Prism Book Project
Oblivion – Grace in Exile with a Monk Behind Bars is Brother Dennis Gibbs story of his journey through decades of poverty, addiction, homelessness and incarceration into life as a monk who steps out of the monastery daily to walk with those living in exile in jails and prisons. Brother Dennis’ own story is woven into those of our incarcerated brothers and sisters and tell of how the bonds of truth and love have been forged through many years of common familiarity with suffering and grace.
From escaping the clutches of family alcoholism and child abuse in a small southern Idaho town, through twenty-five years of addiction, a hard landing in Los Angeles and eventually finding freedom in recovery, this is a Lazarus story of resurrection. Within are recountings of imprisonment and freedom, of heartbreak and joy, of despair and hope.
The stories are gritty and raw because that is what street life and being locked up is. But the stories are also tender, yearning and beautiful, because that’s what the people of these stories are. Told from the extreme margins of life, they give us a glimpse behind our preconceptions and prejudices in a way that allows us to see the humanity of each person and know that we are not so different from one another after all.