This is a memoir of sorts, tracing the struggle of one New Orleans nun to engage the subject of capital punishment in her community. A movie was made, based on the book, starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn - this led me to be a bit skeptical about the larger moral value of the book. I was wrong.
Prejean recounts everything, from her internal emotional struggle serving as spiritual adviser to a very guilty death row inmate - and watching him killed. To the moral and spiritual journey that led her into relationships (both rewarding and difficult) with victim's families and ultimately to starting both an abolition movement and a victims advocacy group.
I found it to be a powerful glimpse into her faith and work and well worth reading - it covers a lot of the politics and in-depth minutia of capital punishment with a solid Christian foundation.