Book Review - Down at the Crossroads by Gary Burnett

Thank you to Gary Burnett of Down at the Crossroads for the recent review of my book "No Mercy, No Justice”. The site is chock full of great reviews of contemporary books, albums, and festivals. Thank you for taking the time to read and reflect on my book.

"Harrington’s book is a challenging one for sure. It challenges the very substance of society in the United States, challenges notions of what justice and mercy actually are, challenges the practice of many US churches and challenges many interpretations of biblical texts. His critique of “the dominant narrative” is sharp and well targeted and his conclusion sound – “The counter-narrative of God and Jesus proclaims that the merciless injustices of human life and of the dominant narrative are evils that need to be transformed and from which we all need to be saved.”

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New book “No Mercy, No Justice” explores American culture of justice without mercy, contrasted with Jesus’ narrative of compassion and mercy

For immediate release 2/20/19

New book “No Mercy, No Justice” explores American culture of justice without mercy, contrasted with Jesus’ narrative of compassion and mercy

Reverend Brooks Harrington is an attorney and minister. His first book is published by Wipf & Stock imprint, Cascade Books, and is available via the publisher and Amazon.

(Fort Worth, Texas) --- Reverend Brooks Harrington has announced that he has written and published – with Wipf & Stock’s Cascade Books imprint – his first book, No Mercy, No Justice: The Dominant Narrative of America versus The Counter-Narrative of Jesus’ Parables. The book is written to inspire Christians to treat everyone – including themselves – with mercy and justice. In fact, according to the author – and to Jesus’ parables, which Harrington insightfully interprets – there is no justice without mercy, and no mercy without justice.

“Brooks offers Christians hope with new and startling insights into God’s justice and mercy revealed in the parables of Jesus. ‘No Mercy, No Justice’ takes us both deeper into the Holy Scriptures and deeper into the life of faithfulness exemplified by the deeds of love, justice and mercy.”

-- Mike Lowry, resident bishop of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church

In this book  - available via the publisher, on Amazon, and on Kindle - Rev. Brooks Harrington draws on more than 40 years’ experience as a criminal prosecutor, a pastor of inner-city church in an impoverished neighborhood, and the founder of the Methodist Justice Ministry, a legal ministry protecting indigent victims of family violence and child neglect and abuse.

Through moving stories of women and children he has encountered, he shows the terrible toll of the dominant narrative’s version of justice and mercy. And he offers Christians hope with new and startling insights into God’s justice and mercy revealed in the parables of Jesus.

“I wrote this book for the Christians who want to help fix our broken world, who crave more than what seems to be offered by the culture we live in, who believe that helping equates to worshiping,” said Harrington. “It is my hope that this book changes those who read it.”

“Brooks Harrington has given us an amazing book…”
– Will Willimon, Duke Divinity School

No Mercy, No Justice asks the reader: How can we be just and merciful? Are justice and mercy in conflict? Or are they aspects of the same truth?

According to Rev. Harrington, Christians in America are presented with two conflicting versions of justice and mercy. One version comes from the dominant secular narrative of America. Justice and mercy are contradictions. Mercy is devalued and discouraged. But within the counter narrative of God revealed through Torah, the prophets, and particularly through the life and parables of Jesus, justice and mercy are aspects of the same truth and way of God. There is no justice without mercy. There is no mercy without justice.

To learn more, visit www.revbrooksharrington.com, or attend an event. Rev. Harrington’s first book signing is scheduled for Sunday, March 31, 2019, 9am-12pm, at First United Methodist Church in downtown Fort Worth.

About the Author

Brooks Harrington is the founder of the Methodist Justice Ministry, a pro bono legal ministry that provides legal protections and supportive services for indigent victims of child abuse and family violence. He has been a Marine infantry officer, a criminal prosecutor in Washington D.C., a litigator in private practice, an ordained United Methodist elder, and the pastor of an inner-city church.

Today, Brooks dedicates his time and energy toward helping the clients of the Methodist Justice Ministry; all net proceeds from the sale of No Mercy, No Justice, as well as all speaking honorariums, will directly benefit the ministry. Click here for more about Reverend Harrington. To learn how to request Reverend Harrington as a speaker at your church or event, please click here. To join the conversation, visit Twitter and Facebook.

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Contact: Lauren Kwedar Cockerell lauren@kwedarpr.com 817-405-9878

In the News - Bishop Lowry Reviews "No Mercy, No Justice"

It was wonderful to read this thoughtful, supportive review from Bishop Mike Lowry. Thank you for these kind words, as well as your support of the Methodist Justice Ministry. Here’s an excerpt below; for the full post, click here.

I was privileged to write a pre-publication endorsement. In that endorsement I stated: “With the vivid illumination of personal experience, Brooks Harrington offers a trenchant connection between the twin pillars of justice and mercy. He shines a light on Christian witness which challenges even as it educates . . . The passion for ministry to children in desperate need will take the attentive reader to new depths of both justice and mercy in the Lord.”  Brooks offers Christians hope with new and startling insights into God’s justice and mercy revealed in the parables of Jesus. No Mercy, No Justice takes us both deeper into the Holy Scriptures and deeper into the life of faithfulness exemplified by the deeds of love, justice and mercy. My episcopal colleague and friend Bishop Will Willimon perceptively noted in his endorsement, “This book will change how you look at our criminal justice system, the parables of Jesus, and the Christian life.”  On a more personal level, I find the stories in the book disturbing, moving and hopeful all at same time.