Camerado, I Give You My Hand: How a Powerful Lawyer-Turned-Priest Is Changing the Lives of Men Behind Bars
Author: Maura Poston Zagrans
Number Of Pages: 288
Release Date: 27-08-2013
Q&A with Maura Poston Zagrans
Q. What is the goal of the book?
A. In showing how one man can make a difference in even the most hopeless of places, Camerado, I Give You My Hand inspires, dispels popular myths about the criminal justice system, and spotlights a holistic approach to prison reform.
Q. What is the significance of the title?
A. The title comes from the last stanza in Walt Whitman's poem Song of the Open Road, which appears in his Leaves of Grass:
Camerado, I give you my hand!
I give you my love more precious than money,
I give you myself before preaching or law;
Will you give me yourself? will you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?
Camerado is a made-up word that describes a relationship philosophy that is based on the core concepts of mutual respect and partnership.
Q. Upon hearing about Fr. Dave and his journey from lawyer to priest, you felt a very strong call to tell share his story in the form of a book. Do you think it was providential that your lives intersected when they did?
A. The fact that I heard about Father Dave when I did is, in my opinion, so providential it stands as compelling proof of God's active involvement in my own little life. Meeting Father Dave was no accident nor was it sheer luck. This book was meant to be.
Q. You spent three years getting to know Father Dave. During that time, what was the most surprising thing you learned about him?
A. More than three years after beginning to work on my book, I am still being surprised by things I learn about Father Dave as well as things I learn from Father Dave; these stories surprise me not in nature but in sheer number.
I learned from our very first meeting to expect the unexpected. In June 2010, after completing a three
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