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What if you were only known for the worst thing you've ever done?

For millions of Americans, this isn't just a hypothetical nightmare. Not only does the United States have the highest rate of incarceration in the world, it also makes certain that the stigma of a felony conviction follows people who have already served their time.

After she came to understand both the frustrations and untapped potential of the incarcerated, Catherine Hoke founded Defy Ventures, a revolutionary organization devoted to transforming the lives of people both inside and outside prison walls. A Second Chance is the story of how Defy came to be and how it works to heal families, break the cycle of mass incarceration, and create jobs - as well as how all of us can help in our own way.

Part memoir, part chronicle of Defy's community-building efforts, this unabridged audiobook follows one woman's vision and her relentless effort to make it real. By sharing her sometimes difficult personal story and those of the people she serves, Cat helps us understand why Defy is necessary, how to persevere in the face of daunting odds, and what it means to lead from within. For anyone who wants to create positive social change from the ground up, A Second Chance presents a wealth of pointers and inspiring, teachable stories.

A Second Chance is about coming together in community to build life anew - a story of painful changes, fresh starts, forgiveness, reckoning with shame, and the power of possibility. Life shouldn't be defined by our mistakes. After all, doesn't everyone deserve a second chance?

©2018 Catherine Hoke (P)2018 Sounds True

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Excellent!

Catherine Hoke is the real deal. Reading through A Second Chance made my blood flow! The work that she does is incredible and I love how she will fight for Americas most unseen underdog, the incarcerated. Not only was this an account into her work, educating and empowering incarcerated "entrepreneur's in training", or EIT's, I felt like it was therapy in a book for myself as well. Catherine, if you come to Arizona I would follow you into a prison as a volunteer in a heartbeat!

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Most of us slip and fall, some harder and farther than others but we all want to look up.

This is a great story of redemption and also the story of hope. Even in a justice system riddled with injustice we can find rays of light that penetrates even the deepest cells.

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Inspirational

Few stories invoke such emotion, it's nothing short of inspiring how even our worst mistakes can bring about enormous change. Having the audible book read by the author only intensifies the message of hope and allows the listener to feel the passion behind the mission.

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VULNERABLE & INSPIRATIONAL!

Great book, provocative, authentic & interesting. i like that the real author was also the narrator.

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  • 04-06-18

Amazing - Highly Recommend!

This book is amazing and I have never heard anyone share their story in such a real and genuine way. I heard Cat Hoke’s podcast on Tim Ferris and was interested in learning more about Defy Ventures. While the book gives insight into what Defy does and the amazing transformations they facilitate, I did not anticipate the self-help and challenges the book puts forth. It made me think about things in a new way and gave actionable things to do in your own life. I would recommend this book to anyone!

I also think Ms. Hoke did a fantastic job of reading the book. You can feel her heartfelt emotions each step of the way and there was nothing she held back.

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The results are worth the pain

I struggled to get all the way through this audio presentation because the style of presenting grated a bit on me. There is a bit too much drama and emotion for my tastes. The layout of content is a bit jumbled as well.

Having said that, they courage to share her story and the importance of what Defy is doing is critical in America. Her capacity to make a difference in the world is awesome. Her commitment to her "generous hustle" is something we all need. Our results will be worth the pain.

Cat, Thank you for doing what you do. While you are not a professional book reader, you are a professional at making the world a better place. That's way better.

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Amen

A beautiful life changing book that encourages you to look inward and find as well as give forgiveness!

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Thank you for sharing

Thank you for sharing your story thank you for the time you put into caring for others. I know your book will reach many many people and your work will continue to benefit the world. I look forward to working with the Defy in the future and I hope I get to see you speak at Willow Creek leadership summit at some point.

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A Seth Godin Protégée, Cat Hoke Makes a Wonderful Ruckus

Defy! Cat’s program, is a brilliant example of how it’s possible to love people to wholeness. You need not have been incarcerated to find redemption through her program. Merely being human, imperfect, fallible, mistake-making, and still worthy. Hard love, unflinching honesty, and buckets of generosity is what she’s peddling. If we choose to accept her story and her gifts, we can change ourselves and the world. Not hyperbole.

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Inspiring

A must absorb for ANYONE who's ever felt 'unworthy' , very strong & inspirational story¡