Divine Collision: An African Boy, An American Lawyer, and Their Remarkable Battle for Freedom - eBook
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Jim Gash's comfortable life as a Los Angeles lawyer and law professor nearly ensured he and Henry, a Ugandan boy languishing in prison for two murders he didn t commit, would never meet. Henry was losing hope, prayed for a sign from God. Halfway around the word, Jim listened to best-selling author of Love Does, by Bob Goff, encourage lawyers to help imprisoned children in Africa. Jim felt an irresistible urge to respond to this call. Little did Henry know, his prayer had been answered. Divine Collision tells the firsthand, true story of how Jim and Henry, separated not only by an ocean and thousands of miles, but also differing cultures and life experiences, inspired justice reform for an entire country. Divine Collision reads like a fast-paced thriller and will keep you turning pages wanting to know what happens next for Henry and Jim. There is no greater love than laying down your life for a friend. This profound love seeps through every page of Jim and Henry's story, like a healing balm. Over the last several years I have had the great privilege of witnessing Jim's passion for Ugandan people and his willingness to lay down his own life for others. Divine Collision will remind you once again how one small gesture of love can make a monumental impact on a person for eternity. -- Katie Davis, author of the New York Times best-seller Kisses from Katie With great courage and conviction, Jim Gash provides an extraordinary glimpse into the power of obedience, prayer, and hope in transforming not only one life -- or even one community -- but an entire justice system. Divine Collision speaks to what is at the heart of our Christian calling: "Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow," Isaiah 1:17 -- Gary A. Haugen, President & CEO of International Justice Mission and author of The Locust Effect Divine Collision is a captivating book! Jesus calls us to visit the prisoner, proclaim justice for the oppressed, and set the captive free. Too often we've forgotten that He really meant it. Jim Gash didn't forget, and his book reminds us this is Jesus' call for us too. -- Richard Stearns, President of World Vision U.S. and author of The Hole in Our Gospel and Unfinished
Jim Gash graduated first in his law school class at Pepperdine in 1993. Throughout his career he has clerked with a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, worked at one of the top law firms in the country, and served as Pepperdine Laws Dean of Students. In early 2010, Jim traveled to Uganda for two weeks on a juvenile justice project where he met Henry. Since then, he has returned to Uganda sixteen times. In 2012, he became the Special Advisor to the High Court of Uganda and in 2013 became the first American ever to appear as an attorney in Ugandan Court. Jim is married with three children and lives in Malibu, California.
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Sandy5 Stars Out Of 5Loved itOctober 29, 2017SandyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I picked this book up when a local bookstore was having a closing sale. I didn't know anything about the book before I purchased it, but it was a great read. It was unbelievable and eye opening to learn of how the legal system worked where this child lived. God called someone to help this child who prayed for help. It was inspiring to read about a christian stepping up to the plate to answer the call and wondered if I would be so brave.
I love true stories because they give you hope that you really can make a difference in this world. I highly recommend this book.
ksnapierLima, OHAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Inspirational StoryMarch 2, 2016ksnapierLima, OHAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a book to pick up when you have time to read it from cover-to-cover. Jim Gash is a Californian law professor who went to Uganda, East Africa. He did not know what would be facing him there or what he would be asked to do.
This is an honest, up-front telling of the pros and cons of Uganda from this man's eyes. He saw how the criminal court system left a lot to be desired, yet he still developed a deep care for the country and the culture.
Divine Collision does not hold back when talking about the country but shows the reader how to see God love everywhere and to not be afraid to accept God's challenges.
I was given this book by Worthy Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
Thistle5 Stars Out Of 5Prayer, Persistance, and Faith in Almighty God: a story of truth and justiceJanuary 27, 2016ThistleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Summary:
Jim Gashs comfortable life as a Los Angeles lawyer and law professor nearly ensured he and Henry, a Ugandan boy languishing in prison for two murders he didnt commit, would never meet. Henry was losing hope, and prayed for a sign from God.
Halfway around the world, Jim listened to best-selling author of Love Does, Bob Goff, encourage lawyers to use their legal training to help imprisoned children in Africa. Jim felt an irresistible urge to respond to this call. Little did Henry know, his prayer had been answered.
Divine Collision tells the first hand, true story of how Jim and Henry, separated not only by an ocean and thousands of miles, but also differing cultures and life experiences, inspired justice reform for an entire country.
Wow! What an amazing telling of God's sovereign work in the lives of His children! One thing stands out -- the faithful answered prayers of Henry and his mother. Not to minimize the faith of many Americans involved in the story, but in perspective, Henry's and his mother's prayers were pure faith, because there was no Plan B, nothing on which to fall back. Truly the character and integrity of Henry is the heart of this story, without which the story would fail to stand.
While I have never gone on a missions trip, I have heard and read about many, which are of great interest to me. This is not a missions trip, but Americans venturing into the Ugandan culture to assist their criminal justice system -- leaving the comforts of their own culture to assist Ugandans in theirs. In other words, making themselves available as God's feet, hands, and mouthpiece with no agenda of their own. Now that's faith.
It is incredible to me that these children, of whom Henry is the leader, faithfully stayed in the remand 'home' (prison) for such a long time (some up to two years) with minimal provisions and minimal adult supervision. What an incredible situation! And one that God used for His glory.
My favorite scene in the book, and the one which was 'shown' rather than 'told', is the loading and unloading of the cows! You will just have to read it, my friend (no spoilers).
Jim Gash, the author, did an incredible job of blending the events of this lengthy legal process and the thoughts and feelings of several people beside himself and Henry, into a readable story. I love the way Henry's thoughts are interwoven on the pages, as well as those of Jim's wife and daughter Jessica. They add such perspective to the story.
The email sent to Henry by Jim Gash's friend Jessie was the most moving part of the book. Thanks for including it. It says in part (page 171):
... God does not promise that justice will always be done, although we are already free in the Lord and He is a God who loves justice ...
Please tell him [Henry] my story and let him know God does have a plan for a hope and a future for him. God asks that we run with perseverance this race, and for you and Henry: keep running this race and under no circumstances give up.
There was a point in the reading where I felt bogged down by the details of the legal process, but overall I think that reinforced for the reader the purpose for which Jim Gash and his team went to Uganda.
Prayer, persistance, loyalty, integrity, faith in Almighty God, the truth, and always depending on God and giving Him the glory -- that's what Divine Collision is about. Oh, yes with global justice thrown in for good measure.
Thank you, Jim Gash and family, and Henry, for sharing your faith in Almighty God in this unique way. I give Divine Collision 5 stars.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review and participating in the First Look blog tour. Opinions are my own.
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