Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing

Andy Crouch (Author)
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Description

Flourishing people are strong and weak. Two common temptations lure us away from abundant living--withdrawing into safety or grasping for power. True flourishing, says Andy Crouch, travels down an unexpected path--being both strong and weak. We see this unlikely mixture in the best leaders--people who use their authority for the benefit of others, while also showing extraordinary willingness to face and embrace suffering. We see it in Jesus, who wielded tremendous power yet also exposed himself to hunger, ridicule, torture and death. Rather than being opposites, strength and weakness are actually meant to be combined in every human life and community. Only when they come together do we find the flourishing for which we were made. With the characteristic insight, memorable stories and hopeful realism he is known for, Andy Crouch shows us how to walk this path so that the image of God can shine through us. Not just for our own good, but for the sake of others. If you want to become the kind of person whose influence leads to healthy communities, someone with the strength to be compassionate and generous, this is the book for you. Regardless of your stage or role in life, whether or not you have a position of leadership, here is a way to love and risk so that we all, even the most vulnerable, can flourish.

Product Details

Price
$20.00  $18.40
Publisher
IVP Books
Publish Date
February 11, 2016
Pages
192
Dimensions
5.2 X 0.9 X 7.2 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780830844432

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About the Author

Andy Crouch--author, speaker, musician, and dad--has shaped the way our generation sees culture, creativity, and the gospel. In addition to his books The Tech-Wise Family, Culture Making, Playing God, and Strong and Weak, his work has been featured in Time, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Lecrae's 2014 single "Non-Fiction." He was executive editor of Christianity Today from 2012 to 2016 and is now a full-time partner in theology and culture with Praxis. He lives with his family in Pennsylvania.

Reviews

"Crouch has a good grasp of both the text of Scripture and also our cultural context, and he's a good translator, taking robust theological ideas and making them accessible to the general interest reader. His thesis that human flourishing is embedded in the paradox of both greater authority and greater vulnerability echoes Jesus's incarnation and teaching, and inspires the reader to pursue the far-reaching implications of the gospel in our broken world, even our broken work."--2016 The Gospel Coalition Book Awards
"Church leaders looking for a new lens to view the impact of sin on a lost world will be well-served by this book. It's also an excellent book to read together with a group of friends to discuss the nature of the gospel--and its impact upon both individuals and communities--from a fresh perspective."--Tobin Perry, On Mission, Summer 2016
"In his latest, Andy Crouch asks: What virtues of character will guide most directly toward the sort of flourishing God desires for us? He suggests the answer lies in the combination of two paradoxical virtues: authority and vulnerability. The book nudges us to reimagine the shape of our faithfulness."--Relevant Magazine, March/April 2016
"To flourish is to fulfill the identity God has called us to, not just for our own good but for the sake of others. With meaningful life stories and examples, Andy Crouch explains how Jesus himself embodies the paradox of flourishing in both his power as the very Son of God and his frailty as an infant who grows up and dies on the cross."--Linda Sladkey, Covenant Companion, July/August 2017