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My name is Brady. I am a former professional hockey player who has been battling addiction for 10 years. I’m currently incarcerated—somewhere I never could have imaged myself in a million years. I spent the better part of 2 years behind bars in my home province of BC, but upon release I moved to be with my girlfriend, who moved to Ontario just prior to my arrest. I now find myself in a foreign province with no family and support and behind bars yet again. Addiction is the reason I’ve ended up here.

This time I decided I needed to make a change. I know I needed to do something but had no idea where to start or what to do. Then the Chaplain at the prison came around with a cart full of books, and the original reason I approached him was to get an address book and suduko puzzles. Approaching the cart I hadn’t even considered taking anything else, but once I spoke to him, a feeling came over me—almost as if someone else took control of me—just long enough to ask, for the first time in my life, for a Bible. I then read the whole book of Matthew. The next morning I woke up early and read The Word For You Today and started on the book of Proverbs. That was a month ago, and since then I start every morning that same way, except now of course I’m through a lot more of the Bible! I’m also doing a Bible study, I meet with the Chaplain once a week, I attend in-custody church, I pray throughout the day, and most importantly, I invited Jesus into my life. I can’t explain what has happened. It’s truly amazing. I feel like a new man.

I wanted to extend my gratitude to everyone who makes The Word For You Today. Without having that each morning, my faith would not be where it is today. I look forward to waking up each morning to read what the day’s reading is. Thank you so much!