Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Both Sides of the Fence by Bishop - REVIEWED

About the Book:
"Both Sides of the Fence" is the true story of a man known only as Bishop, who lived a double life as a deep undercover agent in an outlaw motorcycle gang. Rising to a chapter boss in less than a year, Bishop initially went undercover to ferret out bad cops. Instead, he discovered a highly structured criminal organization whose members engage in violent crime, weapons trafficking, international drug trafficking and widespread prostitution. This real-life Sons of Anarchy story will take you on the emotional roller-coaster ride of a family man and devoted husband who covertly worked to bring down some of his "brothers."

My Thoughts:
Because of previous transgressions – whether it’s lying, stealing, selling drugs, sex trafficking – we don’t always get to choose the next step in our life.  Sometime people with more control, more influence, and more power make those decisions.  And you have to move forward under their direction whether you like it or not.”  ( from Both Sides of the Fence)

The Lord really doesn’t see degrees of sin.  If you ever thought that He did, you won’t think so any longer when you read the life transforming message found in Bishop’s book, Both Sides of the Fence.  Asked to go undercover for the Federal Government in an effort to expose a variety of criminal activity, Bishop has to re-enter a world that he thought he had left behind.  In fact, at the time he was asked to go undercover, he was serving as a local youth pastor.  His life had been transformed from the inside out! And yet….

Almost four years would pass in a, “…juxtaposed life, living and acting like a biker while dying daily in Christ.” (Bishop)  This is an honestly written, sometime gut-wrenching read – especially if you’ve never encountered this particular group of folks.  I daresay most of us have never truly encountered a biker gang.  The heartbreak  and anxiety that accompanied Bishop and his wife as they grew close to their “brothers” and yet were unable to reach them for Christ is almost overwhelming at times.  And yet…

Bishop received peace that passes all understanding when he was told he had a contract out on his life.  He says, “Peace came because my God is bigger than any situation or circumstance.”  When you read his story you will totally understand.  And if you know the Father of Bishop’s life, you will be challenged to reconsider your role in life, and begin to seek God’s will in a new and deeper way.

Please join me Thursday as I share my interview with Bishop!!

About the Author:
The Bishop has dedicated all his efforts to help educate and expose the connection between Gangs and Human trafficking in the United States.

The U.S. Department of Justice estimates 100,000 to 300,000 American kids under 18 are involved in prostitution and often targeted by sexual predators annually. According to the FBI, the average age of a child sexually exploited is 11.

The average age of entry for a girl into prostitution is 13, for a boy 12. The U.S. cities where human trafficking is worst are: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tampa, and Washington, DC.

Victims of human trafficking have a life span of 7 years. With less than 1% of victims being rescued, they are more likely to escape trafficking by death than by escape. One reason why rescue is so rare is because once a girl is trafficked she becomes both a hidden and a moving target for anyone seeking to rescue her.

The Bishop helps educate audiences of these matters through Workshops, Speaking Engagements, Guest Appearances, and through Seminars.

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