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Unabridged | 3 CDs | 3.3 hours | Read by David Cochran Heath
|Format: Compact disc|
Vendor: christianaudio Seed
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 6.00 X 5.00 X 0.75 (inches)|
Just Courage: God's Great Expedition for the Restless ChristianGary A. HaugenInterVarsity Press / 2008 / Hardcover$10.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Gary Haugen is the founder of International Justice Mission, an organization that defends those who cannot defend themselves against injustice around the worldslaves, women and children imprisoned in brothels, the dispossessed, and the attacked.
Haugen sees a generation of Western Christians who are bored and dissatisfied with their Christian experience. Rejecting yesteryears pietism, they want something more. But they dont know what that more is or how to reach it.
The author explains that more is found in following Jesus, and that it is about loving people in need (p. 116). Drawing on Isaiah 1:17, Isaiah 58:10-11, and similar passages, Haugen defines justice from a biblical perspective, rejecting the popular Marxist redistributionist theory. Haugen notes that we can understand justice by looking at it its inverse, injustice, which is the abuse of powerabusing power by taking from others the good things that God intended for them, namely, their life, liberty, dignity, or the fruits of their love or their labor (p. 46).
Using examples of those who have followed Jesus in the fight for biblical justice in the past, those who are fighting injustice today, and the needs of victims, Haugen asserts that Christians can find significance in their lives as they join with Jesus in loving needy people. Though he presents the philosophical and theological arguments for promoting justice, this is not a dry theological tome. Rather it is an engaging, lively discussion based on the teachings of Jesus to inspire readers to venture outside their spiritual cul-de-sac into a world of pain and to make a difference.
Some groups will reject Haugens argument. Those who reject the teachings of Jesus as being relevant in this dispensation, will dismiss it. Those who embrace pietism will turn their backs on it, and those who want to look good in the worlds eyes will disdain it.
For those seeking more Christ, more meaning, in their Christian walk, Just Courage may hold the key for which they are searching. His appendices offer ways to partner with International Justice Mission, a list of other organizations involved in the issues of justice, and serious questions for reflection. Debbie W. Wilson, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com