This book was given out free at the AFLC Conference. My husband and I took a copy, and he has written this review.
In Matthew 25 Jesus speaks of the last judgment when all people will be divided into
sheep (those being saved) and the goats (those who are not saved). In that discussion
the Lord lists things which were done to Him, He was fed and clothed and visited by
those He calls sheep. They respond they don’t remember doing things to Him, but He
says whenever you do it to the least of these, you do it to me. The goats are told their
failure to do these things was their downfall. One of the things Jesus mentions is
visiting “Him” in prison.
It safe to say that not many people feel called to minister to those who are incarcerated
for their crimes. And that’s alright, not everyone is called to do everything. But if
you have felt a tug toward ministry to prisoners, or if you’d like to learn something about
what it entails, I recommend you read a book called Unexpected Harvest by AFLC
pastor Scott Stroud. If God is calling you to this ministry, he gives valuable advice on
how to navigate all of the streams involved from relationships with guards, to rules set
by prisons, to dealing with the special need of prisoners for a relationship with Jesus. If
you simply want to know more about it, Stroud gives information that might open your
eyes to a ministry seldom viewed or discussed by most Christians.
An engaging writer, Stroud using farming as an analogical tool for understanding prison
and jail ministry. It’s interesting, even if you know little to nothing about farming. The
author also uses Scripture frequently and appropriately to show how this evangelistic
ministry should be formed and guided by the Word of God. It would be a good
candidate for a small group study or for a men’s group. Who knows how God might use
it to open up a ministry prepared beforehand for someone to walk in. (Eph.2:10)
This book is available through Amazon both for the Kindle or as a paperback. You can
also order it through the Evangelism and Discipleship Dept. of the AFLC at 3110 East
Medicine Lake Blvd., Plymouth, MN. 55441.
For more book reviews see these posts:
Faith In God by Kevin McFadden –Book Review
The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt–Book Review
Christ-Centered Conflict Resolution by Tony Merida–Book Review