Just Mercy


Just Mercy

This book was sad, happy, maddening and exhausting. Bryan Stevenson is an amazing man for dedicating his live to helping others so diligently, lovingly, unconditionally and for fighting so hard for those who have sinned or made a mistake to be forgiven and understand they have value.

I really like the sentence in the book which states we are “more than the sum of what we did”.  This line spoke to me and is so very true.  It was so frustrating and yet also clarifying to see the complexity of the capital punishment process – I dare say this is how the legal system works in total; we have been victims of the legal process and know it is a grueling blink process which seems to never end or produce any really justice or resolutions.

I love how Bryan Stevenson composed the book going back and forth with different stories of people and cases he had experienced.  The stories about the children committing one crime and being sentenced to life in prison was heart breaking.  I was also disheartening that it has taken our country so many years to recognize our faults and how long we have treated other races so poorly.

I think there are still courts who are as bias as Bryan tells us; it is very sad this still exists and that the poor, mentally ill and children are suffering at the stubbornness and blindness of others who see these people as lost souls to society.

God Bless Bryan Stevenson.

2 Replies to “Just Mercy”

  1. This book was disheartening and it also shows how our justice system fails to ensure that justice prevails. Personally, I do not believe in the death penalty, because it is murder by the state. I do not feel that we have the ability to decide that person is no longer suitable to live.

    Bryan Stevenson demonstrated that even when the justice system is acutely aware of its mistakes, it has no clear cut avenue to rectify to those mistakes. The system would rather let a person die or rot in prison than admit that the person’s case was flawed and/or mishandled in some capacity. In the cases where the person is vindicated the justice system is not held liable for its misdeeds, while its victim must live with the consequences and lasting effects of being wrongly accused and subsequently incarcerated for an untenable term.

  2. Cheryl, I also love that line. I never thought of it that way…you always hear about actions speak louder than words but what about when you didn’t do that thing you’re remembered for most? Really makes you think.

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