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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Comments

  1. Sounds like a great book! I would love to read it!

  2. Great post and great reminder

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    Laura Cruse says:

    Sounds like a book that all should read. While it may be uncomfortable, it is how God can grow us!

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    Bonnie Jean says:

    Definitely going to put this on my reading list… but as the budget is tight and I know I am going to want to mark it up and read it again and again if it is the type of book I think it is … I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win it !!!!!!!!!!!! I was just talking to my husband, who is not saved, about the fact that God is a God of love and justice and that somehow… through grace… he accomplishes His will through each. I would really like to hear what the author has to say on this topic. Our world is a mess… but we need love, justice and grace to heal it.

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    Sara Miller says:

    Looks like a great book that everyone needs to read.

  6. I love the statement, “just because you can’t fix the world, doesn’t mean you can’t change the world.”

  7. Excellent book!

  8. Sounds like a book that might take me out of my cozy life and wake me up!

  9. having a strong sense of justice myself, and working in an industry where i as a white, american born and bred female am the minority, i would love to read this book. we as americans have no idea what “fair” and “just” means to the rest of the world….

  10. I need to be uncomfortable, I need to read this book! It’s going on my list of must-reads.

  11. Would love a chance to read this!

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    Jessica Garcia says:

    This book is on my husband’s “Must Read in 2013″ book list. We’d love to win a copy!

  13. Sounds very interesting, I would love to read it.

  14. ‘Compassion fatigue’ – who knew there was a term for what I’ve been feeling? Definitely reading this book, whether I win it or not!

  15. Love to read this book!

  16. That would be good to read. Thanks.

  17. Would love to win ! Great site !

  18. I love the term “compassion fatigue”! That sounds like the perfect description of what has been laying heavily on my heart the past few days. I would love to read this book!

  19. This is an area that I desire to grow in for God’s glory. Would love to win the book!

  20. I would love to read this. It has been a frequent topic of conversation in our home lately. And I wouldn’t mind passing it to my mother… she is preparing a teaching session on Biblical justice for our women’s ministry soon and another resource wouldn’t hurt, I am sure!

  21. This books sounds very interesting!

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    Jessica Festa says:

    As future adoptive parents of a child from Ethiopia (we are in our second year of waiting for a referral), we sometimes come up against questions from people who think we are adopting because its trendy. We try to gently remind them that adoption has been around since before the world was made-in the thoughts of our Heavenly Father, who chose us before the foundation of the world. Our adoption is more than reaction of social justice, but a re-enactment of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through whom we’ve been adopted! The book looks like an interesting read….

  23. I would like to read this book. I live so much in a bubble world. Thanks!

  24. powerful trailer…love that books now have trailers to entice us … in our visually dominated world… into the folds of their pages. I recall watching a documentary on NOVA of the international sex trade and the harsh realities of that program have stayed with me. Pursing Justice looks like a book that will inspire and haunt. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Win it or buy it I look forward to reading it!

  26. Part of me hopes I don’t win. The rest of me is trying to overcome that part.

  27. One of the greatest social justice issues of our day is abortion. I would be interested in ready this book.

  28. ME! PLEASE!!

  29. I would love to win this! I love books that challenge our thinking and our way of living. And I am all for sitting down with a meaty book on a Friday night! :-)

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    Anna Barcus says:

    Would love to win this. I wonder if it be a good read for a small group setting?

  31. I’d love to win it and read this book!

  32. Would like to read. And I really liked your closing comment… the only way to find happiness is to live for things beyond yourself.

    • I agree with you on the closing comment! That line is going up everywhere I can think of, by my desk, my fridge, for inspiration. Nice eye!

  33. Good for Ken for writing this book! Seems like such a powerful, and needed, message!

  34. This sounds very thought provoking. Thanks for the giveaway!

  35. Would love to read this! Thanks for informing me about it, and the opportunity to win.

  36. I’ve recently started my journey to a simpler life, and reading this post just struck me that I’m missing one of the biggest reasons on why I should simplify, to have time for others. Not just more for myself. Even if I don’t win this draw this is a book I’ll be looking to purchase.
    Thank you for this post :)

  37. I’m so excited justice is being talked about so much – it’s been a subject we have neglected for too long! So excited for this book!

  38. Looking forward to reading this book.

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    Gabrielle W says:

    Sounds like a convicting and challenging read. Would love to learn more!

  40. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing, regardless if I will I’ll add it to my reading list.

  41. I really wanted to go to the conference, but was unable to. I would love to read the book!

  42. Something I should be more educated about–would love to win the book!

  43. Sounds like it would be very enlightening.

  44. Sounds like a worthwhile read! I’d love to win a copy.

  45. I would love to add this to my “Books to Read in 2013″ list!

  46. Would love to win this. A needed reminder to live outside my coccoon.

  47. This looks interesting. I would love to read it. I’ve reposted the video on my FB.

  48. This book is on my to-read list. Just the title alone hit home and resonated with some of the thoughts I’ve been having about how it can seem all trendy to buy fair-trade coffee but how are we really living our day to day life?

  49. Adding this to my reading list.
    Thanks so much!

  50. Would love to read this book! I was having a long conversation with my friend this week about justice, how God has called us to stand up for what’s right, even when it is not the easy road to take.

