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Justice in the Burbs: Being the Hands of Jesus Wherever You Live (emersion: Emergent Village resources for communities of faith) [Paperback]

By Will Samson (Author) & Lisa Samson (Author)
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Pages   204
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2007
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
ISBN  0801068096  
EAN  9780801068096  

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Helps suburbanites think about and engage issues of social justice by showing that opportunities for justice are everywhere if we have eyes to see.

Publishers Description
In the suburban world of nice homes, neat lawns, and new cars, it can be easy to forget about social justice issues. Life keeps us busy, and the poor and disenfranchised of our world are invisible as we go from our garage to our workplace and back again. But suburbanites can be a force for social justice in the world.
In this unique book, readers will take a journey with a young couple from the 'burbs as they learn to notice and act on the issues of justice that abound no matter where you live. This engaging narrative helps readers kiss apathy and ignorance goodbye in favor of a life of concern and action in order to help our fellow human beings.

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More About Will Samson & Lisa Samson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Will Samson has a seventeen-year career in politics, technology, and the church, working with Fortune 500 companies, universities, non-profits and political organizations. He is an active contributor to the efforts of Emergent Village. Lisa Samson has written seventeen novels, including the Christy Award-winning Songbird. Will and Lisa live in Lexington, Kentucky.

Will Samson was born in 1964.

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Living Justly  Dec 9, 2009
Where does an ordinary person who wants to live like Jesus start? Some simple ways are discussed in this book. It is an unusual book, interweaving a fictional story about a family who try to live "justly" with observations from the authors' real-life efforts. The type of "justice" described in the book is a strange blend of serving the poor, living frugally, environmentalism and political correctness.

In the introduction, the authors indicate that the issues of justice addressed by the book apply to people who are not Christians, but their reasoning throughout the rest of the book relies exclusively on the teachings of Jesus, leaving the reader wondering whether the authors believe that all religions must teach the same things. The particular actions recommended in the book are: consume less fuel, food, electricity and water; look for ways of serving neighbourhood kids and lonely people, while reducing the time you spend at church, work, and in your children's activities; become involved with organisations which serve the poor; buy used goods, buy less stuff, and recycle; and buy "fair trade" products.

The book tackles some important subjects, and Christians do need to spend more efforts engaging with the poor and disadvantaged, and caring for the environment. The book is reasonably well-written, even if I am not a big fan of the fiction-made-up-to-illustrate-a-point segments. However, I was left with the impression that the authors' message was a collection of loosely-related small ideas, rather than a coherent vision for living justly in suburbia today.
Shallow, Lacking Substance  May 26, 2009
What I was looking for was a solid biblical case for how to engage and love culture in the midst of Suburban America.

What I got was a story of a couple and their journey which, while interesting, lacked substance and biblical foundation. I wouldn't waste my time if I was you.

If you are looking for book like this that holds the Bible in high regard, try Unfashionable by Tullian Tchividjian -- http://www.this site/gp/product/1601420854
Pretty Good  Apr 13, 2009
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. I was hoping for a resource and some thoughts on service in the community. For the most part, I was right.

The book alternates between a fictional story and thoughts on the Samsons' quest for justice in the suburbs. At times, I found the story more compelling. It focuses on a young married couple and their journey toward a more service focused life. The other chapters are interesting, but at times I became disinterested and wanted to move on to the next chapter of the fictional story.

The nonfiction portion of the book delves into the issues people will face when confronting justice in their community. And most of it is great, interspersed with stories from the Samsons' life. It gives you a great picture of what to expect when helping at homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and advocacy programs. There's also a list of resources at the end to help get you started. The only problem is that the prose gets a little boring at times.

