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Good News About Injustice: A Witness of Courage in a Hurting World

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  1,137 ratings  ·  87 reviews
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A year 2000 Finalist in the ECPA book competition!

Accounts of injustice from our own communities and from around the world often leave us feeling outraged and helpless. We wonder what we can possibly do in response. And we wonder where is the God of justice?

Jesus, however, said, "Take heart! I have overcome the world." Gary Haugen sees the truth of Jesus'

Kindle Edition, 10th Anniversary Edition, 273 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by IVP Books (first published 1999)
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Joelle Pahl
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could give one book to every Christian, it would be this one.
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
This book is in three parts. 1) Taking up the Challenge 2) Hope & Despair: God's Four Affirmations of Justice 3) Real-World Tools for Rescuing the Oppressed.

I found the first two parts to be especially powerful and moving and healing. In the first part, he tells his own story, how he was sent by the UN to assess the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide and the grief that grew and overwhelmed him out of that experience, essentially changing the course of his life. In the second part he delves into s
Tom Anderson
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well written book detailing the necessity, complexity and reality of setting the oppressed free. It very clearly outlines IJM’s practices and tells of the requirement for trained professionals in their work. Well structured and very thorough. I felt it could have been 50-100 pages shorter and still had the same effect.
Louise Douglas
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
I seem to usually start a book review saying whether I enjoyed the book or not, and I can’t in all honesty say that I ‘enjoyed’ this book, but it was necessary and eye-opening and quite frankly a must-read.

So the fact that I didn’t ‘enjoy’ it should not put you off from reading – I give this book 5/5 stars and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in a Christian perspective of injustice, I would potentially go so far as to say it should be necessary reading – it really helped me to recog
In some ways this was the book I needed right now. The fact that an American Christian could write a book on the topic of God’s just response to injustice is, candidly, a reason to stay a Christian.

But the actual examples of injustice seem vaguely exoticized, as if it’s more egregious when it happens Over There. I’m a bit discouraged at the author’s seeming reticence to clean our own house first, so to speak, and deal with the injustices foundational to present-day American (and yes, American e
Rachel G
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book in preparation for participating in Dressember, a fund-raising campaign for International Justice Mission and A21. It was incredibly inspiring, sobering, and motivational.
It was really interesting to hear about the beginnings of IJM. I appreciated Mr. Haugen's use of Scripture and reflections on God's character.
I ordered my own copy so I could highlight and make notes - that's one thing I don't like about audio reads!
Tara Guiffredo
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What happens when there is injustice in the world? Where is God in the matter? What can you do to help the abused widows, the orphaned children and the constant injustice plaguing our world? Haugen gives a biblical standpoint about what people around the world are doing to combat this injustice and how you can be involved in it. It reminds you that despite the injustice in the world, God still has a love for all people, and being a God of justice these things will not go unpunished.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, j-rr
Haugen lays out the Biblical case for Christians to care deeply about justice. He uses real world examples from work for the US Justice Department and then International Justice Mission to highlight the massive injustices happening around the world. He also lays out effective ways to fight injustice for those on the front lines as well as those who want to help from a distance. This is a great book, and Haugen's organization IJM is doing really effective work around the globe.
Bruce Baker
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An eye opening book about the God of justice and the injustices around the world. We live in a hurting, vile and oppressive world that so many western evangelicals have been ignorant of. This book calls us into the battle for justice that is God's passion. I highly encourage the reading of this book.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook, which is abridged, and I didn't particularly like the reader. So my view of the book was colored by that. It is a good introduction to IJM and overview of God's call for justice and our role in that. Since I have read or heard a fair amount on this topic, it did not feel very fresh or new, but I think as an introduction and awareness bringing book, it's good!
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me, and it was very helpful to learn of different ways that Christians can confront injustice - personally and corporately. There are some quotes I want to remember, and principles I want to put into practice.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping, enlightening, educating. Excellent eye-opening book.
Jenny Chism
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should read this book.
Bekah Backman
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
International Justice Mission is doing great things to transform not only individuals but also corruption in the world governments. They are doing the hard work that matters. A great example to us.
Christopher Teeter
Haugen is excellent at framing the issues AND the action items to end human bondage.
Dhara  Son
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: covid, will-reccomend
Inspiring but practical with notable use of examples and stories combined with clearly flagged ideas and steps
This book is fantastic! Gary Haugen is a lawyer who worked for the United States Department of Justice. At one point, he was sent to Rwanda to lead a team gathering evidence against the perpetrators of the genocide there in 1994. It was experiences like this one that led Haugen to create International Justice Mission, whose goal is to provide legal aid and advocacy to oppressed persons throughout the world.

The first few chapters of the book set the stage. Haugen tells a bit of his own story and
Will Baxley
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Important text. Glad to have read it. The use of the Bible to argue the case for the poor and victims of injustice is really compelling for persons of faith. In general, Haugen's experience in pursuing justice for victims in especially dark places is undeniable. The book teaches a lot about what the work of public justice system reform involves.
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good News is a typical social justice book written in 1999. Breaking very little ground of its own, it seems as if it simply jumped on the social justice bandwagon making its way around the world a decade ago. It can be summarized by the main themes contained in all its brother and sister books: Bad things happen; God doesn't like it; We should do something about it.

