By Bryan Stevenson | Amazon.com | 368 pages
Published in August of 2015
SUMMARY: A true story about America’s criminal justice system and how it treats people of color, the poor, the wrongly convicted, and the wrongly condemned. The material is heavy, but the author is hopeful despite his years of seeing terrible injustice.
The book helps you see the humanity of these people who have been mistreated, something we all need to remember; these are real people, not perfect people, but people made in the image of God and worthy of our love and compassion.
We cannot recommend this book enough.
KEY QUOTE: “The power of just mercy is that it belongs to the undeserving. It’s when mercy is least expected that it’s most potent – strong enough to break the cycle of victimization and victimhood, retribution and suffering. It has the power to heal the psychic harm and injuries that lead to aggression and violence, abuse of power, mass incarceration.”
BONUS II: More of a visual learner? See our review of the movie Just Mercy, which we highly recommend as well.