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For 20 years, Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree ministry has touched the hearts of prisoners and their families by serving their children. Last year alone 50,000 volunteers from 14,000 churches provided Christmas gifts for more than 600,000 children. The heartwarming stories in this collection celebrate the phenomenal success of Angel Tree's Christmas gift giving and the many other ways the ministry brings love to prisoners' kids. And they testify to the wonderful ways the Lord has blessed Angel Tree families and brought them into His kingdom.
The well-known story of Charles Colson's transformation from President Richard Nixon's "hatchet man" who was "incapable of humanitarian thoughts" to founder of the Prison Fellowship Ministries and internationally recognized Christian author and speaker is a triumph of God finding a man and a man finding God. His 1973 conversion to Christianity was followed by a guilty plea to obstruction of justice and a seven-month prison sentence in 1974. He founded Prison Fellowship Ministries in 1976, fulfilling a promise made to fellow inmates that he would "never forget those behind bars."
Charles Colson's first book, Born Again, was released in 1976 and instantly became an international bestseller. He has authored many books that have collectively sold more than five million copies worldwide, including Justice That Restores; How Now Shall We Live?; Burden of Truth, Answers to Your Kids; Gideon's Torch; Why America Doesn't Work; Kingdoms in Conflict; and Loving God.
He is also a columnist, international speaker, and commentator on a national radio broadcast. He received the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion in 1993 and donated the $1 million prize to the Prison Fellowship's Endowment Fund.
Mark Earley, former Virginia attorney general and gubernatorial candidate, is the president of Prison Fellowship. He resides in Northern Virginia with his wife, Cynthia, and their six children.