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Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices Paperback – September 25, 2009
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"Clawson's informative book offers a helpful approach, and a feeling of solidarity with others on the journey." (Teresa Malcolm, National Catholic Reporter, August 6, 2010)
"Clawson gives practical advice and resources to aid readers in overcoming everyday injustices. Her research is extensive, and her insights are relevant. Her passion for this topic is contagious, and her advice is timely and essential. Clawson's remarks will inspire any consumer to live justly." (Church Libraries, Spring 2010)
A valuable introductory resource for those of us trying to weave justice-making into our daily lives. (Relevant, January February 2010)
A must for environmentally focused social issues collections. (James A. Cox, Wisconsin Bookwatch, January 2010)
Everyday Justice is informative and easy to read while offering a positive outlook on how to adjust our lives in order to affect the world for the better. (Peter Moore, Youth Worker Journal, January/February 2010)
I want everyone close to me to read Julie Clawson's Everyday Justice, a positive, insightful, practical look at global issues and living righteously as a consumer. (Peter Moore, Youth Worker Journal, January/February 2010)
"Julie Clawson gets it. First, she gets it that most of us suburban Americans feel overwhelmed and guilty when we hear about justice. That's why she focuses on positive, doable ways that we can improve the justice quotient of our lives. Second, she gets it that we in the 'developed world' often have an undeveloped theology and lifestyle when it comes to key issues like fair trade, modern-day slavery, fossil fuel dependence, ethical eating and buying, and debt. That's why she gently, positively and hopefully helps us get 'development' where we need it most." (Brian McLaren, author/activist (brianmclaren.net))
"Many of us live in a world of great privilege. We also live in a culture of gluttony, and this includes our access to information, words and ideas. With the onset of technology and social media, my fear is that many of us will elevate our words and ideas--and be content and satisfied with that as our action. Everyday Justice is important for two very simple reasons: Justice is on the heart of God and justice needs to be pursued and lived out every day. Julie has given the larger faith community an important but inviting challenge: Do justice every day." (Eugene Cho, pastor, Quest Church, Seattle, and executive director, One Day's Wages, http://eugenecho.com and http://onedayswages.org)
"When I was a young Christian I was told that our job was to get people to heaven. The world (like now) was a mess, so evacuating people seemed like a good idea. What if instead I had been told that our main job was to bring the kingdom of God to our planet? What if that meant doing very practical things like advocating for people who were poor, voiceless and powerless? And what if I'd been told Jesus will only return when his followers have improved the situation for those people so much that it's finally become habitable for heaven? That's what I think now. If this idea intrigues you, read this book. It provides the how-tos." (Jim Henderson, executive director, Off The Map)
"Julie Clawson is a significant and much-needed voice in the emerging church conversation--actually, in any faith conversation. For those of us who have long felt her voice needed to be heard, Everyday Justice is a cause for celebration. Only someone who lives a life of social integrity is entitled to write such a book, and Julie is that person. She offers us hope that we can all contribute in a meaningful way to the transformation of our culture." (Marcia Ford, author of We the Purple: Faith, Politics and the Independent Voter)
"Living justly is an overwhelming task these days. How do I know whether the coffee I'm drinking was fairly grown? Or whether my jeans were made by a twelve-year-old? It's daunting, and we're tempted toward apathy. That's why Julie Clawson has done us such a service in writing Everyday Justice--in readable, compelling prose, she lays out the truth behind some of the products we use every day, and she gives us practical steps for living justly in a consumeristic age. She avoids guilt trips and writes personally. This book is needed and deserves a wide readership." (Tony Jones (www.tonyj.net), author of The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier)
"Every product in our consumer hands has a trail. . . . Julie Clawson skillfully and kindly helps us take seriously the call to justice in our everyday choices. From coffee to cars, there is a collision of economics and ethics that Christ-followers must take seriously. By refusing to make justice a liberal or conservative cause, she helps us participate in restoration, ethical consumption and the beautiful pursuit of justice in God's world." (Nancy Ortberg, author of Looking for God: An Unexpected Journey Through Tattoos, Tofu and Pronouns)
"Julie Clawson had me at 'Don't panic.' While many resources on social justice leave even the most compassionate souls and generous hearts frozen with an overwhelming panic from not knowing where to begin, Everyday Justice fires readers up and leaves them ready to change the world--starting right in their everyday lives. Clawson's well-researched and well-written book flows with stories of evil and good, monsters and heroes. It's a must-read for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of what loving our neighbors should look like." (Caryn Rivadeneira, managing editor, Gifted for Leadership, and author of Mama's Got a Fake I.D.)
