"In this debut, Bergman combines memoir with an analysis of the shortcomings of humanitarian organizations ... effectively using her own experiences as a way to show how to transition from offering aid to working for justice."
- KIRKUS REVIEWS
How do we reconcile joy and sorrow in a world that is both beautiful and desperately broken?
In her first book, When Justice Just Is, author, traveler, and non-profit director Katie Bergman reflects on her geographically sprawling pilgrimage to pursue justice without being crushed by it.
Katie's personal narrative weaves in a sequence of coming-of-age stories capturing her journey of learning to grieve without despair, to dream without guilt, and to serve without defeat. She will warm and break your heart with profound stories of intervening in human trafficking in Southeast Asia, teaching children with special needs in rural Mexico, spending austere summers planting trees in the rugged wilderness of northern British Columbia, and backpacking through Eastern Europe in self-imposed solitude.
When Justice Just Is provides authentic insight, gripping challenges, and a global perspective of the joys and struggles of humanitarian work as the soul to a fresh conversation of learning to be kinder to the world while also being kinder to ourselves.
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Praise for When Justice Just Is
"This book will help keep generations of world-changers in the game, instead of tapping out because the struggle is too great.”
Founder of Brown's Mill Church + Lead Pastor at Corralitos Community Church
"[A] refreshingly honest and inspiring read."
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, SheLovesMagazine.com
"This book is for anyone who is experiencing their own disillusionment and looking for a way to hold onto hope without letting go of reality."
Beth Clayton Luthye
Anti-Trafficking Coordinator and Communications Manager, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries
"THE book I wish I would've read at the [start] of my career."
Chief Operating Officer, TO THE MARKET
"This book [will] benefit those who run non-profits, those who work for them, and those who fund them."
F. Volker Greifenhagen
Academic Dean, Luther College
"This is a message for every worker of justice."
Founder + Chief Executive Officer, Eden's Glory
"As you read this book be prepared to stop mid paragraph and think deeply. Be open to conviction. But don't just read this book. Be changed by it."
Director, The Set Free Movement
"Fighting against the darkness doesn't eliminate us from living in the light."
- Katie Bergman