Good News About Injustice: A Witness of Courage in a Hurting World
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'...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
The first few chapters of the book set the stage. Haugen tells a bit of his own story and ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more