Thursday, November 29, 2007

A Book Recommendation...or two

I would like to recommend a book I just finished called Justice in the Burbs: Being the Hands of Jesus Wherever You Live by Will and Lisa Samson. The title basically tells you what you’re gonna get, and it’s pretty good stuff. For those who struggle to read raw information and require a storyline to get through a book: this is your book. Then again, this book also weaves in some good, solid information that informs, but also points the way to action—to incorporating social justice practices into your life.

Justice in the Burbs is probably better for someone who is already convinced that social justice is deeply interwoven into God’s plan for His followers. In other words, don’t give this one away to someone who might require more Scriptural evidence of God’s heart for social justice today. This is an “I get it, now what?” book. If you (or people you know) are wondering if God really cares about social justice, then get the book Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ronald Sider. And grab a box of Kleenex before you dive into it. It will bring you face to face with the way things really are in the world and it will reveal God’s heart (throughout the Old & New Testament) for the poor, oppressed and marginalized and His demand that we seek justice. I’ll drop a few quotes from Sider’s book in future blogs, just to give you a taste. But if you’d like to order these books for yourself, you can get them at Amazon. Follow the links below:

For Justice in the Burbs: http://www.amazon.com/Justice-Burbs-Wherever-resources-communities/dp/0801068096/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196364818&sr=8-1

For Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: http://www.amazon.com/Rich-Christians-Age-Hunger-Generosity/dp/0849945305/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196366055&sr=1-1

1 comment:

NVCL Small Group said...

Hey Ryan,

Oddly enough, I used to work for Will when I attended Liberty. Small world. I haven't read the book, but I'm interested to see it.

Mark