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Title : Good News about Injustice
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  • Joelle Glimp
    2018-11-20 00:41

    If I could give one book to every Christian, it would be this one.

  • Loraena
    2018-12-07 01:58

    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 scripture to answer his questions about how God feels, what God says, what God does, and how God calls us to respond to injustice.As someone who has personally experienced a lot of grief related to the injustices involved in international adoption, I found this incredibly helpful. It is not an emotional appeal, but an intelligent, honest, in-depth study into evil, good, God's role and our role. Social justice issues have often been ignored by modern American conservative Christians and this basically a challenge to that paradigm. Our God is a God of justice and being concerned with justice is something we are called to as his image bearers.In essence, "the good news about injustice" is that we can do something about it. We are not called to simply chalk it up to God's sovereignty and sit in frustration that he hasn't redeemed the world yet. Neither are we on our own to battle it out. We are called to pray fight, serve, love, tell, work in faith that God works through his people.

  • Rachel G
    2018-12-08 21:45

    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!

  • Bruce Baker
    2018-11-29 22:02

    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.

  • Jenny Chism
    2018-11-23 21:50

    Everyone should read this book.

  • Randall
    2018-12-11 06:03

    Gripping, enlightening, educating. Excellent eye-opening book.

  • David
    2018-12-07 05:09

    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 speaks of how Christians can engage the reality of injustice in the world by taking two steps: develop compassion for people suffering from injustice by learning about them and understanding justice by looking at scripture. Injustice in the world is an overwhelming topic, so Haugen tells the stories of three champions of justice in US history: Kate Bushnell, who fought against forced prostitution, Edgar Murphy, who spoke out for child laborers, and Jessie Daniel Ames, who formed a group of church women in the south who opposed lynching in the 1930s. The lesson is clear: Americans oppose all of these things today but there was a time when such injustices were accepted, in the same way, we can work against injustice in the wider world, and we can be successful.The second part of the book focuses on four biblical affirmations about justice: God is a God of justice, compassion, moral clarity and rescue. In the third part, Haugen moves into the practical arena, speaking at length about what IJM does and how they do it (and how the reader can help).I am tempted to classify this book in my "apologetics" book shelf. Haugen asks, why do injustices like genocide, forced prostitution of children and other such evils to occur? His answer is that people "choose to indulge their selfish and brutal urges to dominate the defenseless" (125). He goes on: "If people have no respect for God, no love for their Maker, I would ask the question another way: Why not pillage, rape, persecute and murder? If it feels good, and they can get away with it, why not? If God is dead or does not exist, as these people believe, why aren't all things permitted? Why should they restrain themselves? Because it's just wrong? Because it's not the way civilized people behave? Because what goes around comes around?...Within tidy circles of properly socialized and reasonable people such appeals can seem like they actually have the power to restrain people from doing what they otherwise feel like doing. But in the real world outside the philosophy seminar room, oppressors frankly don't care that you think it's just wrong...They think, Fine, if being brutal makes you feel terrible inside, then don't do it. But it makes me feel powerful, alive, exhilarated and masterful, so quit whining - unless you want to try to stop me" (126).Without God, Haugen says, alluding to Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, anything is permissible. Of course, the next question is why does God allow such injustices to occur. Haugen works out an answer for that, focusing on the suffering God on the cross. His point is that Christianity offers a God who is not far off, but who has experienced real suffering.It is people like Haugen, books like this one and organizations like International Justice Mission that offer the most powerful apologetic for Christian faith, much more than traditional books with arguments for the existence of God and what not. Suffering and injustice are problems for any belief, Christian or secular. Everyone must explain their existence somehow. But I think Haugen (without really intending it) makes a good case for how calling injustice "evil" or "wrong" or telling people not to do it is much more difficult for the secular person. In nature larger, stronger animals eat smaller ones. If humans are just natural animals, if that is all we are, the oppressor is just being a larger stronger animal.My point: this is also an apologetics book.I also was challenged by how Haugen described Christian ministry in three ways. He spoke of evangelism (which evangelicals have long done) and feeding the poor (mentioning groups like World Vision and Compassion). I have often spoken of those two only. Usually evangelicals are taken to task for only focusing on the spiritual side. Haugen agrees, saying it was not until the mid twentieth century that evangelicals remembered Jesus cares about a person's physical needs. But Haugen goes a step further, seeing justice work as a third ministry. The difference is that we can feed the poor, but if we do not change the system that keeps them in poverty we are working against the stream. That is what International Justice Mission does: seeks justice for the oppressed. It is worthy, holy work and I urge people to read this book and go to their website to learn more.

