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Publisher's Summary

The inspiring, instructive, and ultimately triumphant memoir of a man who used hard work and a Master Plan to turn a life sentence into a second chance.

Growing up in a tough Washington, D.C., neighborhood, Chris Wilson was so afraid for his life he wouldn't leave the house without a gun. One night, defending himself, he killed a man. At 18, he was sentenced to life in prison with no hope of parole.

But what should have been the end of his story became the beginning. Deciding to make something of his life, Chris embarked on a journey of self-improvement - reading, working out, learning languages, even starting a business. He wrote his Master Plan: a list of all he expected to accomplish or acquire. He worked his plan every day for years, and in his mid-30s he did the impossible: he convinced a judge to reduce his sentence and became a free man. Today Chris is a successful social entrepreneur who employs returning citizens; a mentor; and a public speaker. He is the embodiment of second chances, and this is his unforgettable story.

©2019 Chris Wilson (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Inspiring without being preachy, Wilson’s manifesto will greatly appeal to today’s youth." (Publishers Weekly)

“Uplifting... Wilson candidly shares the eye-opening details of his time in prison with a prose style that moves with directness and refreshingly unfettered honesty... A smoothly written memoir steeped in positive reinforcement and hope for the future.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Truly inspiring... Wilson engagingly tells his riveting story while also exposing corrupt justice practices... Highly recommended [for] anyone who loves an uplifting life story.” (Booklist)

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Bubble burster

If you want to get out of your bubble, and do your part to correct our system, read this book

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"Read books that feed your soul."

Chris' ' story is absolutely incredible! I'm an avid reader so I read a lot of books. Typically I'll read during my morning commute or listen to audiobooks while working throughout the day. I can definitively say that The Master Plan has become one of my top 5 favorites. I've already recommended it to friends and look forward to gifting it during the holiday season.

The Master Plan is extremely engrossing, inspiring and enlightening. I can't say enough about it! Chris Wilson's story is a perfect example of what can happen when you don't paint members of a particular group with the same brush. If you're willing to listen and look without prejudice it may change the way you view the criminal justice system or individuals who commit crimes. In fact, I think it should be required reading for every judge, attorney and anyone working within the department of corrections.

If anyone is looking for a good follow-up read check out A Stone of Hope by Jim St. Germain

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Study, read, & rise!

This is one of the most remarkable journeys I have ever read. Chris Wilson tells his story with honesty & inspires the reader regardless of his or her personal trials. I’m not sure I’ve known anyone to study & read as much as described by Chris. His focus, determination, and undying discipline is at a level that amazes. This man literally fought for his life multiple times and rose higher and higher with each setback. From taking a life to changing lives, Chris is an inspiration to those inside and free. You will undoubtedly be moved and more importantly be a better person after reading this title.

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Blew me away!

Chris blew me away with his story of growing up in tough circumstances. I laughed at times and I cried at times but mostly I was inspired by this young man’s story. He took hard times and made something good from them, which I cannot express how much I admire him for. He sets an example for all of us to follow! Thank you Chris!!!

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The Fredrick Douglass biography of 2019

Dope!

We’re use to hearing from the streets in rap music, slam poetry or through film. Chris has given the streets a literary voice.

We read the Fredrick Douglass biography to understand the plight of enslaved Africans in America.

The Masterplan provides the same insight to black youth in America.

Thanks for this jewel.

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Forever changed

In each stage throughout the book I was moved in so many ways...
In some instances the familiarity of the dynamics of the culture of being black in America touched my soul; both the good and the bad. But as Chris tells his experiences my determination is stirred...not just a good read a significant and meaningful one...I’m forever changed!

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The best book I ever read

This was truly one of the best books I've ever read in my life. His story has to be told. very inspiring and motivational.

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Be Moved

I heard Chris speak on IDEO’s Creative Confidence podcast, bought the hard copy of this book and then the audiobook once I learned he narrates it. I am so moved and will listen to his story again! What a great soul and light in this world. Thank you for being you.

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WOW! Intriguing, Purposeful

This is one of the best biographies I have read/ listened to in a while. As someone who grew up in Temple Hills & has worked in the Criminal Justice System this book was passionate, well put together & evidence that God has a Master Plan for each of our lives. This is book for me also tells the story of forgiveness, perseverance & living a life with purpose no matter what we encounter.

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Raw Emotion and Tough Resilience

Hearing Chris' voice and the raw emotion in telling his life story is hard to not breakdown in tears but his courage, intellect, and sheer determination is awe inspiring. I hope more people will read, listen and pay attention to the human experience.