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.
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About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Craig Greenfield lives life loving the people in the margins. Drug addicts, prostitutes, homeless. He loves them because Jesus loved and loves them. Subversive Jesus is about his journey to bring justice to the forgotten. He and his young family lived all over, following Jesus' call to love the "least of these." And while Craig has done some pretty counterculture and radical things to follow God's calling on his life, he doesn't make you seem like you have to do the same exact things to be a "good" Christian. He simply encourages you to think outside the box and outside your comfort zone to follow God wherever he may call you to go.
I was interested to read this book and a bit wary not sure what the author's take would be, but I was very pleasantly surprised! I found this to be a very engaging and encouraging narrative of Craig Greenfield's family and life. Raised in the main stream church where Jesus can be understood as nothing more than "a really nice guy" which does nothing to change lives, Craig discovers that he needs to change his perspective and changes his life situation to do so. He shares he and his family's time in Cambodia and then Vancouver and then back to Cambodia and how through choosing to live in poverty with other poor people his eyes are more opened to who the Bible actually says Jesus is and how he lived while on this earth. There are many stories of specific situations they lived through and how they handled them which I really appreciated. I was struck by the wholehearted attentiveness to God's word being the ultimate authority and honestly seeking the way Christ would have dealt with people and working at avoiding selfish acts of helping the poor. His emphasis is on relationship, which is what God is most concerned about. I also greatly applaud Craig's honest confession that if we are believers, and especially for men being the leaders, do not first love their families and have that in order, they should not and cannot go out and serve others. I also really appreciated that at the end of the book Craig's point is not to say everyone should go and live in poverty like his family, but to serve in the areas God has made you passionate about and that we can find the "poor" anywhere. Much of time the poorest people are the wealthy. I give this book a solid 5 stars and highly recommend it to anyone who would like to be challenged and encouraged as we strive to walk in the steps of Jesus...on our way home. ***I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***