The True Measure of a Man - Prison Edition

In our performance driven culture, this book provides liberating truth on how to be set free from the fear of failure, comparing ourselves to others, and the false ideas we have about masculinity. This Prison Edition has been adapted from the original The True Measure of a Man and is being used effectively to disciple inmate men in the Alabama and Georgia Correctional Facilities. The book, along with supplemental reading and study guides are the primary resources for an 8-week program. Leader training is also made available.


My biggest eyeopener was chapter 3, “A Man’s Identity”. My life has been shaped by the culture. I learned most of my wrong perceptions from friends, TV, movies, and from parents who went to church, but did not have a clue about the Bible and what it really taught. I learned quick to compare myself to others and define myself by what I did, who I knew, and what I had! I was out to impress the wrong audience and I was confused about my true value and worth. I gave others the power to determine my significance. I was not concerned with a “legacy”, just how others saw me. I have since learned not only the truth about God, but also the truth about my value to God. I am now free from a self-centered life with fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of punishment, and even shame. Christ has given me a whole new identity. I am learning to listen for God and the direction that He wants my life to go. Through chapter 3, I have learned to experience true security and significance that I was created for. Day after day, I am removing Satan’s oppressive lies and replacing them with God’s liberating truth.

Inmate, Rutledge State Prison, Columbus GA

This book communicates the truthful, Godly message as to what it truly means to be a man! The message in this book has made me an effective, godly mentor in the lives of other inmates.

Inmate, Bibb County Correctional Facility

The book’s chapter on contentment significantly deepened our conversation especially when we factored in the impact of understanding God’s calling and purpose. Suddenly, several men realized how even in prison, their lives have a purpose. It was an awesome moment!

Group Leader, Childersburg Correctional

Richard E. Simmons III

Richard is the best-selling author of The True Measure of a Man, Reliable Truth, The Power of a Humble Life, and more. His approach is structured and methodical, and his passion is transforming lives through gaining wisdom and applying truth to every area of life. In late 2000, he founded The Center for Executive Leadership, a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry in Birmingham, Alabama.

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