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 a copy! Thanks for highlighting such a book and for the giveaway! Anyone interested in pursuing justice, I highly recommend the Christian Alliance for Orphan Summit in Nashville, TN this year. May 2nd-3rd. http://www.summit9.org

  2. Sounds like a must read for me! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I would love to read this! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  4. Kristi Bass says:

    I would love to read this book! I’m really needing to inspire me & get through these lasts few weeks of winter!

  5. I’d really really love to read this one!

  6. This topic keeps coming up in my life. Think God is trying to tell me something? 🙂

  7. I have been a reader for quite some time. I look forward to reading this book!
    Thank you and good luck!

  8. Hi Tsh – I was moved by the trailer. I’m intrigued – you’ve got my interest yet again!

  9. Looks like a good read. I know my husband would love it for sure!

  10. Sounds like a good and life-changing book.

  11. Would love to win a copy to share with friends 🙂

  12. I agree, this does not sound like the typical book I would choose to read, but it does sound interesting! I’ll add it to my recommended reading list.

  13. I’m very interested. I read a book by the founder of IJM pre-kids that changed me. It’s a subject I’d like to delve into again. Thanks for the offer!

  14. This is one of our family’s passions…can’t wait to read the book! 🙂

  15. Wow. I loved your comment about raising kids in comfortable cultures. Thank you for this post. Would love to read the book.

  16. Sounds like a great book and one that I would LOVE to read!
    Thanks! 🙂

  17. Sounds like a great book to add to the list. Thanks.

  18. This book sounds like one I would share with my hubby and 4 sons! Thank you 🙂

  19. Would love to read it!

  20. Emily galyen says:

    Conviction and action is what i need, Would love to read it!

  21. Thanks for the chance to win.

  22. I think I’m ready to read this book. 🙂

  23. I’m intrigued now… sounds like a thought-provoking read

  24. No justice, no peace. Anywhere, anytime. Sounds like a great book about a timeless topic!

  25. I am always looking for a good book to read and this looks like a great one!

  26. It looks like a good read!

  27. Sounds like an excellent book!

  28. Jeniferr Cantrell says:

    Sounds excellent!

  29. I would like to read this book and share it with my neighbors. They are passionate about pursuing justice in their everyday lives and are an inspiration to our family.

  30. Looking for a good read.

  31. I need a push to think beyond myself in new ways.

  32. I would love to read this!

  33. Loved that trailer! The book sounds wonderful… provoking. I’d love to read it.

  34. Would love to win a copy!

  35. sounds incredible. sign me up!

  36. This looks amazing and I really would like to add this book on justice to our home library. I’d also love tips for how to share such concepts with my 3 year old–we live in Austin, too, and do what we can where we can, but so many days I feel like it’s never enough.

  37. it would be fantastic to win a copy of Pursuing Justice! Thanks for sharing this giveaway 🙂

  38. Looks amazing! Thanks for the chance. 🙂

  39. This really looks like an amazing book, would love to read it!

  40. Holy cow! There is a word for it? Compassion fatigue –that’s it exactly. Really looking forward to getting Ken’s book. God’s still doing good things and it’s easy to lose sight of that sometimes.

  41. Chantille Chambers says:

    This looks really interesting! Thanks for this cool giveaway!

  42. Thanks for the recommendation, I’ve put it on my tbr list.

  43. This book sound intriguing. I will have to put it at the top of my list to read after I take my written exam for my pilot’s license.

  44. Sounds like an amazing book. Thanks for the opportunity to win a free copy!

  45. Oh My Goodness, I so need this book right now! This is what I’m dealing with in every area of my life right now.

  46. Compassion fatigue! How I resonate with that. Book sounds wonderful……look forward to reading it!

  47. I would love to be empowered and challenged by reading this book!

  48. I would love to read this book. Thanks!

  49. I have added it to my reading list as well. Thanks!

  50. Just talking with a friend about how to raise Godly kids in a privileged society. Would love to read this book.

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

  52. I’m definitely adding this to my list of books to read! It would be great to win a free copy!

  53. Would love this. thanks for the giveaway!

  54. Thank you for the introduction to the book. I’d love to win a copy before I buy one!

  55. Would love you add to my bookshelf…even though it’s overflowing.

  56. Jill Scarboro says:

    Sounds like a great read.

