DIFFERENT KIND OF CELL: The Story of a Murderer Who Became a Monk

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ISBN: 9780802866516

by W. Paul Jones

Foreword by Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking

Gripping account of one man's spiritual transformation while in solitary confinement

Clayton Fountain was thought by most to be beyond all hope of redemption. Serving several life sentences for five violent murders (four of them committed while behind bars), he was condemned to live out his days in solitary confinement, entombed in a cell of concrete and steel built specifically for him at the U.S. Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois. Yet even this ruthless murderer was not beyond the limits of divine mercy. Although he never again emerged from his cell, Fountain undertook a profound spiritual journey that led to a genuine religious conversion and his decision to become a hermit and a brother in the Trappist Order. Father W. Paul Jones, who served as Fountain's spiritual advisor for six years until Fountain's sudden death in 2004, tells this amazing story with candor and compassion.

122 pages