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Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live and Die for Bigger Things Hardcover – February 11, 2013
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--NICHOLAS WOLTERSTORFF, Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, Yale University
"Ken is a fresh voice of balance, humility, and collaboration. His enthusiasm is contagious and his challenge to the church to not only do justice, but to learn to do it well, is commendable."
--KEITH WRIGHT, International President of Food for the Hungry
"Ken Wytsma's Pursuing Justice will rattle you. Not since C. S. Lewis put down his pen have readers been so provoked to think. It will change the way you approach others."
--KAREN SPEARS ZACHARIAS, Author of A Silence of Mockingbirds and Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?
"Ken Wytsma not only brings us back to a biblical understanding of justice, but also humbly calls us to pursue it in practice. I was both enlightened and motivated."
--RANDAL ROBERTS, President of Western Seminary, Portland, OR
"In Pursuing Justice, Ken is at the cutting edge of where God's heart is. This book is timely and needs to be read by everyone in the church."
--JOHN M. PERKINS, Civil Rights Leader
"Ken's book will serve as an important guide as the global justice movement matures from sensation-driven reactions into transformational pursuit."
--BETHANY H. HOANG, Director of the International Justice Mission (IJM) Institute for Biblical Justice
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In Pursuing Justice, Wytsma has assembled a fascinating hybrid of memoir, theology, sociology, history, and art. Always honest, authentic, and transparent, he bares his soul on his lifelong struggle to understand and imitate God's heart for justice and what he has learned along the way.
With content you might not expect in a book about justice - there are chapters on happiness, worship, and the love of God - Pursuing Justice covers areas that are universal to human experience. As a result, it is universally relevant even to people who have never read a book on justice or spiritual growth or the meaning of life. Wytsma goes beyond justice and expands on how to find happiness and fulfillment as well as pursue and draw closer to God.
Pursuing Justice is different than many of the other books on justice or theology I've read. It's not negative. It isn't a catalogue of atrocities going on the world. While Wytsma occasionally brings up some of the `trendier' justice issues, he keeps the focus on the reader's role in bringing justice to the world. He shies away from making every person responsible for solving every problem. Instead he encourages the reader to take their unique place in God's ever unfolding tapestry of justice. That might mean something drastic like moving to Africa to work with AIDS orphans, but - for most of us - probably looks more like staying home to be a good parent or being kind to the jerk who cuts us off on the freeway.
Far from a dry discussion of justice or theology, this book is filled with anecdotes and personal stories, including Wytsma's spiritual journey and how he nearly partied himself to death in his twenties before he began to search for meaning and fulfillment.Read more ›
So, when I got the opportunity to read and review the soon-to-be-released book, Pursuing Justice, by Ken Wytsma, I jumped at the opportunity. Wytsma is quietly (he is so dang humble - more on this later) becoming a leading voice in America for a new generation of justice folks. He is the founder of the Justice Conference, President of Kilns College, and the lead pastor of Antioch Church in Bend, Oregon....and likely soon to be a best-selling author. He lives a life he preaches - which is so refreshing and captivating.
Wytsma covers a lot of ground in Pursuing Justice - masterfully weaving together Scripture, theology, Christian tradition, current/historical stories justice, and personal reflections/stories. He moves through many of these categories eloquently - never talking over the head of the reader or going off on tangents.Read more ›
Once we embrace the template God provided for why we pursue justice and shalom, Ken moves into an overview and analysis of many of the obstacles present including apathy, blind spots, politics, and social structures.
He easily blends history, philosophy, theology, and ethics to address some of the solutions to engaging this not just as activists or soap-box-ranters but as grace soaked administers bent on seeing God's intent fulfilled as we obey his call.
He covers a lot of ground in 307 pages and his tone, while intellectual makes subjects such as the theological necessity of justice easily within reach for any reader. He intersperses segments of his life experiences and encounters with others to demonstrate many of his points and includes interludes between each chapter where many diverse voices contribute art, lyric, poetry, and dialogue on a myriad of topics. The end result being a mosaic of creativity and collaboration.
He gives almost no application in the book's entirety. There are no lists to check or steps to follow or obey so that you can be assured you are living a just life. It was most certainly intentional. Ken doesn't fill in all the blanks for you, challenging you to engage the topic personally and spiritually.
My mind was provoked, leaving me with a lot of questions.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ken Wytsma helped create The Justice Conference. Since I am going to be at a simulcast of the conference this year, I wanted to understand the heart behind it all. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Justice Pirate
Pursuing Justice was both challenging and inspiring, a book I was sorry to finish reading. I believe anyone who calls him/herself a follower of Christ should read this book, and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Emilia
Say you wrested a shard of glass from its setting in a beautiful mosaic, took it home and placed it on the table and declared to anyone in earshot, "This is a magnificent piece... Read morePublished 14 months ago by James R. V. Matichuk
These days it seems that everything needs to be politicized. If democrats are for something you can reasonable guess that republicans will be against it, and vice versa. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Built By Story
Throughout the book, Wytsma questions Christian apathy toward loving our neighbors and doing justice. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Annie
Pursuing Justice by Ken Wytsma, founder of The Justice Conference, is *the* introduction to pass along to others for understanding the need and instilling a desire and passion for... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Durough
Pursuing Justice by Ken Wytsma is a book about the biblical implications of social justice. Wytsma does a stellar job of communicating the foundational aspect of God’s heart for... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Holly Brown
As a little kid, I commemorated the time spent growing up in Columbia, Missouri in a quaint little red ranch house by cementing my foot prints into the concrete entryway so that... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Literary Chameleon
Subtitled, ‘the call to live and die for bigger things,’ Pursuing Justice hits the notes many Christians are beginning to hear, however faintly. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jayson Casper