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Publication Date: 2016
When Jesus left the most exclusive gated community in the universe to come live with the people he loved and gave his life for, he turned everything we know and believe about life on its head. Jesus said that he came to bring good news to the poor, but most Western Christians remain disconnected and isolated from the poor and their contexts of injustice. Even our churches echo societys pressure to isolate ourselves from the margins (e.g. by moving to a better suburb) and instead teach us how to be "nice people" who worship a "nice Jesus" and dont disrupt the status quo.
Convinced that Jesus places love for the poor and the pursuit of justice central, Craig Greenfield has sought to follow in Christs footsteps by living among people at the edges of society for the last fourteen years. His quest to follow this Subversive Jesus has taken Craig and his young family from the slums of Asia to inner city Canada and back again.
This is the story of how Jesus led them to the margins: initiating the Pirates of Justice flash mobs, sharing their home with detoxing crackheads, welcoming homeless panhandlers and prostitutes to the dinner table, and ultimately sparking a movement to reach the worlds most vulnerable children.
This book is a strong and potentially controversial critique of the status quo too often found in our churches, but it offers an inspirational and hopeful vision of another way. While readers may not relocate to a slum, they will certainly come to view their lives and ministry through a fresh lensreconsidering how they are uniquely called by Jesus to subversively love the poor and break down systems of injustice in their sphere of influence.
Social entrepreneur, activist and author, Craig Greenfield is passionate about Gods heart for the worlds most vulnerable. Craig is the founder and director of Alongsiders International, a fast-growing movement of young Christians reaching the worlds poorest children. A storyteller and inspirational speaker, Craigs passion is to amplify the voice of the poor, communicating Gods heart for the least in churches, conferences and colleges around the world. Craig is happily married to Nay, a Cambodian-New Zealander and they have two young children: Jayden and Micah.
GiniBDallas, PAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5SubversiveMay 5, 2016GiniBDallas, PAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Isnt it amazing how some of the smallest things can trigger changes in a life? Happenstance of a beggar in a ratty T-shirt at the door of a tourist attraction in an Asian capital isnt news or unusual, but just read this book and see what his presence did for one college kid. Thats the beginning of Greenfields journey or adventure borrowing from the title of his book. Well, mostly the beginning. There was stuff before that episode that helped add to the effect.
I ordered this book after stumbling onto his web site (Take a look around it to see what hes up to the last 20+ years.). Greenfield has told his story in a way that is not only engaging, but convicting. I am glad to see this sort of story being told more frequently. I didnt like some of the truth he laid out about where most of us live though. Why? Because it hit too close to home to be comfortable. In a lot of ways. I do understand that what he and the rest did is a particular calling, but theres room for plenty of improvement among most of the rest of us. He makes you want to improve, or at the very least, rethink your Christian lifestyle. Like really rethink it. Get subversive or not? Theres lots of ways to do that and he has recounted some of the ways he found. Maybe we could find more?
I do recommend this book. It will touch your heart, challenge you, and maybe even change you.
I received this book from the publisher in return for a review.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Mostly about helping the poor when they were in VancouverMay 2, 2016Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3"Subversive Jesus" is part biography and part Christian living. The author described some of what they did in the slums of Cambodia and in downtown Canada. In Cambodia, they helped start a movement of poor, older kids mentoring poor, younger kids. I would have liked to know more about this, but more time was spent on the radical hospitality concept that they developed in Vancouver. His family lived in Downtown Eastside in an area with open drug dealing. They opened their house to those struggling with addictions and to the homeless.
There was enough information that one could probably replicate some of it in a poor, inner city neighborhood. But only the overall attitude toward the poor (which I already have) would apply to my poor, rural area. Yet I got more out of seeing him learn various lessons about working with the poor than I did from the sections where he preached at the reader about their attitudes toward the poor.
The author had the tendency to read his interpretation into the verses he brought up. For example, he stated "that Jesus walked from Galilee to Jerusalem on what could be seen as a nonviolent protest march" (page 136) which ended with his cleansing of the temple. Except this was when he was traveling to Jerusalem for the Passover. It had nothing to due with marching in protest.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher through BookLook.