March 2014 Dead Man Walking by Sister Helen Prejean. Rarely do I pick up a 250 page book on Saturday and read it cover to cover by Monday morning. This is a very powerful and disturbing book that I am thankful to have picked up and read. After agreeing to be a pen pal for a man in death row, Sister Helen begins a journey that takes her from witnessing the executions of men for whom she had been the spiritual advisor in Angola prison in Louisiana, to the national spotlight working toward the abolition of the death penalty. This book doesn't sugar coat the issues of human violence or death by capital punishment, but gives a reasoned opposition to the death penalty. The author also honestly tells of her own missteps with victims' families, but in the end finds common ground with some, detente with others. I was very moved by this book.