Friday, July 11, 2014

Pursuing Justice? Yes!

In his book, Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live and Die for Bigger Things, Ken Wytsma has written a very important book.  So many of us are living our lives with one thought in mind, our personal pleasure.  We do that at the expense of those who are desperately in need of justice.  Not criminal justice, but justice according to the Word of God.  People who have been 'left behind.'

Wytsma paints a picture of what justice looks like, arguing from a theological standpoint of its importance.  He tells stories, uses history, theology and art to help the reader gain a better understanding of what justice is, according to God.  He starts by relating the stories of his grandparents and his parents and finally how God changed him and he met justice.

While the book looks a little intimidating . . . it is not!  I was struck at the ease of reading the chapters, the stories and illustrations, the humor, the self-revelations helped the book to move at a crisp pace.  I also felt that Wytsma was not preaching at me.  He was using passion to help me see the passion and need for justice in our world. 

In the end, he helps us to see that justice is a very real part of our theology and religion.  This is not a how to book, with a list of steps you need to follow so that you can feel better about yourself.  Instead, I believe Wytsma wants the reader to be moved so that they take action, whatever and wherever that may occur and look like. 

For those who want to learn more about a Christ-centered approach to gaining a better understanding of justice, I would highly recommend this book.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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