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. I need a new read and would love a copy!

  2. I had heard about this book before, thanks for sharing more info about it and the recommendation! Would love to read it!

  3. book sounds fascinating- you’ve got my interest!!

  4. This book sound intense, and I would love to read it. What a great book to share with those who are non believers or for those who are just not sure where God stands or what he is doing with the injustice in this world. As for me I know that he is in control.

  5. I would love to read this book. If I don’t win it, I’m sure I’ll be buying it.

  6. I would love to read this, and this is a great post! I’m posting it to my facebook feed as well. Thanks!

  7. Putting this one on my list…trying to read more out of my comfort zone in order to expand my knowledge. Thanks for the recommendation, Tsh!

  8. I am so excited about this book–loved the trailer!! (And have shared the link on Facebook!) 🙂 Indeed, I have been struggling with “compassion fatigue” for several months! I would love to receive insight from “Pursuing Justice.” Thank you, Ken Wytsma–and thank YOU, Tsh, for introducing us to this book!

  9. This book is going on my reading list. It sounds like just the book to read to change up my normal reading list!

  10. This sounds uncomfortably interesting. I think I need this.

  11. Jennifer Rivers says:

    This looks like a very interesting and thought provoking book. I would love to read it!

  12. I’d love to read this!

  13. I am so excited about this book–and have posted the link on Facebook! (Loved the trailer!!) I have been suffering from “compassion fatigue” for several months now. So many needs–so many places in the world (and in my own community!) “Pursuing Justice” has arrived at a perfect time! Thank you Ken Wytsma and thank YOU, Tsh, for making us aware of this resource. (Winning a copy would be awesome!) 🙂

  14. Would love to read this book. Pick me!

  15. Seeking justice should never be a fad. Let’s pray that it won’t be but there will be greater and greater momentum.

  16. This is the first blog I’ve read from Simple Mom…love it! Would love to read this book!

  17. Wow! This sounds like a really great read. I totally get the compassion fatigue concept. It is always helpful to remember the greatness of the God we serve and His desire to use His children for His purposes.

  18. This sounds like just what I need right now – whether I win it or not!!!

  19. a difficult topic but meaningful. this is going on the reading list.

  20. Sounds like an amazing read!

  21. Jolene in Michigan says:

    This definitely sounds like something I should read.

  22. Sounds like a great read! Would love to win!

  23. Wow, this looks like an incredible book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  24. I’m excited to read this book. I think about justice often and desire to pursue it, but I haven’t really put those thoughts into action yet…

  25. I’ve recently discovered & become hooked to your blog & podcast. Thank you for deciding to share your thoughts and life online.
    Love this opportunity for possibly receiving a life-changing book, although I have to admit I’m scared of reading it.

  26. This sounds like a book we should all be reading, no matter where we are in our life journey.

  27. Definitely on my reading list- hope I win a copy!

  28. Would love to curl up with a copy of this book!!

  29. This is now on my reading list. Would love a copy!

  30. would love to read this!

  31. Would love to read this!

  32. I would love to read this!

  33. Oh…. I would LOVE to read this book!!! Thank you!

  34. Danielle Stewart says:

    Would love to read this book!

  35. Sounds like a good book! I’d love to win it!

  36. I would give this a read! Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. This book sounds like one that I HAVE to get my hands on!

  38. Angie Young says:

    Wow this sounds like a really great book. One that would be right up my ally.

  39. Renee Boring says:

    We can only build compassion in our children by modeling it and create a more just world for them to live in if we work towards it. It’s very easy with littles, however, to just hunker down into your own little universe to get through the long days.

  40. Great giveaway, Tsh!

  41. Thank you. My family and I have memorized Isaiah 1:17. Learn to do good. Seek justice. Rebuke the oppressor. Defend the fatherless. Plead for the widow. We are now learning how to put it into action.

  42. Sharon Pinney says:

    Wow – the video just gave me chills. I am very curious to see how this book reconciles God with justice. It sucks that there is so much INjustice to begin with…

  43. Lindsay Stevenson says:

    Thought provoking I’m sure. Sounds good.

  44. would love to read it!

  45. I would love to win! I sometimes struggle with wondering where to start to make a difference in the world.

  46. Would love to read it. Looking for more ways to show compassion in my neighborhood and across the world.

  47. That’s how I often feel – overwhelmed, helpless, not knowing where to start. But I’m trying to do my best. Sounds like a very interesting book!

