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Publisher's Summary

What if you were only known for the worst thing you've ever done?
For millions of Americans, this isn't just a hypothetical nightmare. Not only does the United States have the highest rate of incarceration in the world, it also makes certain that the stigma of a felony conviction follows people who have already served their time.
After she came to understand both the frustrations and untapped potential of the incarcerated, Catherine Hoke founded Defy Ventures, a revolutionary organization devoted to transforming the lives of people both inside and outside prison walls. A Second Chance is the story of how Defy came to be and how it works to heal families, break the cycle of mass incarceration, and create jobs - as well as how all of us can help in our own way.
Part memoir, part chronicle of Defy's community-building efforts, this unabridged audiobook follows one woman's vision and her relentless effort to make it real. By sharing her sometimes difficult personal story and those of the people she serves, Cat helps us understand why Defy is necessary, how to persevere in the face of daunting odds, and what it means to lead from within. For anyone who wants to create positive social change from the ground up, A Second Chance presents a wealth of pointers and inspiring, teachable stories.
A Second Chance is about coming together in community to build life anew - a story of painful changes, fresh starts, forgiveness, reckoning with shame, and the power of possibility. Life shouldn't be defined by our mistakes. After all, doesn't everyone deserve a second chance?
©2018 Catherine Hoke (P)2018 Sounds True
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5 out of 5 stars
By Timothy J. Smith on 05-24-18

Most of us slip and fall, some harder and farther than others but we all want to look up.

This is a great story of redemption and also the story of hope. Even in a justice system riddled with injustice we can find rays of light that penetrates even the deepest cells.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michelle de Sanctis on 04-17-18

Inspirational

Few stories invoke such emotion, it's nothing short of inspiring how even our worst mistakes can bring about enormous change. Having the audible book read by the author only intensifies the message of hope and allows the listener to feel the passion behind the mission.

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