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Author's true-crime book aims to steer kids straight through faith

Author's true-crime book aims to steer kids straight through faith

Forty-six years ago, author Chris Ahrens sold his first story. He’s been earning a living as a writer ever since.

But the 69-year-old Cardiff resident is pleased to say that he won’t make a penny off his latest book, “God & Gangsters.” The self-published paperback features interviews with 21 hardcore and notorious criminals who turned their lives around by embracing Christianity and getting sober.

Last month, Ahrens printed the first 500 copies of his book with the mission of giving every copy away for free. The target audience for “God & Gangsters” is juvenile offenders who Ahrens hopes may learn from the hard-earned wisdom of these reformed gang members, drug...

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