A book discussion led by Rev. Lou Divis will be held at the Tunkhannock Public Library on Thursdays Sept. 13 and 27. Participants are encouraged to borrow or purchase a copy of “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson and read it before the library gatherings, which will run from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
“This book had my rapt attention from the first page,” Divis said of the book. “Chapters 7 and 11 are significant tear-jerkers.”
The New York Review says: “Every bit as moving as “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and in some ways more so…a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting or the vulnerable sometimes yields.”
Stevenson is an attorney, and his book brings life to folks on death row, imprisoned improperly, and deserving of justice as one would expect in America.
But something happens in parts of our nation that give justice sight, Divis notes, and when those in places of leadership see things in distinct black and white, African-Americans are often the victims of discrimination.
Stevenson is the founder of the Equal Justice League “dedicated to defending the poor, the wrongly condemned, and those trapped in the furthest reaches of our criminal justice system” which is still redeemable with just mercy.
All are welcome to discuss the book and be changed along with Rev. Lou Divis. Copies are available at the Library, but you may want your own copy because it will be filled with tears.
The program is a collaboration of the Tunkhannock Public Library and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, a spiritual home free of judgment and inclusive for all.