Coming Clean: The True Story of a Cocaine Drug Lord and His Unexpected Encounter with God

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It reads like a gripping novel of suspense and intrigue. But it's all true. The life of Jorge Valdés is an incredible testimony of the power of God to set free those bound by sin.
     After escaping Castro's Cuba in 1966, ten-year-old Jorge Valdés and his family fled to Miami. Bright and aggressive, Jorge became an honor student and, by the age of sixteen, was working for the Federal Reserve Bank. But a few years later, he went to work for the Medellin drug cartel - one of the largest and most powerful organized crime webs in the world. Soon Jorge was in charge of all the cartel's U.S. operations, making more than $1 million a month.
        But in 1989 Jorge Valdés encountered a person much more powerful than the strongest drug lord - one able to offer something more satisfying than anything women, drugs, money, prestige, or power could provide.
     Reading more like a fast-paced thriller than a biography, Coming Clean weaves a compelling story of forgiveness, renewal, and hope. And it offers a dramatic illustration of the power of the gospel to change lives.

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Is God really in the business of transforming cocaine drug lords like Jorge Valdes? Can we honestly believe Jorge's story of redemption? How often we hear the testimony, "If God can save me, he can save anybody." Yes, He can - and does.
--Luis Palau, Evangelist

I am happy to say that after 33 years of law enforcement, I have finally found the one individual who truly changed. Jorge is a genuine article.
--Lt. Edward L. Odom, Area III Commander Alabama Bureau of Investigation (Investing Officer with the DEA Task Force)

Jorge Valdes is an extraordinary individual. His life provides an inspiring example of the transformative power of God's love.
--Roberto S. Goizueta, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Theology, Loyola University, Chicago

Coming clean about his past was a risky business and could have cost Jorge his life, but God had other plans.
--Walter Elwell, Ph.D., Wheaton College Graduate School

This is a remarkable story of triumph and rebirth.
--Alan Ross, Defense Attorney

About the Author:

JORGE VALDÉS earned a bachelor's degree in Bible from Southeastern Bible College and began working on his master's degree - while serving a prison sentence for drug-related crimes. Upon his release, he completed his master's degree from Wheaton College and serves as an adjunct professor there. In 1998 Jorge finished work on a doctorate in New Testament Studies from Loyola University. Today, Jorge Valdés spends the majority of his time speaking to a wide variety of audiences, using his knowledge of the inner workings of the drug world to warn youth and adults about the dangers of drugs, and the most insidious addiction of all: the quest for power.

KEN ABRAHAM is the author of twenty-five books and co-author of Vestal! with Vestal Goodman and I Was Wrong with former PTL president Jim Bakker.

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