Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

justmercyJust Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption is a well-written non-fiction book written by Bryan Stevenson. The story follows Bryan Stevenson, who is an attorney, as he works with clients on death row or who have been sentenced to life in prison as a teenager.

The book contains many stories about the various people that Stevenson has worked with. Stevenson does a great job making this about the people themselves and how the circumstances in their lives lead to them being arrested. While some of the people he worked with were wrongly convicted; others were not. For those, he does not excuse their choices or behaviors that landed them in jail; he simply helps to humanize them and show us that the issue of death row or life in prison is not as black-and-white as we may believe it to be.

So, if you enjoy non-fiction and have the emotional strength to read such a sensitive and sad topic, I highly recommend this book. (This book was required reading for a class I was taking; otherwise I would not have read it.) It will be added to my non-fiction “favorites” list.