From prison to the pulpit, this con artist-turned church preacher went
from standing in a police lineup to standing alongside Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Rev. Burton Barr Jr. details a life of crime and redemption, as a former
drug addict/dealer now helps troubled youth and young prisoners avert a
wasted life, providing evidence of just how much the presence of God can
change a man, and save his life.
Over a 22-year period, stemming from age 20 until his early 40's, Rev.
Burton Barr, Jr. was a lost soul. Arrested over 30 times - and wanted by
the police in over a half-dozen jurisdictions -- Barr had done everything
possible to ruin his life. He survived being addicted to trees, reds,
heroin, acid, cocaine, and alcohol. He was a drug dealer, and has been
shot and even stabbed. It's not the life you would expect from someone who
was ordained a preacher at the age of 17.
Rev. Barr may have lived his life in a fog, but he recounts the ugly
details of his crime spree and his amazing redemption in this moving
autobiography, The Hoodlum Preacher.