  • Will Baxley
    2018-11-13 02:42

    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.

  • Eric
    2018-12-09 02:11

    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 passages which may be used to support this notion, in the context of progressive revelation about God, the case is much stronger that God does not want to punish but to redeem.I could also take exception with the idea that God is able to fix all the world's problems but is simply waiting for God's followers to learnt o take care of each other. It is a complicated issue, and I am willing to disagree with others over this, but the idea of a God who hates injustice and is powerful enough to interview but chooses not to is revolting to me. Is it worth all the trouble in the world just to let people u have freedom and learn to love? My thinking is that perhaps we have assigned God more power and of a different kind than God has ever claimed.I did appreciate a parable contained in the book. In it, the author recasts Jesus' feeding of the 5,000. The disciples bring the loaves and fish to Jesus, who multiplies them and gives them to the disciples. While getting buried beneath the piles of food, the disciples call out: "Thank you! Thank you for blessing us so much! But what are you going to do about the multitude without food?" It is a challenging parable with a simple call to action.Perhaps the author's weakest spot in the book is his suggestions for our response to the injustice in the world. He states that in order to fight injustice we need to understand and expose the tools used by the perpetrators: coercion, deception and isolation. Unfortunately, his remedies range from impractical (for us everyday people) to unchristian. He suggests such things as sanctions against foreign government who allow injustices to occur to outright military intervention in certain situations.The author is a member of the International Justice Mission, so several of his suggestions may be more plausible for those in his organization. Everyday people cannot simply perform undercover operations in foreign brothels trying to rescue sex workers.He does suggest three possibilities for "ordinary" people: Go, send, or pray. We can either go as missionaries into the world, send missionaries or other professionals with our finances, or pray for those doing the work.One more frustration I experienced was the author's insistence on dealing with only "Christian" professionals when if those around the world fighting injustice are not on God's side already.For a book titled "Good News," it winds down with a rather depressing conclusion. Even though it was obviously not the intention, the book ends up giving the impression that the most we can do to fight injustice is to give money to organizations like International Justice Mission and say our prayers. Though important, these solutions have been tried for thousands of years and have yet to show any radical difference in the quality of life experienced around the world.There may be hope for ending injustice around the world. Unfortunately, "Good News" does very little to bring that hope to the reader.Review originally posted on my blog:

  • Meredith
    2018-12-06 01:04

    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 brothels, prisoners in pain and orphans in trauma-His core hatred of injustice is rivaled only by His hatred of idolatry.Preparing our mind for actions means coming to grips with the true nature of the world. When humanity rejected its Maker-the very God of love, mercy, justice, goodness, and compassion-it set on the throne the human will to power. God intends that we face this with courage and joy b/c of the truth of His word (not just shock and paralysis-Ps119:11) b/c despite deceitful appearances, the Bible tells the truth about the nature of the world and of the God we serve. The word of God leads us in preparing our minds for action, steadies our hearts for service in a difficult world. Matthew 14:27, Matt 28:18-20 “despair is a greater sin than any of the sins that provoke it” -CS Lewis. We CAN change things (despite what our cynicism, laziness, and despair tell us). “We hope b/c of what we have already experienced. Christian hope is both possession and yearning, repose and activity, arrival and being on the way. Since God’s victory is certain, believers can work both patiently and enthusiastically, blending careful planning with urgent obedience, motivated by the patient impatience of the Christian hope.” -Bosch.It was a stupendous victory of the evil one to have made us believe that structures and conditions in this world will not or need not really change, to have considered political and societal powers and other vested interests inviolable, to have acquiesced in conditions of injustice and oppression, to have tempered our expectation to the point of compromimse, to have given up the hope for a wholesale transformation of the status quo, to have been blind to our own responsibilityfor and involvement in a world enroute to its fulfillment.”-Bosch“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” –BurkeFundamentally, justice has to do with the exercise of power. To say that God is a God of justice is to say that he is a god who cares about the right exercise of power or authority. So justice occurs when power and authority is exercised in conformity with his standards of moral excellence.Gary doesn’t escape the raw realities of a world in rebellion against its Maker. He writes about Christians who know God more deeply, live life more courageously, don’t judge or dismiss people for their limitations-they simply love and share what they have learned about the God of hope and power and joy.

