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In this reasoned exploration of justice, retribution, and redemption, the champion of the new monastic movement, popular speaker, and author of the bestselling The Irresistible Revolution offers a powerful and persuasive appeal for the abolition of the death penalty.

The Bible says an eye for an eye. But is the state’s taking of a life true—or even practical—punishment for convicted prisoners? In this thought-provoking work, Shane Claiborne explores the issue of the death penalty and the contrast between punitive justice and restorative justice, questioning our notions of fairness, revenge, and absolution.

Using an historical lens to frame his argument, Claiborne draws on testimonials and examples from scripture to show how the death penalty is not the ideal of justice that many believe. Not only is a life lost, so too is the possibility of mercy and grace. In Executing Grace, he reminds us of the divine power of forgiveness, and evokes the fundamental truth of the Gospel—that no one, even a criminal, is beyond redemption.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Here is an invitation to build a world where we reject all forms of killing, both legal and illegal. It is a call to join a movement where grace gets the last word. Claiborne’s brilliant book reminds us that without forgiveness, there is no future.”

    Archbishop Desmond Tutu

  • “Claiborne masterfully weaves together theology, the history of America’s death penalty, and firsthand accounts of its devastating effects. These pages are full of hope for a day when the death penalty is gone forever.”

    Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking

  • “Passionate Christian activist Claiborne uses Scripture and societal statistics in an argument for the abolishment of the death penalty…In this often moving and unsettling book, Claiborne provides a meaningful contribution to a deeply fraught topic.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The best book on the death penalty since Dead Man Walking.”

    John Dear, author of A Persistent Peace

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About the Author
Author Shane Claiborne

Shane Claiborne graduated from Eastern University and performed graduate work at Princeton Seminary. His ministry experience is varied, from a ten-week stint working alongside Mother Teresa in Calcutta to a year spent serving a wealthy mega-congregation at Willow Creek Community Church outside Chicago. During the recent war in Iraq, he spent three weeks in Baghdad with the Iraq Peace Team. He is also a founding partner of the Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia. He writes and travels extensively, speaking about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus. He is featured in the DVD series Another World Is Possible and is the author of the several books, including The Irresistible Revolution, Jesus for President, and Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers. His work has been featured in everything from Fox News and CNN to the Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio.

About the Narrator

Dan John Miller is an American actor and musician. In the Oscar-winning Walk the Line, he starred as Johnny Cash’s guitarist and best friend, Luther Perkins, and has also appeared in George Clooney’s Leatherheads and My One and Only, with Renée Zellweger. An award-winning audiobook narrator, he has garnered multiple Audie Award nominations, has twice been named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine, and has received eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and a Listen-Up Award from Publishers Weekly.