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

Strong and Weak Embracing a Life of Love Risk and True Flourishing 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 unexpe

  • Title: Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing
  • Author: Andy Crouch
  • ISBN: 9780830844432
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 extraordiFlourishing 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.

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    1. I'd give this book six or seven stars if I could. It is profound and formative, a rare book that gives a livable paradigm. Crouch is equal parts teacher and inspirer with a lot of craftsman thrown in to make the work beautiful. It is a book for leaders, parents, students, spouses, and more. But it is a not leadership, parenting, calling, or marriage book. It's a paradigm for living a truly meaningful life in each of those contexts - in all contexts. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

    2. I loved Crouch's two major previous books, Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling and Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power. I felt this one was also very profitable, though not quite as deep as his other two. All the same, I'm planning a second read-through. I want to get this. I think he's on to something big, something abidingly useful and true. What really made me think so was when he finally got to showing how this thing—embracing a life of vulnerability on the one hand and au [...]

    3. Summary: Explores two qualities that we often think opposed to one another and argues that strength and weakness are paradoxically related and that human beings flourish to the extent that they can appropriately exercise strength (authority) and weakness (vulnerability) together.We often tend to think of strength and weakness, authority and vulnerability as mutually exclusive qualities or at opposite ends of a continuum. Yet the apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10:But he said to me, “ [...]

    4. This deserves 10 stars. Reading this was one of the better uses of my time. Will be using/rereading/handing out this small book the rest of my life.

    5. Andy Crouch starts with a simple idea, presented as a 2x2 matrix—sort of like those that you might encounter in a business school classroom. Vulnerability and authority are often positioned in opposition to one another: to be vulnerable is to lack authority, and to have authority is to lack vulnerability.Crouch argues that vulnerability and authority are not in opposition to one another, but are rather complementary. In fact, while vulnerability without authority leads to suffering, authority [...]

    6. Very helpful book. He describes how to pursue flourishing by living not on a continuum between strength and weakness, as though they were opposites, but in one of the four quadrants formed by placing strength and weakness on an x and y axis. The idea is a pursuit of both authority (strength according to our design) and vulnerability (risk/chosen "weakness"). He describes the other 3 quadrants as authoritarianism, suffering, and withdrawing. Helpful and visual description of Jesus' kind of leader [...]

    7. Strong and Weak are two terms you don’t typically see together. But Crouch shows how you need both to flourish in life. He demonstrates how we often view authority and vulnerability the wrong way by typically putting emphasis on one above the other. Overall, I thought he did an excellent of showing how to lead well and am looking forward to thinking more about the concepts.

    8. A profound read for anyone in or out of a leadership role who seeks to live for the flourishing of others and the world! This is one of the best books I've ever read on leadership if only because it actually has the potential to change the way I lead and think about leadership. Thank you Andy Crouch! it was excellent!

    9. This is a practical, valuable book and one I'll refer back to several times. The paradox of strength and weakness; authority and vulnerability are discussed in detail, but with some pretty profound and applicable examples. I learned a lot and have already been having some meaningful discussions with several people about the ideas Mr. Crouch laid out.

    10. I heard Andy give a talk on this subject when he was still preparing this book. I was floored then. Now, reading the finished thoughts, I am absolutely and utterly convinced of this way of looking at life and flourishing and the image of God in our lives. An excellently written book about an exceedingly important idea.

    11. This book is an interesting analysis of flourishing people. It would have been much better for me to have read this when I was a young man instead of at my current age however it is still a good read.

    12. I'm not sure why I did not pick this up when it came out. Maybe I just wasn't ready for Andy's words. This past week, perhaps in light of all the stories on sexual abuse and #45's miscues, I was ready. Crouch did not disappoint.

    13. Authority without vulnerability will not suffice. Neither will vulnerability without authority. The two together are what is needed. And these two together, I have come to believe, are the very heart of what it is to be human and to live for God and others.Authority and vulnerability what does that look like? This is what this little book addresses. It confirms that the test of humanity is how it cares for the most vulnerable and how misplaced authority is the down fall of culture. For example a [...]

    14. Fantastic. The profound insight here is realizing that true flourishing comes when we live in a state of both authority and vulnerability. Authority without vulnerability results in exploitation. Vulnerability without authority is suffering. And living with neither is withdrawal. This seemingly simple way of looking at strength and weakness yields surprising insights as he unpacks each of the four "quadrants." I've probably made the book sound dull, but it's not. I suspect I'll be considering th [...]

    15. This is a great book! Simple, engaging, and illustrated with great storytelling. Andy Crouch's discussion about embracing vulnerability and authority expanded my view of both, challenged me to think about how I use my influence in the contexts that I am in, and definitely increased my appreciation for who Jesus is and the way he lived his life. I don't think you can realistically hope for much more than that from a Christian book. Would highly recommend!