  • Aubrey
    2018-11-21 03:45

    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 disciples starting to be overwhelmed by the piles of multiplying loaves and fish surrounding them, yelling out to Jesus, “Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!”- all the while never passing along the food to people. And then beneath the mounting piles of food, the disciples even could be heard complaining to Jesus that he wasn’t doing anything about the hungry multitude.How kind of Jesus to include the boy and the disciples in his miracle. Surely he could have done it differently. Surely he could have commanded the heavens to unload manna and quail right on top of everybody. But how beautifully he included the boy’s tiny offering. Jesus (the Creator of all things, seen and unseen) no more needed those five loaves and two fish than my wife and I need our three-year old’s ‘help’ in baking cinnamon rolls for visitors. But what a wonderful, life-changing day for that boy to be part of Jesus’ miracle. How fun for the disciples to go among the grateful, joyful multitudes- to be the hands dispensing Christ’s supernatural power and love. How ridiculous, on the other hand that they should imagine that the vast piles of bread and fish should be given to them for any other reason that to feed those who were in need.So too with the ministry of God’s rescue for the oppressed in the world. How does God rescue the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked? Overwhelmingly, he does it through those who choose to follow him in faith and obedience. He doesn’t need our ‘help,’ but he chooses to use us.Looking at the millions of bonded child laborers in India or the thousands of child prostitutes in Asia or thousands of torture victims twisting and bleeding in the world’s forgotten jail cells, we can say to God, “Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you for all the power, protection, freedom and justice you have granted us in sparing us from such fates. “Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!Or we can ask, “What have you given me Father, that I might help those who don’t have power, who don’t have protection, who don’t have freedom, who don’t have justice?”p. 100

  • Maureen
    2018-11-22 00:41

    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 a sense of hope, that the problem of injustice is not so big that NOTHING can be done; indeed, SOMETHING can be done, and a good amount of it can be accomplished through the development and refinement of these key skills and perspectives. Sometimes with books that address injustice or problems such as human trafficking, bonded slavery, and child soldiers, authors tend to write about the problem as it exists, the reason why it sucks, and/or phenomenal heroes who had amazing resources and insight who go into these areas and battle these injustices with such force that the common person can only gaze upon these stories and wish we were just as wonderfully skilled. Gary, however, emphasizes the fact that we in the church ALL have a role in fighting injustice, and he also repeatedly tells us that no task or role is worth any less than another in the eyes of God. Overall, a much better "Christian" read than I've had in a long time, with just the right mix of theology and practicality.

  • Cori
    2018-11-25 03:43

    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 everyday reader to get involved. Yes, most of the work is being done by established organizations with resources such as IJM, but there are ways to get involved. He doesn’t shy away from specifics, and much of it is hard to read. Haugen is a Christian, and he backs up his reasons for pursuing justice with Biblical quotes (Micah 6:8, for example). But the message extends so far beyond the church, I highly recommend it for, well, everyone. There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in history. This is everyone’s problem. And if we each do a little but, we can greatly relieve the suffering of so many.Read my full review here:

  • Trice
    2018-11-20 04:48

    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 organization at the end (which was how I heard about them initially)), but then again, this one has some really strong practical pointers and descriptions in the last few chapters regarding how they actually go about their work, working through the international Christian community as well as through local secular entities, so in that sense it stands alone.

  • Paul,
    2018-12-02 22:47

    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 issue. Haugen dug through the bodies of the Rwandan genocide, he is no bright-eyed, bushy tailed optimist. But he correctly points Christians to their ultimate hope for justice, the God who is just, loving, and merciful. He also calls Christians to action. Justice is part of the fundamental makeup of the command to "love one's neighbor as one's self". Highly recommended, especially for those with a background in law and/or law enforcement.

  • Adam Ross
    2018-11-16 03:03

    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 labor, child prostitution, and genocide. It is strange to me how Gary can emphasize the value of human rights and man-as-image-of-God, and get all indignant about child abuses - and then utterly dismiss and disregard the abortion problem in the world. His ministry doesn't even touch this subject, and it's a shame. But, overlooking that, its a good book.

  • Kristin Spencer
    2018-11-13 00:47

    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 "What does God say in His Word about the oppressed and the oppressor?" without the normal simplistic answers that would insult people that have experienced injustice. In my opinion this book is a MUST READ for every person that claims to follow Jesus Christ.

  • Mary West
    2018-12-05 02:05

    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 intellect, as well as his biblical knowledge and compassion. This book is just rocking me to the core and challenging me so much.

