You Shall Not Condemn: A Story of Faith and Advocacy on Death Row

Posted on March 24, 2023 by PLT Staff

You Shall Not Condemn: A Story of Faith and Advocacy on Death Row

From the Publisher:

This book tells the story of Kelly Gissendaner, the only woman on Georgia’s death row until her execution in 2015, and highlights the role theological studies played in her faith and in advocacy efforts on her behalf. Central to the book is the written correspondence between Kelly and German theologian Jürgen Moltmann, known internationally as the “theologian of hope.”

After reading Moltmann’s work in a course taught by McBride at the prison, Kelly began a five-year correspondence with him. When Kelly was denied clemency, a local and international advocacy movement arose that was rooted in her theological studies and friendship with him. The advocacy campaign challenged Christians who supported the death penalty to re-examine basic truths of Christian faith. As it was unfolding, the story of Kelly’s transformation changed people’s minds, not only about her case, but also about the death penalty itself. Weaving together powerful storytelling and theological expertise, McBride recounts that story again here, with an aim toward abolition, and offers practical ways that readers may enter the work.

  • Publication Information
  • Author: Jennifer McBride
  • Publication Type: Book
  • Publisher:Cascade Books
  • Date of Publication:13 June 2022
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