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Jim L Townsend

American Author

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New Release

Snakes In The Garden: The Untold Story Of The Life Of Jimmy Townsend

"Snakes in the Garden: The Untold Story Of The Life Of Jim (aka Jimmy) L. Townsend is the first of a three-part series.  As a whole, it is a gripping memoir of Jim L. Townsend, as seen through the eyes of Jim, a man who has lived a life of incredible highs and lows. The book begins with Jim's turbulent childhood, where he faced abuse and neglect at the hands of those who should have protected him. Despite the odds, he fought to survive in a segregated society and eventually rose to become a relatively successful drug kingpin once married to now Marjorie Harvey (current wife of actor/comedian Steve Harvey). But his life of crime came with a heavy price, and he was eventually sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
While serving his sentence, Jim had a powerful spiritual awakening and found solace in his faith. Through the guidance of God, he was able to confront his past and make peace with the mistakes he had made. "Snakes in the Garden" is a raw and honest account of one man's journey from darkness to light, the snakes he encountered along the way, and how he found redemption through his relationship with God.

From drug kingpin to spiritual leader: a remarkable transformation

‘Snakes In The Garden’ is Townsend's best  writing yet

  Extra! Extra! Read All About It

From a life of crime to a life of purpose!

‘Gripping storytelling’

From the depths of incarceration to the light of hope!

Discover the Incredible Life Story of Jim Townsend



Interview with Storm Monroe

Interview The Bev Johnson Show

Guest Speaker November 11th Little Rock, Arkansas

& Book Signing

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About Jim L. Townsend

Jim L Townsend grew up in Memphis, TN, one of the most racially divided cities in America. At the age of 19, he migrated to Chicago, IL, in search of better job opportunities. However, what he found instead was a life of crime. The city of Chicago changed his mindset and turned him from a hard-working law-abiding citizen into a notorious drug dealer.

Despite facing many challenges and obstacles, including childhood trauma and two failed marriages, Jim's life hit rock bottom when he was sentenced to 27 years in federal prison on a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole for nonviolent drug conspiracy crime.

In his autobiography "Snakes in the Garden," Jim is transparent about his life journey, including the no-holds-barred approach he takes in telling the truth about his ex-wife and partner in crime, Marjorie Harvey, the present wife of comedian Steve Harvey. Through his story, Jim hopes to inspire and encourage others to overcome their own challenges and pursue their dreams, avoiding the path that led him to a life of crime.

Join Jim on his journey and gain insight into the lessons he learned along the way. "Snakes in the Garden" is a powerful memoir that will leave readers with a deeper understanding of the human experience and the importance of making the right choices in life.

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