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Free Cyntoia

My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System
Narrated by: Cyntoia Brown-Long
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
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At the age of 16, Cyntoia Brown, a victim of sex trafficking, was arrested for killing a man who had picked her up for sex. Two years later, she was sentenced to life in prison.

In this audiobook, written over the 15 years she was incarcerated, Cyntoia shares her most intimate experiences as an inmate.

A coming-of-age memoir set against the shocking backdrop of a life behind bars, Free Cyntoia takes you on a spiritual journey as Cyntoia struggles to overcome a legacy of family addiction and a lifetime of feeling ostracized and abandoned by society.

Born to a teenage alcoholic mother who was also a victim of sex trafficking, Brown reflects on the isolation, low self-esteem, and sense of alienation that drove her straight into the hands of a predator.

Though she attempts to build a positive path and honor the values her beloved adoptive mother taught her, Cyntoia succumbs to harmful influences that drive her to a cycle of promise and despair. After a fateful meeting with a prison educator turned mentor, Cyntoia makes the pivotal decision to take classes at Lipscomb University and strive for a better future, even if she’s never freed.

For the first time ever, Cyntoia shares the details of her transformation, including a profound encounter with God, an unlikely romance, and an unprecedented outpouring of support from social media advocates and A-list celebrities, which ultimately lead to clemency and her release from prison.

Giving a rare look at the power of love, forgiveness, and self-discovery in the darkest of places, Free Cyntoia is a deeply personal portrait of one woman’s journey for redemption within a system that had failed her from childhood.

Author Bio:

Cyntoia Brown-Long was sentenced to life in prison for killing a 43-year-old man after he bought her for sex when she was only 16 years old. In January 2019, after she served nearly 15 years at Tennessee Prison for Women, Tennessee governor Bill Halsam granted her full clemency. During her time in prison, Cyntoia earned an associate’s and a bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb University, a prestigious Christian institution. She also counseled other inmates and started the GLITTER (Grassroots Learning Initiative on Teen Trafficking, Exploitation, and Rape) Project. After her release in August 2019, she hopes to be a voice for justice and victims of sexual violence, and looks forward to starting her life as a recently married woman.

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Amazing!

In my professional life I work with justice-involved individuals so Mrs. Brown-Long story is all too familiar to me. This was such a good read and story of my two favorite things that God grants us Grace and Mercy.

Although it was a serious story it still had moments of humor which I enjoyed. Again, really good story.

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Excellent!!!

Cyntoia Brown-Long gives her account of her life and how she was trafficked for sex but had no idea what she had been put through truly until after she was already sentenced to life in prison after killing a man who sought out to abuse her when she was 16 years old. She had been called a "teen prostitute" instead of a trafficking victim. She tells about her time in prison, how she worked hard to get a degree, found Jesus, found love, and was given freedom! What a captivating story and amazing journey! I am glad that her book came out so quickly too after her freedom, so I could learn more about her life. It is crazy to think how many petitions were signed for this to happen, and she totally deserved it!

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Free Cyntoia

Amazing story of redemption. Hearing her voice reading her words was wonderful. First time listening to a book and felt every word Cyntoia was saying...peace and blessings to her and her family.

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To God be the Glory

This book is absolutely one of the most inspirational and faith filled books I’ve read.
Through Cyntoia’s testimony, I saw my own similar experiences. Her faith walk increased my faith. May God continue to lead her life as an example of his mercy, grace and greatness.

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I'm amazed and appretiate that Cyntoia wrote and did the audio for her book soon after her release. Congratulations you're home now.

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Awesome

This book was so amazing! From beginning to end! I highly recommend it! Cyntoia’s testimony was breathtaking!!! Glory to God!

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God is FAITHFUL and TRUE!

This book has increased my faith even more. Thank you Cyntoia for going where no one else could! Continue to give God The Glory!

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Very well done!

Thank you Cyntoia for allowing us to hear your story! This is so much needed in the world for little girls who are in certain life situations. I signed your petition and preordered this book as soon as it was available to do so! I wish you many blessings and happiness as you continue to following GOD’S journey for you! Blessings QUEEN!

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Amazing!!!

I loved it! So powerful to hear everything she has been through and to hear the strength and support she has now. I am glad she is able to fight against the criminal justice system to help others!!

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Best Memoir

Cyntoia's story is genuine & transparent. Her story is what most young women experience. I commend her for renewing her faith in God and rehabilitating herself to help other young women who may be experiencing similar circumstances.

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Amazing

Loved it. Brilliant must read book. Captivating and triumphant!!! Sad also but so inspiring