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

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

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A year 2000 Finalist in the ECPA book competition!

The good news about injustice is that God is against it.

God is in the business of using the unlikely to accomplish justice and mercy. In this tenth-anniversary edition of Gary Haugen's challenging and encouraging book he offers stories of courageous Christians who have stood up for justice in the face of human

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A year 2000 Finalist in the ECPA book competition!

The good news about injustice is that God is against it.

God is in the business of using the unlikely to accomplish justice and mercy. In this tenth-anniversary edition of Gary Haugen's challenging and encouraging book he offers stories of courageous Christians who have stood up for justice in the face of human trafficking, forced prostitution, racial and religious persecution, and torture. This expanded edition brings up to date his work in calling for the body of Christ to act. Throughout, he provides concrete guidance on how ordinary Christians can rise up to seek justice throughout the world.

Editorial Reviews

Tony Campolo
"Gary Haugen tells us stories we need to hear about the injustices in the world, but he also convinces us that God is at work to counter these injustices, and invites us to be part of the struggle."
Shane Claiborne
"This book is quickly becoming a classic for folks who have seen the good news, and who have seen the bad news . . . and yet who still believe, in spite of all the ugly things happening in the world, that in the end love wins, life conquers death, grace triumphs over hatred, and the good news is more compelling than the bad."
Doctor - Clive Calver
"This is not comfortable, but it is essential reading for us all."
Andy Crouch
"Very few books are better after ten years than when they were first published. This is one of them. Its vision has become more relevant, compelling and, most of all, achievable than we ever could have hoped."
Paul E. McKaughan
"I have seen Gary Haugen and the International Justice Mission staff come alongside Christian ministries in various parts of the world and enable those ministries to be God's instruments of justice in the face of severe oppression. The principles in Good News About Injustice are more than good biblical theology. They represent the credo that a group of men and women led by Gary aspire to and stretch themselves out to live by. As you read the stories, yes, and perhaps weep, allow God to quicken your heart for the abused and grant you the courage to live for his justice among the world's poor and oppressed."
Michael Cassidy
"Gary Haugen's splendidly written book is a time bomb. Read it prayerfully and seriously, and sooner or later the combined chemistry of his riveting presentation of both planetary injustices and the imperatives of Scripture will explode within you and catapult you out in new ways to our wounded world. I predict that reading the book and doing nothing about it will be impossible."
Philip Yancey
"A book of prophetic and vital significance. Gary Haugen has pioneered in a field where Christians should be at the forefront."
John Stott
"I defy anybody to emerge from exposure to this book unscathed. In fact, my advice to would-be readers is 'Don't! Leave the book alone!'—unless you are willing to be shocked, challenged, persuaded and transformed."
Dan Haseltine
"God has called us to love what he loves and despise what he despises. Gary Haugen and the International Justice Mission have taken this call seriously. They have adopted lives committed to stamping out the injustices of the world. This book has opened my heart to a greater sense of compassion for those victims caught in the grip of severe persecution as well as given me newly directed passion to be a part of God's redemptive work surrounding human injustice. Be careful--the contents of this book will inspire us all to take action. It will change both the reader and the world."
Bob Abernethy
"Gary Haugen's great insight is that many of the world's most monstrous injustices, such as child prostitution and slavery, cannot be overcome by relief and development aid alone, no matter how well-intentioned. The first and fundamental requirement, he writes, is justice.

"Haugen's great good news is that Christian compassion combined with down-to-earth professional expertise--in investigations and advocacy, case by case--are forcing essential law enforcement reforms, and that more and more Christians are coming forward to help achieve that.

"The IJM story is one of courage, success and hope for everyone who cares about the ongoing and unconscionable oppression of the poor."

