Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live and Die for Bigger Things - eBook  -     By: Ken Wytsma
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 9780849964268
ISBN-13: 9780849964268
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The ONLY way to find abundant life and happiness is to give your life away.

If God designed us to experience true happiness and abundant life, why do so many Christians feel dissatisfied and purposeless?  We try to make our lives better by chasing our own dreams, but that only makes the problem worse.  Instead, the path to a just life that’s satisfying and permeated with meaning leads us alongside the orphan, the widow, and the powerless.  Using clear evangelical theology and compelling narratives drawn from two decades of global ministry and travel, Ken Wytsma, the founder of The Justice Conference, shows God’s unchanging love for all His children.  On the way, the author calls us back to a proper understanding of biblical justice, a redeeming glimpse into the true meaning of righteousness and the remarkable connection between our own joy, the joy of others, and the wondrous Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Pursuing Justice shows that God isn’t primarily concerned with personal piety but about empowering His children to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with their creator.  The message is as hopeful as it is fresh: when you discover anew the meaning of the Gospel and give your life away, you will find it…and it will be the best life you can imagine.

First-time author Wytsma (with an assist from Jacobsen) is one of the new breed of evangelical Christians returning to scripture to redeem justice as a central tenet of faith…. Wytsma infuses his writing with fresh experiences from working with the millennial generation…. “Apathy tells us that it’s perfectly acceptable to live with illusions of our own justice,” he writes, neatly linking those concerns. This accessible guide provides trustworthy scriptural analysis, examples of contemporary justice issues…and a solid philosophy for understanding the role of justice in today’s society…. “Justice cannot be divorced from God’s heart and purposes,” he writes. “It permeates them.” Wytsma’s authorial voice is engaging, encouraging, and invitational. His humor helps the reader recognize her own humanity and transformative potential within the unfolding moral arc of the universe.

--Publishers Weekly

“Justice has become trendy. Ken Wytsma’s Pursuing Justice avoids all the pitfalls of trendiness. It exhibits a deep and accurate understanding of the nature of justice. It is an eye–opener.”

—NICHOL AS WOLTERSTORFF, Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, Yale University; Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia

“Ken is a fresh voice of balance, humility, and collaboration. His enthusiasm is contagious and his challenge to the church to not only do justice, but to learn to do it well, is commendable.”

—KEITH WRIGHT, International President of Food for the Hungry

“Ken Wytsma’s Pursuing Justice will rattle you. Not since C. S. Lewis put down his pen have readers been so provoked to think. It will change the way you approach others.”

—KAREN SPEARS ZACHARIAS, Author ofA Silence of Mockingbirds and Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?

“Ken Wytsma not only brings us back to a biblical understanding of justice, but also humbly calls us to pursue it in practice. I was both enlightened and motivated.”

—RANDAL ROBERTS, President of Western Seminary, Portland, OR

“In Pursuing Justice, Ken is at the cutting edge of where God’s heart is. This book is timely and needs to be read by everyone in the church.”

—JOHN M . PERKINS, Civil Rights Leader, Founder of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), and Founder of The John Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development

Author Bio

Ken Wytsma is a leader, innovator, and social entrepreneur. He is the president of Kilns College, where he teaches courses on philosophy and justice. He is the founder of The Justice Conference—a yearly international conference that exposes men and women to a wide range of organizations and conversations relating to justice and the biblical call to give our lives away. Ken is also a church planter and the lead pastor at Antioch Church. He and his wife, Tamara, have four daughters.

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  1. York, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Pursuing Justice
    July 23, 2014
    gcw1
    York, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
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    PURSUING JUSTICE

    The Call To Live & Die For Bigger Things

    By Ken Wytsma with D. R. Jacobsen

    Justice, what is it? The author will help you understand what it is and why it matters. Ken explains that God is a just God and how Christians need to understand God's justice. Ken offers many examples to justice and injustices that take place in this world. He offers scriptures on how God is a just God, and how God want us to do justice in a needy world.

    The book is very informative and is on a subject that Christians need to understand. At times, we will follow our own ambitions, dreams, and end up making things worse than they are. I think the author makes many excellent points and are points that need our understanding for a better world.

    Some areas Ken covers are Justice as a way of knowing God, How justice informs love, How empathy carries justice, and many others. The book will make you think about how you act, worship and live.

