Pursuing Justice (and a giveaway)

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by Tsh

Tsh is the founder of this blog and lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

Pursuing Justice

If you’re like me, you might be a little hesitant to sit down over a cup of coffee and curl up with a book with a title like Pursuing Justice. It’s kinda like purposely choosing a documentary about the horrors of the sex trade industry for your living room date night. It probably won’t be entertaining.

But you know what? This book is good. Really good. Because it argues the simple fact that just because we can’t fix the world, doesn’t mean we can’t change the world.

Justice may seem like a fad right now—everyone cares (or at least knows they should care) about feeding the hungry, caring for the orphans, and giving to the poor. It sits well in our hearts when children have access to clean water, to education, and sleep night on a sheltered bed. But is caring about this trendy?

"To sin by silence, when they should protest, makes cowards of men." -Abraham Lincoln

It might be. In fact, justice-related issues are talked about so often on the Internet now that there’s a term for that overwhelming feeling you get from hopping to all your favorite blogs, only to find every writer sharing about another impassioned cause and you just don’t know what to do about them all— it’s called compassion fatigue.

But even if justice is a fad, it will never fade—because God Himself is passionate about justice, and this is what author Ken Wytsma, founder of The Justice Conference, argues in Pursuing Justice. Yes, this is a faith-based book that compasses its perspective from the worldview that God is good and loving. And it’s a call to arms.

Pursuing Justice might make you a bit uncomfortable, but I say that’s a good thing. Those of us raising children in comfortable cultures need reminders that most of the world is crying for help in some way. And that from our living rooms, we can play a part in making things right, right here on earth.

Here’s a short book trailer that’s worth watching, featuring talented poet Micah Bournes (click over to the main post if you’re reading this via email or a reader):

Pursuing Justice | Book Trailer

Ken is a friend of our family’s, and I can confidently say that his book is worth your bookshelf space. It’s a meaty book, one you’ll take your time to read, probably with a pencil nearby. Do yourself a favor and add it to your reading list. The words inside are a solemn reminder that the only way to find happiness is to live for things beyond yourself.

Win a copy

 Pursuing Justice by Ken Wytsma

Ken is giving away TEN copies of Pursuing Justice to ten Simple Mom readers! To enter a chance to win, leave any comment below this post. (If you’re reading this post via email, please click over to the original post and leave a comment on the blog.)

This giveaway will end Saturday, February 23, and I’ll announce the winners soon after.

This giveaway has now closed. Head here to see the winners!

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  1. This sounds powerful, would love to read it!

  2. Sounds like a terrific book. I’d love to read it. Thanks!

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    Cecelia H. says:

    Sounds like just the book for reading right now.

  4. Oh goodness, something is being stirred up. Win it or buy it – I’m reading this book!

  5. I’ve added it to my reading list, would love to win it!

  6. sounds like a must-read!

  7. I’m always looking for a new read!

  8. Thanks!

  9. I’ve been watching an unusual amount of CNN this week. Our world is definitely hurting. I would love to read this book for the reminder that “just because we can’t fix the world, doesn’t mean we can’t change the world.”

  10. Sounds like a powerful book!

  11. Sounds like something I need to read! Adding it to my list.

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    Sona Jacob says:

    Would love to read this. We do need constant and powerful reminders to get out of our comfort zones.

  13. This looks like a great book!

  14. This sounds like a challenging book to read because it will stir up strong emotion and inspire action.

  15. Yes! This does look like a good read. Thank you for bringing attention to it.

  16. What an awesome book giveaway – I can’t wait to read it! Thank you.

  17. I am currently on a train to Philly for the Justice Conference. I’d love to read and share this book – thanks for the giveaway!

  18. We recently had our first child and these are values I want to teach him. I appreciate anything that compels my heart towards the things I want to instill in his.

  19. Thank you for the opportunity! Sounds like a very powerful book. My prayer this morning just before reading this post was for open eyes to see how I could love God by loving others and to serve God by serving others.

  20. So excited to read this, it is right up my alley and the sex trade is something that has been knawing on my heart for about a year and a half now. I am going to look up the book right away and add to my wishlist!

  21. I love what you said, “… just because we can’t fix the world, doesn’t mean we can’t change the world.” This is a helpful reminder. I would love to have a copy of this book and read it (even if it is a little bit at a time!).

  22. “Just because we can’t fix the world, doesn’t mean we can’t change the world” is such a freeing reminder. I was just sharing with a friend last night that I was first exposed to the idea that God is a God of justice through reading a biography of Amy Carmichael and The Good News About Injustice about ten years ago. Pursuing Justice looks like another good–albeit hard–read.

  23. Sounds like a great book!

  24. Looks like I will be adding this to my reading list.

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    Jessica Brammer says:

    This sounds like something I would love to read!

  26. I would love to win a copy of this book! Thank you for doing the giveaway!!!

  27. I love a good book and this sounds like one.

  28. Sounds excellent

  29. I’m in a social justice course right now and this would be a wonderful read!

  30. A thought-provoking book is always a good idea!

  31. I tend to be cynical by nature. But I’d still be interested in reading this book. Perhaps it would be good for me.

  32. I’d love to win. Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. Looks like a good read!

  34. I’ve been enjoying some lighter reads and am ready to dig into something meaty. This would be perfect!

  35. would love to win

  36. Hope I win!

  37. I would love to read this book. So many times I am aware of a general need to help, but it can be difficult to focus on any one need. Maybe this can help direct my focus so I actually do something.

