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Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
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Shaw asks readers to find where God is calling them and to pursue that, even when the result is unclear. I like that theme. Regrettably, this volume seems to be a dumping ground for endless numbers of Shaws poems, many of which stray from the message presented in the title of this book. To this reviewer, they come across as filler. She also provides some stories and then lots of discussion questions, further padding the book. As a poet, a public speaker, an editor, a wife, and a mother, this author has experienced many challenging situations and is determined to help everyone else face their own. Its a shame she couldnt have targeted more directly-applicable life lessons so that the readers would see how she has lived dangerously, what the benefits of it were, and how others could do likewise. That, indeed, would have been a fascinating book.
What do you do when faced with a moment of both opportunity and danger? is Shaws challenge to her readers. Her book is about embracing the hazards that come up in everyday lives. They may come up in the form of a changed relationship, a new career, or even just in managing a family. Real life examples help readers notice things in their own lives they may need to be pursuing.
When you pick this book up, the title grabs your attention; unfortunately, that is the only thing about this book that will. Shaws examples, instead of helping the reader understand her points, cause confusion because of limited relevance. Todays readers want obvious applications, such as those found in books such as The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson and The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. Taken in short readings, Shaws book may provide meditative moments, but overall it lacks the drive and intensity needed to motivate people to live more dangerously. -- Alyssa Curry, Christian Book Previews.com
"Strap in and launch yourself into wild blue yonder with Luci Shaw. Like all good poets she revels in paradox, which is why she understands the spiritual life as both stillness and movement, contemplation and adventure. As a spiritual test pilot, Luci Shaw has the right stuff."
"I have known Luci Shaw first as a poet whose poetry invited attentiveness to specific moments, particular textures--in nature and in domestic spaces I recognized and loved; then I came to know her as a friend with a bracing, exuberant embrace of life which constantly challenged me to press on. Now, in these pages, she dashes on ahead and calls back over her shoulder, 'Dare! Double dare!' Here is an answer to pallid Christianity: as Luci richly demonstrates, living incautiously opens up all kinds of opportunities. Go ahead--read this book, be changed and challenged as l always am by reading Luci Shaw. I dare you."
"Whirling in midair, Luci Shaw cries to us to stop clinging to our perches and leap out into wind-borne flight. This widow/poet/grandmother/gardener/bungee-jumper hammers on our fear-shackles and sings of a joyful, faith-full adventure beyond."
"Luci Shaw does not live cautiously--her life is an exuberant romp in the things of creation. Nor does she write cautiously--her poetry is a dive into a pool of spirited (Spirit!) language. This witness, a fusion of personal stories and revealing poems, welcomes us into the fullness into which Christ calls us."
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