The Crime of Living Cautiously: Hearing God's Call to Adventure  -     By: Luci Shaw
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The Crime of Living Cautiously: Hearing God's Call to Adventure

Inter-Varsity Press / 2005 / Hardcover

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Unexpectedly, the moment of opportunity comes to us--the prospect of entering a reality larger than we'd guess. A spacious option opens up before us, an urgent demand that seems to call for special enterprise, life-threatening perils or summons to action. Suddenly we realize that such a chance might never come again. What do you do when faced with such a moment? Do you sometimes get frozen into a state of inaction? Do you wonder if you are wasting the talents God has given you? Or if you enjoy adventure, do you struggle over whether a risk is just a reckless attempt to feed your own needs or a true calling from God? Luci Shaw has learned to act with discernment in regard to motivation and calling. She has discovered a path of deep joy and fulfillment by risking the unknown in partnership with God. In this book you will find the way to break through the fear barrier and follow God to new levels.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0830832807
ISBN-13: 9780830832804
UPC: 9780830832804
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Unexpectedly, the moment of opportunity comes to us--the prospect of entering a reality larger than we'd guess. A spacious option opens up before us, an urgent demand that seems to call for special enterprise, life-threatening perils or summons to action. Suddenly we realize that such a chance might never come again. What do you do when faced with such a moment? Do you sometimes get frozen into a state of inaction? Do you wonder if you are wasting the talents God has given you? Or if you enjoy adventure, do you struggle over whether a risk is just a reckless attempt to feed your own needs or a true calling from God? Luci Shaw has learned to act with discernment in regard to motivation and calling. She has discovered a path of deep joy and fulfillment by risking the unknown in partnership with God. In this book you will find the way to break through the fear barrier and follow God to new levels.

Author Bio

Luci Shaw graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, magna cum laude and is currently a writer-in-residence and lecturer at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. She has worked as a private Greek tutor, a free-lance editor, and an English stylist for and Shaw has also served as vice president, president and senior editor at Harold Shaw Publishers. She presently serves as Lay Eucharistic Minister and lector at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Bellingham, Washington. Her poetry has been read on national television, and she has been interviewed on and . She has appeared in several magazine cover stories (such as in and ), and many of her writings are being collected at the Buswell Library at Wheaton College in The Luci Shaw Collection. She is the author of numerous books such as (Campus Life Book of the Year) and (ECPA Gold Medallion Nominee). Shaw has also contributed poems and essays to many anthologies and periodicals such as (Scripture Union), and (Baker Book House). Her most recent poetry collections are and (both Eerdmans). She is also coauthor of three books with Madeleine L'Engle, including

Publisher's Weekly

Poet, writer and septuagenarian Shaw begins this slim book with an account of her recent bungee jumping in New Zealand. While her book covers such topics as fear, loss, conflict and relationships, the most interesting subject Shaw explores is her own life. In her chapter on conflict, for example, she writes candidly about what it's like to straddle the literary and evangelical worlds: "A common assumption... is that a Christian must write sanctimonious hymns or sentimental verses.... If my work is clearly `literary'... I may be accused of watering down the gospel." These insights, along with a brief remembrance of her friendship with Madeleine L'Engle, give some vitality to this otherwise conventional, somewhat underwhelming book. Ironically, while Shaw's content focuses on the risks God calls Christians to take, the book itself never strays from safe, well-traveled evangelical territory. Her biblical examples, such as Moses' attempt to convince his people to take the promised land, may support her argument that we must obey God even if it feels risky, but her observations about these passages are not particularly original. Yet Shaw writes beautifully, includes generous helpings of poetry (both her own and others') and, in her own gentle way, injects a subtly feminist, pluralist sensibility into this orthodox book. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

ChristianBookPreviews.com

The Crime of Living Cautiously by Luci Shaw is a book about taking the necessary risks to have a truly fulfilling walk with Christ. People tend to go with what is easy, but the Christian walk is not always about being comfortable. Through this book, Shaw wishes to challenge readers to step out and start living more dangerously for Christ. The problem is, her presentation is cluttered and her directions are rather ambiguous.
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 Shaw’s 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. It’s a shame she couldn’t 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 Shaw’s 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. Shaw’s examples, instead of helping the reader understand her points, cause confusion because of limited relevance. Today’s 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, Shaw’s 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

Editorial Reviews

"I thoroughly enjoyed it. I've been a fan of her poetry for many years; now she challenges me to live life on the edge. Bungee jumping at her age? I can feel the collective eyebrows rising. . . . "I, for one, needed the reminder that the Holy Spirit is often a cultural nonconformist, and the Christian life is meant to be innovative and exhilarating, a breathtaking journey; those opposed to risk need not apply."
"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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