Tainted Mirror An AnthologyWhether restricted by prison walls, the influence of others or held hostage by self-inflicted limitations, captivity starts in the mind.  We allow our thoughts to create virtual restrainers that stifle our dreams and hinder our purpose.

Based on I Corinthians 13:12, Tainted Mirror An Anthology offers stories of hope and healing to overcome the mental, physical and emotional strongholds that keep us from fulfilling our destiny.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
I Corinthians 13:12

Tainted Mirror An Anthology by Valerie J Lewis Coleman

 In addition to stories from inmates, outmates and others affected by incarceration, you will discover stories to conquer

  • Depression
  • Verbal abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Substance abuse
  • And fictional accounts from the Passionate Pens!

 ISBN-13: 978-0-9786066-1-9 Retail: $14.95

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Amazon Bestseller Sept 2017 Tainted Mirror An Anthology


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Contributors of Tainted Mirror An Anthology

Valerie L. Coleman, Vehicular Homicide and Where Do I Go From Here?
Edward Acunzo, Acid and the Good Shepherd
Jessica Allen, False Identity
Amanda Bauch, Searching for Home
Big C, My Life
Erin Di Paolo, Breaking Free from Obesity’s Stronghold
Veronica Grabill, Incarceration of Juveniles
Omar Gutierrez, Darkest Days, Brightest Hopes
Red Handed, Traits of a Man
Cathy Joulwan, A Page from My Journal
Meta Lee, Saturday Pages
Meta Lee, Grandma’s Riddles
Charles Loper, A Pilferer and Habitual Liar
Christopher Lyttle, Where Is God?
Joy Marino, The Joy of the Lord is My Strength
Conita Marshall, From Pain to Peace
Pamela McColla, The Face I See in the Mirror is Not Mine
Deena Miller, Do Better
Haylee Ann Montgomery, His Promise
Robert Muhammad, Friday Night DUI
Lamont Needum, To Each His Own
Adele Nieves, If You Find an Open Door, Walk Through It
Sheila Reid, Tainted Goods
Brian Revere, Deception
Dianne Sagan, Second Chances
Kimberly Scott, For Better, For Worse, For Prison
Larry Sells, Refilled Renewed
Michael Steptoe, The Jewel of Purpose
James Turner, Searching for Change
Charles “Chill Will” Williams, The Seed of Karma

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Tainted Mirror An Anthology
Edited by Valerie L. Coleman
Rating: 4
Until you walk in my shoes…
This anthology is packed with well written short stories, most true life with names changed but very relevant. Behind the eyes of every inmate in the Ohio State Correctional Facility is a story. In Tainted Mirror An Anthology the reader takes a journey down cell block halls to find out how many of the inmates got there from their own voice. When one puts this book down they will get more than what they bargained for as it’s not only conversation they will receive but testimony and inspiration.
I enjoyed the testimonies and seeing how many of the inmates in the book who shared their stories weren’t placing blame. They were accepting the errors of their past and looking forward to the future no matter what it might hold. I would highly recommend this book to those who have young people in their life but need some guidance. The story I enjoyed the most was the story [The Seed] of Karma.
I would suggest in the future focusing on fewer stories per book giving the authors more time to detail their story. Because there were so many stories in the book it was sometimes difficult to follow. I did however enjoy the bios of all the contributors in the back.
I applaud the publisher for stepping out and giving these inmates a way to let their light shine and feel the accomplishment of being published.
Reviewed by:
Nikkea Smithers
RWA Bookclub President