Book Review: The Justice Project

The Justice Project is rather challenging to write a review on. It’s been sitting beside my computer for a while waiting for me to bite the bullet and tap out a few paragraphs. It’s hard to do justice to this book in a few hundred words. It’s a collection of essays from people around the globe and across all spectrums looking at two of my favorite subjects: God and Justice. It’s edited by Brian McLaren, Elisa Padilla, and Ashley Bunting Seeber. With 35 essays packed into 265 pages it’s a dense book and one that requires significant thought and engagement on the reader’s part. It is well worth reading but not for the faint of heart or those looking for fun and entertainment.

Jim Wallis write in the introduction “What Christianity in America looks like will continue to shift. The church’s role in public life will go on changing. But as long as the people of God have the leadership, sincerity, and depth of thought as represented in this book, “renewal and growth,” not “decline and fall,” is imminent.”

One of the things I most respected is that this book does not include only North American Christians. Too often it seems we think that Christendom=America (and maybe a touch of Europe for seasoning) and ignore that the bulk of the world’s faithful are in impoverished and developing countries. I had to respond to a quote on views of American Imperialism in impoverished Islamic countries for school and instantly had to re-frame it to include views of American Imperialism in impoverished Christian countries. It is good to hear from leaders in South America and Africa in their own words.

This is a good book but give it time and be warned that I had to stop and look up a few words. It isn’t an easy read but it is a good read.

 

About m

My ego wants to think I'm a writer but my heart knows I'm just another one of God's Kids who sometimes has words to say. 2 human kids and 3 feline kids call me Mom. Or Mooooooom. Or mewom, depending which you ask. I'm kinda-sorta busy being a student again; this time I signed myself up for a bizarre torture known as Graduate School. Theoretically in 4ish years I'll have earned some more nice letters to put with my name. Let's face it, I'm addicted to learning and probably need rehab to restore me to sanity and remove the obsession to read books. I don't remember what free time is but I think I like to spend it sleeping or playing in the mud on a river bank.
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