Archives For Justice

 

I’m looking forward to going to the Justice Conference this weekend in Chicago!

In honor of this gathering, I offer…

10 Recent Books that will guide us toward a deeper,
more Christ-like understanding of justice.

Where applicable, I have link to our review / coverage of each book.

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One of this week’s excellent new book releases is:
 

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town.
Jon Krakauer

Hardback: Doubleday, 2015
Buy now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

 

Listen to an interview that Krakauer
did with NPR’s Weekend Edition

(If you are on a mobile device that does not embed the interview below, click the link above to listen.)

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Martin Luther King Jr

In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday today…

Watch these brief clips of Dr. King speaking, which show a much fuller picture than the standard depiction of him as a leader in the civil rights movement.

If you benefit from these videos, I recommend checking out this audio collection of King’s sermons and speeches:

Martin Luther King: The Essential Box Set:
Landmark Speeches and Sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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Video of a talk that Gary Haugen gave about his excellent new book:
 

The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence
Gary Haugen and Victor Boutros

Hardback:  Oxford UP, 2014
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It is not easy to convey a sense of wonder, let alone resurrection wonder, to another. It’s the very nature of wonder to catch us off guard, to circumvent expectations and assumptions. Wonder can’t be packaged, and it can’t be worked up. It requires some sense of being there and some sense of engagement.”
―Eugene H. Peterson,
born on this date, 1932

 
Poem of the Day:
“Falling Leaves and Early Snow”
By Kenneth Rexroth

 

Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day:
Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of our Daily Choices
Julie Clawson
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The Wake Up Call – November 6, 2014

 

Bryan Stevenson

Today is the release date for Bryan Stevenson’s new book, and he was recently on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart discussing it.

This is one of the year’s most important books, and I encourage you to watch these two segments of the Daily Show interview.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Bryan Stevenson

Hardback: Spiegel & Grau, 2014
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]   [ Kindle ]

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A Whole Different World

A review of

Not As the World Gives: The Way of Creative Justice

Stratford Caldecott

Paperback: Second Spring, 2014.
Buy now: [ Amazon ]

 

Reviewed by Sam Edgin

 

As crowd-sourced media plays its hand in defining what our culture is, and as news aggregation-by-way-of-popularity sites — such as Reddit — grasp more public interest, the Christian church will, and indeed already does, find itself in a culturally unique situation. Within current social media, stories, videos and pictures of what the Christian society would term “hope” and “love” and “justice” frequently attain virality and become behemoths of social popularity. This is good. In fact, this is something to be celebrated by Christians everywhere. The problem mentioned earlier, however, is that Christianity, in light of the popularity of an almost “Christian” justice throughout secular society, has found itself with less and less actions and postures that it can champion as uniquely Christian. That is, if the world’s justice appears much the same as Christianity’s justice, or even better than it, the argument that Christianity offers a better world seems to weaken in impact.

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Hope for a New Creation

A review of

Journey Toward Justice: Personal Encounters in the Global South
Nicholas Wolterstorff

Paperback: Baker Academic, 2013
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Reviewed by Marilyn Matevia
 
Some of the clearest contemporary thinking and writing about the theory and practice of justice has come from Nicholas Wolterstorff.  A philosopher and Christian theologian, Wolterstorff’s standout previous books on the subject include Until Justice and Peace Embrace (1983), Justice: Rights and Wrongs (2010), and Justice in Love (2011).  In each of these, Wolterstorff combines careful theory-building with real-world applications and examples, and always with an undertone conveying the urgency and imperativeness of working for justice.
 
Journey Toward Justice displays these same characteristics, but weaves in an autobiographical thread.  The book was invited to launch a new series published by Baker Academic, “Turning South: Christian Scholars in an Age of World Christianity,” in which North American Christian scholars reflect on how encounters in the global south have shaped or changed their thinking.  Wolterstorff acknowledges in the preface that he is uncomfortable with this format; he considers himself a philosopher who “deals in abstractions,” not a story-teller who deals in narratives.  But Nicholas Wolterstorff has always been very skilled at (and insistent about) connecting his so-called abstractions to concrete situations – that is, at uniting theory and praxis.  Indeed, he urges that other scholars develop this capacity as well (see the final chapter of Until Justice and Peace Embrace).
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I am a big fan of the “Voices of Witness” series, and this volume is essential reading for Women’s History Month…

Inside this Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women’s Prisons

Ayelet Waldman and Robin Levi, Editors

Paperback: McSweeney’s, 2014
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]

Inside This Place, Not of It is essential reading for anyone interested in the stories of women who compel us to see their humanity, tenacity, and value as people.  That the woman who share their stories here have lived within the vast U.S. criminal justice system reveals a hidden and heart-wrenching reality. Their voices insist that the civil and human rights abuses that take place daily behind the walls of our prisons and jails must be out in the open to be recognized and remedied.”
–Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black

 

Here’s one story from this important book:

 

Irma Rodriquez

 45, currently imprisoned

 Excerpted from Inside this Place, Not of It edited by Ayelet Waldman and Robin Levi. Published by Voice of Witness Books.

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One of the speakers I’m most anticipating at next week’s CCDA conference in New Orleans is Michelle Alexander.

Here is a video of her discussing her very important book:

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in An Age of Colorblindness
Michelle Alexander

Paperback: New Press, 2012
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

This book will be featured in the CCDA Conference Bookstore that we will be running…






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