Inspiration and lessons for your leadership journey!
“For those who accept this gift of salvation, they will be transformed from the things of this world and the Holy Spirit of God will renew their minds.”
The word transform is an amazing word! Trans- means to go across or beyond, like a transatlantic flight. Form is the shape, model, or body of something. So, to be transformed is to go beyond your body towards a more mental and spiritual being.
When I wrote A Travel Guide to Leadership, I was trying to capture and pass on some of the lessons and tools that had transformed my life (and renewed my mind and spirit). I wanted something I could return to time and again to remind me of those things when I needed and to help you on your journey of personal and professional transformation, thus increasing your ability to influence others and lead.
My good friend and colleague, Jack Williams, takes the idea of transformation to a whole new level in his newly released book, 18 Doors: A Journey through Life and Death Row.
Jack also knows something about transformation from a completely unique perspective – and worth reading about! As a young preteen, he lived through the death of his younger brother who was killed by a drunk driver and a few years later, the murder of his mother – shot through the head while sitting at a stoplight in her car.
In his new book, Jack chronicles how he fell into a life of darkness and crime after these tragedies, how he was transformed by the Holy Spirit, and reveals secret, never-before-known details about the Texas Death Row and its inmates. Yes, a surviving family member of two murder victims, is now a minister to death row inmates and troubled youth through his ministry, BroJack Ministries! That truly is a testament to the power of transformation!
We all have times and moments when we need to be encouraged, inspired, and even transformed. Jack and I offer you gifts that help you do just that, each in our own way, of course. Remember, you are a creation of this universe and the Divine! I encourage you to take time today – and everyday – to renew your mind and be transformed.
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An excerpt from: 18 Doors: A Journey through Life and Death Row
By Jack “BroJack” Williams
Besides the deaths of my little brother and mother, I later found my stepfather dead of a massive heart attack. I have buried my grandmother, who essentially raised me, and another brother named Rocky, who died a horrible death of heat exhaustion. Now God has me going into a place that is consumed by the smell of death. How can that be? Why would He do that to me? The horror of my own mother’s murder still haunts me and now God wants me to tell convicted murderers how they can be saved?
Death row definitely lives up to its name. It is all about death! The men who I talk to weekly are responsible for the death of another human being and, in some cases, multiple human beings. The act of murder affects far more people than just the victims and their assailants. The families on both sides are forever scarred. There is no getting over the horror of having a loved one murdered. You can only learn to live with it. Almost daily, I think about my mother and it has been decades since she was murdered.
Since I began my visits to death row, there have been thirty men executed by the state of Texas. I knew every one of them. Some I became very close to and some not so close, but by the grace of God, I have been able to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with each one of them. That is only a fraction of the 492 men who have been executed in Texas since they reinstated the death penalty in 1972.
I call this book 18 Doors because from the time I enter the main door to the prison, I must pass through eighteen doors until I am in front of a death-row inmate’s cell door. I am not talking about doors that are opened by turning a knob. Each one is controlled and opened electronically by prison guards. I go nowhere unless they open the door to let me pass. At times, I am surrounded by general population (G-pop) inmates who could harm me in any way they wanted before I could be rescued. About halfway through my journey through those doors to get to death row, there is a big sign on one of the doors that says, No Hostages Beyond This Point. That means that if I am taken hostage, they will not let me or the inmate out of that prison. If the inmates choose to make it so, I am a dead man.
This book is about my life’s journey, a journey that has led me to become a preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to sharing that Gospel with murderers, like the one who murdered my own mother. Why would I open up my life to a world that may or may not care about anything that has ever happened to me or about anything I have ever done? Because I have been through so many things in my life and been in so many unique situations, I believe that many people will be able to relate to me and my ministry. I have done so many things that I am not proud of and have even landed in jail myself many times.
And maybe, just maybe, the readers of this book can compare their situation with one of mine and know that there is hope. I am living proof that you can survive the many tragedies and hardships of this world. How have I survived? How did I become the person I am today? How do I go into death row and witness to convicted murderers? The answers lie in the pages of this book.
To get your very own copy, just click here:
18 Doors: A Journey through Life and Death Row
Have an amazing journey, today!
Alan Mikolaj is a a professional, experienced, positive, and passionate speaker, leadership and organizational development consultant, change agent, author, and coach. He holds his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University. He is a certified graduate coach from Coaching Out of the Box and holds his ACC and membership with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
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