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About Joshua Underwood

Joshua Underwood is a published author, poet and motivational speaker

Despite being labeled “gifted” as a child, Joshua spent his early childhood years facing extreme poverty, an absentee father, a mother battling addiction and, an environment inundated with crime and hopelessness.
After a juvenile crime spree at the age of 17, Joshua found himself in solitary confinement, being charged as an adult and, facing a natural life sentence plus over 100 years in prison.
 
It was in that solitary confinement cell, wrestling against depression and thoughts of suicide that Joshua hit “rock bottom”. It was that “rock bottom” that caused him to cry out to God, surrender his life and, become a follower of Jesus Christ.
(2 Cor. 5:17) After his encounter with God in solitary confinement, everything began to change. Evidence dissipated, eye-witnesses recanted and, as opposed to spending the rest of his life in prison, at the age of 18, he was sentenced to 15 years in Florida Department of Corrections.
 

He began picking up the pieces. Praying. Reading. Studying. Learning. Unlearning. Healing. Rebuilding. After 13 years and 10 months, at the age of 31, Joshua was released. However, the 31 year old man who emerged was an entirely different Individual than the 17 year old boy who entered.

Almost immediately, he began speaking at churches, youth groups and detention centers; mentoring, hosting poetry workshops and spoken word banquets and, sharing his story and the faith that enabled him to make his transformation.

NOW HUSBAND, FATHER, MENTOR, SPEAKER, AUTHOR OF CHRISTIAN NON-FICTION BOOK 13:3″ AND FOUNDER OF THIRTEEN MINISTRIES INC. AND THE “YOUNG POETS PROJECT”, JOSHUA UNDERWOOD HAS A POWERFUL TESTIMONY AND AN EXCEPTIONAL ABILITY TO TELL IT, AS HE USES A UNIQUE BLEND OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND COMPELLING ARTISTRY TO INSPIRE AND EMPOWER HIS AUDIENCE.

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    Signature Speeches

    The Art of Reinvention

    Know Your Identity

    The World Needs Results, Not Excuses

    Let's Play Catch

    You Are Not An Addict!

    13:3 by Joshua Underwood

    This is more than a compilation of poems. It represents the collective voice of thousands – millions – of incarcerated brothers and sisters, from all walks of life, experiencing every form of adversity and hardship imaginable, yet choosing to persevere in spite of… This is an encouragement to those inside the walls to keep the faith, and a charge to those outside of the walls to remember those in chains.

    13:3 Available Now

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    September 14th, 2023

    Palm Acres Charter High School

    Lehigh Acres, Fl
    Speaking Engagement
    September 13th, 2023

    Chokoloskee Church of God

    Chokoloskee, FL
    Speaking Engagement
    August 24th, 2023

    SWFJDC

    Fort Myers, Fl
    Speaking Engagement
    June 2023

    Truecore Behavioral Solutions

    Tampa, FL
    Speaking Engagements
    March 18th 2022

    Justin's Place Recovery Program

    Labelle, FL
    Speaking Engagement
    March 9th, 2022

    ARC, Citygate Ministries

    Ft. Myers, FL
    Speaking Engagement
    June 19th, 2021

    Faith & Family Worship Center

    Sebring, FL
    Speaking Engagement
    October 22nd, 2018

    Next Level Leadership Conference

    Presented Spoken Word on "Identity"
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