Read Wanted: A Spiritual Pursuit Through Jail, Among Outlaws, and Across Borders Online Free - Interweaving his own story with moving vignettes and gritty experiences in hidden places, a jail chaplain and minister to Mexican gang and migrant worker communities chronicles his spiritual journey to the margins of society and reveals a subversive God who’s on the loose beyond the walls of the church, pursuing those who are unwanted by the world.
Wanted follows a restless young man from the sunny suburbs of his youth to the darker side of society in the rainy Northwest, where he finds the direct spiritual experience he’s been seeking while volunteering as a “night shift” chaplain at a men’s correctional facility. The jail becomes his portal to a mysterious world on the margins of society, where a growing network of Mexican gang members soon dub him their “pastor.” As he comes to terms with this uncomfortable title—and embraces the role of a shepherd of black sheep—his adventures truly begin.
Hoke shares comic, heartbreaking and sublime tales of sacred moments in unlikely situations: singing with an attempted-suicide in the jail’s isolation cell, dodging immigration and airport security with migrant farm workers, and fly-fishing with tattooed gangsters. Set against the misty Washington landscape, this unconventional congregation at times mirrors the Skagit Valley’s fleeting migratory swans and unseen salmon. But Hoke takes us with him into riskier terrain as he gains and loses friends to the prison system, and even faces his own despair—as well as belovedness—on the back of a motorcycle racing through Guatemalan slums.
In these stories of “mystical portraiture,” like the old WANTED posters of outlaws, Hoke bears witness to an elusive Presence that is still alive and defiant of official custody. Such portraits offer a new vision of the forgotten souls who have been cast into society’s dumpsters, helping us see beneath even the hardest criminal a fragile desire to be wanted.
|Title||:||Wanted: A Spiritual Pursuit Through Jail, Among Outlaws, and Across Borders|
|Number of Pages||:||384 pages|
March 06, 2017
i have decided to be honest with myself and admit that i'm never going to review this, and then i can take it off my massive "review pending" shelf and feel that much less stress in my life. this isn't something i ever intended to read, but it was sort of pushed at me back when i was reading for...
February 08, 2016
Hard to know what to say about this one. Chris, my dear friend, takes the way and words of Jesus more seriously than anyone I know. He follows him into the darkest corners of our world – jails, solitary confinement wards, migrant camps, Central American slums. And he finds Jesus in the tattooed,...
January 06, 2018
Finished in 3 days. It's like a true crime drama meets Annie Dilliard.
August 23, 2015
*disclaimer on this review: Chris is a good friend of mine that I look up to, so this review will no doubt be biased. But that’s ok. It really IS a great book.*
I came across this line in a book I read recently: "I never found a club or clan or idea that was more important to me than the men an...
December 24, 2016
There are some great things in this book. Hoke's ministry to people in prison, and his pastoring of those who've been in trouble with the law in a variety of ways is admirable, and shows the way in which Jesus works through lives that seem lost and hopeless.
It's also interesting to read about Ho...
April 23, 2017
I'm very glad I read this book. It is an important indictment of our incarceration system and of the way societies throw people away. I'm grateful for those like the author who love the outcasts no matter what and in all circumstances--a witness to a grace that will not be defeated.
February 14, 2016
Okay we're going to do this review.
I’m in Calculus right now and I’m crying.
In the middle of my CALC CLASS
Congratulations Chris Hoke, if that was your goal, you have fully accomplished it.
At least making me look doubly embarrassing in this dead silent post-quiz environment.
I am now g...
August 06, 2016
Phenomenal. Hoke writes beautifully about his experiences as a night-shift chaplain at a men's correctional facility. The emotional range of these stories is breathtaking -- I was crying one minute, guffawing the next, jittering with my heart-pounding in suspense another, sitting silent in numb d...
February 18, 2017
Because of his willingness to tell hard truths about himself and his subjects, Chris Hoke's portraits of the men he has learned from and loved during his prison ministry transcends the syrupy, feel-good triumphalism so common in memoirs about ministry. Hoke is able to provide damning illustration...
June 23, 2017
I wanted to hate this book. To be cynical and antagonistic to the cheesy, bible thumping, over reaching story that had to be between the covers, but I couldn't. Regardless of what religion you believe in (if any at all), this story is about empathy and connection and finding the things that we al...