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From the national spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety and leading gun violence prevention advocate comes the riveting memoir of a mother’s loss and call to action, as well as a faith-based exploration of how the nation’s gun laws put a deadly target on American lives. Lucia Kay McBath knew deep down that a bullet could one day take her son. After all, she had watched From the national spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety and leading gun violence prevention advocate comes the riveting memoir of a mother’s loss and call to action, as well as a faith-based exploration of how the nation’s gun laws put a deadly target on American lives. Lucia Kay McBath knew deep down that a bullet could one day take her son. After all, she had watched the news of countless unarmed black men unjustly gunned down. Standing Our Ground: Putting Faith in God Over Faith in Guns is McBath’s memoir of raising, loving, and losing her son to gun violence, and the story of how she transformed her pain into activism. After seventeen-year-old Jordan Davis was shot by a man who thought the music playing on his car stereo was too loud, the nation grieved yet again for the unnecessary loss of life. Here, McBath goes beyond the timeline and the assailant’s defense—Stand Your Ground—to present an emotional account of her fervent fight for justice, and her awakening to a cause that will drive the rest of her days. But more than McBath’s story or that of her son, Standing Our Ground keenly observes the social and political evolution of America’s gun culture. A must-read for anyone concerned with gun safety in America, it harkens back to such bestsellers as The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace and Nobody.


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From the national spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety and leading gun violence prevention advocate comes the riveting memoir of a mother’s loss and call to action, as well as a faith-based exploration of how the nation’s gun laws put a deadly target on American lives. Lucia Kay McBath knew deep down that a bullet could one day take her son. After all, she had watched From the national spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety and leading gun violence prevention advocate comes the riveting memoir of a mother’s loss and call to action, as well as a faith-based exploration of how the nation’s gun laws put a deadly target on American lives. Lucia Kay McBath knew deep down that a bullet could one day take her son. After all, she had watched the news of countless unarmed black men unjustly gunned down. Standing Our Ground: Putting Faith in God Over Faith in Guns is McBath’s memoir of raising, loving, and losing her son to gun violence, and the story of how she transformed her pain into activism. After seventeen-year-old Jordan Davis was shot by a man who thought the music playing on his car stereo was too loud, the nation grieved yet again for the unnecessary loss of life. Here, McBath goes beyond the timeline and the assailant’s defense—Stand Your Ground—to present an emotional account of her fervent fight for justice, and her awakening to a cause that will drive the rest of her days. But more than McBath’s story or that of her son, Standing Our Ground keenly observes the social and political evolution of America’s gun culture. A must-read for anyone concerned with gun safety in America, it harkens back to such bestsellers as The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace and Nobody.

38 review for Standing Our Ground: The Triumph of Faith Over Gun Violence: A Mother's Story

  1. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    How could I possibly separate the book from the amazing, courageous woman whom I'm privileged to know personally? Lucy is a warrior for peace and justice, a mother who turned profound grief into a movement for gun safety to honor her son Jordan's life force, a woman who is willing to interact compassionately with folks who think differently about gun control, and so much more. This book gives one window into her life.Two films about her journey are "Armor of Light" and "3 and a Half Minutes, 10 How could I possibly separate the book from the amazing, courageous woman whom I'm privileged to know personally? Lucy is a warrior for peace and justice, a mother who turned profound grief into a movement for gun safety to honor her son Jordan's life force, a woman who is willing to interact compassionately with folks who think differently about gun control, and so much more. This book gives one window into her life.Two films about her journey are "Armor of Light" and "3 and a Half Minutes, 10 Bullets". She embodies Cornell West's statement that "justice is what love looks like in public".

  2. 4 out of 5

    Smudge

    This review is based on an ARC provided to me through my work. First, let me say, that the story enfolded in this book, the loss of Lucia McBath’s son, Jordan, to a “stand your ground” shooting, is tragic. The loss of her son is a horrible thing and a chilling reminder of the difficulties we face in this world today and I applaud her courage to speak out against racism and violence. However, it quickly becomes apparent that Lucia is not a writer. Which is not a problem, generally, for such emotion This review is based on an ARC provided to me through my work. First, let me say, that the story enfolded in this book, the loss of Lucia McBath’s son, Jordan, to a “stand your ground” shooting, is tragic. The loss of her son is a horrible thing and a chilling reminder of the difficulties we face in this world today and I applaud her courage to speak out against racism and violence. However, it quickly becomes apparent that Lucia is not a writer. Which is not a problem, generally, for such emotional pieces like this one, except that every inch of this book is coated with a veneer of rosy nostalgia and sadness (all fairly justified, again, given the subject matter), that it’s never really allowed to feel real. The very real people and very real and troubling problems this book addresses are boiled down to feel flat and one dimensional. It winds up reading like a human interest puff piece rather than the scathing indictment of castle doctrine and the connection between the NRA and the Christian Right that it was meant to be. Obviously Lucia has suffered a tragic loss and wants to remember the best about her son, but I wish I could have seen him as a person, rather than a memory in this story because it’s definitely a story worth sharing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Debra Southern

    This book broke my heart and opened my eyes to so many types of injustices that survives across this country. Between the guns laws, and disparities in treatments of blacks and whites, racial profiling, NRA's ownership of America's government, and twisted creation of fear with the second amendment, to the oxymoron in Christian Pro Life argument to protect life, while supporting Stand You Ground freedom to kill and think later. (usually a white person killing a black person), I could not put the This book broke my heart and opened my eyes to so many types of injustices that survives across this country. Between the guns laws, and disparities in treatments of blacks and whites, racial profiling, NRA's ownership of America's government, and twisted creation of fear with the second amendment, to the oxymoron in Christian Pro Life argument to protect life, while supporting Stand You Ground freedom to kill and think later. (usually a white person killing a black person), I could not put the book down. I could not stop thinking about her grief and the many other mother's mentioned whom lost their child through senselessly gun violence. Their constant fight and hope to bring Jesus's type thinking to life and law. This book is worth reading at least once if not more.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Wil

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