Justice in the Burbs: Being the Hands of Jesus Wherever You Live

Seems like a theme of mine huh? Justice. Helping the Poor. Living intentionally. Community living.

This book, however, was a bit different in the way that it wasn’t practical steps– it was more of a motivational/inspirational call to living this way. I think that this would be a good read for someone starting out on this journey. This husband-wife author duo takes us through the lives of a fictitious family who is faced with this conviction. Although I really liked this element, I feel like overall the book was confusing and poorly organized. Sometimes I didn’t understand the reason for using the chapter titles, and I felt like the chapter content wasn’t really a chapter…it was just kinda a long conversation broken up semi-arbitrarily.

One thing that stuck out to me was the authenticity of the authors. Both grew up in a conservative church (i’m guessing southern baptist), and they were very real about how this journey was hard for them to make. But they were really encouraging to the reader that no matter what what your background, you can live this way. No matter the denomination. Or political leaning. Everyone has a call by God to live justly.

Micah 6:8 says, “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Many of us are quick to want to know how to better walk humbly with God. And most of us are trying to love mercy, despite the difficulty. But very few really pray and research and see what God says about acting justly. What does this look like in this day of age? What did it look like in the old testament? How about the new testament? How are you living unjustly? These are questions that must be answered by every person and community.

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