  38. This sounds inspiring, would love a copy. Thanks for the giveaway!

  39. This sounds good. It’s already on my radar. I’ll move it to my reading list.

  40. Adding to my wish list, but hoping to win it!

  41. this would be a nice follow up to Half the Sky I am reading.

  42. This looks like a great read!

  43. sounds interesting!

  44. As an educator, this sounds fascinating!

  45. Would love to win, thanks!

  46. That is one powerful trailer. Very interested in this book now.

  47. Looks like a great book — thanks for bringing it to our attention!

  48. I can’t wait to read this book!!

  49. Long time reader (LONG time) coming out of hiding to comment :) I will read this book no matter what, but would love a free copy!
    Thanks, Tsh (and Ken).

  50. Thanks for the giveaway! I hope I win because it sounds like a book I need to read. By the way, I love your byline. I only have one more potty-trainer to go!

  51. PICK ME!!!! :D

  52. Great trailer! Thanks for the giveaway!

  53. looks like a great read!

  54. Looks like a great read!

  55. I love to read and this book sounds great!

  56. Oh I do love to read! This sounds great.

  57. Not looking for a giveaway – but encouraging your readers to GET THIS BOOK. Really, everyone, it will change the way you think.

  58. I would love to read this book!

  59. I’d love to win! It sounds like something we all should read.

  60. I can totally relate to “compassion fatigue.” Sometimes it paralyzes me from doing anything at all.

  61. Sounds like an excellent book!

  62. I would love a copy of this book! My former pastor truly inspired me to think about justice and showed me how fighting for justice is an integral part of Christianity. It’s something I need to think about more, pray about more, and ACT on more.

  63. I can’t wait to read it!

  64. Wow! That little clip was powerful! I’d love to get my hands on this book. My husband just became a member of our local neighborhood board and I think this is something he’d enjoy too! Thanks for the chance.

  65. would love a copy!

  66. My husband is attending Justice Conference this weekend via the web:-) This book sounds challenging, but good.

  67. What if???? A timely and engaging subject. Definitely on my to-read list!

  68. Sounds like a great book. It’s on my list!

  69. Wow, what a powerful video intro. for the book. I would love to read it and probably will get it eventually if I do not win it. Our family is currently taking a “small” (but huge) step towards justice by hosting an orphan from the Ukraine this Summer through New Horizons for Children. Look them up! It’s a great way to start!
    http://www.newhorizonsforchildren.org/
    Our personal page: (Has a picture of our little guy coming to us) http://www.active.com/donate/Summer2013/hostingSlavic

  70. Sounds excellent. I’d love to read it!

  71. Adding this to my amazon wish list now!! Can’t wait to read it.

  72. this is the type of book I’m looking for as I try to teach my 10yo compassion in a world where it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of need, or conversely, numb to the need because you’re overwhelmed.

  73. I would love to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  74. Looks like it’s definitely worth reading. I’m adding it to my wish list.

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    Kim Cleveland says:

    Sounds like a great book – would love to win a copy!

  76. I would absolutely love to win a copy of this book! I’ve had compassion fatigue lately and I hate feeling this way. I’ve always wanted to “fix it”. Thank you for sharing about this book. God’s perfect timing! :)

  77. Would love to read this book! Thank you for the giveaway and all you do to encourage.

  78. Checking my library now to see if they have ordered it! Would love to win a copy to read.

  79. I have started reading and praying through Operation World. I’m currently on Uganda and the need for justice, especially for the children, is mind-boggling and heartbreaking. I look forward to reading this book.

  80. I’d love to read this book! Winning it would be great, but if not, I’ll definitely add it to my library list!

  81. Always looking for another good book to read!

  82. I’d love to read it

  83. avatar
    Heidi Jenkins says:

    Wow. This sounds like a great book to read while it is so cold outside.

  84. avatar
    Julie bailey says:

    Sounds really great!

  85. Sounds like a great read! I’d love a copy. :)

  86. Can’t wait to read it :)

  87. sounds like a great book to read and share

  88. As the mother of five girls, this issue is very important to me. I will read this book!

  89. I will add this to my reading list for this year. It is such an important topic.

  90. avatar
    Elaine Seay says:

    The book sounds awesome. Our world needs more understanding (read “knowledge”).

  91. Sounds very inspirational and needed these days..

  92. This books sounds fantastic. I find myself clicking on so many fabulous articles full of passion and good things. I do wear myself out but will never stop. I will use social media to share MY passions and beliefs as well. Love you blog.

  93. Would LOVE a copy!

  94. I have not heard of this author but am intrigued by the subject. Wonderful quote by Lincoln.

  95. I saw your post about this book on your facebook page and watched the trailer the other day. I immediately added it to my book list. Can’t wait to read it!

  96. Wow! Definitely going on my reading list!

  97. I would love a copy to share with my hubby!

  98. This book sounds just want I need. This is something God has been talking with me about.

  99. Sounds so good. I was at a conference last year themed around justice…here are some of my reflections that came out of that.
    http://www.rachelwallace.ca/2012/03/verbs-also-known-as-action-words/

  100. Thanks for sharing this!