  48. Sounds like a great book! I’d love to read it. I recently read Richard Stearns’ “The Hole in Our Gospel” so this topic is certainly top of mind right now.

  49. This is a book I’d love to read. It’s so easy for me to feel overwhelmed and helpless in the face of all the injustice in our world. We need books like this to empower and embolden us.

  50. wow….what a powerful trailer! have entered many, many, many giveaways & have never won…..would LOVE to win this one!

  51. A question I’d like to ask – is this book also readable for atheists? Or is it all Bible based? Why the religious approach anyway? What does it have to do with the topic?

  52. Wow! Looking forward!

  53. Wow! Sounds like a must read! Keeping fingers crossed, but adding to my “To Read” List!

  54. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention AND for the chance to win it!

  55. very intrigued by this. need more impetus to actually do….

  56. This sounds like a great book to help my feelings of overwhelmedness with the world.
    My oldest two sons (14 and 16) and maybe my daughter (12) would benefit from it as well.
    Thank you!

  57. Sounds like this would be exactly what I need right now! Thanks for hosting!!

  58. Looks like this would be an interesting read

  59. Looks like a great book! It’s on my need to read list now.

  60. Looks like I have another book to add to my reading list. 🙂

  61. It sounds like a very interesting read…

  62. I am looking forward to the monthly book recommendations! Thanks for sharing this book.

  63. Sheeba mathew says:

    Powerful words I would love to put on my reading list…hope I win one…

  64. Sounds like a great and thought provoking read. There are so many hurting in this world and we must do anything we can to help alleviate the pain. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  65. Sounds awesome! to-read list!

  66. Yes. Very nice. Thanks

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  67. I would love to have a copy. Thank you!

  68. Melanie Johnson says:

    Can’t wait to read this!

  69. Shahidah Kalam Id-Din says:

    SImple Mom blog drew me with her passion for people, simplicity and finding a better way to live on this planet. I am not a chrisitian but I believe I found this blog for a reason. I am very interested in reading the Justice book and wanted to attend the Justice conference in Philly but couldn’t take off of work.

  70. Sounds like a good read. Even if I am not the big winner I will add it to me TO READ list. Now off to clean out my pantry. fun, seriously.


  71. I would love to read this book. Sounds like a great way to put some action to our ideals.

  72. Count me in. Would love to read this!

  73. Would love to read this. We’ve been trying to implement things at home but it’s not too easy to find things to do. Thank you!

  74. This sounds like an inspiring and thought provoking read! Would love to win this one!

  75. Lincoln’s words resonate with me! I will definitely read this book! Would love to win it!

  76. Would love to read this book! Thanks for your post on it.

  77. I think this would be good to read with my leadership class. I would love to win a copy to preview.

  78. I would love to read this book!

  79. I’d LOVE one!

  80. Kelli Ehrhard says:

    Would love to read this.

  81. a thought and subject that I have been pondering for several years… I’d love to read the book!

  82. Sounds like an interesting read.

  83. Jenny Dong says:

    As a therapist in training, this book sounds super interesting!

  84. Susan Waldkirch says:

    It would be great to win this book.

  85. That book sounds great! 😀


  86. hello! I would love to read this book, I am living in Mozambique, one of the poorest nations in the world, and I think this book would be inspiring and perhaps clarifying. Thanks, Laura

  87. Would love to win–hopefully our library buys a copy if not!

  88. looks interesting

  89. Thank you for the information ! Great book !

  90. I would like to read this book.

  91. Sounds great! Would love to win it!

  92. I would love to win this book!

  93. Hannah Mariam says:

    This looks great! I would love to read it. 🙂

  94. Sounds like a great book.

  95. I would love to have a copy of this book…

  96. Sounds like a informative read. I don’t know much about this subject and I’m always willing to learn more.

  97. Sounds like a great book! I’d love to read it. I’m glad to see justice and issues like modern-day slavery coming to light in the past year. It’s tough to hear, but necessary.

  98. I’m interested in reading this…

  99. Looks interesting and inspiring!

  100. Lindsey Lawson says:

    This sounds like a weighty book, but a much needed one–I, honestly, know I could use the wake-up call to things beyond myself. Would love to win this!