volunteer in Corrections) at Potosi Correctional Center where she helped with Bible studies as well as taught some creative writing courses. She continues to be a VIC, and has remained friends with Louis since his release. She lives with her husband, Dan, and their four children in St. Louis, Missouri.