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That Bird Has My Wings The Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row That Bird Has My Wings is the astounding memoir of death row inmate Jarvis Masters and a testament to the tenacity of the human spirit and the talent of a fine writer Offering scenes from his life tha

  • Title: That Bird Has My Wings: The Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row
  • Author: Jarvis Jay Masters
  • ISBN: 9780061730450
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Hardcover
  • That Bird Has My Wings: The Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row By Jarvis Jay Masters, That Bird Has My Wings is the astounding memoir of death row inmate Jarvis Masters and a testament to the tenacity of the human spirit and the talent of a fine writer Offering scenes from his life that are at times poignant, revelatory, frightening, soul stirring, painful, funny, and uplifting, That Bird Has My Wings tells the story of the author s childhood with parentsThat Bird Has My Wings is the astounding memoir of death row inmate Jarvis Masters and a testament to the tenacity of the human spirit and the talent of a fine writer Offering scenes from his life that are at times poignant, revelatory, frightening, soul stirring, painful, funny, and uplifting, That Bird Has My Wings tells the story of the author s childhood with parents addicted to heroin, an abusive foster family, a life of crime and imprisonment, and the eventual embracing of Buddhism.

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    1. So many times while reading this book, I had to stop and let my heart heal Innocent is not the right word to describe Jarvis Jay Masters He is a casualty of a family and a care system so broken it would be no wonder if he murdered someone Assault, theft, yes He is guilty But he played no part in the crime that put him on death row, and that s where the pain of his imprisonment becomes almost too much to bear That he was getting his life in order, finding his core through Buddhism, makes his wron [...]

    2. I could not put this book down It is the memoir of a death row inmate who becomes a Buddhist meditating in his cell every day But we don t hear those stories until about 80% of the book has passed Most of it is about his childhood as a foster kid struggling to survive We see how he slowly hardens his heart as difficult circumstances come his way No doubt he and all children who face such things deserved much better than he got And yet he did have love, compassion and wise folks in his life Thou [...]

    3. Absolutely amazing A must read for all One of the best books I ve read this year and one of the best autobiographies I ve ever read.

    4. This is a fascinating story of a man who never really had a chance at growing up to live in freedom Not to excuse his crimes, but it helps one understand how generations of children are raised in an atmosphere of hopelessness, an environment that dares them to survive How they have to do so naturally leads to a life that risks life and freedom For Jarvis Jay Masters, it was a series of experiences an abusive father who disappeared early in life, an abused mother who was addicted to heroin, a gro [...]

    5. I started reading this book thinking I would never finish it because it sounded so trite subtitle the autobiography of an innocent man on death row Well, I plowed through this book because it was so compelling It s mostly about his youth from about age 4 to age 19 or so when he was sent to San Quentin Only the last part of the book describes his experience in San Quentin, death row and his experiences with Buddhism He describes really horrible experiences of abuse and neglect at home and in vari [...]

    6. I ve always thought of becoming a CASA volunteer this book kicked my butt into motion It s the story of Jarvis Masters, who, like many kids in the foster system, has so many tragic and disturbing experiences and so few people who come into their lives for to help them shine It s well written, quick to read, and will move the reader to thinking, wishing, or feeling for the children who deserve so much better than what life hands them The link to CASA is below in case anyone else is interestedforc [...]

    7. I forget books almost as fast as I read them, but I THINK I ll remember this one forever, or at least details from it Masters and his sibs, abandoned by their drug addicted mother, eating food left out for them by a kindly neighbor Masters cleaning a series of stinking jail cells until they shine Masters strapped and scared, standing guard behind the door while his older brother sells drugs This guy has been through it, and he s able to tell his horrifying story in a restrained, calm voice that [...]

    8. insightful well written especially considering Jarvis Jay Masters spotty formal education To personalize what is unfortunately the upbringing of many makes this story stick with you.was the bookclub pick for January Interested in the discussion to follow.

    9. The author of this memoir has wonderful insight into his tragic upbringing and how it lead him to death row Due to his commitment to Buddhism and meditation while behind bars, he is also forgiving and accepting He is also a skilled writer and I am grateful that he has shared his story.

    10. Good story of strife and redemption without over dramatizing I had hoped for lucid application of Buddhist principles.

    11. This is one of the best autobiographies I have ever read I picked this up at the Library randomly and thought it might be average and or readable but predictable I can t even describe how good this book is Most of the book is the first 19 years of Jarvis s life He was a smart and talented kid who lived with unbelievable neglect, briefly thrived under the care of loving foster parents, and then was pushed back once into a corrupt foster care system that pushes many inner city youth ever closer t [...]

    12. That Bird Has My Wings is inspiring for the same reason that Man s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl is inspiring It is the story of finding meaning, purpose, and freedom under dire circumstances Jarvis Jay Masters became a Buddhist while imprisoned on Death Row If you think your life is challenging or stressful, think about sharing living quarters with murderers in San Quentin State Prison The bulk of the book describes Masters growing up It is sad in places, poignant and heart warming in oth [...]

    13. I had accepted beatings, loneliness, and near starvation as normal because those things had helped me to survive Now when these women undressed me, it felt like they were removing a shield that had become a part of me As they peeled off layer after layer, I began to feel my age and started crying With my tears I shed each fiber of responsibility I had in caring for my sisters and brother I was finally being cared for as a child, and so the child inside me opened wide That Bird Has My Wings is re [...]

    14. The author of this book is also the author of my last book review Jarvis Jay Masters.In the book that bird has my wings Jarvis Jay Masters talks long before he was put on death row.He goes into detail that how family over powers anything and that even if they are not family by blood they are still family.This take places during his early child hood and how his family was struggle on how life was for him growing was tuff.Hie tells the difference between his early life with his heron addicted moth [...]

