Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Justice Calling: A Book Review

About The Book: 

Grounding Our Passion for Justice in Deeply Rooted Faith

Justice requires perseverance--a deep perseverance we can't muster on our own. The needs in our world are staggering and even the most passion-driven reactions, strategies, and good intentions can falter. But we serve a God who never falters, a God who sees all the needs, hears all the cries, and gives strength--through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit--to his people.

The Justice Calling draws us into the whole story of Scripture, inviting us to know more intimately the God who loves justice and calls us to give our lives to seek the flourishing of others.

Weaving together a comprehensive biblical theology of justice, authors Hoang and Johnson build on the whole of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation as they explore stories of injustice around the globe today. They spur Christians to root their passion for justice in persevering hope, fueled by knowing the God of rescue and restoration. The book also includes invitations to practices that can further form readers into people who join God's work of setting things right in the world.

ContentsIntroduction: Justice and God
1. Engage the Whole Story
Justice and Righteousness2. Receive God's Vision of Flourishing
Justice and Creation3. Move toward Darkness
Justice and the Fall4. Lament
Justice and Israel5. Live as Saints (Not Heroes)
Justice and Jesus6. Be Sanctified and Sent
Justice and the Church7. Persevere in Hope
Justice and All Things Becoming NewConclusion: Abide in Jesus
Justice and Perseverance

You can read an excerpt of The Justice Calling here, in PDF

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About The Author:

Bethany Hanke Hoang (MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary) engages leaders around the world with the critical connection between justice and spiritual formation. She advises and regularly speaks on behalf of the Institute for Biblical Justice for International Justice Mission (, a global organization that protects the poor from violence. Hoang was named among "50 Women to Watch" by Christianity Today and one of "20 Women to Watch" by Catalyst. She has also been profiled for her leadership in the justice movement by Outreach and Relevantand has published Deepening the Soul for Justice. Hoang lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Kristen Deede Johnson (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is associate professor of theology and Christian formation at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. She teaches and writes in the areas of theology, culture, formation, and political theory. Her previous publications include Theology, Political Theory, and Pluralism: Beyond Tolerance and Difference.

My Review:

Social Justice is a topic that seems to be almost a "buzz word" int he world of evangelical Christianity over the last couple of years. Yet it's not a new thought process. It has been around since the time of Jesus and I loved that the authors bring us to that thought through their collaboration in this book. 

To act justly and love mercy is the overall theme in this book, and the authors do a wonderful job at dissecting these themes and encouraging the reading with each chapter. And this book takes the buzz word mentality and turns it upside down so we can reach the world and be a light to their darkness. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Justice Calling at your favorite book retailer from Brazos Press, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog***

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