Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. – Mark Twain

Hurting People Hurt People by E. Cantu

It started when I was still just a juvenile. My first victim was my mom. I physically, and emotionally hurt her because of my anger within. I was always lashing out in anger. One day I remembered playing, and I thought about all the things I did that caused me to spend six months in juvenile prison. After all the things I did, my mom still supported and loved me through it all.

As I grew up and got older, my abusive behavior got worse. I’ve been to prison three times for deadly conduct, family and domestic violence. Two of my victims are both the mothers of my children. I caused so much stress, pain and hurt not only to them, but to my two sons also. All my life I’ve been told that I am an angry person, useless and a nobody. But I’m tired of hurting myself and others.

I am writing this from a Domestic Violence Class that I attend each week here at Texas ReEntry Services. I didn’t have to write this, but I want to change.  I have God in my life now, and all I want is to love -not hate. Be happy -not mad.  Maybe this writing thing can help me, and maybe sharing my story can help someone else. All my life I’ve always asked myself, “Why are you mad? What’s wrong with me?”

God help me.

Peer Support

We exposed our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Peer Support Program to men and women attending a Domestic Violence Class at Texas ReEntry Services a couple of months ago, and Eddie submitted his story.  TGIM and Texas ReEntry Services, INC partnered together to implement this program as a realistic criminal justice  strategy that safely reduces the State’s costly reliance on incarceration– creating stronger families, less taxpayer waste, and safer communities.

The program offers men and women like Eddie another chance to make a positive and encouraging difference in the world through their storytelling while allowing participants an opportunity to experience writing as therapy, and learn a new trade.  After all, we all have a story to tell!  Just like youth attending Writing for the Soul Workshop™, Eddie earn royalties when you support him. This helps him do things like pay the classes and therapy he needs to heal.  Simply download the eBook: ‘Stories of Hope’ to enjoy from your favorite device. When you do, he earns $3 and Texas ReEntry Services INC receives a donation of $3.00. Your purchase ensures that participants like him can continue to access Writing for the Soul Workshop™ at no cost to them. During checkout, enter Coupon Code: ecantu1017 to get the e-book for only $8.99. You save $1.00!

About Hope Beyond The Walls:

Stories of Hope is a compilation of  heart wrenching, and liberating short stories written by youth participating in Writing for the Soul Workshop™ around the world. Through a unique structure offering both engagement -and reward, this workshop brings education and passion together in a way that offers permanent life changing impact. As noted in the forward by educator Sarah Lankford, these unique and amazing individuals have received a rare opportunity to share a story they needed to share … and develop a love of writing as a result.



Price: $9.99 USD
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
122 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1537368849
ISBN-10: 1537368842
BISAC: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / General

Purchase a copy of the book or download the eBook and enjoy it from your favorite device today! Stay connected with updates from our workshops in Asia on Facebook at: Writing for the Soul Workshop™ in North America.


About Hope Beyond The Walls

Available December 15, 2016

Have you or someone you love ever been incarcerated?  As a result of America’s decades long war on drugs, the US “presently incarcerates 330,000 prisoners on drug-related charges at an estimated annual cost of $40 billion.” This doesn’t include the ongoing costs to society as those that have been touched by the cycle of probation, incarceration and parole work to reintegrate into society, find employment, and stay on track with meeting the mandates of probation and parole.

‘Hope Beyond the Walls’ is a collection of short stories, and memoirs collected from writers impacted by addiction who are working to reenter society. This project is made possible through our Community Partnership with Texas ReEntry Services. Together, we offer Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Peer Support as a realistic criminal justice  strategy that safely reduces the State’s costly reliance on incarceration– creating stronger families, less taxpayer waste, and safer communities.