Bite-size Book Review: Just Mercy

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Title & author:

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

What it's about:

The author walks us through his experiences as a lawyer starting the Equal Justice Initiative to represent clients who are on death row. The book primarily focuses on one case in particular in which an innocent man is wrongly imprisoned for a crime he did not commit.

Who it's for:

The remarkable true stories told on these pages will open your eyes to the shocking racism and abuse of power in our criminal justice system. I think this is a must-read for everyone but especially for Christians concerned with racial justice and caring for people within the criminal justice system.

What I liked:

I think that memoirs, telling real-life stories of real-life people can be the most powerful way to share hard truths. This unforgettable book does not disappoint.

What I didn't:

This is a minor quibble but Stevenson also wove in other stories and cases besides the one the book focuses on. As a reader I had a hard time keeping them all straight. I will admit, however, this is probably what the author's daily life is like.

My take-away:

Reading this will make you a better informed citizen in regards to the United States criminal justice system and the many people it has failed to serve adequately. You also might be inspired to take action or learn more. Visit the Equal Justice Initiative website for ideas.

My rating:

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