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NCJ Number: 148573 Find in a Library
Author(s): N Cruz
Date Published: 1968
Page Count: 231
Sponsoring Agency: 2500 Hamilton Boulevard
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
Publication Number: ISBN 0-88270-630-6
Sale Source: 2500 Hamilton Boulevard
Bridge Publishing, Inc.
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The author, Nicky Cruz tells his life story of transformation from warlord to servicer of the Lord.
Abstract: The first half of the book documents his former life. He came to New York from Puerto Rico in 1955 at age 15 an angry, rebellious kid. By age 18, he was a warlord of a vicious gang, a thief and mugger, and a hardened street criminal. Yet, he searched for a better alternative to all the drugs, alcohol, violence, arrests, and death. He encounters a preacher who tells him that he can be loved-- something that no one, not even his mother, had ever done before. He is unreceptive at first, and tries to act tough, but the preacher's courage eventually prevails, and Cruz sets out to do Jesus' work.
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): New York; Puerto Ricans; Religion; Violence
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