You shall be called the repairer of the breach” said Isaiah, “the restorer of the streets to live in” (58:12). Isaiah’s imploring became reality in the life of Robert McAfee Brown, a solid “repairer of the breach.” Bob Brown was also a gifted storyteller. In his carefully crafted, posthumously published memoir, his zeal for justice and his drive to make the world a better place can be seen in the stories of how this profound, humble and humorous man labored mightily to bring mercy and redemption to our common life.
Reading Brown’s memoir is like having a personal conversation with the author as he tells you how he confronted and dealt with many of the key issues of the past 50 to 60 years. If you are of sufficient age, you will relive many of the most significant events, experiences and decisions of your own life.
A. M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor in Louisiana, expresses regret for the role he played in sending Glenn Ford to death row in 1984. “I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning.” Stroud says he presented dubious evidence from a