[BOOK REVIEW: The Grand Paradox by Ken Wytsma]
The Grand Paradox: The Messiness of Life, the Mystery of God and the Necessity of Faith
I did not expect much from this book (there are many self-help Christian books that only tell what the reader wants to hear), but the Grand Paradox pleasantly surprised me.
Ken Wytsma (I still have a hard time pronouncing or writing his last name) does not water down the truth and, what was more important for me, he is quite honest in his writing. You won’t read in Christian books that pastors can doubt also and say things like “I hope it’s all true and not just a fairy tale or a hoax.” (Non-pastors tend to forget that pastors are people too.) This honesty is what attracted my attention from the beginning.
I really enjoyed reading this book because of all the personal stories and tough questions explained in simple words (even if the answer is not that easy to accept – quoting Max Lucado, “It is simple, but not easy.”) Also, it addressed many questions that have plagued me for a long time – like doubt (and the desire to know more, to know all the answers so no questions remain open.)
While I (as well as the Eugene Cho, who wrote the foreword to this book) think that this book might be hard for some people to read (who do want another self-help book), but for those who are earnestly seeking the answers (or, rather, guidance) this is a great book. I will definitely be recommending it to my friends.
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