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After Life: My Journey from Incarceration to Freedom

After Life: My Journey from Incarceration to Freedom


After Life: My Journey from Incarceration to Freedom

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4.5/5 (28 valutazioni)
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May 21, 2019
ISBN:
9780062936127
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Foreword by Kim Kardashian West.

The true-life story of the woman whose life sentence for nonviolent drug trafficking was commuted by President Donald Trump thanks to the efforts of Kim Kardashian West — an inspiring memoir of faith, hope, mercy, and gratitude.

How do you hold on to hope after more than 20 years of imprisonment? For Alice Marie Johnson the answer lies with God.

For years, Alice lived a normal life without a criminal record — she was a manager at FedEx, a wife, and a mother. But after an emotionally and financially tumultuous period in her life left her with few options, she turned to crime as a way to pay off her mounting debts. Convicted in 1996 for her nonviolent involvement in a Memphis cocaine-trafficking organization, Alice received a life sentence under the mandatory sentencing laws of the time. Locked behind bars, Alice looked to God. Eventually becoming an ordained minister, she relied on her faith to sustain hope over more than two decades — until 2018, when the president commuted her sentence at the behest of Kim Kardashian West, who had taken up Alice’s cause.

In this honest, faith-driven memoir, Alice explains how she held on to hope and gave it to others, from becoming a playwright to mentoring her fellow prisoners. She reveals how Christianity and her unshakable belief in God helped her persevere and inspired her to share her faith in a video that would go viral — and come to the attention of celebrities who were moved to action.

Today, Alice is an icon for the prison-reform movement and a humble servant who embraces gratitude and God for her freedom. In this powerful audiobook, she recalls all of the firsts she has experienced through her activism and provides an authentic portrait of the crisis that is mass incarceration. Linking social justice to spiritual faith, she makes a persuasive and poignant argument for justice that transcends tribal politics. Her story is a beacon in the darkness of despair, reminding us of the power of redemption and the importance of making second chances count.

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Pubblicato:
May 21, 2019
ISBN:
9780062936127
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Audiolibro

Informazioni sull'autore

Alice Marie Johnson was convicted for nonviolent drug trafficking in Memphis, Tennessee. After serving twenty-one years, her life sentence was commuted by President Donald Trump, with the help of Kim Kardashian West. An ordained minister, mother, and great-grandmother, she looks forward to sharing her inspirational story and the faith that helped her through it.


