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Bill Dyer was robbed and shot at an ATM. Doing Time with God is one of the best books about restorative justice for those who want to experience what it is like to sit in on a restorative justice program in prison where offenders and crime victims share their stories with one another for healing and restoration.Nothing is predictable when this unlikely group comes together to share their stories of the true crimes that have devastated their lives...and reshaped them. Victim-survivors remember their losses and feel their pain; Offenders come face-to-face with the hurt they have caused, and open wounds from their own past. Walls of defensiveness and fear are knocked down by empathy and compassion, vulnerability and tears. Raw emotions flow. The way to peace is often intense, turbulent, and heartbreaking. Even when it’s not pretty, the journey is beautiful in its honesty... miraculous in the way it unfolds...divine in how it transforms lives. This Amazing Process Opens the Heart, Touches the Soul, and Renews the Mind. While reading Doing Time With God, you may experience these things happening in yourself. Discussion questions and an afterword by the author invite you to reflect on your own journey, discover new meaning, and expand this movement of Peace in your life.In addition to being one of the most moving restorative justice books, Doing Time With God is one of the best books for prisoners to read because victims of violence and prison inmates search for forgiveness, hope, and the love of God...and find them in one another."It shows the reconciling power of God's love in our openness and vulnerability - the way to Peace. Read this book. It is a wake-up call."-Sr. Helen Prejean, csj, Author of Dead Man WalkingIf you like Dean Man Walking, you will love this true crime book for the moving spiritual journey that takes place in prison.

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"A beautiful testimony of how our shared-life in God is renewed through story.
It shows the reconciling power of God's love in our openness and vulnerability -- the way to Peace. If you want to see who we are created to be for one another, read this book. It is a wake-up call."
- Sr. Helen Prejean, csj, Author of DEAD MAN WALKING
"Restorative justice is, simultaneously, an ancient way of healing individuals and community,
and at the cutting edge of the intersection between faith and justice. Doing Time with God and Bill Dyer are right at that edge."
- Allison DeFoor, Episcopal priest in prisons, lawyer and former judge and sheriff
"As a victim of domestic violence, a mother whose son has spent time behind bars, and someone whose best-friend/step-sister was violently murdered, my life-mission is to reduce crime. Healing is a vital part of that process. I love these stories for how they affirm God's healing power that perpetrators and I experience together, when I share my story in prisons."
- Katherine Burns, Director of a Re-entry Center for ex-offenders
"Bill Dyer peels back the layers of humanity as he shares these gripping stories. He provides a
compelling glimpse of the struggle with forgiveness and redemption, the breaking down of cultural stereotypes, and the collision of emotions between victims of crime and those who inflict the pain. The presence of a loving, nurturing, and persistent God weaves its way through each page-turning account of how lives are changed by Faith. I highly recommend this book; especially to anyone who believes the redemption of God has human limitations."  
- Joseph Pryor, Assistant Warden; Chief Chaplain, Federal Bureau of Prisons (retired)
"At a time when our nation spends more money locking people up in prisons and jails than
rehabilitating and educating them, and when more and more prisons are profit-making ventures, this challenges us to remember God's awesome power in finding the lost, healing the sick, and turning people's lives around. Read this compelling book and be inspired by what is being done to transform lives and restore people to productive places in society. "
- Lynn Huntley - Former Civil Rights Attorney, US Department of Justice
"I used to say 'Throw away the keys;' Not anymore after reading this book."  
- Veronica Stephens, Retail store owner and victim of gun violence

About the Author:

Bill Dyer is the director of Restored Life Journeys (RLJ), a non-profit organization whose mission is to create safer communities by leading restorative justice, re-entry, and spiritual formation programs in prisons. Bill's work is grounded in his experience of being robbed and shot at an ATM in 1988. During a lengthy hospital stay, he was miserable - stuck in anger, resentment, and the prison of his own understanding; obsessing about getting revenge. He missed God's life-giving presence, but eventually came to know it through forgiveness. Bill learned distinctions about his role and responsibility in having such contrasting experiences. He shares these insights and other life lessons when speaking to businesses, associations, and civic or faith-based groups. Before completing seminary and founding RLJ in 2011, Bill owned Quantum Leap Resources - a speaking and personal-growth seminar company. Clients included: Johnson and Johnson, The CIA, US Postal Service, and Martin Marietta. Born in Wichita Falls, Texas, Bill grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and graduated from Tulane University in 1983 with a degree in Geology. He worked on oil and gas wells in the Rocky Mountains before managing exploration crews along the Louisiana-Texas Gulf Coast and West Africa. Between that role and starting Quantum Leap Resources, Bill worked for DuPont, selling commercial explosives to the mining industry in upstate New York and the Carolinas.

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