  51. This would be a wonderful book. I volunteer as a Victims Advocate for survivors of Sexual Assault. I would love to find an organization locally that works with survivors of well for a lack of a better word, sexual slavery. From what I gather it alive and thriving in the area where I live. These poor uneducated families are told that their children are going to be so much better off if they let them “purchase” them or take them to help them get educated then these poor people are treated worse than animals. If the poor women survive and finally get home to where they think they are safe the “family” and community shuns them. I would love to read this book, I too like Rachel Wallace and there is another woman who came from London that works with survivors in New York. She was taken to Japan and met someone who helped her escape over here. I just get sick to death when I think our government is more worried about things that are important, but seem to turn a blind eye to things like this. I know the subject of rape and sexual abuse make many people uncomfortable, so that’s probably one reason we don’t hear as much about it. When these cities have the Super Bowl games or other big sporting events where there will be a lot of men, then victims are brought in by the truck loads. They will make tons of money for the sickos. I’ll step off my soapbox. I apologize, I just get so passionate for the women and children that get destroyed by greed. I applaud you for writing this book, it’s about time that people take this serious. When I speak to upper middle class women, they think I’m gone around the bend. But I’ve heard some of these stories and working victims of sexual abuse, I only bring it up is someone asks me what I’m dong know. it’s so funny to see the reactions, it’s normally why would you want to do that isn’t there something else you can volunteer to do. I never heard that when before I retired from law enforcement. Needless to say this book is now on top of my TBR stack.

  52. Thanks to Ken for offering up free copies!

  53. This sounds like a great read and an important book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  54. Sounds pretty intense and worth the time to read.

  55. I would love to win this book! It sounds very challenging!

  56. avatar
    Elizabeth N. says:

    Sounds like a very interesting read.

  57. Looks like a great book! Thanks for sharing!

  58. “Compassion Fatigue” – I love it – a perfect description of how I feel by the time I’m done my day, every day. Would love to read Ken’s book.

  59. Not sure if this available to Canadians – but I’d love a copy. We were just discussing this topic at women’s bible study this week – how justice was served to Mordecai in the book of Esther. Of course it expanded to many other topics of in justice in our world. As i said, I’d love a copy – but if it’s not available for Canadians – then all the best my American friends!

  60. What a beautiful introduction you’ve written to this topic. I know as a parent I struggle with teaching my kids values, ethics and morals, above and beyond the example — limited, flawed – I can give as a parent. Thanks for the trailer and the book rec!

  61. I’m putting this on my booklist right now! It sounds amazing!

  62. The book looks thought provoking. I’d love to read and share it.

  63. It sounds fascinating!

  64. Looking forward to reading this. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  65. Would love to win. This book sounds just like what this country needs as a wake up call. :)

  66. Would love to read this!

  67. avatar
    Michelle Williams says:

    Sounds like a book I would like to read!

  68. avatar
    Sarah Westphal says:

    And all God’s people said:
    Amen!
    Please count me in!

  69. I am def adding this book to my reading list, looking forward to reading it :)

  70. The trailer is GOOD! I have had compassion fatigue lately. I just feel overwhelmed with a new awareness of things I never gave much consideration to in the past. At times, I feel frustrated/confused, with the vast needs in the world and the comfort in which I live. I am trying to make changes in my life. I want to see with fresh eyes and be a blessing to others. I want to burst the bubble I have put myself in and be something greater.

  71. Sounds like a book I need to read.

  72. I enjoy books that move me. Send it my way :)

  73. Great giveaway. Sounds like a interesting book.

  74. Our little family of six keeps me running morning till dawn doing the normal everyday things, but lately God has had me asking… can’t we do more? Can’t I live a little outside of the box? Do we need to play it safe? Can’t we shake things up a bit? I would love to see what you have to say and see if God leads from there! Thank you for considering us!

  75. Thans for the chance to win this amazing book!

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    heather m. says:

    Would love to read this book! Adding it to the list!

  77. I’ve added this to my reading list….

  78. Sounds like just I need right now!

  79. As a mother I would love to read this book it sounds interesting, scary and hopefully has some good tips on how to either help or signs or whatever so that way your child will not fall into the sex trade.

  80. Wow! Sounds intriguing!

  81. I would love to read this book!

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    Amanda Neiley says:

    Sounds like an awesome read. I need something to inspire me to action right now. If I can’t win a copy, I will most certainly have to buy a copy.

  83. Looks like a good read

  84. I love that quote! (And I’d love to win the book too!)

  85. Just a few days ago, completely overwhelmed with the injustices in the world and I thought “Why bother? Since we’re evidently not going to seriously ward off global climate change and our species is going to die off anyway, why not give up the fight and just enjoy the last of this sweet life on earth in peace?” I guess I need to answer that question. Will this book help?

  86. Sounds like a really good book.

  87. Wow, this book is going on my wish list on amazon!

  88. I’d love to read this book.

  89. I’m definitely suffering from compassion fatigue, mostly because helping any of these huge problems seems far beyond my current means of time, money, energy. Looking forward to reading the book!

  90. Sounds Awesome! I hope I win!

  91. What a challenging subject – I would love to read this book!

  92. I would love to read this book – and if it’s as good as you say, share it with friends. :) Sounds like a powerful book.

  93. Would love to read this!

  94. Sounds like a good read! Love this idea of sharing more books Tsh!

  95. avatar
    Leigh Ann B says:

    Wow! I would LOVE to win this BUT if I don’t it is now on my to read list!

  96. Sounds like a powerful read. Thanks.

  97. This sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  98. Something worth learning more about and finding ways to help.

  99. This is already on my “to read” list. Would LOVE to win a copy!

  100. Yay! Would love to read this! Thanks for the rec.