O God, early in the morning I cry to you,
Help me to pray
And to concentrate my thoughts on you:
I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness,
But with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways,
But you know the way for me …
Restore me to liberty,
And enable me to live now
That I may answer before you and before me.
Lord,whatever this day may bring,
Your name be praised.
His book is a well-written, honest look at the horrors of injustice in our world. Readers will want to buckle up. But Haugen is not merely exposing evil. He is also asserting an unbending hope in the God of justice who intends for his image bearers to “jam the spokes in the wheels” of evil. Haugen issues a necessary call to action aimed at all believers both individually and corporately.
As Christians, we need to educate ourselves about what’s happening today and then we need to act. Haugen’s book is a good place to start. He leaves me (and I suspect you too) asking what I can do to be part of a global effort to both “bandage and recover the victims under the wheel” and “jam the spokes in the wheel itself.”
I’d love to hear the thoughts of others who have read his book. What other books would you recommend and why?