I tried to read The Grand Paradox on my Kindle but quickly decided I needed a book so I could comment, underline and assign stars or checks at will. I have interacted with this book more than anything I've read in a long time, found some of it remarkably fitting for the chronological way I've experienced life as a Christian. I've been to those churches, read those books, listened to those speakers who promised certain things if I only had faith, donated this much, read this book or attended this seminar. Somewhere sometime long ago, I too concluded that life was messy and that God was indeed mysterious. I hope other readers sigh with relief while absorbing these conclusions.
This is a book that challenges the reader to consider and reconsider what we've longed believed and perhaps what we long to believe.
I appreciated the author's own personal stories blended with hearty doses of C. S. Lewis and Kierkegaard, inspiring stories of Teddy and Eleanor Roosevelt, add some Catch 22 and throw in Pascal's Wager and how can you not conclude that this is a nuanced and provocative read?
As someone who started a book club at church with ground rules that we not read many Christian books since so many are so poorly written, I was relieved to find what I expected with this book. Wytsma displays his intellectual grasp of church history and integrates his philosophical training with tender encouragement toward honesty and maturity. Bravo.