She is one of the most courageous and honorable individuals I have ever met. I first talked to her at the Louisiana State Penitentiary where she was visiting an inmate. And I saw her again following my release from prison in 2006 at a lecture in Houston. She wrote the Preface to a book about the death penalty co-authored with my wife, Jodie, published in 2009.
She also wrote the Preface to Jodie’s memoir, “Love Behind Bars: The True Story of an American Prisoner’s Wife,” officially released today. The links below are from Sister Helen’s twitter account supporting the book. In one twitter post, she writes:
“I wrote the preface for Jodie Sinclair’s new book—Love Behind Bars—because it’s an extraordinary story of love that endures. The writing is excellent and the story is gripping. Please order it from your local bookstore or on Amazon. You won’t be able to put this book down!
“Jodie’s book is gripping on two levels: (1) It’s a story about her husband, Billy Sinclair, having the courage to blow the whistle on prison corruption; and (2) It’s a story about the love between two people, a prisoner and a woman on the outside.”
Sister Helen says I am her inspiration—a success story that proves no one is beyond the “pale of human salvation.” She is my inspiration because she, and so many others along the way, gave me the courage to change—as she has with so many other inmates.
God bless her.