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Posted: March 17, 2010 12:30 a.m.

“Dog the Bounty Hunter” comes to Stonecrest

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Duane "Dog" Chapman, known as the most famous bounty hunter in the world and star and inspiration to millions of fans on the No. 1 rated show on A&E "Dog the Bounty Hunter," will appear at the Mall at Stonecrest to sign his new book, "Where Mercy Is Given, Mercy Is Shown" on Saturday, March 27, at 5 p.m. Fans are invited to meet Dog and Beth Chapman and access the VIP meet and greet with purchase of his new book, "Where Mercy Is Given, Mercy Is Shown" from Borders Stonecrest. Proof of purchase is required. Each guest in line must have a newly purchased book from Borders Stonecrest to meet the Chapmans. The event is first come, first serve, while supplies last.

From troubled beginnings and tragedy to triumph and transformation, Dog reveals all for the first time during his exclusive Atlanta appearance. Dog recounts his incredible story, chronicling his journey from his one time criminal past to the guiding faith that has led him to become one of the most successful bounty hunters in American history. Against all odds, Dog turned his life around and went from ex-con to American icon in the process. This is his continuing story:

"Who is going to give them the ride, Duane? Who will give them the cigarette and who will give them the talk?" When the preacher posed those questions to me, I realized he was right. If not me, then who? Whether I had planned it or not, I was leading a backseat ministry, one ride at a time — from Where Mercy Is Shown, Mercy Is Given."

Considered by many to be the world’s greatest bounty hunter, Duane "Dog" Chapman has become famous for capturing fugitives on Dog the Bounty Hunter, his number one rated show on A&E.

But his job doesn’t end when he cuffs his man — or woman. Having personally struggled against abuse, addiction, and a life of crime, Dog knows a thing or two about the path that these fugitives cuffed in the back of his car are on — and he has a good idea of the bad news they’ll find at the end of it. As someone who has succeeded in beating the odds and finding a way to live on the right side of the law, Dog also knows what the person in the backseat needs to hear in order to straighten out his or her life.

"This is your wake up call. You either answer it now, or pay for it later and for the rest of your life. You’re being given another shot at things, but only if you take the risk to make the right decision. The choice is yours. What’s it going to be, brotha?"

While he is himself a mentor to many, Dog draws strength from the great teachers in his own life to face the surprising and difficult challenges that have come his way. Through hard work, unflinching faith, and the acknowledgment of his own flaws — along with the overwhelming desire to fix those flaws — Dog has been through the fire again and again, and come out the stronger for it.

Revealing, behind-the-scenes looks at Dog’s most significant challenges, along with seat-of-your-pants accounts of his most breakneck bounty hunting stories, makes "Where Mercy Is Shown, Mercy Is Given" a must-read for any fan.

Duane "Dog" Chapman was raised in Denver, the oldest of four children born to Wesley and Barbara Chapman. His dad was a welder in the Navy, while his mother was a minister with the First Assembly of God who often traveled to Native American reservations to teach the gospel.

The Mall at Stonecrest is located off I-20, exit 75 Turner Hill Road.

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