    Ken offers some disturbing statistics about Christianity in the USA and gives examples of how Christians can do more of an injustice when we think we are doing justice and being helpful. The book will open your eyes to why God's justice is important.
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Are you ready to "commit suicide"?
    March 9, 2013
    kelisni
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    How many of us actually actively pursue justice for those who cannot get justice for themselves? This would be the poor, the unborn, those caught in sex trafficking, etc... This is not a topic that is generally preached on from pulpits across America. Those of us in America are rich compared to well over half the population of the world, but what are we doing for them? God has commanded us to help the poor and needy...are we doing that from the comfort of our own homes by saying that we'll just give money...surely they need money. Shame on us for not sacrificing not only our money, but our time and other resources that we have been blessed with. Ultimately, it's all God's anyways...how are you using what He has given you?

    "Pursuing Justice shows that God isn't primarily concerned with personal piety but about empowering His children to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with their creator. The message is as hopeful as it is fresh: when you discover anew the meaning of the Gospel and give your life away, you will find it_and it will be the best life you can imagine."

    Ken Wytsma does a great job of showing you from God's Word what we, as Christians, should be doing with our lives. Are you ready to "commit suicide" for the good of others?

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson for review.
  3. Alabama
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 6, 2013
    Smoothie71
    Alabama
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book is fantastic! I could say so many things about this book, but to keep it simple I'll give you one sentence: Ken does a great job of helping Christians remember that we're not supposed to simply be bottoms in a pew, but hands and feet to the world.

    Ken offers practical wisdom on how to fight injustice every day and explains how justice is at the heart of God, and because of that, it should be in our hearts as well.

    If you're interested in doing mission work, whether in or out of the country, you need to read this book! No, seriously. It's only roughly 300 pages and each page is filled with so much wisdom and knowledge.

    Injustice is not just something missionaries or especially "holy" people need to fight. No, this is something that affects every Christ follower and if you call yourself one then you need to be concerned about what the Lord is concerned about in regards to the poor, the widows, the slaves, because above all these aren't just people we label as "poor" and "needy" we need to see them as people. More than that, we need to step into their pain and point them to Christ and help them through life.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Pursuing Justice by Ken Wytsma
    March 2, 2013
    Breanne
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Pursuing Justice by Ken Wytsma with Dr. Jacobsen is essentially a call to biblically understand justice and to pursue it in our lives. Wytsma challenges the reader to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. The book covers important topics such as: what justice is and why it matters, what the gospel has to say about justice, how justice informs love, the relationship between religion and justice, grace, forgiveness, mercy, and how the only way to find abundant life is to give your life away.

    I found this book to be very thought provoking and challenging. I appreciate the author's understanding of justice and how honestly and clearly he writes about it. Wytsma not only preaches about the matter but his life reflects what he is teaching others as well. This is not a book for Christians who want to play it safe when it comes to life. It is a dramatic wake up call to obey and follow Jesus' command to puruse justice. Those that read this book could change the world if they take its' message seriously. I now have a better undertstanding of how to live justly in my everyday life and I am so thankful I gave this book a chance. I would recommend this book to everyone who is trying to follow Jesus more closely.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html>: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. Cleveland, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspiring and Eye-Opening
    February 14, 2013
    Sposam
    Cleveland, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    PURSUING JUSTICE: THE CALL TO LIVE AND DIE FOR BIGGER THINGS by Ken Wytsma

    Justice is an issue that has fallen victim to extremes. Many conservative Christians have ignored it altogether, while many liberal Christians have turned it into the Social Gospel. In Pursuing Justice, Ken Wytsma fights for the Biblical call for justice in our world and reveals the place of the poor and oppressed in the very heart of God.

    I have to admit that I started this book with certain assumptions about how I would respond. I thought it would be a liberal-based guilt trip about how terrible I am for having nice things while people around the world have nothing. This book was none of those things. While I may not agree with 100% of what the author said, I admit that I couldn't this book down! I saw Scriptures that I has ignored or glossed over for years. Instead of making the reader feel guilty, Ken Wytsma simple seeks to provide education about the injustices in our world, and how some of our efforts to help may make us feel better, but only make problems worse for those who suffer. This is a powerful book and I would encourage every Christian to read it with an open heart. Yes, you will feel challenged, but more than that you will be educated and inspired to action - not out of guilt, but out of love for God and people.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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