I met the author by chance looking at his art work. Speaking to him he talked about his book. My husband bought the book for me and the next day when I started reading it I could not put it down! Not being a very religious person I thought it might put me off but I am happy to say it did not. What really pulled me in was his very open view to his family life. I will be recommending this book to my book club!
Reverend Larriba has given a personal tour of his spiritual journey from struggling addict and prison inmate to forging his path toward being a better person, father and husband. This book gives a ray of hope to an inmate or to someone feeling imprisoned by a life of bad decisions and addiction. This book can prove to be a great spiritual tool in the recovery of someone broken and battered by life.
The privilege of reading the author's testimony to God's amazing love and life direction has been inspiring. Finding ourselves in the mud, in the pit and crying out to God for help, this witness shares how God hears us, He wants the best for us; nothing is impossible for God and through Him, we are given the strength and hope of God's promise to prosper us. There is nothing, even the bars of a jail cell, that can separate us from God, who loves and cares for us and promises to never leave or forsake us. We have to do our part, we have to come to God with a humble heart, repentive and prepared for the path God has already designed for us. I loved how the Reverend Joaquin tells us right from the start, to take ourselves out of the equation for it is in listening to our selfish needs that have brought us into sin. There is redemption, caring, love, mercy and grace from Jesus if we'll just come to him. Best book I've read since the bible.
In a time full of hate speech, double talk and plausible deniability, it is refreshing to hear from someone who walks the walk and talks the talk. Reverend Larriba has been in the belly of the beast and has emerged to share his redemption story. This book is about hard-learned lessons from a humble and contrite soul. Reverend Larriba genuinely wants to share what he has learned with his fellow man... with Christian love and an authentic voice. This is a wonderful book with a wonderful message for all!
Rev. Larriba speaks from his heart, and this transparent account of his life and Christ's rescue will inspire and encourage those who are suffering today. Whether you find yourself in a mire of your own making, or whether your heart is breaking for someone you love, this book may very well help you turn that all-important corner toward healing and restoration in Christ. MUST READ!