If there was a college class entitled, “Social Justice for Evangelicals 101”, this book would be the primary text. If you need any sort of introduction to the concept of social justice and how it reflects God’s heart, you need to read this book.
It’s dense and took me awhile to get through it, but I’m glad I did. I was already aware of most of the biblical references in support of social justice, having begun really exploring that concept just in the past couple of years, but what made this book worth it to me was all of Richard Stearns’ stories that went along with them. This was a book that only he could have written.
Whether it be his own testimony of how God would not give up until Stearns left his cushy CEO job and accepted the role as President of World Vision (a great story!) or snapshots of the children and mothers and families he has personally met overseas, this book is one that will grip your heart and make you feel like you need to do something to help.
I wish there was a little more at the end of the book as far as action steps and what that “something” looks like; otherwise, we are just left with this feeling of wanting to do something and not knowing exactly what (except for sponsoring a child through World Vision). But I think the more people in the Church that read this book, and books like it, the bigger the spark it will ignite – and eventually, the Church will see our highest calling as joining with God in restoring his creation to the way it was meant to be. And that means restoring justice to society.