Donald Miller
"This book is a primer on caring, on following Jesus with our actions. It is a road map to help us navigate a fallen world. When I think about the joy-filled if still uncomfortable journey I have been on in the last several years, the places I've gone and people I've met in an effort to act out a faith I am still trying to understand, I point to this book as the starting place. Will you please read it?"
Larry Cox
"Since its original publication a decade ago, IJM President Gary Haugen's Good News About Injustice has awakened the church to God's passion for justice and inspired a new generation to join the battle against slavery and violent oppression and for the human rights of all people. This updated Good News includes casework stories from ten years of IJM's work on the frontlines of violence, injustice and exploitation of the poorest. Like Gary's first edition ten years ago, Good News About Injustice is a clarion call for Christians to share God's heart for justice and to show up where the world needs them most--among those fighting for their lives and the most basic of rights."
Tim Dearborn
"Few books deserve to be called 'life-shaping.' This book warrants that description! Through personal stories, biblical insights, humor and passion it makes God's call for us to 'do justice' accessible, attractive and compelling. You can't sit still or be the same after reading this book. You can't help but want to pray, call out and act. You can't help but embrace doing justice as the everyday, ordinary work of all the people of God."
Doctor - Amy L. Sherman
"How so many of us Bible-loving disciples have missed God's passion for justice that is plain on innumerable pages of Scripture is a tragic mystery. God has used this classic to open the eyes of the blind and to ignite a movement of prayer and action to join him on his mission of releasing the oppressed. Read it and be changed."
Rob Bell
"It's easy when confronted with the suffering of the world to be overwhelmed with guilt, despair and their nasty friend, indifference--but when you hear or read Gary Haugen, something altogether different happens. You're not just inspired, but you're empowered to do something, and that can make all the difference in the world, which, of course, is literally what it's doing."
Mark Batterson
"Gary Haugen is a prophetic voice to this generation. We are called to live courageously for the cause of Christ. Good News About Injustice will show you how. Prepare to be convicted, challenged and inspired."
Mark Labberton
"Justice--the life-giving use of power in all relationships--is essential to God's joyful vision for human flourishing. Good News About Injustice points us toward this intention and hope, and motivates us to join God and one another in a passionate and urgent pursuit of this vision. The juggernaut of our own inadequacies on the one hand, and the scale of need on the other, cannot and need not stop us from seeking justice for all our sakes, especially those violently oppressed by unjust people and systems."
Father - Jonathan Morris
"Gary Haugen brings us more good news in this anniversary edition. Over the last decade, he has been on the frontlines of an inspiring shift in the church—witnessing more and more Christians engage in the work of justice, coming to see it as foundational to their beliefs. This shift means a great deal for the state of our personal faith, but will mean so much more for the millions in dire need of rescue and relief from injustice. Haugen has seen lives changed as a result of the action taken in the name of the God of justice, and his testimony will likely provoke you to question your own inaction. His book pulls no punches about how dark the world can be, but will leave you with hope as it exposes the authentic light of this holy and urgent calling."
Phil Keaggy
"When I read the stories and the successes of God's intervening justice on behalf of the abused and seemingly forgotten children created in his own image, I was aware of both eyes and heart opened afresh to the greatest truth of all--God cares for the forsaken, the abused, the oppressed and those countless numbers denied justice, and he is about making things right. We who believe Holy Scripture know that God will wipe away all tears--in that day. But he is already at work through the passion of those who want to see God's good and fair justice implemented. Gary Haugen's tenth-anniversary edition of Good News About Injustice will break your heart, then will fortify and strengthen it with a desire to see people freed from tyranny and oppression . . . I highly recommend this book. It's a must-read!"
Stan Guthrie
"Gary Haugen and International Justice Mission have helped ignite an inspiring movement of Christians fighting oppression around the globe. In so doing they have recaptured the spirit of great saints such as Carey and Wilberforce, who saw the gospel as good news both for now and for eternity. Read this book at your peril, and don't be surprised if you get swept up in the sacred cause and one day hear the Master say, 'Well done, good and faithful servant.'"
Jim Nicholson
"People of faith have long been ambassadors for the poor and vulnerable in our world. Gary Haugen is a shining example, having worked on the front lines of injustice for more than a decade giving a voice to those who desperately need an advocate. In this anniversary edition, he updates us with the critical lessons he's learned over these last years, and stands more firmly than ever on his foundational premise: Injustice is a problem that people of faith are specifically called--and empowered--to overcome."
Dr. Clive Calver
"This is not comfortable, but it is essential reading for us all."
Dr. Amy L. Sherman
"How so many of us Bible-loving disciples have missed God's passion for justice that is plain on innumerable pages of Scripture is a tragic mystery. God has used this classic to open the eyes of the blind and to ignite a movement of prayer and action to join him on his mission of releasing the oppressed. Read it and be changed."
Father Jonathan Morris
"Gary Haugen brings us more good news in this anniversary edition. Over the last decade, he has been on the frontlines of an inspiring shift in the church--witnessing more and more Christians engage in the work of justice, coming to see it as foundational to their beliefs. This shift means a great deal for the state of our personal faith, but will mean so much more for the millions in dire need of rescue and relief from injustice. Haugen has seen lives changed as a result of the action taken in the name of the God of justice, and his testimony will likely provoke you to question your own inaction. His book pulls no punches about how dark the world can be, but will leave you with hope as it exposes the authentic light of this holy and urgent calling."
John Stott (from the foreword)
"I defy anybody to emerge from exposure to this book unscathed. In fact, my advice to would-be readers is 'Don't! Leave the book alone!'--unless you are willing to be shocked, challenged, persuaded and transformed."
Fellowship
"In this much-needed and timely piece of work, Gary Haugen promises to provide us with reflections on three primary concerns: 'the injustice of our world, the character of our God, and the opportunity for God's people to make a difference.' He does not disappoint."
Touchstone
"Full of dramatic storytelling and biblical reflection, this book is a strong and level call to transformation and deliberate action in an unjust world on the part of all who claim the name of Christ."
On Mission (onmission.com)
"Good News About Injustice is a biblical, practical and soul-stirring guide for the Church."
Richard Bray
"If you like brushing difficult issues under the carpet then don't read this book!"
Henry L. Carrigan Jr.
"The tenth-anniversary edition indicates how enduring and inspirational Haugen's work continues to be for many Christian groups."
World Christian
"Good News About Injustice encourages church leaders to teach God's message of justice and to unite and confront oppression wherever they can."
Moody
"This is an important book on a neglected topic. . . . Its insightful diagnosis of the nature of injustice and strategies against it may be its strongest point. Its biblical teaching, several success stories, and practical advice give the reader a basis for hope."
Sojourners
"This book is a rich resource for theological reflection on the relationship between Christian faith and social justice. . . . Haugen's clear prose and engaging style makes the book suitable for high school youth groups, undergraduate classes in religion and ethics, and adult discussion groups."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780830837106
Publisher:
InterVarsity Press
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Edition description:
Anniversar
Pages:
274
Sales rank:
327,598
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are saying about this

