Sunday, March 3, 2019

And Social Justice for All by Lisa Van Engen

This book is an excellent resource for parents, teachers, and youth workers who want to help young people become more aware of social issues. Van Engen is a parent and educator. Working with children concerning issues of justice is her passion. She sees fighting injustice as being representatives of God in the world.

She explores fourteen topics in this book. Each chapter includes general background information and work being done on the issue. There are conversation starters to help get children thinking about justice issues. There is a Scripture devotional and suggested activities divided into age appropriate categories. There are suggested books to read. There are suggested activities to increase awareness, from YouTube videos to outings. There is even an appendix detailing how to organize a social action group.

Topics covered include education, lack of water, people with disabilities, fair trade, health care, human trafficking, hunger, and more. Christians focused on nationalism and corporate profits may not like some of Van Engen's writing, such as her explorations of creation care and poverty.

She highlights many social justice organizations active in helping others world wide. She advocates for us to pursue social justice within our own communities. She calls readers to be representatives of God in seeking justice for others. She has included a wealth of information for those working with young people. She also provides a reading list for adults and children, good for further study.

Van Engen has also provided many resources at

My rating: 4/5 stars

Lisa Van Engen is a freelance writer and a Title 1 reading and writing interventionist with kindergarten through junior high kids. She is co-author of the Changed for Life curriculum. She lives in Holland, Michigan. This is her first book.

Kregel Publications, 336 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

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