A young black man and a crooked white cop cross paths. This encounter could have ended in many ways, but the ending for these two men was a deepening of their faith and an unlikely friendship. This is the true story told in Convicted by Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins with Mark Tabb. This nonfiction text will release on September 19, 2017 and will come in all forms including ebook. I received an advance reading copy in exchange for my honest review. I would rate this book 5 stars.
Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins’ lives intersected the first time on February 8, 2006. Jameel had ridden with a friend of his cousin to get milk for the son he was finally going to get to see. Andrew had received a call from an informant about drugs being sold. Jameel was arrested on the spot as the dealer even though he was coming out of the store and had no knowledge of the drugs.
Through Jameel’s recollections we learn that he was arrested at 15 for being in a stolen car. He worked hard after that to keep his nose clean. He was working on paying off so he was carrying around large amounts of money which also pointed to the fact that he was a dealer. Jameel maintained his innocence throughout the trial and his time in jail. He was the model prisoner who spent his time reading his Bible and staying out of trouble.
Through Andrew’s recollections we learn that he discovered quickly how easy it was to frame people for drug crimes. He would keep the drugs he confiscated in a duffel bag and use them as evidence when he wanted to prove he was right in arresting someone. He would also keep any money he found on the people he arrested. The night he encountered Jameel, he knew he had the wrong person but he was already on the slippery slope of lying so falisifed the arrest report to Jameel being the one he wanted to arrest. He was caught after found to be lying in a future report, found to have all the drugs and sent to prison as well.
Jameel was released after Andrew’s arrest and thus set up the opportunity for the collision course that would change both these men’s lives forever.
I found this book to be an easy read. I especially like that the authors took turns telling the story. This gives the reader an opportunity to see events through the eyes of both men.
This is truly a story of forgiveness and faith that we can all learn from. Jameel missed out on a large portion of his life because of the actions of another person. He could have been bitter and hateful, but God placed it on his heart to forgive and move past it. His example of living forgiveness is one we can all learn from.
When I joined this launch team I wasn’t sure what to expect. This book however has changed my life. I have always been one who is quick to want anyone who wrongs me to suffer as well. I believe that I learned a little bit from the reading of this book about how forgiveness is healing to us rather than the person we need to forgive. That being said forgiveness is really hard to give. It is one of those things that our humanness doesn’t want. But with God’s help we can learn to forgive even those things that seem the most horrible. As Jameel reminds us we can’t forgive on our own but only with God’s help.
I would recommend this book to everyone. With the recent events in our nation there is never a better time to learn to forgive than now. The book left an impression on me and will leave one on anyone who reads it. Find this book on its release date, read it and share it with your friends. You won’t be sorry!