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Justice in the Burbs: Being the Hands of Jesus Wherever You Live (ēmersion: Emergent Village resources for communities of faith) Paperback – August 1, 2007
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Most of us sense some missing element in our lives. Sometimes we are acutely aware of this. We groan with the world and wonder why everything aches so profoundly, why we feel so far from who we know we could be, from the Garden, from God. We suspect the missing element may involve how we live in the world and the impact of our behavior. We suspect the question of whether there is justice in the world relates to choices we have made, are making and will make in the future. But perhaps we have forgotten, or perhaps we never knew, what a life lived justly might look like. The question rarely comes up in regular conversation. So we stumble through life with unanswered, sometimes unvoiced, questions, some x-factor missing from our lives, but we fail to remember, or maybe we just don't know, what that factor is. Or, we realize exactly what's missing but have no idea how to incorporate issues of justice into our lives, particularly in a way that would safeguard us against completely disrupting our everyday existence. We do not like disruptions.
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The fictional account of a suburban family on their journey is really well-written and evocative...very effective. However, there were a few places that were so cheesy and white-man's burden-sounding (particularly the last page) that I just groaned. But the great good in this book far outweighs any of that, and I can see it changing lives...I hope many people will listen to their voices and be moved to think through the hard questions along with those like the Samsons who have already traveled this path.
Lisa and Will Samson have a clear and cogent point to make, and they make it masterfully. The fictional narrative was written by Lisa Samson, an accomplished author of several novels. Her skill shows in the deft sketches of real, conflicted, and interesting characters. The teaching ("discourse") , which seems to have been mostly written by Will, is equally clear. Although the writing here does not flow as smoothly as it does in the narrative section, the messages are well delivered and compelling . Will's modesty and sincerity make the reader want to listen closely.
I found the meditations superfluous. They are too short to make much of an impact, especially if you don't know the authors. It seems they were added on for people who already know Brian McLaren and Leonard Sweet's work, and therefore might attach credibility to this book, by association. But Will and Lisa need no such props: their message and delivery are strong enough to stand on their own.
The book starts at the beginning: the first chapter is "Why Read a Book about Justice?" After providing a strong answer to "Why?" (scripture and history), they take the reader gently and clearly through the "how".Read more ›
This book will likely make you examine your life, how you are living it, and consider some minor things you could change that could make a world of difference to people that need help.
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Very readable book on a family's journey to be faithful disciples of Jesus. Lots of examples. It doesn't get as far as policy, though, which was very disappointing to me.Published 18 months ago by Karl Hess
This book provides clear and realistic examples of the hardship and yet joyous possibilities in living a life that is committed to a better sustainable faith.Published on April 12, 2014 by Rebecca Sischo
Actually, 2.5 stars.
I was so looking forward to this book. A lifelong "burb" dweller, I have often chafed at the idea that the suburbs are a perfect haven where God is... Read more
Where does an ordinary person who wants to live like Jesus start? Some simple ways are discussed in this book. Read morePublished on December 8, 2009 by John Gibbs
What I was looking for was a solid biblical case for how to engage and love culture in the midst of Suburban America. Read morePublished on May 26, 2009 by Jamie
I want to know how to impact my community while living in a place where I don't see my neighbors for months, so I jumped at the chance to read this book. Read morePublished on April 12, 2009 by Scandalous Sanity
Award-winning novelist Lisa Samson and her husband, Will, join forces in JUSTICE IN THE BURBS, a call for suburban Christians to rouse themselves from apathy and make a difference... Read morePublished on August 18, 2008 by FaithfulReader.com
This book is about living the justice life. I want to recommend that you read "Justice in the Burbs" all the way to the end. I almost didn't. Read morePublished on May 23, 2008 by Tim Suttle
Our book group read Justice in the Burbs, hoping to get some practical ideas of how to follow Jesus in ministering to those who don't have a voice. Read morePublished on March 8, 2008 by Beth