Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. – Mark Twain

Hurting People Hurt People by E. Cantu

It started when I was still just a juvenile. My first victim was my mom. I physically, and emotionally hurt her because of my anger within. I was always lashing out in anger. One day I remembered playing, and I thought about all the things I did that caused me to spend six months in juvenile prison. After all the things I did, my mom still supported and loved me through it all.

As I grew up and got older, my abusive behavior got worse. I’ve been to prison three times for deadly conduct, family and domestic violence. Two of my victims are both the mothers of my children. I caused so much stress, pain and hurt not only to them, but to my two sons also. All my life I’ve been told that I am an angry person, useless and a nobody. But I’m tired of hurting myself and others.

I am writing this from a Domestic Violence Class that I attend each week here at Texas ReEntry Services. I didn’t have to write this, but I want to change.  I have God in my life now, and all I want is to love -not hate. Be happy -not mad.  Maybe this writing thing can help me, and maybe sharing my story can help someone else. All my life I’ve always asked myself, “Why are you mad? What’s wrong with me?”

God help me.

Peer Support

We exposed our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Peer Support Program to men and women attending a Domestic Violence Class at Texas ReEntry Services a couple of months ago, and Eddie submitted his story.  TGIM and Texas ReEntry Services, INC partnered together to implement this program as a realistic criminal justice  strategy that safely reduces the State’s costly reliance on incarceration– creating stronger families, less taxpayer waste, and safer communities.

The program offers men and women like Eddie another chance to make a positive and encouraging difference in the world through their storytelling while allowing participants an opportunity to experience writing as therapy, and learn a new trade.  After all, we all have a story to tell!  Just like youth attending Writing for the Soul Workshop™, Eddie earn royalties when you support him. This helps him do things like pay the classes and therapy he needs to heal.  Simply download the eBook: ‘Hope Outside the Walls’ to enjoy from your favorite device. When you do, he earns $3 and Texas ReEntry Services INC receives a donation. Your purchase ensures that participants like him can continue to access Writing for the Soul Workshop™ at no cost to them. During checkout, enter Coupon Code: ecantu1017 to get the e-book for only $8.99. You save $1.00!

About Hope Outside The Walls

Available March 31, 2017

Have you or someone you love, ever been incarcerated?  As a result of America’s decades long war on drugs, the US presently incarcerates over 330,000 prisoners on drug-related charges at an estimated annual cost of $40 billion. This doesn’t include the ongoing costs to society as those that have been touched by the cycle of probation, incarceration and parole work to reintegrate into society, find employment and stay on track with meeting the mandates of probation and parole.

Hope Outside the Walls is a collection of short stories, and memoirs by writers impacted by addiction who are working to reenter society. This project is made possible through our Community Partnership with Texas ReEntry Services. Together, we offer Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Peer Support as a realistic criminal justice  strategy that safely reduces the State’s costly reliance on incarceration– creating stronger families, less taxpayer waste, and safer communities. A portion of every book sold benefits Texas ReEntry Services.

BONUS! Includes a short story by Paul Kurko, author of the TGIM Best Seller: ‘Issues’!

Hope Outside the Walls


Soft Cover: $12.99
eBook: $9.99
Color: Black & White on White paper
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Page Count: 132 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1543193428
ISBN-10: 1543193420
BISAC: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / General

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Note from the Publisher

Sometimes it takes a trip to jail or even prison for a person to realize that their life has become unmanageable. By then, so much damage has been done.  As a felon, it’s hard to get a job or even a place to live.  Most commit more crimes to survive because their inability to  read and comprehend along with their criminal record makes it impossible to get and hold down a job.  The vicious cycle of doing life in prison on an installment plan (in and out of prison) begins.

These men and women need to know that their past does not define their future.  Writing for the Soul Workshop™ will offer them the same support and resources that our youth access.  Along with the Anger Management, Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse Relapse Prevention, and the Job Readiness Training that Texas ReEntry offers, they have added our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ as a viable component as well. Adding our program to their budget means we desperately need your support.

Want to donate to Texas ReEntry to help with expenses? Click here to make your donation directly to Texas ReEntry. Texas ReEntry Services INC, is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. Use the Contact Form below to submit your story for our next release.