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

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

by Gary A. Haugen

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830844623
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 08/16/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 150
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Gary A. Haugen is founder and CEO of International Justice Mission, a human rights organization based in Washington, DC. Prior to founding IJM he worked in the civil rights division of the US Department of Justice and was director of the United Nations genocide investigation in Rwanda. He is also the author of Good News About Injustice (IVP).

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


What People are Saying About This

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."
Paul Coughlin, author of Unleashing Courageous Faith

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!"
Kay Warren, executive director, HIV/AIDS Initiative, Saddleback Church

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."
John Ortberg, pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, and author of When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box

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."

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."
Sara Groves, singer and songwriter

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