Good News about Injustice: A Witness of Courage in a Hurting World

IVP. rev. ed. ed. Oct. 2021. 273p. ISBN 9780830848676. pap. $20. REL
When this book by Haugen (founder and CEO, International Justice Mission) was first published in 1999, it served as a kind of prophetic challenge to Christians, calling them to confront such realities as human trafficking, persecution, and torture experienced by poor and vulnerable people in the developing world. Haugen drew upon his personal experiences to expose readers to specific examples of horrific experiences faced by vulnerable people. This new edition of the book, with updated statistics, introduces a new generation of readers to Haugen’s powerful argument. He confronts Christians with the Biblical and theological idea that God’s justice focuses directly on the present; God suffers with those who are victimized, actively works to confront injustice, and calls the church and individual Christians to join in this struggle as well. The book has three parts: the first discusses the challenge and offers three examples of leaders who successfully confronted oppression; the second addresses the character of God as that of justice; and the third suggests practical ways Christians can participate in confronting injustice.
VERDICT Christians in general and ones specifically concerned about social justice will find this book to be almost essential reading.
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