I inhaled this book over the last two nights. It's amazing, powerful, eyeopening, guilt-inducing, makes-you-angry, makes-you-cry. Bryan Stevenson descI inhaled this book over the last two nights. It's amazing, powerful, eyeopening, guilt-inducing, makes-you-angry, makes-you-cry. Bryan Stevenson describes his work seeking justice for the oppressed as he tells the stories of several prisoners for whom he and EJI sought release from prison (for wrongful convictions) and reduction in sentences (for horribly cruel and unusual punishments, especially those forced on children). The details of prison life are horrific. The details about law enforcement in Monroe County, AL, and their complete disregard for justice will sicken and disgust you. But the book will leave you hopeful. EJI has done and continues to do AWESOME, AWESOME work, and their success shows that if we keep fighting, we CAN implement change, a little at a time. One of my favorite sections in the book is when Stevenson contemplates giving up, after the Supreme Court denied a stay of execution for one of his clients, and he had to share this info with the man, about an hour before he was scheduled to be executed. His discourse on brokenness and why we ALL need to acknowledge that we have received mercy and therefore should be quick to extend it should change the mindset of anyone who reads this.
Read this!!! With the current climate in our country regarding police shootings and #blacklivesmatter, and people wondering whether there is still a need to talk about race, this book will show you that race and poverty will never go away. Let's just stop pretending that they will, and instead, look for ways that we can, like EJI is doing, do something about them....more
The book is titled "The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace" - so you know he's going to die. But you spend the entire book rooting for him and wishThe book is titled "The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace" - so you know he's going to die. But you spend the entire book rooting for him and wishing that he wouldn't make the choices that eventually led to his death. It's very easy to be judgmental and say "what a waste", but what can I, as a child who took her first plane ride at three months, and hasn't stopped flying since, and had a mother who worked at the schools I attended so she could be there to chauffeur me to all of my extracurricular activities, and a dad who worked and was around in our lives - what truly can I saw to Rob Peace about how he should have lived? This book should inspire all of us to do whatever we can to battle the poverty and crime that continues to destroy our brilliant black boys. I cannot imagine the amount of interviews Jeff Hobbs had to do to complete this book. It speaks to the testament of Rob's friends and family that they were willing to share his story with us. Read this one....more
This was a quick read. It's a look at the political career of Mitch McConnell - starting with his elections in high school and college and moving on tThis was a quick read. It's a look at the political career of Mitch McConnell - starting with his elections in high school and college and moving on through his career in Kentucky and Washington, DC. It's a sad book in a way, because it explains some of the reason we can't seem to have any cooperation between the parties on Washington, DC. When someone's goal is to make sure the president doesn't succeed, just because he is from a different party, even if his policies help Americans, I think we are nearing the point of no return. It is also distressing to see now much influence people and organizations with money have on what happens in Congress. ...more
Practical suggestions and strategies about how to increase giving in churches. I especially like the idea of the giving continuum. I have also long thPractical suggestions and strategies about how to increase giving in churches. I especially like the idea of the giving continuum. I have also long thought that one of the reasons that more people,don't give in their churches is because they're not educated, and he drills this home in the book. He also gives loads of examples and samples. This is probably one of the best books I have read as far as the author providing examples and samples of the material he uses. It was great. The book is intended for pastors, but I think the leaders of the treasury / stewardship departments in a church would benefit greatly from reading it as well. Lay people can also benefit from it, though they probably might not be so interested in the strategies for increasing church growth...more
Why do churches die? Pastor Rainier lays out se points he pulled together after analyzing and doing research on 14 churches that no longer exist. TheWhy do churches die? Pastor Rainier lays out se points he pulled together after analyzing and doing research on 14 churches that no longer exist. The reasons are very simple. The reality that your church might be dying and you not know it is sobering. Fortunately - checking yourself against Rainier's "symptoms" may help you before you become terminal, assuming you're not already there. I'd say this book should probably be read more by members than leaders, because the actions and attitudes of a dying church are things the members are/aren't doing. It's a short book and a quick easy read. ...more
This book was recommended to me by a friend, and I will be forever grateful. It's an easy to read book that's really powerful. Pastor Hybels reminds uThis book was recommended to me by a friend, and I will be forever grateful. It's an easy to read book that's really powerful. Pastor Hybels reminds us why we need to pray, and gives practical illustrations of things we can do to make prayer a consistent part of our lives. His real-life examples work well. I liked that you were able to start implementing the ACTS method of prayer relatively early in the book, so that you could start working on your prayer life as you continue reading through the book. The last chapter of the book is an indictment about how we need to be conscious of how we treat the poor among us - not directly prayer related, but definitely something we don't focus on enough and that needs our attention. I think that if you try to implement some of the things he talks about in the book, you most likely will notice a positive difference in your prayer life. ...more