    16. Maybe I'm missing something, but Crouch's points seemed to border on the obvious. He does a decent job framing three strength/weakness imbalances (what happens when we're too much of one and not the other) before presenting the fourth ("correct") option. From my perspective, though, if you've spent significant time reflecting on the suffering servant nature of Christ as well as his victory, then there's not much that will seem new to you in this book.

    17. Vital devotion based on a 2x2 chart on the paradox of and path to flourishing life and leadership being both strong and weak, many helpful correctives here about leadership--about making other people's lives flourish, embracing true vulnerability, necessity of suffering and relinquishing power, and accepting the invitation to risk. Highly recommended.

    18. A decent book about the balance between authority and vulnerability in leading, and following the true leader Jesus who was the perfect balance of both. With numerous examples and grace, crouch gives a great guide to leading in any vocation.

    19. Andy Crouch has set out to answer some of life’s most meaningful questions: “What are we meant to be” and “Why are we so far from what we’re meant to be?” p. 9 To answer them, he has proposed that we embrace the paradoxical notions of “authority” and “vulnerability”. He believes these two ideas, when held properly in tension, will help us “embrace the paradox of flourishing.” p. 10Crouch shows how a 2x2 chart helps us “grasp the nature of paradox.” By holding authorit [...]

    20. Andy Crouch has quickly become one of my favourite authors. His ability to take studies in Christianity and culture and present them in a fresh way for the masses is commendable. In his book "Culture-Making" Crouch suggested a fresh addition to Richard Neibuhr's Christ and Culture. In "Playing God" he addressed power and authority structures, which (in my opinion) brought moral theory (like Alasdair MacIntyre's thoughts on institutions) and Albert Borgmann's philosophy of technology into the lap [...]

    21. This book was excellent and I hope continues to challenge me to flourish in the way Christ modeled a life of true flourishing for us: "Though he was in the form of God, he did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking on the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death - even death on a cross" (Phil. 2:6-8). Crouch considers the above Scripture and the life o [...]

    22. Spoiler Alert: Andy Crouch’s Strong and Weak is actually a book on leadership. When I first started reading Crouch’s little book I wasn’t expecting it to take the turn that it did. I wasn’t expecting it to point inward, to point so specifically toward leadership. Yet, it did. And for that, I am thankful. To be fair, it is an all encompassing view of leadership. It’s for leaders of families and for leaders of churches. Leaders of small businesses and leaders of countries. It’s a book [...]

    23. This book, alongside "Love Walked Among Us" by Paul Miller, is the best book I've read this year. I've long admired Andy Crouch's wisdom and insight into matters, but this is the first book of his I've actually read and it was incredible! Like all good books we recommend to others "Strong and Weak" read me more than I read it.Moving through a 2x2 grid Crouch walks us through Suffering (Vulnerability without Authority), Withdrawal (No Vulnerability and No Authority), Exploitation (Authority witho [...]

    24. A Call to True FlourishingI finished reading this book about ten minutes ago and I am already making a list of people I am going to recommend go buy it and read it. At the heart of this book is an exploration of the tension of the need for both authority (the ability to act meaningfully) and vulnerability (an exposure to true risk and loss) for an experience of flourishing in our lives. I found this paradigm thought provoking and helpful as I considered my own struggle for spiritual growth and i [...]

    25. The driving idea of this book really is excellent: that authority and vulnerability are not opposites, but rather two separate yet highly related metrics, and that human flourishing is when both are increased equally. He actually uses a 2 dimensional grid with four quadrants to talk about this, and that picture will stick with me for a long time. The book is basically an exploration of what happens when each metric is increased or decreased relative to the other, and the insights he derives from [...]

    26. Very well written. All focused on the idea of true flourishing and how to get it. Ultimately, we must have authority as well as vulnerability. Only when we exist to help others grow to their true potential (giving them authority) and bear the burdens of others can we as individuals truly flourish. We need community. We need the broken and the helpless. And they need us. When we embrace showing our vulnerabilities to others in appropriate ways, we find that those are the times that we can have th [...]

    27. This book is worth the read if for nothing more than Crouch's 2X2 paradigm that he fleshes out throughout the book. He discusses the paradoxical relationship between authority and vulnerability and the need for us to live them both our for true flourishing. I especially liked Crouch's treatment of exploitation as an abuse of authority and how that can play out in the most subtle of situations where one person yields authority over another. Good, short read. With some great stories and anecdotes [...]

    28. A great look at leadership concepts, but with a "twist." Comparing Authority and Vulnerability into a life of flourishing, Crouch blends personal stories and anecdotes with his own life's work and Biblical concepts. Highly recommended for anyone in leadership - business, family, team captain, friend, sibling, ANYONE. We all are leaders somewhere and can benefit from what Crouch has to say.

    29. This is a short book containing a fairly simple concept. Even though it may be somewhat intuitive, I have never seen it put exactly like this. The more I think about this, the more I believe this is a profound concept that can explain some aspects of human behavior. The author uses the model to demonstrate the attraction of video games and I think this applies to lot of other situations.

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