In the Whale's Belly
Experiences in jail ministry by Rebecca Borntrager Graber
In the Whale's Belly is a collection of real life experiences the author had while being involved in jail ministry in south Texas. Many of the chapters are written as conversations between the author and the ladies in jail, allowing the reader to listen in on the raw needs of those in jail and the answers given from Scripture. The ending of each chapter includes questions and notes that can be used in a personal or group Bible Study.
Rebecca Borntrager Graber was born into the Amish culture and married an Amish Minister. She gave birth to 7 children. In her late thirties and early forties she and her husband Lester left the Amish Church and Community in order to follow Jesus. In the years after she left the Amish she spent time in Prison Ministry. Part of that story is included in this book.
“In August of 2009, I entered the county jail for the first time. Clutching my Bible in one hand and my purse in the other I pressed the button to notify the attendant to unlock the doors. When I stepped inside the heavy metal doors clanged as they closed behind me. I knew I was starting a new chapter in my life.” -Rebecca Borntrager Graber