The Grand Paradox: The Messiness of Life, the Mystery of God and the Necessity of Faith

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If we were made for relationship with God, why do we often feel lost and distant from Him?

The life of Christian faith is and always has been a beautifully awkward reality. Following Jesus is done—can only be done—in the messiness of this world into which we were all born. Yet many Christians expect the walk of faith to be easier, neater, and relatively devoid of hassles.

So perhaps it’s time for a frank conversation about the true nature of Christian faith. Maybe there are many desperately in need of a clear dialogue about how—despite living in a turbulent, chaotic world—our greatest joy is found in our pursuit of God.

In The Grand Paradox, Ken Wytsma seeks to help readers understand that although God can be mysterious, He is in no way absent.

  • God’s ways are contradictory and counter to the way the world tells us to pursue happiness.
  • Doubt is okay, it will accompany in the life of faith.
  • What looks like struggle can actually be the most important and meaningful season of our lives.

This book is an exploration of the art of living by faith. It is a book for all those wrestling with the paradoxes that confront those who seek to walk with Christ. It’s an honest look at how faith works, here and now, in our culture, our time—and how to put down real roots and flourish in the midst of our messy lives.

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"Ken leads us deeper into the beauty and mystery of the Christian life. One of the most thought-provoking books on faith to come out in a long time."
--SHANE CLAIBORNE, Author and Activist

"Deeply personal, yet anchored biblically, The Grand Paradox will both encourage and energize you. I commend it highly."
--STEPHAN BAUMAN, President and CEO of World Relief

"My head and heart were full after engaging this book. I hope yours will be as well."
--LEROY BARBER, Author of Everyday Missions and Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, White--Who's More Precious in God's Sight?

"Ken's book is a significant voice of clarity for people on a faith journey whose path is riddled with fog. Enthusiastic applause for this gem."
--TSH OXENREIDER, Author of Notes From a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World

"Honest, compelling, and filled with Scripture, The Grand Paradox invites you to a deeper life of love, justice, and mercy in the midst of brokenness and pain. Ken's latest book will help you hold onto hope as you live and serve."
--PETER GREER, President and CEO of HOPE International and Coauthor of Mission Drift and The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good

From the Inside Flap:

THE PARADOX OF LIVING IN A BROKEN WORLD can grab our attention dramatically as we go through life, experiencing disappointment, enduring tragedy, and surviving disaster. We're too wise and too jaded for cheap answers, promises of The American Dream, and religious quick fixes--they don't really satisfy us. Instead, they leave us desperate for something solid, hoping for a more sure foundation upon which to build our lives. Our hope can't simply be in controlling our present circumstances; if we are going to live lives of meaning and purpose, we're going to have to learn how to embrace The Grand Paradox: Life is messy and God is mysterious, but yet there is a way to follow Christ, develop a relationship with God, and pursue the happiness and joy we all long to experience.

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