B&H Publishing partnered with Prison Fellowship Ministries to provide copies of pastor, author and Passion movement founder Louie Giglio's latest bestseller, "Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Heavenly Father," to incarcerated men and women through a special market-wide campaign during the month of September.
The campaign resulted in more than 10,000 copies of the book to be distributed to inmates and chaplains throughout the country by the ministry of Prison Fellowship during the holiday season.
Sadly, in the United States, 2.7 million children have a parent in prison. Men are two times more likely to go to prison when raised in a fatherless home. Seventy percent of juveniles in the prison system are from fatherless homes. And ninety percent of homeless and runaways are from fatherless homes.
These statistics underscore our country's far-reaching fatherless issue, which hits our most vulnerable populations the hardest. One in four American children grow up in fatherless homes, and there is nowhere that those repercussions play out more consistently than in our prisons.
"Not Forsaken" was inspired by Giglio's own life experiences, as well as a burden for more than 30 years to see young people know God as he originally intended: a perfect father who loves them unconditionally. Though every individual has a unique experience with their earthly father, Giglio says what unites is the need woven into every soul, "the need to be loved, and treasured, and noticed and accepted by our father."
"What a powerful opportunity," said Giglio. "Through my own experience of more than 30 years guiding millions of young people, I've seen the painful ramifications of the fatherless epidemic. And it's been a huge privilege to bring the 'Not Forsaken' message to these prisoners, many of whom are in desperate need of a father's blessing. I want to help them find an identity-shifting connection to God as their perfect father. I'm grateful to our partnership with Prison Fellowship and the opportunity to be a small part of the important work they do to bring the hope of Jesus to prisoners throughout the United States."
For more than 20 years, Giglio and his wife Shelley have shepherded young people around the world through the Passion Movement, a spiritual awakening that is changing the world. The movement grows stronger every year at the Giglio-led Passion Conference, a gathering of tens of thousands of collegiate young people aged 18 to 25, who come together to learn, worship and focus on what matters most.
For more information about Giglio and "Not Forsaken," visit notforsakenbook.com.