Reclaiming Our Children offers solutions to this downward moral spiral of today’s youth. Changes must occur in: 1) national government; 2) the entertainment industry; 3) educational systems; 4) penal systems; 5) American culture; 6) small businesses; 7) the current tax system.
I found Reclaiming Our Children a bit disturbing to read and justly so, but nevertheless I learned many lessons from it. I was unaware of how quickly the revolving door returns some people, who have committed injustices, back into society without any real preparation for a hopeful, challenging, changed life.
In a real sense, I learned that jails and prisons simply babysit prisoners until their release date. Some offer educational programs and adequate recreation, but according to Dixon, few psychologically prepare about-to-be-released inmates for the challenges and prejudice they are about to face, often for the rest of their lives.
In the case of the book's author, he admittedly picked himself up by his own bootstraps seeking — through books and education — information that would change his spiritual mindset to an extremely positive set of values that would carry him through life.
I would recommend Reclaiming Our Children to every reader; to psychologists, ministers, social workers, politicians, and wardens, because every one of us in the United States is concerned, openly or secretly, about the demoralization of our country.
We’ve shared Nixon's Watergate, Clinton’s Sex Scandal, Bush’s War, The Twin Towers, Columbine, Enron, and a host of other unforgettable moments in our lives. We've just lived through the killing spree that occurred a few days ago at a fitness center near Pittsburgh.
Yet, we forget that all involved in these unforgivable moments were at one time children — yes, children — youths who started out in the image of God. Dixon’s easy to read book might help change attitudes toward those in prison. It might give inmates a sense of hope and inspire them to change their values before returning to society. Better still, it may goad those in authority to provide needed societal changes to halt mental imprisonment before it occurs.