Lessons of Redemption tells the story of his life from his time on the tough streets of Baltimore City, through his several years in federal prison, to rebirth as a renowned community leader, championing substance abuse prevention and helping children of addicted parents. Kevin was inspired to write this book because of his own personal transformation into manhood and to give hope to others who are confronted with the same choices. "I want people to know that you don't have to be defined by your mistakes. You can turn your life around and become a positive member in society. I did," says Shird. Lesson of Redemption is a raw, uncensored glimpse into a way of life that claims many youth in urban communities. Former Baltimore Sun Newspaper Writer and Journalist Gregory Kane said, "Readers might want to strap on their seat belts before reading Kevin Shird's book. He gives us a detailed, exciting portrait of what life is really like on Baltimore's streets. David Simon only wrote about 'The Wire.' Shird lived it." Though his memoir is an action-packed real-life thriller, Kevin is partnering with Baltimore-area universities and community organizations to use his story as a tool and resource for understanding the perspective of youth in similar circumstances and for planning more effective interventions to break the cycle.