New Release: Unshackled: A Story of Redemption

We are excited to announce that author John Swanger recently published his second book, Unshackled: A Story of Redemption. We were honored to be a part of John’s first book, Shackled: Story of a Teenage Bank Robber, and even more so to be a part of the sequel.

The Story of a Teenage Bank Robber.  Now how’s that for a catchy title?

At the age of 19, John Swanger gained the dubious distinction of being one of America’s most prolific armed robbers. Sentenced to serve 30 years in prison, he was set free after only three.

But a prison of the body is not the same as a prison of the heart . . . as Swanger relates in his second book. Continuing the story begun in the first, Swanger tells in gripping detail the account of how he went from inmate to evangelist, from prisoner to minister, called to set the prisoners free.

Here are some words about the book:

“If I could use two words to describe John Swanger, they would be “real deal.” This guy has lived life full throttle both before and after coming to Christ. His authentic, edgy, and often humorous communication style resonates within the hardest of hearts.

Mark Mason – Founder and President, Life on the Verge Ministries, Richmond, Virginia

“The stories of John’s speaking gigs in prisons are often best told by guards who have never seen inmates respond so favorably and enthusiastically. John’s that good of a storyteller (and it’s all true). This sequel, Unshackled: A Story of Redemption, tells the rest of the story. Buckle your seatbelts; this book completes the thrilling ride.”

Mike Sares – Pastor, Scum of the Earth Church; Author, Pure Scum: The Left-Out, the Right-Brained, and the Grace of God

We’ve been delighted to get to know John and he IS the real deal. He is a pastor, ministry leader, author, singer, and songwriter who has dedicated his life to ministering to prison inmates and ex-cons, feeding the homeless, and sharing his powerful testimony to audiences across the U.S. Along with his wife, Raylene, he is the founder of Unshackled Spirit, a ministry dedicated to serving people from all walks of life who are hungry for freedom and transformation in their lives.

John and Raylene reside in Gig Harbor, Washington, where Inspira is located (so we get to see them around once in a while!).  If you would like to order John’s new book, you can find it on Amazon or directly through their ministry website,