Pursuing Justice (and a giveaway)

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!

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world 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.

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  1. would love to read his take on the issue.

  2. Wow, that book trailer was amazing. I nervously look forward to reading it 🙂

  3. Sounds great and something we need to read as we are starting the process to adopt.

  4. Cara Ellison Halbirt says:

    I live in a ridiculously comfortable culture/neighborhood. I’m constantly looking for meaningful ways for me & my kids to make a difference, as you say, from our living room. Thank you, Tsh & Ken.

  5. I have added it to my goodreads list. Thank you for the recommendation.

  6. I would love to read it!

  7. That sounds like such a great book. I’m adding it to my reading list and I’d love to win a copy

  8. Looks like a great read

  9. Would be fun to win a copy but will be getting my hands on one even if I don’t.
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Christian Fisher says:

    I feel like I need to read this book! I will be looking for it! (lol, I never win these things)

  11. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Thank you for bringing this book to my attention – it went to the top of my reading list. I struggle constantly with finding a way for my son to understand that our life is not the norm for most in this world, frankly I struggle with it myself, it is so easy to become complacent and “fatigued” as you stated. My last heavy read on this topic was in a grad class on philosophy of education 2 years ago. So very interested to see this book based on a faith perspective. Looking forward to new ideas on how to do “something.” The book trailer video was so moving – I’ll be sharing this! Once again, thank you for putting this out here.

  13. I can’t wait to read this book- would LOVE to win a copy! Thanks for the chance 🙂

  14. Would love to read this!!! 🙂

  15. Meh- I like books that make me uncomfortable. Bring it on. 😀

  16. A friend shared that she was reading it and the title alone has me intrigued. I would love to read this book, it’s topic is so timely.

  17. Sounds like a good book, I’d love to read it!

  18. Rochelle McClure says:

    Would love to read this! Just added it to my reading list!

  19. Thank you for this opportunity!

  20. This is very timely for us. My husband and I are new Christians, and he is going on his first Mission trip to El Salvador in June. I’m so amazed at the way God is working in his heart. He is a police officer, and sees the hurt in this world on a daily basis. But he had become jaded, and, although pursuing justice is something he does daily, this is a different type of justice to be pursued. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

  21. This is such an important issue. I’d like to learn more about it and I would definitely read the book.

  22. It might be trendy. It might also be the same Spirit saying the same thing.

  23. Rachel O'Mahoney says:

    I love reading your blog, and I think this book sounds amazing. Would love to win it but it’s on the reading list anyways!

  24. Sounds like an interesting read.

  25. Sounds like a very good read!

  26. This sounds like a great book for out in the Fish House! Thanks for the chance

  27. Sounds like a must add to my reading list!

  28. This sounds like a great book.

  29. Karen Moravek says:

    I need this book. Need it.

  30. Before family and kids, I was really involved in some organizations in my area focused on justice issues. Then life took over, and now I’m feeling the great desire to make my kids aware of the state of the entire world, not just their little bubbles. It would be great to read this!

  31. God absoulutely cares about social justice and I would absolutely love to read this book!

  32. I’m adding this to my Wish List on Amazon…but I hope I win a copy!

  33. I’m going to be brief. I had started to write exactly why I would be a great candidate for the book when my computer froze up. Here are 5 great reasons why you should choose me.
    1) I have 5 kids, two of which are home right now calling my name.
    2) A mom of 5 kids lacks $ for the finer books in life.
    3) I love the Lord our God, Jesus Christ with all of my heart.
    4) I am very compassionate towards those who are hurting around me, but find that I suffer from “compassion fatigue” in trying to reach out to everyone, and I think your book may be of help to me. Plus, it sounds so interesting!
    5) I’m hoping right now that I get this book! It would be so cool to get a book from an african-american, christian, author about “justice” and “compassion” to read and share with my family during Black History Month! It would make it that much more special! 😉 Especially since these topics are always on the minds of my teens; the balance of justice, compassion, the Lord’s will, and where we fit in the mix.

  34. Sounds like an interesting book! I’ve added it to my ever-growing wish list.

  35. Definitely putting this one on my reading list…would love to win it!

  36. I plan to read this book whether or not I win. I would love to win a copy though.

  37. That books looks amazing. I’m adding it to my library list. Thanks for sharing.

  38. Sounds great! Thanks for the book tip!

  39. I’m a new reader. I would love a chance to read this book. Thanks!

  40. Char Klinger says:

    This is something that we are all called to do.

  41. I’ve heard so many great things about this book! Can’t wait to read it!

  42. Would love to read it. Thank you for giving so many away.

  43. Adding to my readig list. Thanks for the opportunity!

  44. I’d love to win a copy, but just in case that doesn’t happen, I’ve already put it on my wishlist at amazon 🙂

  45. Would LOVE a copy and what a great idea, giving away books! 😉

  46. This book looks very much worth my time – I would love to read it.

  47. I got goosebumps watching the trailer, so I’m sure I’ll be engrossed reading the book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  48. Definitely adding this one to my list!

  49. Seriously love that quote… I am putting it on the fridge… Sounds like a book that I have to read!!!

  50. Would love to win this book.

  51. I’d love to read this book.

  52. Would love to read this book! Thanks!

  53. I would love to read this book. It is now on the top of my “To Read” list. Social justice issues are important for all of us to read about and understand. Thanks for posting about this!