"With both tenderness and everyday practicality, Julie Clawson invites all of us into a more complete way of following Jesus. By providing simple, concrete ways to seek justice in our daily lives, Everyday Justice is a great resource to get you started or keep you going on the journey toward acting justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with your God." (Will Samson, coauthor of Justice in the Burbs)
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Top Customer Reviews
Almost every page assumes that whatever horrible thing is happening to the unfortunates who grow our cotton, grow our coffee, sew our T-shirts, assemble our shoes, etc. in various poverty-stricken countries would magically heal if only we stopped buying such products. The author retains this view even while pointing out how, for example, when Disney was confronted about clothes it sold being reportedly made in a Haitian sweatshop, it "solved" the problem by moving the business to an even worse factory in China. I'm fine with blaming Disney for not living up to its desired image as child-friendly. But how are now out of work Haitians better off after the change?
Thomas Sowell, in his excellent book Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy, Revised and Expanded Edition asks the question "And then what?", meaning whenever we advocate an economic change, we should first think how that change will play out over time. That, in short, is what I do not see happening in this book.
One happy story is how Nike has helped those who make its shoes, not by taking its business elsewhere, but rather by monitoring its suppliers to be sure they treat their employees fairly. Apple too responded effectively last year when questions arose about conditions in a Chinese factory making Apple products.Read more ›
Julie Clawson addresses exactly what Martin Luther King Jr. speaks of here in her new book, Everyday Justice. Clawson's book brings thoughtful reflection and awareness to some of the most profound and obscure breaches of justice that plague the world today. Some of the topics Clawson includes are the injustices found in coffee, clothing, and cocoa production, the car industry and the impact of oil consumption upon the environment, and even the rampant amount of waste created by a consumer society. The target audience of the book is the Christian living in America. Clawson claims that the Christian, who desires to follow the lessons of Christ and the principles of social justice within Christianity, must start to become aware and take responsibility for how consumption choices contributes and sets the stage for many of the human rights atrocities in the world today.Read more ›
However, one other thing that sets this book apart is its strong reliance on the Bible for supporting why it's important to think before you buy. In that respect, I would highly recommend this book for people who don't see why it's important to consider where the things they buy come from, or who choose what to buy based purely on finding the lowest price. The book explains that everything we buy is made from something and by someone, and it's manufacture, distribution, and disposal have consequences on the environment which in turn directly impacts someone, somewhere. It challenges us to look both ways along that stream to see the face of those who are impacted and make choices that honor them as beloved children of God. Then, as much as we are able, it challenges us not to be complicit with injustice, whether that be through paying unfair wages, misusing resources, or otherwise exploiting other people. It's not easy, but often it's possible to find alternatives to the current mainstream options, or to advocate for changes to the existing system.
The book discusses both real solutions and real dilemmas that are confronted when trying to make changes. Through personal examples, Julie gives us a framework of examples for choosing among the "lesser of two evils".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book arrived on time. I have to read this for an Environmental Science Class that I am taking. This book has began to shine some light in some dark place that I did not know... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ira
Thank I revice this book right on time thank you so much. I am happy.Published 7 months ago by Melissa McRoy
"Don't panic." These were the wise first words of Julie Clawson in her powerful (and very appropriately named) book: Everyday Justice. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Andy Mac
This book takes the concept of "justice" and makes it understandable and achievable. You learn alot and are given tools for your own journey of "acting justly". Read morePublished 23 months ago by Denise E Sciuto
This book revealed the process of chocolate, chemicals in making clothes; slave trafficking, sex slaves not only young females, young boys and they use little children. Read morePublished on March 1, 2014 by Elder D. Stembridge
This book is a must read for anyone who cares about God's good creation. You will cry when you read this book and you will learn how to help.Published on September 24, 2013 by Don Tabberer
Our reading group has been inspired by this book. They are talking to store managers to offer more Fair Trade products. We will bei discussing more and telling others about it.Published on September 15, 2013 by Marion Gotschall