    15. I was handed this book by a customer at work and because she s such a nice lady, I felt in a way coerced into reading it All criticism or nitpicking aside, I don t read much prison literature, the fact that I believe this is an actual genre, is troubling But to re emphasize, I felt changed by Soul On Ice by Eldridge Cleaver, but that s about it First, I don t know all of the details of this remarkable story and how much is memoir based on fact and fiction is beyond me Mr Masters pretty much leav [...]

    16. There are some things which we reflexively call unimaginable because, in fact, we CAN imagine them and that terrifies us We say we can t imagine something like someone else s grief because we don t want to really the problem is that we can totally imagine it but find the vision intolerable Loss and death and many kinds of misfortune are like that Spending decades in solitary confinement is not like that Growing up without a loving presence to protect you or provide for you when you were tiny, be [...]

    17. When Jarvis is a young boy he and his four siblings are taken away from their drug addicted, neglectful mother and placed in separate foster homes Jarvis was fortunate to be placed in a loving home with the Prockes, a caring elderly couple who loved and nurtured him Things began to fall apart when he is removed from the home due to the Prockes age and declining health He is then placed in an abusive home with foster parents who are in it only for the money They torture and abuse him Feeling hope [...]

    18. Powerful and thoughtful narrative He does not offer excuses for the wrongs he admits the subtitle regarding him being an innocent man refers to the crime he was placed on death row for, specifically What he does do is examine how his early life experiences, including the way he was cared for and the choices he made, brought him to where he is now San Quentin.Excellent passage of self awareness I actually felt safer on the run I d come to love fleeing the sense of being a tightrope walker suspend [...]

    19. Masters takes us on the compelling and heart wrenching journey of his life, from being the child of a heroin addicted mother to bouncing around foster homes and institutions, to finally awaiting death by lethal injection at San Quentin prison where he discovers spirituality Written with a touching honesty, his book is not a defense of his crimes or a plea for forgiveness although he claims innocence in the crime that landed him on death row he does so only briefly and instead allows his voice to [...]

    20. This book was very well written for the first half and then started to weaken Part of my problem was that I wasn t sure how much to believe about his time as a criminal and in jail since he is currently on death row and trying to appeal his case which means it is in his interest to present himself in the most positive way possible Sometimes it felt a little fake to me Also, he admits himself that he committed the armed robberies that got him into jail in the first place so he s really just claim [...]

    21. Very, very good book I was completely amazed how this book left me yearning for There are a couple of suggestions that I would make I would definitely make the book longer by explaining about the transformation to Buddism I was quite intrigued by this, but the author only focused the later chapters on this Also, I wanted information about the crime that he stated he did not commit I understand that there may be legal reasons as to why he did not delve into details, but I was curious about thi [...]

    22. As an educator for social justice, I thought I knew a lot about kids, schools, and the struggles of getting a quality education and life opportunities in an unjust system But Jarvis Jay Masters unflinching look at his own life and journey through the hell realms of our society opened my eyes in a profound way to realities I had no idea about and which countless others, particularly many black male youth, continue to experience That he could have achieved the self knowledge and inner peace having [...]

    23. This book broke my heart, only to mend it, then break it again Mr Masters is an unfortunate casualty of a broken system And even tragically, he is not alone Although he was originally incarcerated for crimes he did commit, he was put on death row for something of which he claims to be innocent I m unsure if his defense team is still working on this, as the book was published several years ago I shall have to investigate At any rate, it is there, on death row, in solitary confinement that he beg [...]

    24. That Bird Has My Wings, an autobiography, written by Jarvis Jay Masters is filled with sorrow, happiness, and wisdom The book is about the journey of Jarvis Masters, a boy who has dealt with heroin addicts, robbers, and the cold reality of the system When he ends up behind the bars of San Quentin for armed robbery, and later in death row for a crime he didn t commit, he surprisingly finds peace, or enlightenment This book is a great story of faith and hope I recommend this book for anyone who fe [...]

    25. That Bird Has my Wings is a road map of the lengthy, tortuous process too many of our benign, goodhearted children face as they progress through no fault of their own from innocence to survival and criminal behavior As a child Jarvis Jay Masters was subjected to a brutality that no person should endure, the worst of it from the very system that was charged with helping him Yet he has not only endured to tell his story, he found the way to redemption and a return to his own good nature This is a [...]

    26. I came to this book after seeing a young peoples theatre performance group Truthworker Theatre do their rendition of his writings on stage in New York Blown away I bought the book with a forward by Pema Chodron and also had to stop through out because of how it reflected an on going challenge we see in our country and the secrecy of the lives of the children we work with daily My best wishes to him.

    27. This book reaps and sows great compassion I wish all people would read it and better understand the factors that lead people into a life of crime, and importantly, the possibility and hope of redemption This book helps create and grow a forgiving heart I am so grateful to have come across this book having read a review from Pema Chodron Thank you Jarvis Jay Masters for your life and story.

    28. I loved this book It tells the story of Jarvis Jay His childhood was hard, with a drug addict mother and really mean father Then a nice foster home, then a really evil foster home with beatings I just can t imagine the pain this man has gone through I could not, even for a day stop reading this book This man is still on death row for a murder he didn t commit I recommend this book to anyone looking for some great non fiction or just a new favorite book.

    29. A truly excruciating look at an inner city childhood and the brutalization of a young black child.I take Mr Masters with a grain of salt, when he explains his crimeshe does use distancing language.But he is very good at explaining his inner state Jury is out as far i m concerned if he is innocentyou don t get death row and 12 years solitary confinement for being a Boy Scout.

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