Friday, June 5, 2015

Exploring Justice // 10 Resources I Have Found Helpful

I've spent the last 6 or so months digging into the idea of justice. What does it look like? What does the Bible have to say about it? How are others living it out in their daily lives? What can I do about the things I am passionate about?

As I've been reading and talking and researching, I've discovered some pretty great books, blog posts, articles, etc. And just in case anybody else is as interested in this topic as much as I am right now, I figured I'd share some of them with you.

First, start here. These are my basics right now.
1. She Reads Truth Justice Study
This 13 day study has been proving helpful as it has provided me with tons of scripture, as well as thoughts from some of the leaders of social justice today. This is a great place to start to get a Biblical understanding of justice and be encouraged along the way.

2. 4 Ways to Overcome Compassion Fatigue
I just read this article by Relevant Magazine this morning and found it very encouraging and practical! It's easy to be passionate about a certain (or many!) issue(s), but sometimes it can get overwhelming. It reminds me about when I wrote about starting with a little.

3. When Helping Hurts
I'm only a couple chapters in (and yes, this book is technically aimed at poverty, which isn't the only justice issue) but I have really appreciated the solid foundation that it is giving me in terms of helping others in healthy ways. This book is pretty academic in nature, but I have loved the charts and illustrations, along with the real-life scenarios provided. Definitely a must-read for if you are wanting to get a deeper, research-driven, best practice approach to helping others.

And here are 3 books all on different topics... all amazing, all a quick read, all a different take on living out justice.
4. Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker // Poverty, homelessness, local, church
5. Rhinestone Jesus by Kristen Welch// Kenya, teen moms, abuse,
6. Fallen by Annie Lobert// Sex Trafficking, prostitution, redemption

And last, but not least, 4 blog posts for you to get you thinking.
7. Dear World: Let's Stop Giving Our Crap to the Poor
8. # Blessed
9. On Being "Healed of Being a Big Deal"
10. Rich and Poor | The Question That Wrecked Us Both

Bonus: Books I plan on reading once I get the chance.
Generous Justice by Tim Keller
Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands by Paul Tripp
Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd

So I'm curious—do you have anything you'd add to this list?

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