Welcome to Five Minute Friday!

This post is part of our weekly blog link-up, where we free write for five minutes flat on a one word prompt.

Learn more about how the link-up works here.

This week we have a special treat, because we get to hear from my friend and fellow Five Minute Friday writer Lisa Van Engen!

Lisa and I actually live in the same town in West Michigan and we’ve been blessed to spend time together in person on several occasions, including a few writing conferences!

Left to right: Patrice Gopo, Kate Motaung, Lisa Van Engen,
Christina Hubbard, Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros

We’re celebrating this week because, after four LONG years, Lisa’s book baby is about to be released into the world!

Introducing And Social Justice for All:
Empowering Families, Churches, and Schools
to Make a Difference in God’s World

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Fun fact: Lisa conducted a survey in the process of writing her book, asking children various questions about justice issues. My kids completed the survey and she ended up quoting them in the book! 🙂

In honor of the release of And Social Justice for All, this week’s Five Minute Friday writing prompt is: JUST


Here’s Lisa:

Just: what is fair and right.

In writing the book, And Social Justice for All, I had young people fill out questionnaires about social justice issues.

Small groups from the Boys and Girls Club in Holland, Michigan shared their thoughts. After going through their answers I was struck by the way numerous kids answered the question:

What would be a fair trade?

Many young people wrote a fair trade would be “giving a toy away.”

Not trading a toy, but straight out giving a toy to someone who needed one. Not one but many students answered in this way.

Their answers are a beautiful reflection of Christ’s heart. Perhaps he asks us to not only do what is fair and right and just- but to go beyond even that.

Our capacity to make a difference cannot be measured in human dimensions.

May our hearts expand even beyond what is just in relation to others.


Lisa Van Engen writes from Holland, Michigan and teaches reading and writing at a local elementary school. She loves hiking and going to the beach with her husband, two children, and dog. Her first book, And Social Justice for All: Empowering Families, Churches, and Schools to Make a Difference in God’s World releases February 26, 2019 from Kregel Publishing.  

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