If I were to nitpick, I could take issue with the notion that God wants to punish those who cause injustice. Though there are Bible
Oct 24, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abuse and grinding poverty, which dehumanize human beings, are also an insult to the God who made them. Christians have not, despite being repeatedly called to the task by His word, rescued the oppressed. We have forgotten how to be such a witness of Christ’s love, power, and justice in the world. We sit in the same paralysis of despair as those who don’t even claim to know a Savior-and in some cases, we manifest even less hope. Isaiah 1:17. God spends his days weeping beside children in brothel ...more
Feeding of the Five Thousand:

The disciples brought complaints about the hungry multitude to Jesus, and he responded compassionately by blessing the bits of food from a boy's lunch- five loaves of bread and two fishes. “Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They ate and all were satisfied” (Matthew 14:19).

Imagine a scenario in which the disciples just kept thanking Jesus for all the bread and fish- without passing them along to the people. Imagine the disc
Corrie Haffly
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book when I went to the Urbana mission conference in 2000 and heard IJM founder Gary Haugen speak about his experiences investigating the Rwandan massacres. It’s been several years since I’ve picked it up last, and I’m reminded of why we love IJM. Reading this book again in light of racial injustice was hope-deepening and heart-stirring. Although this book is just over 20 years old, it is incredibly relevant still. The line that stuck with me the most this time was: “In the end the ba ...more
Dec 24, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I think this is one of the best "Christian" books that I've ever read. Gary doesn't rely on sensationalism or the ups and downs of our frail and vacillating emotions like some other writers do. Instead, he relies on the brute force of undiluted truth. There's a lot of repetition in the book, but not for lack of creativity. Instead, Gary uses this repetitive factor to really drill in certain facts and skills and how to apply them to different situation. I personally like this because he instills ...more
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m passionate about the International Justice Mission and their work to fight injustice in this world. I went to their 2010 prayer gathering back in April, and was blown away by the passion and commitment of the people in the organization. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed and discouraged about the plight of human trafficking, this book is for you. Not only does Haugen explain the reasons behind the problem and the oppression, he offers tangible ways for the everyda ...more
Nov 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Trice by: John Stott's book Human Rights & Human Wrongs
Definitely feels like light reading in a certain sense - that is, it isn't a great philosophical work. But it is a strong Biblically grounded book on the practical work to right injustices in the world - it is intended for Christians seeking to understand our part in a suffering world, and in that I think it is a good start. I still think I'd recommend John Stott's Human Rights & Human Wrongs: Major Issues for a New Century over this one (he even gives a very generous nod to the work of Haugen's ...more
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This books is, admittedly, a little bit of a commercial for International Justice Mission (which is a great organization btw). Other than that, a great book. Chapter 7 "Hope in the God of Rescue" was one of the best chapters I've read in any book this year. Haugen lays out a strong biblical case for the necessity for Christian involvement in justice. He includes a LOT of biblical quotes. Justice is not a side issue in the Bible. It is front and center. It is a relatively clear-eyed look at the i ...more
Adam Ross
Jan 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good introductory book on some of the injustices going on around the world and what Haugen's group, the International Justice Mission, is doing about it. For the last three years of college, I was vice president of our International Justice Mission campus chapter, and we successfully raised money for Somalian wet nurses and so forth, and I met Gary once at an IJM conference for about two seconds. Anyway, this book is a really basic intro into international injustices, mostly focusing on child ...more
Kristin Spencer
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an amazing tool in the hands of any Christian. Gary Haugen's personal experience with injustice (as an investigator for the UN after the Rwandan Genocide) and his approach in educating other Christians through God's Word has brought hope to my heart that God can use Christians in His fight against injustice. This book attempts (and succeeds in my opinion) to answer complex questions such as, "Why do bad things happen if God is loving?" and "How does God feel about injustice?" and "W ...more
Mary West
May 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm almost done with this and it is unbelievable. The guy who wrote it is the President of the International Justice Mission and used to be some sort of international lawyer and worked for the Dept. of Justice and the UN. He led the investigation on a couple of different massacres (Rwanda, South Africa...etc.) and war crimes all over the world. He went to Harvard and is a Spirit-filled believer. What makes this book so great is that he combines his incredible experience all over the world, his i ...more
May 28, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
Been slogging through this one since late October, finally sat down and finished it. I was compelled to get this book after hearing Haugen speak at my church on multiple occasions and listening to some of his Ted Talks. He is a much more compelling public speaker than an author. This reads like a high schoolers persuasive essay/research paper. It hits the same points again and again and again. I don't disagree with anything he's saying, but this medium was just not as effective to me. The most c ...more
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Gary A. Haugen is founder and CEO of International Justice Mission, a human rights organization based in Washington, DC. Prior to founding IJM he worked in the civil rights division of the US Department of Justice and was director of the United Nations genocide investigation in Rwanda. He is also the author of Good News About Injustice (IVP).

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