Loving You, Thinking of You, Don't Forget to Pray: Letters to My Son in Prison

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Author: Jackson, Jacqueline L.

Brand: Arcade

Number Of Pages: 264

Release Date: 05-02-2019

Details: Product Description From Jacqueline Jackson, wife of Jesse Jackson, role model, and civil rights veteran, comes an inspiring gift of love to a child in his darkest hour—and a lesson to everyone who has been touched by the scourge of mass incarceration. Jacqueline Jackson promised her son, Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr., that she would write him every day during his incarceration in prison while he served his thirty-month sentence. This book is an inspiring and moving selection of the letters she wrote him. Together, they comprise a powerful act of love—nurturing and ministering to her son's heart, health, and mind and maintaining his essential connection with home. Frank, anecdotal, imbued with faith, and sometimes humorous, they offer intimate details from the family’s daily life, along with news of friends and the community and glimpses of such figures as Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, and Mayor Marion Barry. They also touch eloquently on issues of social justice, politics, and history, as when Mrs. Jackson recalls growing up in Jim Crow Florida, and they reflect the qualities, instilled by her own mother, that made her a role model for much of her life. Ultimately, these letters offer a blueprint for why we have to support our families not just as they elevate but when they fall. This collection is Mrs. Jackson's contribution to healing during a time when our prisons are full and our communities are suffering. She provides the road map for ensuring that the individuals serving sentences understand that prison is where they are, not who they are and for helping them sustain the courage to keep hope alive. Review “Brilliantly simple and deceptively complex. This debut literary work is one of service, love, leadership, and hope.”—Publishers Weekly. "A powerful act of love. . . . While we wait on reform and seek corrective actions, [Jackson] provides the road map for ensuring that anyone incarcerated understands that prison is where they are, not who they are, and for helping them sustain the courage to Keep Hope Alive!” —Triangle Tribune “Inspiring and moving.” —Spectacular Magazine “There is power, life and healing in words sent or spoken to those who need them. I was touched by how the unconditional love and sweet forgiveness of this mother went on to bless her son and those around him.” —Jackie Davis, Lockport Journal "The letters in  Loving You consist of some of everything—disappointment, wisdom, humor, strength, encouragement, correction, and a fierce love for her son that only another mother can understand. . . . o one who reads this book will be left untouched." —Marilyn K. Howard, PhD, Columbia Free Press “In words that moved me to tears and made me laugh, Mrs. Jacqueline Jackson’s love for her son, Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., comes through every page. . . . A mother’s love written from the heart inspires us to live each day with grace.”— Donna Brazile, Former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee “The immeasurable love and grace that Mrs. Jackson exhibits through her letters to her eldest son Jesse is the same love and grace she has shown to young men and women around the country. . . . These letters of love, forgiveness, redemption, and second chances are a must-read. This book is a must-read.”— Minyon Moore, Former Director of White House Political Affairs for President Bill Clinton “One of the crippling impacts of mass incarceration in this nation is the disconnect that families suffer. And in order for one to recover, whether they are justifiably incarcerated or not, they must keep that connection with their home and with their foundation that can restore them and connect them to their basic life and who they are. For Mrs. Jacqueline Jackson, such a prominent woman, to expose to the world her most intimate and painstaking letters to her son, is an example of how we must fight against our own pain and empower ourselves with an unbreakable connection until one gets home and u

EAN: 9781948924320

Languages: English

Binding: Hardcover

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