instructive, and ultimately triumphant memoir of a man who used hard
work and a Master Plan to turn a life sentence into a second chance.
Growing up in a
tough Washington, D.C., neighborhood, Chris Wilson was so afraid for
his life he wouldn’t leave the house without a gun. One night,
defending himself, he killed a man. At eighteen, he was sentenced to
life in prison with no hope of parole.
But what should have
been the end of his story became the beginning. Deciding to make
something of his life, Chris embarked on a journey of
self-improvement–reading, working out, learning languages, even
starting a business. He wrote his Master Plan: a list of all he
expected to accomplish or acquire. He worked his plan every day for
years, and in his mid-thirties he did the impossible: he convinced a
judge to reduce his sentence and became a free man. Today Chris is a
successful social entrepreneur who employs returning citizens; a
mentor; and a public speaker. He is the embodiment of second chances,
and this is his unforgettable story.