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Deepening the Soul for Justice

Bethany H. Hoang

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Item # 1445531


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  • Format: Book
  • Release Date: Dec 1, 2012
  • UPC: 9780830834631
  • Height: 0.4
  • Width: 5.3
  • Length: 8.1

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Good reminders by Kevin Daum on 12/31/2012

I found much to like in Hoang's Deepening the Soul for Justice. Her framework of prayer, study of Scripture, sabbath and worship is simple yet helpful. She warns against justice as commodity, reminds that it's often when we least feel like stopping for prayer that we most need to, and elucidates both spiritual and literal slavery as described in Isaiah 58 and Luke 4. She foretells that our actual pursuit of justice will likely not look like what we first imagined, declares justice and worship as both declaring God's lordship, and warns against pursuing justice without regularly examining our own hearts for injustice. Finally, she calls us to publicly remember all the good things God has done, to bear witness to the coming kingdom, for the sake of those who still await justice and for the sake of those who will bring it about. The book ends with a list of questions for reflection which I appreciated for their honesty.

I appreciated the reminder that our God cares deeply about the right ordering of power in the world and the impetus to bring it about is his. We reflect his heart and bear witness to the coming kingdom by participating in that work, but our own pursuit of justice begins with and is sustained by pursuing him, the God of justice. Hoang's book is encouraging me to solidify practices and rhythms in my life that regularly bring me back to the ultimate source of justice in a variety of ways. Thanks Bethany for the important reminders!

Read my full review at http://kevindaum.org/2012/12/31/a-review-of-deepening-the-soul-for-justice-by-bethany-hoang/.

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