A Second Chance: For You, For Me, And For The Rest Of Us

By Catherine Hoke (Author)

What if you were only known for the worst thing you've ever done? 

A Second Chance is about new starts, forgiveness, shame, and the power of possibility. 

Don't you deserve a second chance? Don't we all? 

Catherine Hoke founded Defy Ventures, a revolutionary organization that transforms the lives of people with criminal histories. It heals families, strengthens communities, creates jobs, and incubates small businesses. But mostly, Defy helps us find our humanity, regardless of whether we've been to prison or not. 

This is the book that everyone is talking about, and for good reason. You might have heard Cat talking with Tim Ferriss on his podcast, or read about her work on Seth Godin's blog. 

"This is the bravest book I've read in years." - Bill Hybels, Willow Creek 

By sharing her personal story of a second chance, and then introducing us to the people she serves, Cat takes us on a life-changing journey. She helps us understand the methods that are used by the Defy team and how they persevere in the face of daunting odds. A Second Chance is a book about the change that Defy creates, yes, but also about changing your own life.

Catherine Hoke is the inspiring founder and CEO of Defy Ventures, a non-profit that is at the forefront of changing the lives of people before and after their release from prison. She's been featured in The New York Times, Forbes and The Economist and shares her generous hustle wherever she goes.


"Cat Hoke's innovative program is helping men and women "transform their hustle," move past their criminal histories, and build new lives. She and her team at Defy Ventures may have found the key that unlocks real and lasting change for people that many thought were beyond hope." - Governor John Hickenlooper, Governor, Colorado   

"If you’ve been looking for a way to make a difference, to level the playing field, or to fight systemic bias, read A Second Chance. You will not only understand why Google continues to make big bets on Defy; you will be compelled to do your part in creating a world that works for everyone." - Jacquelline Fuller, President, Google.org

"Catherine’s story is about redefining one’s self, facing down seemingly impossible barriers, and igniting the human spirit through empathy, grit, and determination." - Van Jones, social entrepreneur, CNN political contributor and host of The Messy Truth with Van Jones

"If you’ve ever wondered how to put your life back together after it’s fallen apart—or how to find joy and self-worth again after it’s been drained away—Catherine’s book will show you how." - Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook

"This inspiring book shows how it's possible for people who have been cast aside in society to turn their lives around and start giving back to that society." - Adam Grant, bestselling author


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ISBN: 9780999669501

About the Hardcover

Publisher Defy Ventures
Publish date 02/26/2018
Pages 240
ISBN-13 9780999669501
ISBN-10 0999669508
Language English

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