Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Book Review: Ken Wytsma's The Grand Paradox
Summary: Wystma tackles a lot of thoughts people struggle with regarding Christianity. He goes over how the happiness promoted by the world is contradicting to what Christ teaches, and how doubt can be a healthy part of growing in faith. He also discusses the struggles of the world, and how instead of trying to achieve not struggling, but learning how to grow from our struggles. As pastor at Antioch Church, and the president of Kiln College, Wystma uses his ability to teach to provide a clearer book on these topics that leaves the reader less baffled.
It covers many thoughts you might get expanded in the books references in a more concise and cleaned up presentation. I probably sounded like I was going in a negative direction with a reference, but I wasn't. This book becomes very philosophical, but no so much so it's difficult to wrap your head around. It will make you question how you're approaching your faith, and in the end how to better work with it and grow.
Another thought when reading, was how this book didn't read easy. For simple ideas the book seems to drift. I had a tough time getting through what was short ideas because the great ideas that aren't difficult to grasp, are presented in an overwhelming manner. Perhaps the author wanted to get scholarly for the everyday reader? Maybe the target isn't the everyday faith based reader?
It isn't the easiest read. I'm not sure why, but it can struggle to maintain the attention. It narrows down ideas you'll find with Lewis and Kierkgaard in a manner that you don't have to seek out their works to read unless you want to expand on it.
As for books recommended by Relevant, I can see why. It reaches to the audience they reach to, and it covers points in a way that appeals to the 20-30 demographic, and as someone in that demographic I got the appeal.
This book was provided by Book Look Blogger in exchange for a review.