Dr. Clive Calver
"This is not comfortable, but it is essential reading for us all."
Dr. Clive Calver, former president, World Relief
Moody
"This is an important book on a neglected topic. . . . Its insightful diagnosis of the nature of injustice and strategies against it may be its strongest point. Its biblical teaching, several success stories, and practical advice give the reader a basis for hope."
Mark Labberton
"Justice--the life-giving use of power in all relationships--is essential to God's joyful vision for human flourishing. Good News About Injustice points us toward this intention and hope, and motivates us to join God and one another in a passionate and urgent pursuit of this vision. The juggernaut of our own inadequacies on the one hand, and the scale of need on the other, cannot and need not stop us from seeking justice for all our sakes, especially those violently oppressed by unjust people and systems."
Mark Labberton, Fuller Theological Seminary, and author of The Dangerous Act of Worship
Phil Keaggy
"When I read the stories and the successes of God's intervening justice on behalf of the abused and seemingly forgotten children created in his own image, I was aware of both eyes and heart opened afresh to the greatest truth of all--God cares for the forsaken, the abused, the oppressed and those countless numbers denied justice, and he is about making things right. We who believe Holy Scripture know that God will wipe away all tears--in that day. But he is already at work through the passion of those who want to see God's good and fair justice implemented. Gary Haugen's tenth-anniversary edition of Good News About Injustice will break your heart, then will fortify and strengthen it with a desire to see people freed from tyranny and oppression . . . I highly recommend this book. It's a must-read!"
Phil Keaggy, Dove Award-winning recording artist
Bob Abernethy
"Gary Haugen's great insight is that many of the world's most monstrous injustices, such as child prostitution and slavery, cannot be overcome by relief and development aid alone, no matter how well-intentioned. The first and fundamental requirement, he writes, is justice.

