Here is our list of 2014′s Englewood Honor Books, the 25 Best Books of the year for the life and flourishing of the Church.
Our criterion both for selecting books to review and for honoring the year’s best books is to choose books that are “for the life and flourishing of the Church” – i.e., books that energize us to be the local community of God’s people that God has called us to be and that nurture our mission of following in the way of God’s reconciliation of all things (in all its broadness!).
In a year marked by public outcry against violence toward black men, this powerful memoir is a stark reminder that such injustice and violence is nothing new. Stevenson not only tells his story of defending the cases of those wrongfully convicted due to race and/or poverty, but his stories hold a mirror to American culture, reminding us of our brokenness and prophetically calling for the transformation of not only individuals, but also society.
“This story reminds all of us that justice matters. It matters in terms of life and death and it matters for all members of our communities. For those inspired by the vision of the kingdom of God as it comes to us in Jesus of Nazareth, who himself did not receive justice in dying as a criminal, Just Mercy calls its readers to act for justice leavened with grace.”