Subversive Jesus: An Adventure in Justice, Mercy, and Faithfulness in a Broken World  -     By: Craig Greenfield
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Subversive Jesus: An Adventure in Justice, Mercy, and Faithfulness in a Broken World

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Subversive Jesus is the story of one family's experiment in putting the most countercultural teachings of Christ into practice. When Jesus says invite the poor for a meal, Craig and his family welcome homeless friends, local crack addicts, and women from the street corner over for dinner. When Jesus teaches love for enemies, they make homemade cookies and lemonade for the local drug dealers, and none of them show up! This adventure takes Craig's family from the slums of Cambodia to inner-city Canada and back again.

Allow their journey to inspire your own. Allow Jesus to subvert what you think you already know. And you'll find that this book becomes an invitation to say yes to this subversive Jesus and do something courageous with your life--for the sake of justice, mercy, and faithfulness in a broken world.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310346231
ISBN-13: 9780310346234

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Craig Greenfield lives life a little crazier than most people. He comes from New Zealand but he has lived in some of the most broken (and beautiful) places in the world, including the drug ruled Downtown Eastside inner city of Vancouver, Canada and the slums of Cambodia. Convinced that Jesus places love for the poor and the pursuit of justice as central, Craig Greenfield has sought to follow in Christ’s footsteps by living among people at the edges of society for the last fifteen years.

His quest to follow this Subversive Jesus has taken Craig and his young family around the world 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 crack-addicts, welcoming homeless panhandlers and prostituted women to the dinner table, and ultimately sparking a movement to reach the world’s most vulnerable children.

Craig’s story is a radical and potentially controversial critique of the status quo too often found in our own lives and even in our churches, but it also offers an inspirational and hopeful vision of another way. While readers may not relocate to a slum or start dining with drug addicts, they will certainly come to view their lives and ministry through a fresh lens, reconsidering how they are uniquely called by Jesus to subversively love the poor and break down systems of injustice in their own sphere of influence.

Author Bio

Social entrepreneur, activist and author, Craig Greenfield is passionate about God’s heart for the world’s most vulnerable. Craig is the founder and director of Alongsiders International, a fast-growing movement of young Christians reaching the world’s poorest children. A storyteller and inspirational speaker, Craig’s passion is to amplify the voice of the poor, communicating God’s 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.

Editorial Reviews

From the manger to the cross, Jesus announced the ultimate subversion of power---the last will be first, the first will be last; the mighty will be cast from their thrones, and the lowly will be lifted up. This book is about that Jesus---the holy troublemaker, the revolutionary Messiah. Craig dares you to join Jesus in the trenches and to reorient your life around the upside-down kingdom of God. What you have here is nothing short of an invitation to join the revolution of the subversive Savior who was born a refugee in the manger and executed as a rebel on the cross.
It’s time to embrace a grown-up picture of Jesus. For many of us, the Sunday school picture of “passive Jesus” needs to be retired. So does the adolescent picture of my “private personal Jesus.” It is time to meet “subversive Jesus,” the Jesus who draws the ire of the elite by standing with and drawing attention to those who have been cast to the margins of empire. Craig introduces us to the Christ of the Scriptures, whose words and actions bring a corrective to the Darwinian society we have become. This book challenges us to love the prophets more than we love the profits and to hear with new ears how Jesus subverts the status quo of empire.
After a lifetime of living among and working alongside some of the poorest people in the world, Craig knows a thing or two about the upside-down nature of the kingdom of God. Subversive Jesus comes riding a donkey, carrying a towel, welcoming children, feeding the hungry, and serving the least. And Craig knows him---really knows him.
This book is a wonderful example of the more honest reading and following of Jesus that is invading all of our churches today. It seems many have come to recognize that the “churchified” and pious Jesus many of us grew up with had little to do with the man and ministry revealed in the Gospels.
Craig is a modern-day St. Francis of Assisi. Whether in one of North America’s poorest zip codes or in the slums of Cambodia, Craig preaches the gospel through his life, not just his words. This is Craig’s story, but as you read it, you may discover God’s new call on your life. User warning: don’t read this book unless you want to be challenged and your life changed. Do read it if you want to be inspired to walk in the footsteps of Jesus.
Craig is a prophet of hope calling for an urgent return to embody the subversive memory of Jesus. Craig writes with a keen eye for the substance behind our religious rhetoric, showing us the way to live and love in a world of wounds. When too many authors write about ideals that we all aim to embody, Craig flips that script and reflects on the gifts of what his embodied ideals have meant in his life, inviting us to join him in bearing witness to hope.
You will find deep practical wisdom in these pages born of vast, hands-on experience that speaks to the breadth of human life---from what hospitality and child-raising looks like among the homeless to how to challenge injustice on cruise ships. This must-read refreshes and inspires, reintroducing Jesus as the life-giving, subversive, troublemaking friend of sinners that he was and still is. Read and you will want to join Jesus in experiencing “on earth as it is in heaven” here and now.

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  1. Dallas, PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Subversive
    May 5, 2016
    GiniB
    Dallas, PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Isnt 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.



  2. Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Mostly about helping the poor when they were in Vancouver
    May 2, 2016
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
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    "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.
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