"Haugen's great good news is that Christian compassion combined with down-to-earth professional expertise--in investigations and advocacy, case by case--are forcing essential law enforcement reforms, and that more and more Christians are coming forward to help achieve that.

"The IJM story is one of courage, success and hope for everyone who cares about the ongoing and unconscionable oppression of the poor."
Bob Abernethy, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Paul E. McKaughan
"I have seen Gary Haugen and the International Justice Mission staff come alongside Christian ministries in various parts of the world and enable those ministries to be God's instruments of justice in the face of severe oppression. The principles in Good News About Injustice are more than good biblical theology. They represent the credo that a group of men and women led by Gary aspire to and stretch themselves out to live by. As you read the stories, yes, and perhaps weep, allow God to quicken your heart for the abused and grant you the courage to live for his justice among the world's poor and oppressed."
Paul E. McKaughan, ambassador-at-large, The Mission Exchange
Mark Batterson
"Gary Haugen is a prophetic voice to this generation. We are called to live courageously for the cause of Christ. Good News About Injustice will show you how. Prepare to be convicted, challenged and inspired."
Mark Batterson, lead pastor, National Community Church, Washington, D.C., and author of Wild Goose Chase
Donald Miller
"This book is a primer on caring, on following Jesus with our actions. It is a road map to help us navigate a fallen world. When I think about the joy-filled if still uncomfortable journey I have been on in the last several years, the places I've gone and people I've met in an effort to act out a faith I am still trying to understand, I point to this book as the starting place. Will you please read it?"
Donald Miller, bestselling author of Blue Like Jazz and Through Painted Deserts
Dan Haseltine
"God has called us to love what he loves and despise what he despises. Gary Haugen and the International Justice Mission have taken this call seriously. They have adopted lives committed to stamping out the injustices of the world. This book has opened my heart to a greater sense of compassion for those victims caught in the grip of severe persecution as well as given me newly directed passion to be a part of God's redemptive work surrounding human injustice. Be careful--the contents of this book will inspire us all to take action. It will change both the reader and the world."
Dan Haseltine, lead singer, Jars of Clay
Dr. Amy L. Sherman
"How so many of us Bible-loving disciples have missed God's passion for justice that is plain on innumerable pages of Scripture is a tragic mystery. God has used this classic to open the eyes of the blind and to ignite a movement of prayer and action to join him on his mission of releasing the oppressed. Read it and be changed."
Dr. Amy L. Sherman, Senior Fellow, Sagamore Institute Center on Faith in Communities
Stan Guthrie
"Gary Haugen and International Justice Mission have helped ignite an inspiring movement of Christians fighting oppression around the globe. In so doing they have recaptured the spirit of great saints such as Carey and Wilberforce, who saw the gospel as good news both for now and for eternity. Read this book at your peril, and don't be surprised if you get swept up in the sacred cause and one day hear the Master say, 'Well done, good and faithful servant.'"
Stan Guthrie, editor-at-large, Christianity Today, and author of Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century
World Christian
"Good News About Injustice encourages church leaders to teach God's message of justice and to unite and confront oppression wherever they can."
Father Jonathan Morris
"Gary Haugen brings us more good news in this anniversary edition. Over the last decade, he has been on the frontlines of an inspiring shift in the church--witnessing more and more Christians engage in the work of justice, coming to see it as foundational to their beliefs. This shift means a great deal for the state of our personal faith, but will mean so much more for the millions in dire need of rescue and relief from injustice. Haugen has seen lives changed as a result of the action taken in the name of the God of justice, and his testimony will likely provoke you to question your own inaction. His book pulls no punches about how dark the world can be, but will leave you with hope as it exposes the authentic light of this holy and urgent calling."
Father Jonathan Morris, news contributor and analyst, FOX News, and theologian
John Stott
I defy anybody to emerge from exposure to this book unscathed. In fact, my advice to would-be readers is 'Don't! Leave the book alone!'—unless you are willing to be shocked, challenged, persuaded and transformed.
Sojourners
"This book is a rich resource for theological reflection on the relationship between Christian faith and social justice. . . . Haugen's clear prose and engaging style makes the book suitable for high school youth groups, undergraduate classes in religion and ethics, and adult discussion groups."
Philip Yancey
"A book of prophetic and vital significance. Gary Haugen has pioneered in a field where Christians should be at the forefront."
