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Reverend Theresa Crabtree

Theresa in Meditation Pose in mock Jail Cell

Man reading book through prison bars.

Your donation to Books 4 Inmates will place
self-empowerment books into the hands of incarcerated people who are seeking spiritual enlightenment. 

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Books 4 Inmates

BOOKS 4 INMATES began in 2011, when I began donating my first book, Mayan Messages: Daily Guide to Empowerment to U.S. Federal and State prisons. It took an average of five phone calls to each prison in order to gain permission for the book to be included in their reading and/or Chaplain’s library. Within two years, the books were donated to over 1,100 prison libraries.

On the first page of the book, there is an invitation for inmates to write for a free, personal copy. To date, over two thousand inmates have received a free copy. Many are gathering in study groups to share the contents with their peers.

Through the years, several inmates befriended me as a source of spiritual inspiration. I have much admiration for those who have turned their lives around while living in one of the most difficult situations one can imagine… prison.

Their determination to find their way toward spiritual awareness has been a great source of inspiration for myself. It seemed such a waste that the knowledge they gained from years of research had no audience. Thus, I was inspired to invite several of them to share their wisdom in a compilation of spiritual lessons that will be donated to prisons along with the Mayan Messages. I believe those outside the walls of prison will gain much encouragement from these strong individuals, as well. Thus, Enlightenment Behind Bars began its birthing process.

In addition, my newest book, Universal Truth: Tools for Transformation is also being offered for donation to prison libraries and individual inmates. I sense there will be more books to follow, depending on how long I remain on earth.

Part of the proceeds from all books, services and products on this website are used to fund Books 4 Inmates.


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Dee C. Stout

Damon C. Stout photo with hat

Incarcerated at 19, Damon spent the next 24 years of his life behind bars, released in the Fall of 2019.

Much of his prison time has been spent in spiritual studies. As an artist and astrologist, he hand-made intricate astrology charts for his clients.

Damon is a Euro-Shaman, of Vanatru lineage and a self-practitioner of the Irminsuli tradition for over 15 years.


The Sacred Wheel
Five Degrees of Initiation
Divine Being and Existence
Introduction to the Kabbalah Tree of Life


Anastazia Schmid photo leaving courthouse

After serving 18 years, Anastazia was released in 2019, after making a positive impact on hundreds of women in and out of prison.

As she witnessed many injustices in the judicial and prison systems, Anastazia has become a voice for the voiceless.

As an eloquent writer and speaker, dedicated to exposing the truth, Anastazia has the potential and drive to change laws, improving the lives of many. In 2020, she completed her graduate studies and will begin her PhD studies in the Fall.


Truth and Trauma
Return to the Goddess
Meditation for Invoking the Goddess Within

Click here to listen to Anastazia speak
on the topic of “Truth and Trauma.”

Carl “Oooh Bay” Robinson

Carl Robinson photo with plaid hat.

By the age of 42, Carl had spent 16 years behind bars. Much of the latter years of incarceration were spent in spiritual studies of several disciplines.

While in prison, Carl began to create unique jewelry relating to the client’s birth sign and other areas of interest. He was also part of the “Paws for Life Prison Program” as a dog trainer .

Upon his release in 2019, Carl has created
Sokul Body Wear: Hand-Crafted Designer Jewelry.

Check out his designs here.  https://sokulbodywear.com

As a singer – songwriter, “The Sun Returned Home” pours out memories of life in a soul-stirring raspy voice, adding heart to any track he is on.


Visualization of Cleansing Elements
The What, The How and the Why of God



Male fingers sewing a pillow.

Sewing was one of the “hustles” that Needles used to buy and barter what he needed and shared with others during his 9 years behind bars.

Released in 2019, Needles immediately hit the used bookstores, on the hunt for books to gift to spiritual Seekers he had met in prison.

After work hours, he spends the majority of his time developing a plan to help “Returning Citizens” land as softly as possible.


What is Karma?
Sin in Perspective
Is Reincarnation Real?
Manifesting Abundance
Do Angels and Devils Exist?
Be Careful what You Wish For!
Plus 13 more topics!

Joe Kinney

Joe Kinney headshot with bead headband

At 19 years of age, Joe was hit with a sobering 35-72 year sentence. He is currently serving his 34th year, with his first chance to be seen by the Parole Board in 2021.

Joe participates and often leads the Native American circle at his prison, which includes the sweat lodge and pipe ceremonies, dedicating his life to the “Red Road.”

After years as a carpenter and making license plates, he was happy to be part of the Canine Behavior Modification program.



Living in the Moment
The Seven Grandfather Teachings of the Red Road

Mark Robinson

Mark Richardson Headshot

After serving 23 years, Mark was released in 2018.

Since his release, Mark has taken Reiki training and completed Barber school.

He is currently engaged to the love of his life!


We are All Creators

Spiritual vs Material Based Life
Obtaining Peace Through Forgiveness
Tonglen Giving and Receiving Meditation
Unity Consciousness vs Separation Theology

Scott Hayden

Hayden is currently serving his 20th year on a 50 year sentence. In 2023, he goes before the Parole Board for his first chance of regaining his freedom.

Like all of these authors, Hayden experienced his awakening while in prison. He dedicates most of his free time to spiritual studies and practice, sharing his knowledge with those who are interested.


The River of Mind
The Divine Ground
Spirituality and Religion
Buddhism: A Single Step
Fragmentation and Wholeness
The Inner Transformation Method
Plus 6 more!


