Just Courage: God's Great Expedition for the Restless Christian

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"There must be more to the Christian life than this--more than church each Sunday and waving to my neighbors and giving some clothes to Goodwill when I go through my closet each spring."

These aren't bad things, of course. But they're safe and comfortable and easy. And there's a reason they're not satisfying your desire for something more significant and meaningful--we're created by God for adventure.

International Justice Mission president Gary Haugen has found that engaging in...

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Overview

"There must be more to the Christian life than this--more than church each Sunday and waving to my neighbors and giving some clothes to Goodwill when I go through my closet each spring."

These aren't bad things, of course. But they're safe and comfortable and easy. And there's a reason they're not satisfying your desire for something more significant and meaningful--we're created by God for adventure.

International Justice Mission president Gary Haugen has found that engaging in the fight for justice is the most deeply satisfying way of life. This book shows how we too can be a part of God's great expedition.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is one of the best books I've read this year. It is concise, well written, and challenging. This book provides a gentle nudge for those who desire to be gripped by the big issues of life but really don't know where or how to begin."
Frank Mills
"Here is a book about what it means to care - really care - as a Christian. If you honestly and prayerfully read Just Courage you will be changed - if you are willing to give your comforrtable christian life to make a difference. Just Courage as a lifestyle is both risky and irresistable."
Beauty of the Bible
"Just Courage is undoubtedly one of the most thought-provoking books I have read in years. More than just thought provoking, Just Courage is faith-provoking, action-provoking, and provoking in general."
(advancesigns.wordpress.com) - Advance Signs
"Haugen really opens the eyes of the reader to the realities of darkness. It makes one wonder, at times, who are the people who perpetuate sex-trade houses where children are being abused and raped? Worse, it makes me confront myself and say: 'What am I doing to bring these people to justice and, following Jesus, set these captives free?' . . . [Haugen] makes no bones about the fact that Christians have, by and large, not done enough. There is much to be done and each day is a day to get it done. Courage is required. Christians need to move out of the safety and into the world where they might get dirty, or hurt, or run out of town. Christians must be advocates for the weak and oppressed."
Byron Borger
"[A] brief but stirring call to trusting faith, to daily discipleship, to a global vision, the hope of what Christ's followers are doing, and how we can take further steps to be agents of healing, hope and social transformation, especially for the hurting or oppressed. The chapters are very short, the readings inspiring, the discussion questions provocative, practical, usable."
Paul Coughlin
"With tremendous power, simplicity and godly courage, Haugen is leading the body of Christ toward a more substantial expression of faith and love through the preservation of human dignity, value and worth."
Lynne and Bill Hybels
"Just Courage is a life-changing book. Gary Haugen's echo of God's call to a life of significance and adventure is irresistible. He places the fight for justice right where the Bible does: square in the middle of Christian discipleship. Every follower of Jesus should read this book and take action on behalf of a world that 'waits, groaning' for us to bring hope, love and rescue."
Kay Warren
"Gary Haugen explores what it means to really care about those who suffer--and it isn't necessarily the path we might expect. We tend to think of soup kitchens and painting buildings as ways to express our compassion for those in need, but Gary makes a convincing argument that fighting for justice on behalf of the poor is a powerful, effective way to make a long-term difference in their lives. Don't miss this book!"
Sara Groves
"Just Courage shines like exit-lighting, leading me out of the guilt-laden, often overwhelming conversations about what I should be doing, to the life-giving redemptive promises about my life as a follower of Jesus Christ. Gary Haugen speaks beautifully and directly to the truth that entering into justice work is not optional in the life of the believer, but is the realization of our deepest faith and desires to live lives of significance. The most important truth that I have taken from this book and from the work of IJM is this: the same suffering of others that caused me to question the goodness of God is now the conduit for truly understanding the goodness of God. There are profound aspects of his call and character that I cannot grasp, until I enter into the suffering of others."
John Ortberg
"I dare you to read Gary Haugen without growing a bigger vision of God. He is a prophet in our day calling us to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God."
Advance Signs (advancesigns.wordpress.com)
"Haugen really opens the eyes of the reader to the realities of darkness. It makes one wonder, at times, who are the people who perpetuate sex-trade houses where children are being abused and raped? Worse, it makes me confront myself and say: 'What am I doing to bring these people to justice and, following Jesus, set these captives free?' . . . [Haugen] makes no bones about the fact that Christians have, by and large, not done enough. There is much to be done and each day is a day to get it done. Courage is required. Christians need to move out of the safety and into the world where they might get dirty, or hurt, or run out of town. Christians must be advocates for the weak and oppressed."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830834945
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 6/5/2008
  • Pages: 150
  • Sales rank: 289,922
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary A. Haugen is president and CEO of International Justice Mission (IJM), a human rights organization based in Washington, D.C. Prior to founding IJM, he worked in the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice and was director of the United Nations genocide investigation in Rwanda.
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Table of Contents

1 Going on the Journey but Missing the Adventure
2 From Rescued to Rescuer
3 The Surprising Path to Courage
4 The God of Justice
5 Just Worship
6 Loving God and Our Neighbor
7 Charging the Darkness
8 The Witness of One
9 Seizing the Gift of Courage
10 Would You Rather Be Safe or Brave?
Appendix 1: Partnering with International Justice Mission
Appendix 2: Further Resources
Questions for Discussion and Reflection
Acknowledgments
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    The fight with God against injustice

    There is a line of a song that says "Show me how to love like you have loved me. Break my heart for what breaks yours; everything I am for your kindom's cause." ("Hosanna" by Hillsong United) Since the Bible makes clear that injustice (the abuse of power) is one of the things that breaks God's heart, this book is a must read for anyone who wants their heart to break for what breaks His.Haugen talks about how the Christian life for many of us can be described as "going on the journey but missing the adventure." He lays a foundation of understanding what justice and injustice really are, with powerful examples from real 21st century life in the areas of:Ôø¿ Sexual ViolenceÔø¿ SlaveryÔø¿ Illegal DetentionÔø¿ Illegal Property SeizureÔø¿ Sex TraffickingHe talks about "siezing the gift of courage" and asks, "Would you rather be safe or brave?" Finally, he lays out realistic, practical suggestions for how we can join God in the battle against injustice.

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