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“Love conquers all.”

“Your start to life does not determine your destination.”

“Potential is a priceless treasure, like gold. All of us have gold hidden within, but we have to dig to get it out.” — Anil David

This book was conceived to highlight the power of ‘sentences’ in the lives of ex-offenders and rehabilitated individuals. These motivational quotes encouraged them during their darkest moments and helped create the catalyst for their change. All by using words.

Words are potent. Consider how words have started wars! We can speak either life or death, depending on how we use our words. Sometimes a word or sentence is all that is required to make that shift in someone’s perspective. If we only knew the potential of words, we can actually harness them to heal and transform.

It is my desire that this book inspires you in your own journey of transformation. What you hold is a highly engaging and easy-to-read book of short stories. We have especially selected 30 contributed quotes from 30 individuals who have undergone rehabilitation. All have alluded their current successes to a particular ‘sentence’ they have come across. Hence, the book title – “My Sentence to Success”.

My challenge to you is to also start utilising the power of words to speak healing, blessing and goodness into others. You never know how your sentences can contribute to their success one day.

Glenn Lim
Community Leader

“The rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-offenders requires the support of the entire community. Their journey to start afresh is often filled with challenges. Every kind word and gesture can go a long way towards encouraging them to stay the course. In “My Sentence to Success”, 30 ex-offenders share the words that have inspired them to change their lives for the better. I hope their stories will inspire us to consider how we can use our words to lift up those around us.”

— Assoc Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim
Minister of State
Ministry of Home Affairs & National Development

“We live in a world where criticism is spread too generously amongst recovering ex-offenders. The truth is that every recovery is a lifelong process. Everyone needs words of hope to help them along. Hope is where self-esteem begins. My Sentence To Success is a motivational and inspiring guide to a wholehearted new life. I recommend this read!”

— Benny Se Teo
Ex-offender turned Chef-Entrepreneur
Co-Founder, Eighteen Chefs

“I was touched when reading this second book from Architects of Life, which features quotes that have turned real lives around. Within these covers are concise but powerful stories of determination, transformation and hope that took true courage to share. Read them and be inspired!”

— Sim Ann
Senior Minister of State
Ministry of Communications and Information
Ministry of National Development

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