  54. Would love a copy, sounds like a great read.

  55. Not my typical book, but as a parent, you have me interested. I’d like to read it.

  56. I’m ready for something to read that challenges me in a different way.

  57. I am really looking forward to reading this book!

  58. This sounds like a book that’s in line with my journey right now. Would love to win a copy!

  59. Your great review and the capturing trailer are enough for me to want to read this.

  60. Just learned if the Justice Conference this year. I hope to attend one day. Until then, I would like to read this book 🙂

  61. thanks for your post~ the first I’ve heard of this book and will definitely be buying if I don’t win it 🙂 Trying hard to figure out what ways I can help build awareness in addition to making donations to non-profits supporting the end of human trafficking… we need to be more pro-active than reactive.

  62. Tracy Stone says:

    Sounds like a book to push me, something I could use!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  63. I’d love to win this book. I’ve come full-circle to thinking about how to integrate my faith with Justice.

  64. I have been thinking about this so much lately, and wanting more tools and ideas for how to help. I’d love to win a copy.

  65. Would LOVE to read this. God is opening our eyes to the world and would welcome perspective NOT from television

  66. Sounds amazing. Would love to win a copy!

  67. I would love to read this book! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  68. What a terrific book to read. I would love to win a copy.

  69. I’d like to read this.

  70. Appropriate for an older teen to read?

  71. My husband would love this book!

  72. Thank you for sharing information on this book! It is as if you’ve been in our living room this week. My husband and I are completely re-thinking the paradigms we’ve taken for granted living in America, and we are trying to sort out what to do next. Baby steps towards serious change! I am currently reading Kisses from Katie (highly recommend it!!) and would love to win this book too! Sometimes knowledge is overwhelming, but it’s so important to be good stewards and servants in our time on earth. If I win it, I will read it, share it with friends, and then give it to our local library so more people can read and grow!!!

  73. Looks like something I need to read but am afraid to if you know what I mean. Even if I don’t win a copy, putting it on my list.

  74. Love this. We’re preparing our family to move overseas to care for disabled orphans indefinitely. I want my kids to see others, really “see” them- look them in the face and see them how Jesus does. Even if justice issues are a fad…bring ’em on! 🙂 I would love to read this book!!

  75. sounds like a must-read!!!

  76. This book sounds fascinating. I find myself constantly having an internal dialogue similar to this–does what I do really make a difference? Even if it only makes a difference for 1 person, isn’t that worth it? I would love to read this!

  77. This sounds intriguing…scary, but necessary. I’ll put it on my reading list – but would love to get a free copy! Thanks!

  78. I think I need to read this.

  79. Could be a great family read. All the injustice can make a person feel paralyzed, we need a plan of action.

  80. would love to win a copy, sounds great!

  81. Thanks for the review. Would love a copy.

  82. “To sin by silence, when they should protest, makes cowards of men.” – Abraham Lincoln
    What a great thought for the day. How many times have we seen someone do something and instead of intervening we let it go, we say its none of our business, when in fact, it is our business. As a community, as society, unacceptable behavior affects us as a whole and we need to be cognizant of that fact and do our part to make things better. Not just for our children and their futures, but for ourselves. I can’t wait to read this book, whether I win a copy of not I’m going to have to read it. Thanks Tsh, you’re an amazing woman.

  83. This sounds like an excellent book!

  84. I’m struggling with this issue right now. It would be great to see what Ken has to say about it.

  85. Betty Nickles says:

    Sounds like a very thought provoking book. I would love to win one, but if not will look into purchasing one. Have a great day.

  86. I pinned it to my “Read” board. Thanks for the heads up.

  87. Looks like a worthy read. I love what you said about raising children in a comfortable culture having brought children home from a not-so-comfortable culture.

  88. Ashley McRea says:

    I would love a copy to read !

  89. Intrigued. Thank you for the recommendation. And for the giveaway.

  90. Stephanie S says:

    This sounds like an amazing book! Just added it to my reading list.

  91. charlotte poulloin says:

    Sounds like a powerful book, would love to win a copy!!

  92. Great new giveaway idea!

  93. I SO would love to win this book! We’ve been so immersed in pursuing justice and mercy and in orphan care initiatives the past few years, and it’s so encouraging to hear new voices speaking into the ways we can pursue justice in our communities and in our world.

  94. Sounds like a great book to read and discuss. Would be interesting to see how it would alter my perspective! Thanks for the giveaway!

  95. Would love to read to his book. Sounds really good! Thanks.

  96. Thank you for telling us about this book- looks good and uncomfortable.

  97. I’m always in search of something different to read — something substantive. Looking forward to diving in, and of course I’d love to win a copy!
    Heidi 🙂

  98. Already have this on my Amazon wishlist due to someone else recommending it! But listening to him speak about it, really makes me want to read it NOW! He said “What if certain things were never meant to be fully understood, but forever pursued.” This just blew me away! Can’t wait to read it!

  99. Jamie Siebens says:

    Would love to read this! Looks great!

  100. wow sounds spectacular! thanks for hosting the giveaway!