Misty Wallace & Keith Blackburn
March 15, 2016
Non-fiction | Faith | True Crime
Misty Wallace & Keith Blackburn (Indianapolis, IN)
Authors of Face to Face: Our Story of Crime, Repentance, and Forgiveness
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ABOUT THE BOOK
Eighteen-year-old Keith Blackburn was trying to steal Misty Wright’s car. In the process, he shot her through the head and left her for dead. Keith was apprehended and charged with attempted murder. He denied everything, but was convicted and sentenced to twenty-one years in prison.
Misty survived the shooting, but was consumed by fear, hate, and vengeance. Keith turned his life around and was released after nine years behind bars. Eighteen years after the shooting, Misty contacted Keith and forgave him.
Keith has earned a Master of Divinity degree, is a Chaplain in the Indiana prison system, and is pastor of a church with an outreach to ex-cons. Misty is Indiana Regional Coordinator of a large restorative justice ministry that works with people who are incarcerated. The two of them have become friends and travel together around the country speaking about their downfall and redemption.
- Face to Face: A compelling personal narrative of forgiveness, redemption and inspiration
- The Ripple Effect of Crime: A side-by-side comparison of the lives and experiences of a victim and a perpetrator
- Bridges to Life: A restorative justice ministry aimed at reducing recidivism rates, with programs in Texas, Indiana, Washington, California and Florida
- Second Chances: Exploring and understanding the intersections of repentance and forgiveness
- The Road to Redemption: A look at denial versus responsibility, pride versus remorse, and hatred and vengeance versus forgiveness and love
- Substance abuse – Keith’s testimony about the role of drugs and alcohol in criminal activity
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Misty Wallace is the Indianapolis Regional Coordinator for Bridges to Life, a large restorative justice ministry that operates in several Indiana prisons. Prior to joining Bridges to Life, she was a medical assistant for 18 years. She lives near Indianapolis with her husband, Matt, and their children.
Keith Blackburn serves as chaplain of the Indianapolis Re-Entry Educational Facility, a state prison that helps Indiana inmates prepare to return to a productive life in society. He holds a Master of Divinity degree and is also pastor of Beyond Prison Gates Assembly, a church in Indianapolis that ministers to those who have been released. Keith lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Barbara, and their children.
Kirk Blackard is a retired lawyer and corporate executive with extensive experience in conflict management. He is Chairman of the Board of the faith-based restorative justice ministry, Bridges to Life. He has written six books on subjects related to Face to Face. Kirk and his wife, Marcia, live in Houston.
ABOUT BRIDGES TO LIFE
Founded in 2000 in Houston, Bridges to Life is a faith-based restorative justice ministry that aims to connect communities to prisons in an effort to reduce the recidivism rate, reduce the number of crime victims and enhance public safety. The spiritual mission of Bridges to Life is to minister to victims and offenders in an effort to show them the transforming power of God’s love and forgiveness.