Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Bryan Stevenson
Spiegel & Grau, 2015
368 pp., $16.00

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Tae Sung

Our Shared Brokenness

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Reading Just Mercy reminded me why this subject has been such a deep source of conviction ever since my conversion. On the surface, my life story couldn't be more different from those told in this book. But something resonates deeply with me and takes me back to my encounter with the Gospel when Stevenson writes, "We are all broken by something. We have all hurt someone and have been hurt. We all share the condition of brokenness even if our brokenness is not equivalent" (emphasis mine). What Stevenson calls "our shared brokenness" is what ultimately connects all of us despite our differences. When that becomes our common ground, no one can be immune to the cry for just mercy:

We have a choice. We can embrace our humanness, which means embracing our broken natures and the compassion that remains our best hope for healing. Or we can deny our brokenness, forswear compassion, and, as a result, deny our own humanity.

1 Chris Anderson,

Tae Sung is assistant professor of English in the Online and Professional Studies Division at California Baptist University.

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