Please buy a copy for yourself and for a friend-- or for a place where someone might pick it up and enjoy it. It just might give a bit of perspective, of hope, a clear invitation to a different path through life. It might be what someone needs in order to avoid winding up where I'm at now. More importantly, it might inspire that someone to step up and be a positive influence on the world in which they live.
I have included Group Study Questions at the back of the book, which are helpful for starting discussion and getting to practical application: moving from Joe Johnson's fictional story to your own life story which is playing out today.
[eta 2/13/2014:] The Word of God says that each of us, and we together, are God's "masterpiece"-- the Greek word there is "poema" the root of our word "poem." In Redemption Story, Joe Johnson's life had become a pretty dark little rap, before he started to learn a new tune. If your life is a poem that God wants to make into a masterpiece... what verse will you add to it today?