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ROSS REILY: ‘Sanctuary of Outcasts’ best book I have read in at least a decade



A little over a year ago, my sister-in-law suggested a book to my wife.

She, in turn, suggested it to me, saying it was a good book by a Mississippi author.

At the time, I had no idea the book, “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts” would become one of my favorite books of all time. So much so, that I routinely recommend it to people even if the topic of books hasn’t come up.

Just yesterday, I suggested it to someone.

In The Sanctuary of Outcasts

In The Sanctuary of Outcasts

Author Neil White couldn’t be more authentic. The Mississippi product put together a spellbinding true story of his life of how he has been through hell and back (much of his own doing) but managed to land on his own two feet. And he is a better man for it today.

According to the book cover, White — a journalist and magazine publisher — wanted the best for those he loved — nice cars, beautiful homes, luxurious clothing. He loaned money to family and friends, gave generously to his church, and invested in his community — but his bank account couldn’t keep up. Soon Neil began moving money from one account to another to avoid bouncing checks. His world fell apart when the FBI discovered his scheme and a judge sentenced him to eighteen months in federal prison.

You absolutely will not believe where the story takes you.

I won’t ruin the rest of the story, but “Sanctuary of Outcasts” is an uplifting memoir that reminds us all what matters most.

I recommend it to you as the best book I have read in more than a decade. I hope you enjoy it.


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About Ross Reily

Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a husband to an amazing wife, dad to 3 crazy kids and 2 dogs. He is also a fan of the Delta State Fighting Okra and the Boston Red Sox.


  1. Bill McArthur


    I completely agree. Wonderfully written. It gave me a deeper understanding of accepting change.

    Very enlightening how those with leprosy and those without it were confined in the same institution. I never knew anyone in America was ever subjected to that.

    I also highly recommend this book!

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