Iven-Ra headshot

Sentenced to 50 years, Iven-Ra began his incarceration at the age of 17. After serving 27 years in prison, he was paroled in early 2020.

Through much of his incarceration, Iven-Ra has participated and led spiritual groups with his inmate peers.


The Same Day
Abysmal Deep
Chaos to Order
Water to Blood
A Force and a Power
The Living Amongst Us Dead
Put a Value on Cross-Reference
Do you know? Become Awake!

Enlightenment Behind Bars

Coming Mid-Summer, 2020!

EBB Front Cover of Book
Enlightenment Behind Bars will help to free your mind, whether you currently find yourself imprisoned in the Department of Corrections or the prison created within your own mind.

Enlightenment Behind Bars is a compilation of spiritual lessons written by seven men and one woman while incarcerated in prison. 

With an accumulated total of over 170 years behind bars, their fortitude and ability to obtain spiritual growth while in the “Belly of the Beast” speaks volumes in and of itself.

Meet each author as they share their journey of awakening while behind bars. Each of them includes several lessons on spirituality to help expand your conscious awareness.

From their varied backgrounds and research, you will be introduced to nougats of Truth gained from many religious outlets including but not limited to Christianity, Buddhism, Neterianism, Islam and Native American Spirituality. 

Included are spiritual practices such as meditations and prayers that have helped them on their awakening path. Browse their recommended reading list to spur you onto more research along your Path as a Seeker.

Help Donate these books to Prison Libraries and Inmates!


Enlightenment Behind Bars is a compilation of spiritual lessons written by eight authors while in prison.

Meet each author as they share their journey of awakening while in the “Belly of the Beast.”

Included are spiritual practices such as meditation, prayers and their recommended reading list for Seekers of Truth. 


Universal Truth is a collection of over 200 daily inspirational messages. These are not just “feel good” quotes, but practical tips and meditations you can easily incorporate into your daily life to:

* Release Emotional Blocks
* Build Better Relationships
* Gain Mental Clarity
* Nurture Body, Mind and Soul

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Mayan Messages is a collection of 260 daily inspirational quotes and meditations. They offer solutions to problems in all areas of your life. In addition, the Messages address how we create our reality. Emphasis is placed on monitoring one’s thoughts, words and actions. 

Mayan Messages offers many tools to assist with your spiritual growth! 
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Every day, I receive requests from inmates
for free copies of these books.

Your donation will put spiritual books in the hands of inmates
who are seeking spiritual enlightenment.


Inmates Praise Mayan Messages

“Five of us have gotten together and started our own little group. We meet out in the yard once a week. The day of the new and full moon, we do our own little ritual. We give thanks to the Gods for you, for bringing us the Mayan Messages which we read at each ritual. The Mayan Messages give us an inner peace.”
Dennis in Louisiana

“The messages from these spirits have changed my life. You see I am a Christian. I know there are missing pieces in the Bible. I have been studying other religions, theology and philosophy. God has told me there is truth in all religions. I’m finding this to be true. The positive spirits in the Mayan Messages are very powerful. I believe in Love, Unity & Peace. I know this world as we know it is not our reality, but we still need to play our script. I’m on the path to true light. But I still need help, because I’m only a student but would like to be a teacher someday, perhaps a master. I will continue to pray for your ministry.   Thank you.”
Paul in New Mexico

“I am a High Priest in Wicca here at the prison and we use the Mayan Messages in our group.”
Donald in Iowa

“I have been part of the inspiration crew. During our morning meetings, we are reading that day’s Mayan Message to the group and getting good feedback and appreciation from most of the members. Also, when I was in a lot of suffering and disconnectedness, your books helped me reconnect and KNOW that I was not alone. The Mayan Messages have totally lifted my spirit!   Namaste, In Lakesh”
R.T.  Illinois

“I can say that the Mayan Messages are not only the best books I’ve ever read, but also I can relate myself to what is in the books. I was born and raised in Mexico, educated with true Mexican Principles. Now reading your books, I started to remember things my Mom does or said to me in childhood. These books have an important message in every small paragraph and more people should read and study the true meaning of physical death and spiritual life.     Blessings from my heart.”
Carlos in Florida

“The Mayan Messages expand and bring together The Secret, James Redfield’s works and some other readings that I’ve found while here in prison. I have spent my whole time in treatment for alcoholism and am grateful for these Daily Lessons. I’ve shared them with a few others who are willing to change. Change is a process Not an Event. These daily messages are a wonderful and honest way to look at life. Thank you for the exciting and positive work that you have put together.”
Robert in Colorado

“Before I came to prison I had started walking the Red Road. Those teachings are parallel to yours. Since starting reading your book, I am re-inspired to make a difference in my Self and on Mother Earth.     Thank you!”
Wyatt ‘Dreams with Heart’ in Missouri

“The Mayan Messages are very beneficial for making positive changes in one’s life. I plan to share my copies with as many people as I can. I am a Buddhist practitioner and the books have a lot of the same teachings, just worded differently. The Mayan Messages will help with my path. I am very grateful for you sending me them free of charge. It is very kind of you. Not many people do things like this for the incarcerated.”
Angie in Illinois

“I’ve read a LOT of books and material on spirituality and am a serious student of all things spiritual. Mayan Messages is a fabulous example of the synthesisation of timeless wisdom and new age language which makes it current and interesting to all.”
David from California

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