Peers Pages & Pencils

“This book is amazing. I was in tears on the first page. Completely grateful for the recovery I have today.” -Jimmy McGill, Recovery Coordinator at Arkansas Department of Human Services

“It is truly amazing.” -Monte Payne, CIT at Better Community Development INC

Sometimes, we need to be reminded that our past doesn’t define our future. Sometimes, we need someone who’ll just listen, or point us in the right direction for natural and community resources. Someone who’s been down the same hell hole as us …and made it out.

Peers Pencils & Pages was first developed and successfully piloted as the Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Peer Support Program through a partnership with Texas ReEntry Services. Together, we offered the program as a realistic criminal justice strategy aimed at safely reducing the State’s costly reliance on incarceration– creating stronger families, less taxpayer waste, and safer communities.

The Peers Pencils & Pages project empowered those willing to share their story to become a “credible messenger” helping to connect with a peer, connect the peer to recovery and so much more. The numbers show us that we have to do more to reduce the impact of incarceration on our society and economy.  That’s why for every paperback I sell, I’m going to give one away to men and women on probation and parole throughout Arkansas and Texas. Eric Jones, Editor-in-Chief, TGIM Digital Publishing

BONUS! Peers Pencils & Pages includes a 10-Day Mindfulness Journal. The book is an incredible Recovery Resource for anyone impacted by incarceration, addiction and/or mental health.

Credible Messenger Availble Spring 2020

“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.” -Graham Green

Credible Messenger will be the second book in our Peers Pencils & Pages series. True to the series, Credible Messenger gives those willing to share their lived experience an opportunity to connect with a peer. Once that connection is made we then connect the peer to recovery, staff, treatment and recovery services.

Share Your Story

We all have a story to tell. Let us help you tell yours. Must be 18 years old and up to participate. Submit your work in the form of art, a short-story or poetry to be considered for publishing in Credible Messenger today. Who knows …your story just may impact someone else’s life.

Submitting your story is easy! Simply use the Contact Form below, or email your submission to

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