  • Kathryn
    2018-11-21 04:49

    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 compelling thing are the stories of the actual victims he has helped, which are scattered throughout. If you are wanting to learn more about IJM, skip the book, listen to his talks instead.

  • Ralynn Lillie
    2018-12-12 03:01

    Good news about injustice was such a compelling book. It took me out of my comfort zone and made me really think about what is going on in the world. Gary Haugen helps you realize that there is a lot more we can do even if it's by praying if were not able to act. He really helps you understand how a lot of people can ignore what's going on in the world and just go on with our day as if life is great everywhere. Well truth is there is Injustice everywhere and Gary Haugen really helps the reader see the world in a different perspective. I really enjoyed reading this and will reflect back to it.

  • Allison Fischer
    2018-11-22 22:45

    An extremely well written, well organized discussion of a very challenging subject. The author's generous selection of scriptures throughout the book is very affirming to people of faith about God's views on injustice and our role in the solution to the problem. Gary Haugen's step by step accounts of IJM's successes makes the devastating and overwhelming problem of human trafficking and oppression look like something we can actually fight. It reminds me of a statement my church uses in its campaign against poverty and oppression: "The world says thats some people are beyond our help, we say 'roll up your sleeves and GET TO WORK.'"

  • Eric
    2018-11-17 22:05

    There were some good aspects of this book. However, I felt that he didn't really address the kinds of injustice that we still experience in the United States - he was more focused upon extremely violent kinds of injustice or things that were foreign. Toward the end of the book I really felt like his point was to either recruit people to his organization or collection donations from others. It seemed like he was telling me that I couldn't fight against injustice because I wasn't qualified, but I could give money and prayer.

  • Greg
    2018-12-07 00:57

    Haugen is the founder of International Justice Mission, a human rights organization that seeks to rescue countless people around the world from violence, slavery, forced prostitution and other situations of oppression, as well as prosecute those in power who are responsible. This book is a great overview of the conditions that people all over the world (including far too many children) are forced into and cannot escape from on their own. Haugen argues that as Christians, we have a responsibility to stand up for them and provides information on ways in which we can help.

  • Becky
    2018-11-17 00:48

    This is an excellent book to help people become aware of slavery, sex trafficking and other injustices across the world. It specifically shows how Gary Haugen's christian organization, International Justice Mission, works to use the laws of different countries to free people with the injustices they are facing. I would have liked more stories to help people become more aware of all of these atrocities but this is definitely a good book to start learning.

  • Cricket Johnson
    2018-12-04 21:52

    This book is fantastic. It's informative, inspiring, and has loads of scripture. I already wanted to take action against injustice but this book, through scripture, real stories, and practical information has moved me all the more to allow God to employ me to fight injustice in the world in whatever way he sees fit. Every time I picked up this book and read, I found myself praying, "Lord please send me. I'll go!"

  • Kristin
    2018-11-24 05:43

    This book had some interesting information and good ideas, but it was more than clear throughout that it was written by a lawyer. I am very thankful for and impressed by IJM and all they do to fight injustice around the world. I think this book could be more powerful than it is if Gary Haugen had focused more on the stories and less on presenting facts and lists of steps to be followed. Still very interesting and convicting, though.

  • P.ko
    2018-12-07 01:59

    I've been in love with the work of IJM since a freshman in college but in recent times had struggled with social justice as the new fad/trend. Haugen does a great job displaying the intent and motivation behind IJM in understanding God and his call/desire for justice. Additionally, Haugen describes the operations of IJM - what information needs to be collected, how to delve into the root issue, and allowing the readers to understand the immense details that is involved with the ministry.

  • Brianne
    2018-11-28 21:42

    My husband works for this organization, and after reading it I am even more proud of the work IJM does. There is no one else like it. Gary Haugen is wicked smart yet writes in a way that anyone can relate to and seems to find the balance between dependence on the Lord and how to wisely and proactively live out our role.

  • Victoria
    2018-12-04 03:55

    What a beautiful inspiration of God this book is. So many scriptures to back up defending oppression, so many examples of stories and experiences that Mr. Haugen encounter, and man is this very encouraging for those who have a heart for helping others out of oppression! Very well done! I enjoyed reading it!!!!

  • Liz
    2018-11-30 01:45

    Gary Haugen is the president of International Justice Mission. Good News about Injustice is an entry-level book for anyone who vaguely senses that the world is not just and God might have something to say about it. He covers a great deal of Scripture to explain what injustice is, how it plays out in our world currently, how God addresses injustice, and what we can do about it.