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This review is from: Porridge and Passion: An Autobiography (Paperback)
I have read this book immediately following my reading of Part 1 of Jonathan's autobiography Pride and Perjury, Pride and Perjury. I have enjoyed reading this book just as much. He continues to lay out for us his progress on his spiritual journey, which results in a complete transformation from Jonathan Aitken, the puffed up politician and cabinet minister. This sharing of his spiritual growth has an intimate and humbling feel to it borne from his honesty.
The bulk of Part 2 covers his seven month custodial sentence spent in three prisons, starting with the high security HMP Belmarsh. However, he spent the majority of his sentence at HMP Stanford Hill on the Isle of Sheppey. Apart from the spiritual journey Aitken's account of his month's in prison is an eye-opener as to the life of prisoners in this country and how the prison system works. His cry and suggestions for prison reform to reduce the high rate of reoffending that he gives in the final chapter seem obviously necessary. I had a growing frustration as to why more is not being done about this, particularly when Aitken reveals that most prison officers turn a blind eye to the influx of drugs into prisons.
The latter part of Part 2 recounts the new life that he created for himself following his release. This new life has established himself as a successful author and an evangelical outreach speaker. It is an illustration of the mystical and magical process of life and the `ask and it will be given' belief system.
I found this book inspiring, comforting and very thought provoking. I heartily recommend this book to all those, who like me, are on a quest to find a deeper meaning to life.