Philip Yancey, author of What's So Amazing About Grace? and Soul Survivor
Rob Bell
"It's easy when confronted with the suffering of the world to be overwhelmed with guilt, despair and their nasty friend, indifference--but when you hear or read Gary Haugen, something altogether different happens. You're not just inspired, but you're empowered to do something, and that can make all the difference in the world, which, of course, is literally what it's doing."
Rob Bell, author, speaker and founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church
Shane Claiborne
"This book is quickly becoming a classic for folks who have seen the good news, and who have seen the bad news . . . and yet who still believe, in spite of all the ugly things happening in the world, that in the end love wins, life conquers death, grace triumphs over hatred, and the good news is more compelling than the bad."
Shane Claiborne, bestselling author, Christian troublemaker and recovering sinner, www.thesimpleway.org
Jim Nicholson
"People of faith have long been ambassadors for the poor and vulnerable in our world. Gary Haugen is a shining example, having worked on the front lines of injustice for more than a decade giving a voice to those who desperately need an advocate. In this anniversary edition, he updates us with the critical lessons he's learned over these last years, and stands more firmly than ever on his foundational premise: Injustice is a problem that people of faith are specifically called--and empowered--to overcome."
Jim Nicholson, former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican and former Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs
Tim Dearborn
"Few books deserve to be called 'life-shaping.' This book warrants that description! Through personal stories, biblical insights, humor and passion it makes God's call for us to 'do justice' accessible, attractive and compelling. You can't sit still or be the same after reading this book. You can't help but want to pray, call out and act. You can't help but embrace doing justice as the everyday, ordinary work of all the people of God."
Tim Dearborn, director of faith and development, World Vision International
Touchstone
"Full of dramatic storytelling and biblical reflection, this book is a strong and level call to transformation and deliberate action in an unjust world on the part of all who claim the name of Christ."
Michael Cassidy
"Gary Haugen's splendidly written book is a time bomb. Read it prayerfully and seriously, and sooner or later the combined chemistry of his riveting presentation of both planetary injustices and the imperatives of Scripture will explode within you and catapult you out in new ways to our wounded world. I predict that reading the book and doing nothing about it will be impossible."
Michael Cassidy, founder and international team leader, African Enterprise
Andy Crouch
"Very few books are better after ten years than when they were first published. This is one of them. Its vision has become more relevant, compelling and, most of all, achievable than we ever could have hoped."
Andy Crouch, senior editor, Christianity Today International, and author of Culture Making
Larry Cox
"Since its original publication a decade ago, IJM President Gary Haugen's Good News About Injustice has awakened the church to God's passion for justice and inspired a new generation to join the battle against slavery and violent oppression and for the human rights of all people. This updated Good News includes casework stories from ten years of IJM's work on the frontlines of violence, injustice and exploitation of the poorest. Like Gary's first edition ten years ago, Good News About Injustice is a clarion call for Christians to share God's heart for justice and to show up where the world needs them most--among those fighting for their lives and the most basic of rights."
Larry Cox, executive director, Amnesty International USA
Tony Campolo
"Gary Haugen tells us stories we need to hear about the injustices in the world, but he also convinces us that God is at work to counter these injustices, and invites us to be part of the struggle."
Tony Campolo, Eastern University

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Meet the Author

Gary A. Haugen is founder and president of International Justice Mission (IJM), a global human rights agency based in Washington, D.C. Before founding IJM in 1997, Haugen was a human rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, and in 1994, he served as the director of the United Nations' investigation in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide.

Haugen is the author of The Locust Effect, Good News About Injustice, Terrify No More and Just Courage. He has been recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons "Hero"—the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership. His work to confront violence against the poor has been featured by Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, the New Yorker, The Times of India, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, the Guardian and National Public Radio. He is a graduate of Harvard University and received a JD from the University of Chicago.

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