Here are 3 books that provide some good thoughts and practical application on the topic of social justice:
- Generous Justice by Timothy Keller
“It is commonly thought in secular society that the Bible is one of the greatest hindrances to doing justice. Isn’t it full of regressive views? Didn’t it condone slavery? Why look to the Bible for guidance on how to have a more just society? But Timothy Keller sees it another way. In Generous Justice, Keller explores a life of justice empowered by an experience of grace: a generous, gracious justice. Here is a book for believers who find the Bible a trustworthy guide as well as those who suspect that Christianity is a regressive influence in the world.”
- The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne
“During college, a professor remarked, “Being a Christian is about choosing Jesus and deciding to do something incredibly daring with your life.” Taking up that challenge, Shane’s faith led him to dress the wounds of lepers with Mother Teresa, visit families in Iraq amidst bombings, and dump $10,000 on Wall Street to redistribute wealth. In The Irresistible Revolution, you’ll be challenged by a radical Christianity passionate for peace, social justice, and alleviating the suffering found in the local neighborhood and distant reaches of the world. Live out your faith with little acts of radical love as you join the movement of God’s Spirit into a broken world.”
- The Hole In Our Gospel by Richard Stearns
“Is something missing from our understanding of the gospel? In The Hole in Our Gospel, Rich Stearns urges reader to ask What if? What if all followers of Jesus looked beyond the walls of their churches and worked together to claim the world for Christ’s kingdom? This is a story about how a CEO faced his own struggle to obey God, whatever the cost, and his passionate call for Christians to truly change the world by actively living out their faith. Believing that the “good news” is more than a private transaction between God and us, Stearns challenges readers to consider the question “what does God really expect of us?” This fresh look at the gospel will lead you toward a deeper understanding of your own faith and inspire you to do your part to demonstrate God’s love for a hurting world. Two thousand years ago, twelve people changed the world. Rich Stearns believes it can happen again.”
Your turn… What are some other good books that focus on social justice?