But overall, this is a great book that can be a good help for anyone wanting to reach out to those in need.
Husband and wife duo Lisa and Will Samson join forces in JUSTICE IN THE BURBS, calling suburban Christians to make a difference  Aug 18, 2008
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 in their communities and their world. Think Micah 6:8: "And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." (NIV)

Will's and Lisa's backstories are of growing up in conservative, evangelical Christian homes where attending church was as regular as brushing their teeth, and memorizing scripture was a normal part of everyday life. "Yet neither of us can remember hearing sermons about God's concern for those in need during these formative years," Will writes. Later, Lisa tells of their own early marriage: "...As typical professionals in the suburbs, Will and I found our lives consumed by the kids' school, sports, church, and of course, our careers. We had no time to help out others and felt pretty satisfied with infrequent touches of goodness on our part...."

The Samsons use the spiritual discipline of dislocation or displacement to gain perspective, moving from the suburbs into the city of Lexington, Kentucky, with their family. "We failed to live a life of justice in the suburbs, and this book is, at least in part, our mea culpa --- our confession of insufficiency," Will writes.

Justice, they believe, needs to be based on Biblical ideas: care for the poor and oppressed, concern for the environment, love for foreigners, sharing of wealth, not profiting at the expense of the poor. However, how we have learned to view the Bible, they believe, has given us an overly simplistic understanding of the role it plays in our lives. "The Bible is quoted but rarely understood in its entirety...some really awful things have been justified by a poor understanding of the purpose of Scripture....we need a new view of Scripture."

Lisa, a well-known novelist in inspirational reading circles, creates the fictional suburban characters of Matt and Christine Marshall, whose continuing story illustrates the concepts throughout. Nonfiction passages offer insights about suburban culture and ideas for learning to live a life of justice. Sprinkled throughout the book are various meditations on different aspects of justice by an eclectic group of individuals, including Brian McLaren, Leonard Sweet and Luci Shaw.

An interesting point that the Samsons make is our culture's avoidance of disruption. "Why are we so afraid of disruptions?" they write. "What are we doing that is so completely important we cannot be interrupted?" Fear often keeps us from acting, as does busyness and overwork. "The suburbs seem particularly designed to avoid facing the bigger issues of life," write the Samsons. In her fictional scenes, Lisa illustrates many Christians' unwillingness to get involved with other denominations, to work side by side with those who have different belief systems, and the peer pressure from family and other well-intentioned Christians that may sink good intentions.

The Samsons ask some probing questions. "How do we define God's blessing on the church today? More people, bigger buildings, better programs...What if success in God's economy is more people being fed, less people dying of AIDS, and families restored after years of religious bickering?" As well as theoretical questions, there are also plenty of practical, applicable ideas for Christians to begin making changes that reflect a pursuit of justice.

So, what do we do? According to the Samsons, we start small. But we start where we find ourselves. "Perhaps Jesus lives right next door or down the street. He might even be in your own home." Readers will be encouraged to take the next step on the road to a more justice-oriented faith. And, as the Samsons say, "Kiss normal goodbye."

--- Reviewed by Cindy Crosby
Paperback Theology's Review: Justice in the Burbs  May 23, 2008
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. I almost put this book down after two chapters. It is co-authored by a husband/wife duo Will & Lisa Sampson. Each chapter has three parts: a narrative section written by Lisa who is a popular fiction writer (essentially a novella divided into 13 short sections), a discourse section authored mostly by Will (I'm guessing), a PhD student in Sociology at Univ. of Kentucky, and a meditation section, each one composed by a different author/thinker/artist within emerging church circles.

I almost put the book down early on because the structure was throwing me off a little and the discourse seemed overly simplistic, the first meditation was just wasn't grabbing me. Then a funny thing happened: the story sucked me in. The truth is that Lisa Sampson is a really good writer - Will is, too. But, I realized how difficult a task she was undertaking - developing plot and characters so quickly, way more quickly than a typical novel, trying to tailor a story to a theological discourse without making the story appear contrived, splitting a short novella into 13 sections all of this while trying to make us care about not only the story but the idea of justice. This is a really difficult task. The truth is, she did great. When really good artists are left to just provoke and preach, it's pretty amazing what they can do. This book is a great example. The story is great. I liked what was happening and I found that the more I cared about it, the more I enjoyed the discourse sections & appreciated the points that were made.


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