A Different Kind of Cell: The Story of a Murderer Who Became a Monk

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Sep 2, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 136 pages
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This is a gripping account of one man's spiritual transformation while in solitary confinement. Clayton Fountain was thought by most to be beyond all hope of redemption. Serving several life sentences for five violent murders (four of them committed while behind bars), he was condemned to live out his days in solitary confinement, entombed in a cell of concrete and steel built specifically for him at the U.S. Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois. Yet even this ruthless murderer was not beyond the limits of divine mercy. Although he never again emerged from his cell, Fountain undertook a profound spiritual journey that led to a genuine religious conversion and his decision to become a hermit and a brother in the Trappist Order.

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The subject is compelling. Unfortunately the book could have benefited from skilled editing. Read full review


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W. Paul Jones is a Roman Catholic priest, a Trappist brother at Assumption Abbey in the Ozarks, and founding spiritual director of the Hermitage Spiritual Retreat Center, Pittsburg, Missouri. His other books include The Art of Spiritual Direction and A Table in the Desert: Making Space Holy.

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