Journey to Redemption
“I didn’t stop robbing banks because I became a nice guy. I just didn’t enjoy being in prison.” Ted Nellis, 1981
Ted’s book Journey To Redemption paints an intimate portrait of a man desperately searching for himself and for his place in a world that he found himself at odds with.
Travel with Ted Nellis in to some of the dingiest pool rooms, hotels and hostels in Western Canada. Join him in his cell in Kingston Penitentiary. Peek in to a deserted doctor’s waiting room on a quiet October evening and discover Ted on his knees during an encounter with God that would change his life forever.
Journey to Redemption is now available in bookstores across Canada!
Responses to Journey to Redemption
Ted Nellis kept me up late, well past my bedtime. I couldn't put the book, Journey to Redemption down, and instead, read well into the night. Riveting!
Ted opens the door to understand the life of a hustler, leading to outright criminal activity, resulting with the hopelessness and frustrating emptiness of life in prison. Journey To Redemption is a truly inspiring story of a hopeless, empty, fearful life experience, being given hope through the powerful, yet invisible transformation of simple trust and belief in Jesus Christ's forgiveness and life changing principles.
You've heard about the books where, once you pick them up you can't put them back down? Well, this is one of those books! I even hesitate to call this "Ted's" story, because you'll discover very quickly that Someone Else has always been at work. And just as in Ted's life, God is very much at work in yours too. May this book help you see that.
Ted, your dad brought one of your chapters to us to read...thank you! I was very interested in your experiences and letting the reader "feel" a part of what is going on inside your "head and emotions" while you were in jail. I went through the experience with your mother when she called the police and turned you in. She told me that it was the hardest thing she ever had to do. On the phone a few months ago, you said, "that phone call saved your life." We can't wait to read the WHOLE book. Bravo!!"
I have been so very inspired by the story of Ted's life. It is a testament of God's grace, goodness and unfailing love. The Lord has shown me time and time again that He can capture the hearts of any individual whom people of the world would view as an outcast without any hope of a productive future. But, God's word says, and I'm paraphrasing, that "the glory of The Lord is everywhere. It flows to the lowest valley and to the highest mountain. It breaks chains and sets captives free." Ted was one of those captives who has been set free and he has a powerful, life changing word to share. I encourage everyone, whether you have been a christian all your life, whether you struggle with staying on the straight and narrow path or if you are wanting to be set free of addictions of any kind, read this book! It will give you hope and change your life. We serve a powerful Savior and He is mighty to save. He has done great things in Ted's life. Bless you as you read.
Ted, I have received more responses from inmates to your book. One inmate told me he has read it three times. Several said it is like reading their life story. I just spoke with one man who said when reading the part about you on your knees before God, Jesus touched him in such a way that he wept uncontrollably.
I just finished reading your book, and I just want to say "Bravo"! Thank you for being so unabashedly honest and open about your life journey. It was plain to see that God always loved and protected you because He had a purpose for your life. This book is your "crowning glory" and all who read it will be blessed.