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Book Review

Publisher's Note:

There are more slaves today than any other time in history, babies are being brutally murdered in their mother’s womb, orphans are left alone and uncared for, human life is disregarded, and souls are dying without knowing Jesus. This is something many of us don’t know, or know, but don’t really think about, or think about, but don’t really do anything about. But God is calling us to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly, not in our own strength, but in His. In this book, you’ll find information about issues like human trafficking, abortion, and orphans, inspiration to take action, real-life stories of people from history and people today—ordinary people like you and me—who answered God’s call upon their lives, and a list of 102 ways you can begin to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God in your everyday life. Preciously published as Do Justly: The Call to be the Hands and Feet of Jesus in the Midst of Injustice, this second edition is updated and expanded.…

Do Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

by Savannah Jane McCrary

Overall Book Review:

This is one powerful little book!  As a call to action, it might leave the reader a little uncomfortable knowing there is something that can be done to fight evil and injustice in the world around us.  Savannah Jane McCrary, the author, is asking people to take a stand, invest some of their time, talent, and resources to save a person.  Abortion is a hot topic and slavery is one we do our best to ignore.  However, Savannah seeks to bring to light these injustices and encourage the reader that there is a way to help.  In the back of the book, there are 103 ideas that the author has brainstormed.  She suggests that if each person pick at least one way to help and spend a little time doing it, it would change our world.

Savannah Jane McCrary also touches on the topics of orphans, homelessness, special needs people, the elderly, and even socialism.  Pointing out that everybody needs to hear the saving grace of Jesus, she says, “It’s time for us to rise up and answer God’s call to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him.”  In this book, she gives valid ideas on how to do just that.  To sum this book up into one sentence: in our own individuality we are tiny, but when we gather together to fight a wrong, we are powerful.  Savannah goes on to say, “God can use us as His hands and feet in this dark and broken world.”

Don’t be fooled by the age of the author.  Originally, Savannah Jane McCrary was fourteen when she penned this book.  She realized that she was not too young to do something to help people in need and that indeed, God had called HER to be a woman of action.  Encouraged by friends her own age who were stepping into the battles of abortion and modern-day slavery, Savannah knew that at the very least, she loves to write and could reach people through the written word and statistical evidence.  At the age of nineteen, Savannah revised and updated this book.  Full of facts, packed with information, and even inspiring real-life stories, Savannah brings to light the need to be people of action in order to help others.  She suggests we should no longer sit idly by and watch the damage to human life around us. 

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by the Author


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: None 

Violence/Gore: Mention of the transatlantic slave trade & millions of Africans captures and sold as slaves, many died; mention of modern day slavery which includes women & children; multiple mentions of WWII prisoners of war (POW) and the cruelty inflicted upon them; story of a girl tricked into slave labor and prostitution, not detailed; a Bible story of women who were asked to kill babies; discussion of abortion, includes statistics and deaths but not detailed in the process of abortion; the story of a woman, her sister, and father who were imprisoned during WWII, deplorable conditions of the death camps, death of several mentioned; mention of WWII and the extermination of the Jews; mention of homelessness, death, sickness, suicide; story of a young girl who was owned by a woman; multiple mentions of girls who have been saved from slavery; the story of orphans during WWII, the death of a man, & a woman who was hurt by soldiers; statistics about modern day children in need; the story of 2 women who were killed in the Roman Coliseum in the first century, and 2 other women who were killed in Europe in the 17th century for their belief in God, some detail but not gory; the story of a young girl who was shot, emotional but not gory; the story of a man who was horribly treated as a POW during WWII. 

Sex/Nudity:  Mention of children used as temple prostitutes in India, circa 1900-1950; statistics of modern-day children who are sexually exploited; mention of a girl who was sold by her neighbors into prostitution; discussion of abortion statistics, not descriptive of the abortion process.

Mature Subject Matter:

Slavery, human trafficking, sex trafficking, prostitution, child soldiers, parents selling their kids, abortion, prisoners of war (POWs), death, economic hardships, homelessness, war, God.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

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About the Reviewer

Reading a good adventure story has always been a vacation in the theater of my mind. When I’m stressed or just need to get away for a few minutes, I love the opportunity to climb into somebody else’s world. I didn’t enjoy reading until I was in the Air Force and building bombs in Korea; it was a wonderful distraction from the real world. (I tried bull riding, but it wasn’t exciting enough.)