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  • (5/5)
    This is a powerful, unbelievably well researched book that exposes the contradictions within the Clinton dynasty, although it is so information driven that I could not take it all in without reading it slowly. Still, for ordinary citizens, non-scholars, it shows just how carefully the Clintons, both experienced and knowledgeable lawyers, have skirted the outer edges of our legal and justice system to take advantage of the power they wield within their own party, the Democrats, to advantage themselves time and time again. In much the same way that Bill Clinton exploited the word “is” in his definition of sexual relations, they have exploited the word “fundraising”, for themselves and their Clinton Foundation, during their tenure in government and outside of it for decades. There is little more to say other than that a reader with an open mind will learn how they hobnob with the rich and famous, make deals with shady governments and often shadier operatives, disregard criminal behavior in their associates, and enrich themselves and their friends in the process, which appears to be their primary goal. The Clintons are very smart. They know how to create an unsolvable puzzle, a maze that is unfathomable and therefore untraceable with regard to their personal and public behavior. From their secret server to their interactions and speeches in foreign countries, their activities read like a web of intrigue that could be found in a novel, but not in reality. However, this truth is stranger than fiction. Because of their expertise in covering their tracks, it is simply not possible to directly point a finger at any particular actions they have taken. There is no straight line that leads to them; rather, there is a circuitous route of coincidences of such sheer magnitude, that seem to involve the enrichment of the Clintons, the Clinton Foundation, and those they have dealings with or arrange meetings for, with heads of state or other influential politicians and leaders, from whom they then curry favor or enrich themselves or other friends and participants, that it is difficult to escape the inevitable conclusion that the Clintons know how to work the system for their own benefit, first and foremost. It appears that the authority of the Clintons knows know bounds. If they see opportunity, they know how to exploit it; they are the perfect opportunists. Oddly, or perhaps for obvious reasons, depending on who is interested in the question of their behavior patterns, the current government, under Barack Obama, appears not even willing to allow or provide a proper investigation by the Justice Department into their machinations because all the party, and those involved in its hierarchy and in the higher echelons of the administration, seem to care only about winning an election. After reading this book, it feels that their activities, and what is in the best interest of the country, seems secondary to the needs of the party, the Democrats, and the Clintons, who want to retain the White House at all costs. The Clintons are very powerful indeed; they have done their duty for their party; they have been loyal, and the powers that be believe that they deserve to be rewarded. They are well funded and connected and seem to be coated in Teflon, often avoiding investigation into their questionable activities. The media, already indicted for its bias, refuses to cover their “escapades” honestly or aggressively, and instead, seems to spin the news in favor of the candidates they prefer, avoiding the reporting of actual news. This book makes the point that America seems to be at a very important crossroads which will affect future generations for years.
  • (5/5)
    Deeply moving, a powerful story about second chances, the Grace of God and the ability to persevere. Wonderful story that has left a lasting impression.
  • (5/5)
    Excellent book I loved it gripping to the end
    A plus
  • (4/5)
    WOW, I think I listened to a different book from the people on the comments section. This is a story about the author, she never casts any blame to any political party, she accepts her mistakes and exposes a really bad judicial system that in my personal opinion is everybody's fault. The people here blaming a specific person for this, is crazy, the author never does this and if you are writing a review about a book, you should state facts about the book, not your personal feelings in a connection to a topic that she never talks about in the book. A real change can only happen if ALL agree and make the change, which she actually highlights when President Trump passes the bill. I am no Trump supporter and I personally dislike him but I believe it was great that a celebrity got to him and showed him the injustice in this case, injustice because she served more than enough of a sentence for a crime she did commit. But in my personal opinion this book could have ended very different had she gone viral before and someone showed the case to any other US president. The book gives a great insight of what is wrong with the system and my personal advice is to read it, specially if you disagree with her political views because only then you will expand your criteria and maybe then we can all see the real problem that is making life miserable for a lot of people around the US jails.
  • (3/5)
    This gave me amazing insight into the life of a female prisoner serving a life sentence in the US. It was devastating to learn of the circumstances that led to her imprisonment and the injustice that takes place in the US justice system. Understandably, I feel like Alice Marie Johnson has very rose-tinted views on Donald Trump and his stances on prison reform and does not really reflect other people's realities of life under a Trump presidency. Faith and religion also played a large part in Johnson's narrative and as an atheist, this aspect of the story was not something I was interested in.

    Overall, this was a fascinating look at one woman's life through the US justice system and how reforms are needed in order to give people adequate sentences. Being imprisoned for over 20 years serving a life sentence for a non-violent, first-time drug charge is unimaginable. Alice Marie Johnson's story reminds us that small things can change your path in life and that there is a lot of work to be done.
  • (4/5)
    The Clintons are as crooked as the day is long. I thought the book was very informative. Who would ever pay Slick Willie a half million dollars for a speech, unless it was a bribe. The Clintons have lied to the public throughout their political careers. Who can forget, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman," Slick Will declared. Even though this book and other books point out their indiscretions and crimes, I have doubt that they will ever pay for their crimes. Some people are above the law. Two thumbs up for the book. Two thumbs down for the Clintons.
  • (3/5)
    Near the end of Bill Clinton's second term, he established a non-profit agency for worldwide charitable purposes. However, the Clintons are skilled in blurring the boundaries between charitable, political, and charity. Peter Schweizer provides a detailed referenced book describing contiguous series of events involving requests to Hillary Clinton as U.S. Senator and Secretary of State, monies paid to Bill for speeches, and donations to the Clinton Foundation. Although the author doesn't indicate that political corruption is difficult to prove, he does state that much of the Clintons' relationship with the Clinton Foundation could be considered unethical. With the Clinton Foundation so much in the news, this book does provide the inquiring mind with a good overview of activities of the Clinton Foundation in the 21st century.
  • (5/5)
    Anyone who reads this book and does not come away with the feeling that the Clintons have been taking the US for a ride, for a very long time, should pour another cup of coffee and read the book again. As has already been said, it is well-researched and the "coincidences" are beyond extraordinary. It should also be noted that the Clinton Foundation has been able to amass a bank balance never before experienced by a legitimate charity, in such a short time, without a major disaster or other such occurrence for which major funding would have been needed. This book should be required reading for every voter, before the upcoming election.