Sentenced to Life
Written by Kay Baker
Book Review by Dennis Moore
Kay Baker, originally from the Philippines, has written an intriguing and motivational book about Kathy Williams and her fall from grace. Kathy Williams looked every part the successful career woman. At a time when women were just emerging into high-profile jobs, she had it all – an impressive title, a wonderful husband, beautiful children, a good home. But it was all just a façade. In reality, her salary wasn’t enough to maintain her family’s comfortable lifestyle, and they had to keep up with the Joneses, after all. As director of investment banking for AMA Global Investments in Manhattan, New York, she had access to clients’ funds, what amounted to millions of dollars. Opportunity was in her hands; the door was wide open for financial gain. She gave in to temptation, to the devil’s whisperings. Just a few dollars won’t hurt. They won’t even notice. They have millions of dollars in their account. They don’t even know what to do with their money.
Taking a little here and a little there and moving some numbers around, Kathy was able to pad her own salary. But it wasn’t long before she was caught and sentenced to eleven years in prison. Realizing how far she had fallen from grace, Kathy turned to Christ, asking for forgiveness for her sins. Sentenced to Life is kathy’s story of how she fell into temptation but was able to overcome challenges in her life and ultimately find peace and victory over her own lustful desires and misguided actions through a close relationship with Christ. This book is more about redemption, than the actual crime itself.
A particular and poignant passage in Sentenced to Life resonates with me, as it states: “As I reflect back on those days, I remember constantly weeping over what I did to my children. I was distraught because my youngest daughter was very angry with me. She could not understand what had happened and why it happened. She felt abandoned. In her mind, I had left her. She was so young, only eleven years old at the time. I did not know how to reach out to her. I was wrong in doing what I did, and I regret it to this day. But our sovereign God is a forgiving God. All He asks is for us to come into repentance and ask for forgiveness. How could I ask God to forgive me when I could not even forgive myself?”
This book by Baker has a similar theme of redemption as with other books that I have reviewed, such as I Was…I Am by Allison Moore and Behind the Shades by Sheila Jean Robinson, the daughter of the late and legendary singer Ray Charles. Ironically, the author of Behind the Shades, served time at the same federal correctional facility in Bryan, Texas as the central character in Sentenced to Life.
This is a heartwarming and spiritually uplifting book that gives the word redemption a whole new meaning, a book that I highly recommend.
Dennis Moore is a member of the San Diego Writers/Editors Guild and a writer and book reviewer with the East County Magazine in San Diego, along with being the book review editor for SDWriteway, an online newsletter for writers in San Diego. He is the author of a book about Chicago politics, “The City That Works: Power, Politics and Corruption in Chicago.” Mr. Moore can be contacted at email@example.com or you can follow him on Twitter at: @DennisMoore8.