…and Purpose in Life
by Ward Allan Yont
Ward Allan Yont is serving a life sentence for a murder he committed in 1993 while under the influence of methamphetamine and in the midst of a psychotic break suffered after his mother died in a freak accident.
Ward’s first book, …and Purpose in Life, is a memoir about the events that led to his incarceration and subsequent spiritual transformation, published in August 2019.
“We can easily focus on the tragedies in Yont’s story, but there is no need to dwell there. For this is a story of resurrection and love—of darkness turned into light, and the transformation of the human heart. Yont is not a victim, but a teacher. He has lived his own story and now he illumines ours.”
—Marianne Williamson, educator, speaker and author of A Return to Love
In my classes I’m quick to remind my students that although they may very well hear me say things that they’ve never heard before, I’m not there to teach them anything they don’t already know.
The only real solution to our collective condition lies in addressing the issue of addiction, and the only way to excavate addiction’s roots is to understand their origins, expose them and realize what addiction can never, will never offer.
In psychology, the term “ego” simply means “identity with self.” i.e., separate from others. As we focus on the spiritual, we come to an awareness that there really is no such thing as an individual self.
I begin each new workshop series in the same way. On the left side of the board, I write down the things I wanted most in life, prior to my incarceration. “Drugs” and “Money.”
For the past 20+ years I’ve been an avid student of three books. For the past seven years I’ve also been a prison facilitator of the teachings of those same three books.
My name is Ward Allan Yont, and I’m a “lifer”—an inmate in the Arizona Department of Corrections. Not too long ago my publisher, Ann, and I were talking in one of our weekly phone calls.