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The Bible says an eye for an eye. But is the state's taking of lives true - or even practical - punishment for convicted prisoners? In this thought-provoking work, Shane Claiborne explores the issue of the death penalty and the contrast between punitive justice and restorative justice, questioning our notions of fairness, revenge, and absolution.
Using a historical lens to frame his argument, Claiborne draws on testimonials and examples from Scripture to show how the death penalty is not the ideal of justice that many believe. Not only is a life lost; so, too, is the possibility of mercy and grace. In Executing Grace, he reminds us of the divine power of forgiveness and evokes the fundamental truth of the Gospel - that no one, even a criminal, is beyond redemption.
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By Jamin D. Bradley on 06-08-16
Wonderful and Complete
Shane writes what may be one of the best books I've read since his own "Jesus for President." He continues in his prophetic role and boldly goes into hot topic territory, bringing both Biblical and historical research as well as story after story to illustrate the importance of life, justice, grace and forgiveness. I rarely feel changed or empowered after reading a book, but Shane somehow pulls it off every time, leaving me with beautiful, holy conviction.