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And You Visited Me: A True Story of Death Row Friendships Paperback – 19 Aug 2005


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Monarch Books; 1st New edition edition (19 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854246828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854246820
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,067,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Penny Wheat is a silvesmith who lectures in art and design at a college in Scotland

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. L. Turner on 5 Nov 2005
Format: Paperback
Writing a review for a book that looks into the lives of the thousands of men and women on death row (particularly the USA) is not an easy task.
My reason for purchasing this book is that for the past 18 months I have been corresponding with several men who are currently on death row in America and I was interested in looking at someone else's experiences of writing/visiting men on `the row'.
From start to finish I found this book to be easy reading and very insightful. Penny (the author) shares many of her experiences, from writing & receiving letters, visiting the USA, the views of people in regards to the death penalty, stories of changed lives of the men on death row, and cases where death sentences have been reduced to life sentences.
Penny is refreshingly honest in this book she shares very warmly her heart for the men whom she has befriended.
The title of the book `And you visited me' is an excerpt of a statement made by Jesus to His disciples to challenge them about their love for outcasts, the unlovely and the rejected people in their society. Jesus stated, `What you do to the least of these, you do for me', showing that we are to love all people, regardless of the social status.
Unfortunately, to many, death row inmates are seen as nothing more than evil or monsters, yet what Penny clearly portrays is that these men are our fellow human beings who like us on the outside have feelings, dreams, hopes and have their own story to tell.
None of the men are seeking minimise the damage that they have caused their victims/families, in fact many are only too aware and repentant for their actions, and know there is nothing they are able to do to take back what they have done.
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-a tragic story of a lonely woman who searched for love in all the wrong places. She tries to come across as a compassionat woman but she is so wrapped up in her own problems that she has very little to share. At least she shares very little in this book. Her relationships with her friends on death row are very poorly described, you do not get any feeling for the condemned men only for the authors own missery. This is a book about a pitiful woman not a book about relationships across boundaries. Save yourself the bother, don't read it, there are so many better books on this topic. For example "Waiting to Die" by Michael Rossi
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A great book for anyone interested in the death penalthy 23 Oct 2005
By Ms. K. L. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Writing a review for a book that looks into the lives of the thousands of men and women on death row (particularly the USA) is not an easy task.

My reason for purchasing this book is that for the past 18 months I have been corresponding with several men who are currently on death row in America and I was interested in looking at someone else's experiences of writing/visiting men on `the row'.

From start to finish I found this book to be easy reading and very insightful. Penny (the author) shares many of her experiences, from writing & receiving letters, visiting the USA, the views of people in regards to the death penalty, stories of changed lives of the men on death row, and cases where death sentences have been reduced to life sentences.

Penny is refreshingly honest in this book she shares very warmly her heart for the men whom she has befriended.

The title of the book `And you visited me' is an excerpt of a statement made by Jesus to His disciples to challenge them about their love for outcasts, the unlovely and the rejected people in their society. Jesus stated, `What you do to the least of these, you do for me', showing that we are to love all people, regardless of the social status.

Unfortunately, to many, death row inmates are seen as nothing more than evil or monsters, yet what Penny clearly portrays is that these men are our fellow human beings who like us on the outside have feelings, dreams, hopes and have their own story to tell.

None of the men are seeking minimise the damage that they have caused their victims/families, in fact many are only too aware and repentant for their actions, and know there is nothing they are able to do to take back what they have done.

There are stories of men who claim their innocence and the injustices of the American justice system are shown in a couple of their stories.

Penny's desire has been to show how lives can be touched and transformed by the love of another human being showing love and care to someone who by much of society has been `written off`. Some of the men Penny has corresponded with have become Christians and their lives have been brightened by receiving letters and visits from Penny.

I would recommend this book to anyone who desires to learn more about the lives of men and women on death row, and also may consider corresponding with them.

My hope is that this book serves as a call and a challenge to those who find it hard to love the unlovely and the outcast, to do just that...love them as Christ loves them!!!

You will not regret buying this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
And You Visited Me 15 Nov 2010
By mango - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book very inspirational. It is well written and full of compassion for society's rejects. Penny demonstrates that it is possible to love the unlovely no matter what their crime and serve them in a nonjudgmental and selfless way. It is clear that she valued the men she visited and that She in turn was blessed by them. A story of man's humanity to man. I thoroughly recommend it. (mango)
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