Book Review: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

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Book Title: Just Mercy – A Story of Justice and Redemption

Author: Bryan Stevenson

Genre: Nonfiction – Memoir, Social Justice

Rating (out of 5 stars): StarStarStarStar

“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” – Quote from Just Mercy

When you think about the justice system, humanity perhaps is not a word that springs to mind. However Bryan Stevenson manages to exquisitely capture in Just Mercy both the humanity and the inhumanity of what can be a brutal system. Through the stories of the inmates he shares he provides a glimpse into the lives of people who have been dealt a poor hand by the legal system.

Is the definition of justice different for the poor, or the black, or the disenfranchised?

What does humanity or redemption mean if you can’t afford the resources to defend yourself? These are some of the questions explored in Just Mercy.  Through the story of the 14 year old that killed his stepfather, or the teenager that got in an accident that kills his girlfriend, Stevenson brings somewhat heart wrenching stories to life. His writing style is humanistic and flowing. I can feel his empathy for the prisoners and can see the situations clearly as if I stood beside him through it.

There were several parts of this book that cover subjects that are perhaps difficult to hear. However, Just mercy is a thought provoking, enlightening read. It is a true account of how big a difference one person can make. This book is not just about justice and redemption. It is about compassion and honor and the amount of love the human spirit is capable of. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a brutally honest look into the darker side of our justice system.


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