Letters to My Son in Prison: How a Father and Son Found Forgiveness for an Unforgivable Crime
"A gripping true story from beginning to end... It is intelligent, humorous at times, and overflowing with spiritual insights. One of the most thought-provoking books I've ever encountered." -Cathy Byrd, author of The Boy Who Knew Too Much
"I'm not a believer and I'm not a father. So why do I like Guidroz's book so much? Because Letters to My Son in Prison makes the grade as literature worthy of reading in depth. It's raw, straight from the heart. No treacle for effect. Ken has laid his heart and soul on the table and done it with unflinching courage." -David Booth, coauthor of Own the Room
"Guidroz shares his wisdom and insight in a relatable way. This makes it easy to connect with and feel invested in the story. If you are looking for a deeply moving and inspirational read, I highly recommend this book. It will renew your faith in love and redemption and give you a sense of hope." -Barbara Legere, author of Keven's Choice
Ken raised his three sons in a squeaky-clean suburb of Los Angeles. He envisioned fatherhood as coaching their sports teams, taking them to church (where he was the pastor), and visiting colleges one day. Instead, he got an education on the street names of opioids, fluency in rehab vernacular, and an insider's view of the California prison system, when his middle son, Lucas, accidentally killed a man with his car while high on heroin.
Ken was tormented by doubt. What did I do wrong as a dad? Will my son ever be okay? Will my marriage survive this trauma?
Estranged from his son, Ken strived to rebuild their relationship. Face-to-face visits made them feel like they were in a fishbowl and phone calls were interrupted with inmates screaming. Letter writing turned out to be the best way to connect. Writing the letters proved cathartic for Ken. And they were clarifying for Lucas, as he made sense of losing his way, ultimately writing a heart-wrenching apology to the widow of his victim.
The written word became the perfect medium for a father to reconnect with his son-and himself.
Ken is most revealing, however, about the impact all this had on his faith. To go from the podium to the back pew and then out the back door disoriented him. How could he redefine his faith outside the four walls of religion?
With a distinct voice and disarming honesty, Letters to My Son in Prison offers a candid snapshot of fatherhood, a refreshing take on marriage, and a creative vision of faith.