SLT man writes prisoner’s 'Prayer Book’ foreword

The foreword for a new book on an Upper Peninsula woman's experiences with prison ministry was written by Spring Lake Township resident Doug Tjapkes.
Tribune Staff
Nov 17, 2011


“The Prisoner’s Prayer Book” by Louise Reichert of Marquette was released this week. It features one- and two-page prayers that come from visits within a high-security prison and from advocating for an ailing inmate.

Reichert’s prison ministry led to a friendship with Tjapkes, president of Humanity for Prisoners, an advocacy group for wrongfully convicted inmates. Over time, Tjapkes said he shared a wide range of prisoner experiences and emotions that he has encountered, and Reichert wrote prayers in response.

“The prayers were too good, too meaningful — they had to be shared,” Tjapkes said. “Other prisoners would want those prayers.”

Copies of the book are available on

Humanity for Prisoners is offering a package plan that includes a copy of the book mailed to a Michigan prisoner. More information can be obtained at or


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