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Over the past decade, justice movements to abolish labor slavery, end sex trafficking, fight for those who suffer violent oppression, and address grinding poverty have been growing. Access to the needs of every neighbor on the planet is wide open in a way that has never before been true in human history, awakening Christians to the reality of injustice and the depth of suf ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by Brazos Press (first published February 17th 2015)
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Talia DeBenedictis
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great biblical look at the a Christian calling for justice.

I picked up this book because of who wrote it, two female theologians woo! Ironic because I would maybe say the main thing I didn’t like was the authors’ writing style. This book was comprehensive, but for me a little too dense. The book was full of sentence after sentence of deep “Christianese” vocabulary that sounded great but I don’t think I often took to heart. For example, flipping to a random page in the book I pulled an average
Jake Oliger
Not entering in a star rating. Since I am not a Protestant or evangelical, much less a Reformed one, I didn't feel like the target audience for this book, and so I didn't receive it in the way those Christian brothers and sisters may receive it. Bearing that in mind...

I think I expected this book to be something other than what it was, given the justice background of the authors (and, retrospectively, given the frequent references to IJM within the book). I expected more stories and more applica
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was so good. God’s heart is for justice and this book echoes God’s call for you to have the same and live it out. Highly recommend!
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
My review may not be terribly helpful because I had a huge gap in the middle of reading this and kind of forgot the beginning third--but maybe that's enough of a review in and of itself, that this has such intense material and still was forgettable.

Trigger warning for it, too, in case you hadn't figured that out: Hoang and Johnson both work with an organization that deals with working against human trafficking and the book itself is a treatise on why Christians should get involved with the fight
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had to read this book for a seminar and it was amazing. This book walks you through the whole story of the bible and teaches you about God's character and his commitment and faihfulness to his people and to see them flourish and walking in relationship with him. Out of God's character and his love for us we as Believers can walk in the calling God has given us persevering in hope. I highly recommend this book to anyone who works in a Justice ministry or who has an intrest in learning more abou ...more
Greg Evans
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nothing groundbreaking but a good reminder of foundational justice teaching.
Rachel Bush
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a “did not finish” for me. I found myself skimming too much and finally gave myself permission to stop reading (and I had less than 20 pages to go... but I just couldn’t). I think my problem with the book is that it all seemed too obvious to me. I felt like what the authors were trying to say could have been said in half the number of pages. Also, I am beginning to tire from books like these which have a need to link morality to the Bible and Christianity as if they have the exclusive r ...more
Trix Wilkins
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Incredibly deep - plenty of thinking and research behind this exploration of how one might sustainably be involved in pursuing justice for the most vulnerable and exploited in our world. I loved the fact that there were 'readers guide' questions to reflect on for each chapter, with plenty of questions and challenges within the text itself to think about and act upon (it's a bit of an academic read, admittedly!). I would have liked to have seen more real life examples of the work of justice on th ...more
Feb 13, 2021 rated it liked it
This is a comprehensive and rich overview of a biblical theology of justice. There is some very good content here and the book does a good job of connecting big justice concepts to real stories of human trafficking cases.

All that to say, the writing style is extremely repetitive, dense, and uses lots of Christian-ese. I think this book would have been much stronger and clearer if the authors had cut out half of their pages.
Joe Beery
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found that this will be a helpful read for Christians seeking to understand the interrelationships between justice, righteousness, shalom, and action. Not the most academic read in the world (though Hoang and Johnson have both read all of the heavy hitters, and they cite them often). But I would definitely recommend picking this up.
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
"There are no God-forsaken places, only church-forsaken places." This books is a robust, Biblical exposition par excellence on that statement. I didn't need convincing that the gospel calls us to uphold and work towards a just society but if I did this book would convince me. I'll keep it around to reference in the future. ...more
Landon Jones
I really liked this incredibly thoughtful book on our calling as Christians to pursue justice everywhere. I wish that the authors explored what the global church is doing already to fight for the Kingdom of God. This book overall really opens your eyes to major problems around the world.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
A solid discussion of why Christians pursue justice, and our theologically based motives for justice, sprinkled with examples of the "how". I appreciated the Reformed emphasis on who God is, His character, and His power to redeem. ...more
Scott Whaley
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paper-book, own
Such a great book! Highly recommend it.
Terry Watson
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great reminder of the need for centrality of justice and righteousness in our lives and in the lives of our churches
Jamie George
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Presented some thought provoking ideas. Writing style was not my favorite.
Jennifer Bryson
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent and thought-provoking. Good challenges for us as Christians.
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it
The lament and perseverance part best. Skimmed much of the overwritten reform theology.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Thought provoking book and ordered well, but most of the information was self-explanatory. Still a good refresher though. Good stories in here that brings issues to life.
Annalee Ward
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Theological understanding of justice
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a book I will return to again and again to keep the right mindset for the long journey.
Dave McNeely
This book does not break new ground but would serve as an excellent and compelling introduction to the importance of justice within the Christian narrative, particularly to evangelical Christians for whom the Bible plays such a central role. Hoang and Johnson combine contemporary stories of injustice (mostly ranging from Hoang's work with International Justice Mission) with biblical exposition and overviews of Christian practices and express and sustain "the justice calling" of all Christians. ...more
Quite good! Loved the parts about the saints and Sabbath.
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Bethany Hoang (MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary) is the director of the Institute for Biblical Justice at International Justice Mission (IJM) in Washington, DC, a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression. She regularly speaks on behalf of IJM. Hoang was named among “50 Women to Watch” by Christianity Today and o ...more

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