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About Miss Brenda and the Loveladies

One woman’s fight to provide hope for the hopeless…
Seven ex-cons who changed her heart forever…
For Brenda Spahn, entrepreneur and businesswoman, wealth was a lifestyle—until a brush with the law threatened to send her to prison. In those dark moments, Brenda made a promise to God. 
Spared incarceration, a renewed Brenda glimpsed into the lives of women serving time in one of the worst places in America—the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama.
What she saw prompted a God-inspired vision.
With a heart to help and a will that couldn’t be crushed, Brenda fought the system and overcame tremendous obstacles to take ex-cons into her own home and help them navigate the alien world of life on the outside.
This is the story of Brenda’s journey from rags to riches to redemption. It’s the story of the first unlikely year of her “Whole Way House” and of the extraordinary lives of the first seven women who came to call her “Miss Brenda.” It’s a story that testifies to the power of faith and how God changes hearts every day.

About Brenda Spahn

Brenda Spahn is founder and executive director of the Lovelady Center, the largest and most successful nonprofit transitional center for women in the country. It serves 450 women and children every day, providing substance abuse counseling, drug rehabilitation, meals, childcare, career counseling, and job opportunities to women working to establish successful lives outside of prison walls. Brenda is married and has four adult children as well as one young child who lives at home.

About Irene Zutell

Irene Zutell is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Pieces of Happily Ever After and coauthor with Vanessa Williams of You Have No Idea.

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240 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Feb 17, 2015

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 24

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 Sometimes Hope Is the Greatest Gift of All

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Brenda Spahn was a businesswoman who wouldn’t take no for an answer when she discovered that God wouldn’t either. When she invited seven hardened parolees into her southern mansion, she expected to house them, not love them. But her reluctant decision to serve women prisoners developed into a career, a calling, and a ministry that has helped thousands of women leave prison for good.

 In the tradition of The Blind Side, this remarkable true story shows the power of living out our calling, the beauty of God’s mercy, and why loving others always changes us first.

By Michelle Fitzgerald

               `Miss Brenda and the Loveladies`  is co-authored by Brenda Spahn and Irene Zutell. A non-fiction book about how Brenda rehabilitated seven hard-core women through the love of Jesus.                 Although unobtrusive there are words I would have left unsaid. Just my opinion. However, a favorite quote from the book, by Martin Luther King Jr, is "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole...

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By Pamela Swearingen

Brenda Spahn had it all, so to speak. Successful business, nice home, fancy cars, lavish vacations. That is, she did have it all until the IRS started looking into her business practices. In the end Brenda Spahn agreed to a plea deal that kept her out of prison, but placed her smack dab into the world of women prisoners when she opened a transition home for recently released inmates. Miss Brenda and the Loveladies by Brenda Spahn and Irene...

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By Wanda Chamberlain

   Miss Brenda and the Loveladies is a very good book that I found interesting and heartwarming. How a lady is very successful and almost goes to prison, but gets a second chance at life. So she decides to help those coming out of prison to get a new start and to make a difference in life. I never really thought about how a woman would act or get along in society after being in prison her  whole life or for most of it. It was eye-opening to...

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By Joy Williams

Successful businesswoman Brenda sees the need for a place where women being released from prison can be transitioned back into society. She turns her beautiful home into such a place. What happens next is a wonderfully delightful tale that kept me laughing. Thinking these women would appreciate her help and what she actually encounters is totally different. Love the plot and the characters in this book! 

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