I know I usually write positive reviews regarding the books I receive to blog about, and I guess that is due to my love of reading and my enjoyment of most genres. However, if you are looking for a book that pulls you in with the first page and holds your interest captive all the way to the last word of that last sentence on the last page, then Dale S. Recinella’s Now I Walk on Death Row is THE book I would HIGHLY recommend to you!
Dale S. Recinella is a Wall Street finance lawyer turned lay chaplain whose life “change” has an amazing story which Recinella shares in this book. Just when Recinella thinks his life can’t get any better as a high-class lawyer, it suddenly takes a horrible downward spiral — at the end of which is absolutely nothing except…. God and Jesus. When Dale finally surrenders and puts God in charge, his life’s path shuttles him and his family to places and to people Recinella would not even have considered beforehand. And then, to end up as a lay chaplain for Florida’s death row and solitary confinement … I find that simply awesome! A great testament of how our lives can change for the better if we stop, listen, and look for what God’s plan and purpose is for each of us.
I could go on and on about my favorite parts of Recinella’s journey, however I’m afraid that if I do I might ruin it for anyone looking to read this book. So, if you are looking for a good, inspirational read — whether Christian or not — I encourage you to add Now I Walk on Death Row to your list. I think Sister Helen Prejean states it best when she says, “Dale’s story is a bold reminder that no life should be treated lightly. In the weighty matters of justice and mercy, Dale chose to follow Jesus, who sided with the poor, the dispossessed and the despised. I hope what you read here impassions you to do the same.”