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Executing Grace
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Shane Claiborne is a speaker and activist, the director of Red Letter Christians, and the bestselling author of The Irresistible Revolution, Executing Grace, Jesus for President, Common Prayer, and Red Letter Revolution. He is a founding member of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner-city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world.

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"Executing Grace is about remembering our humanity in the midst of a culture of death. With no shortcuts or easy answers Shane has called us to wrestle with capital punishment. An entire generation of evangelicals will find in this work the radical grip of grace."--Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero, President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition
"Executing Grace may be the best book on the death penalty. Shane weaves together narratives of people whose lives have demonstrated the miracle of grace amid murder and state killing. He shows that the Way of Jesus is incompatible with the death penalty. Indispensable, highly recommended."--David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Faith and Public Life at Mercer University
"Claiborne masterfully weaves together theology, the history of America's death penalty, and firsthand accounts of its devastating effects. These pages are full of hope for a day when the death penalty is gone forever."--Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking
"Extraordinary. Shane delivers a heavy blow to the death machine. Read it at your own risk: you won't be the same when you're done."--Michael T. McRay, author of Where the River Bends
"Here is an invitation to build a world where we reject all forms of killing, both legal and illegal. It is a call to join a movement where grace gets the last word. Claiborne's brilliant book reminds us that without forgiveness, there is no future."--Archbishop Desmond Tutu, author of The Book of Forgiving
"I wish the whole Church would read this book. As Christians, we know we believe in grace, but we struggle with what that means when it comes to the death penalty. Read Executing Grace and consider if it might be time to live without the death penalty."--John Perkins, author of Let Justice Roll Down
"If you believe in the sanctity of human life--whether you support capital punishment or not--you must read Shane Claiborne's Executing Grace. Read it with an open Bible, an open mind, and an open heart: you'll never be the same."--Karen Swallow Prior, Ph.D., author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me and Fierce Convictions-The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer Abolitionist
"If you've never changed your mind, you may have lost it along the way. If you're open to changing your mind, here's a powerful book--intelligent, compassionate, and truly, truly important--by one of the most thoughtful moral voices alive today. Don't miss Shane Claiborne's Executing Grace."--Brian D. McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity
"In his straightforward and winsome style, Shane Claiborne...offers a compelling theological case against capital punishment. He challenges readers to consider our role in not obstructing God's forgiving and redeeming work."--Relevant Magazine
"Passionate Christian activist Claiborne uses Scripture and societal statistics in an argument for the abolishment of the death penalty. Claiborne's arguments are well-structured and, perhaps necessarily, laced with pleas to emotion. In this often moving and unsettling book, Claiborne provides a meaningful contribution to a deeply fraught topic."--Kirkus Reviews
"Powerful, urgent, and right. Solidly biblical and full of wrenchingly gripping stories, this book makes a highly convincing case for ending capital punishment. Every Christian, especially those deeply committed to protect the sanctity of human life, should read it."--Ronald J. Sider, author of Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger
"Shane Claiborne invites us to be consistently pro-life and larger than any one culture! This is whole-making at its best!"--Richard Rohr, author of Falling Upward
"Shane Claiborne is a gracist. In his book, Executing Grace, he demonstrates that he is powerfully and practically advocating that the red letters of Jesus' words in the Scriptures can become reality if we live out the grace we have been given."--David Anderson, author, radio host, pastor of Bridgeway Community Church
"Shane Claiborne may well join the ranks of Rachel Carson and John Howard Griffin--storytellers who've pricked the conscience of our nation and nudged us toward a more perfect union."--Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author of Strangers at My Door
"Shane's voice is one I've trusted for a long time because he lives what he talks about. You'll turn the last page of this book and you'll not just know more, you'll want to do more."--Bob Goff, author of Love Does
"Stark and bright and hopeful and wounding all at the same time, Executing Grace is an impassioned call to all those who claim to follow the Executed One."--Christena Cleveland, associate professor of the Practice of Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School and author of Disunity in Christ
"The author and activist puts a human face on the capital punishment debate. Executing Grace goes far in helping make Christ central to our conversation about the death penalty. As Claiborne pleads, we must 'think and speak of Christ as one who was executed.'"--Christianity Today
"The best book on the death penalty since Dead Man Walking."--John Dear, author of A Persistent Peace
"This book presses ancient good news on our world of racism and mass incarceration in the evangelical hope of weaning church and nation off the spiraling politics of retribution and toward practices of restorative justice."--Elaine Enns and Ched Myers, authors of Ambassadors of Reconciliation
"This compelling and thoughtful book is a must-read for people of faith who have in many ways been painfully silent about excessive punishment in America. Scripture, history and conviction make Shane Claiborne's writing essential for anyone serious about grace and mercy."--Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy
"This is a major contribution--a thorough, carefully researched book on an issue that should be important to all of us. Shane casts the death penalty debate in the light of grace and makes his case persuasively, creatively, and gracefully."--Philip Yancey, author of Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?
"Timely, relevant, inspiring and compelling! Executing Grace awakens our imagination to the reality of living out this powerful, grace-filled alternative to capital punishment that sees the humanity of every person. A must read for anyone who refuses to let violence and death have the last say!"--Brenda Salter McNeil, author of Roadmap to Reconciliation
"With a characteristically engaging voice, Claiborne delves into how, as a white Southern evangelical Christian, he changed his mind about capital punishment. Through stories, interviews, history, and cogent scriptural reflection, Claiborne takes the reader on a moral journey that's often hard to undertake on one's own...a timely release."--Publishers Weekly
"With his characteristic storytelling--both compelling and provocative--Shane Claiborne offers us an insightful look at the death penalty, and why it should be abolished. Executing Grace is a timely and winsome book that might just help to abolish the death penalty in our land forever."--Englewood Review of Books

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