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Reviewed by Jose Cornelio for Readers' Favorite
The Prison Within: A Memoir of Breaking Free by Don Cummins is a brilliantly written, inspirational memoir about one man’s journey towards personal transformation and inner freedom. Don narrates his story from being homeless, addicted to drugs, and a bank robber, through prison experience to finally becoming a free man, a loving father and husband, and a corporate director and community leader. When the reader encounters Don, he’s a man set for a dismal end. But this memoir chronicles the journey to finding and embracing a higher purpose, a story about taking control and full responsibility for his life and actions. The difference is in the miracle that results from that commitment.
This is a beautiful story and for anyone who enjoys memoirs, Don’s story will be a great and delightful read. Don’s journey is one that many people can relate to. While he’s had his fair share of addictions, it is fair enough to notice the message of hope this book communicates to readers. It is raw at times. The overall writing is sprinkled with powerful insights about life, vision, and the relationship we have with ourselves. The Prison Within: A Memoir of Breaking Free is a masterfully written book loaded with not only insight and wisdom but lessons that will help anyone change their life or discover in themselves the key to unlocking the door to their own freedom. I was drawn by the image of “prison within” featured in the title, but I didn’t know the contents of the book would be this inspiring and rich. The way the author writes about freedom, real freedom, is deep.