Books for Prisoners

This summer, the Faith in Action committee of St. Edward’s Episcopal Church in Lancaster, PA will collect books for a small library that an Episcopalian prison chaplain keeps for prisoners in Lancaster.

The committee is looking for donations of Bibles, devotionals, inspiring biographies, etc. Paperbacks are preferred, but hardcovers are accepted. No fiction is needed because prisoners can read that on Tablets. Here are some of the types of books the committee is looking for:

  • Bibles: large print, children’s, comic book Bibles
  • Inspirational Christian stories and meditations, such as the following:
  • Healing Neen: One Woman’s Path to Salvation from Trauma and Addiction by Tonier Cain
  • Carried by Faith: From Substance Abuse to a Life Filled with Miracles by Sue L Hamilton
  • Heart of a Champion: True Stories of Character and Faith from Today’s Most Inspiring Athletes by Steve Riach
  • Burden: A Preacher, a Klansman, and the True Story of Redemption in the Modern South by Courtney Hargrave
  • Doing Time with God: Stories of Healing and Hope in Our Prisons by Bill Dyer
  • Chicken Soup for the Prisoner’s Soul: 101 Stories of Hope, Healing, and Forgiveness by Jack Canfield
  • Prison Saved My Life by Louis Dooley; Heidi Gruber O’Very
  • The Man I Was Destined to Be: Addiction, Incarceration, and the Road Back to God by Michael Tandoi
  • Knockin’ Doorz Down: A Story of Breaking through the Darkness and Finding Redemption by Carlos Viera
  • Doing HIS Time: Meditations and Prayers for Men and Women in Prison by James Vogelzang
  • Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars by Gregory Zuckerman
  • Recipes for a Sacred Life: True Stories and a Few Miracles by Rivvy Neshmana

NOTE: Duplicates are okay, so don’t worry about others donating the same book. If you can find any of these in Spanish, those would be welcome, too!

A bin will be available in the church narthex for book donations during May and June. If you’d prefer to give money to this project, make checks out to “St. Edward’s Episcopal Church,” note “Books for Prisoners” on the memo line, and drop off at or send to:

St. Edward’s Episcopal Church

2453 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601

THANK YOU!

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