  57. I’d love to read this to help prepare for a trip I’m going on this summer with an organization called Steps of Justice.

  58. Jennifer Ott says:

    This looks really good… I would love to read it. As a mom, it is sometimes too easy to get consumed with my little world of family…

  59. my heart NEEDS to read this…

  60. I’ve added it to my reading list. I’d love to win it!

  61. Brenda Crouser says:

    This book sounds worthwhile!

  62. First time commenter. This book and your new direction of less giveaways drew me out. Refreshing. 🙂

  63. Please enter me. Thanks.

  64. Just moved & have LOTS of bookshelves! Would love to have this one grace one of them….

  65. We just had a sermon about this issue on Sunday. Many were in tears, but what is the next step? I’d love to hear what he says. Thanks!

  66. Wow, this sounds like an incredible book. Would love to read it.

  67. Would love to win. Great giveaway!

  68. Sounds like a book I would want to read.

  69. Would love a chance to read this. Thank you very much!

  70. Rachel Silves says:

    I would love to read Pursuing Justice. I’ve been reading “The Hole in the Gosepel” by Rich Sterns and “Radical” by David Platt. This seems like a great complement to those books! Thanks for the great ‘giveaways’


  71. Looks like a fantastic book. Would love a copy! Thankyou!

  72. This book sounds fantastic! It’s something I would love to read!

  73. Arielle Corcoran says:

    I’m finishing a nursing degree so I can use it to help victims. I’d really appreciate reading this book, and free fits my student budget! Hope I win!!! :O)

  74. Something that is difficult to think about but must be at the very least prayed over regularly. Thanks, Tsh ~

  75. Oh, this book sounds terrific! I’ll definitely read it even if I don’t win a copy. Thanks!

  76. At the Justice Conference now-amazing and inspiring and convicting. Would love to read the book to deepen what I am hearing at the conference.

  77. I’d be really interested to read this book. My husband and I are trying to educate ourselves about how we can be more involved and truly make a difference in such a broken world.

  78. I would love to read this. My husband is working on his master’s degree in social work…dinner time conversation has been pretty substantive lately. It would be cool to have something different (not on his reading list for class!) to read/discuss.

  79. I would love to win a copy of this book! Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance to win!

  80. That book is going on my reading list

  81. Sounds like a very worthwhile read.

  82. Liz @ The HomeStyle says:

    This is so entriguing! I feel that God is really trying to take me deeper on themes like mercy, justice, and defending the defenseless. I’d love to read this book as part of that journey.

  83. I’d love to have a copy! I’m in the middle of Jen Hatmaker’s “7” right now, and it is confirming so much that God has been speaking to me lately.

  84. This looks like a very important and powerful read! Will have to put it on my list.

  85. Julie Dukowitz says:

    Chills! Would love to win a copy.

  86. This looks like a great book for our Mission committee to read together, after we’re done processing what we learned from Toxic Charity. Thanks for the heads-up!

  87. I’m currently reading Toxic Charity and When Helping Hurts (I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone involved in justice ministry) and this would be a great companion to that.
    Thanks for thoughtful giveaways (books!)!

  88. Making yourself stretch a bit is always a good thing!

  89. I’d love to add this book to my reading list! Some friends and I had this very conversation this past week..pursuing justice in our first world country..we know we can’t fix everything-but we can make a difference!

  90. I’d love to read it!

  91. Elizabeth Minor says:

    Sounds wonderful!!

  92. Just because we can’t fix the world doesn’t mean we can’t change it. Love that.

  93. Having kids was the thing that most opened my eyes to the need for justice in this world. For me it took a mothers heart to desire a life of compassion and justice. I’m not proud of that fact but I am thankful. Thank you for featuring these types of topics. And I love the idea of limiting giveaways but promoting books!

  94. Alisha Santiago says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book! Thank you for the give away.

  95. I work at a church and am constantly trying to find resources that will wake up our suburban congregation to the realities of suffering…I’d love to see your book and use it as a resource! Thank you for working on justice issues.

  96. Mary Preston says:

    I would love to read PURSUING JUSTICE thank you.

  97. I would love to learn more about justice and mercy.

  98. thanks for the giveaway ~ i’d love the chance!!

  99. I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance to win one!