Robert Whitlow did a fantastic job in addressing current day problems inside of a fiction story. His idea for this book came up at something that was sort of similiar to what he wrote about in the book. There was a multiethnic prayer meeting held and the idea for this book was birthed.
The story touches on quite a lot of issues, but I think racism and the police shootings are the two big discussions throughout. I have a lot of respect for Robert Whitlow to even touch two hot topics where there is such division. He does so with respect and presenting two sides.
Adisa Johnson is an attorney who finds herself out of a job in Atlanta, but is offered a job near her grandmother. It seems like such a blessing because she can be near her Aunt Josie, who is recovering from a stay in the hospital. However, this job offer comes at a price. Not a physical price because she would be working pro bono on a case, but it comes at a price to herself and her community.
In her hometown, where Adisa is now living, a white police officer shot a black teenager. However, he swears that he heard a gunshot and the teen was racing towards him instead of stopping and walking slowly, like he asked. Now that black teenager is comatose, and who knows what life will be like for him when or if he wakes up.
Theo Grayson is the attorney who offered Adisa a job. The catch: she has to represent the white police officer, whom the white community believes is innocent and the black community believes is guilty. The racial division in this case made me look at myself. It helped me to see a little of where both sides have some preconceived ideas about each other, whether they mean to or not. That is broken down by the end, all starting with the teen’s grandmother saying she forgives.
I also didn’t realize how difficult these cases could be for a black woman to represent a white police officer, especially in this type of case. Adisa goes outside what is acceptable in her community to stand for justice and the law. And I couldn’t help but respect Reggie, the pastor, who disagreed with Adisa taking on the case, yet they agreed to disagree and he respected what God had called to do. He even found himself standing up for her.
There was so much beauty within these pages that we all can learn something from. In this case, the police officer and his wife is praying for the truth to be revealed. The black community is praying for justice to be served. This is a case that crosses racial lines in many ways. But even more beauty comes at the ending. May our nation learn from this book and become unified and may it start with the church.
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