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

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Written for leaders,Andy Crouch’s new book is valuable for anyone living in community. How do we flourish in our lives and work when our ability to thrive is so influenced by and dependent upon good leadership? Crouch helps readers understand the tender and tenuous balance of authority and vulnerability.

He identifies flourishing, suffering, withdrawal, and exploitation as four places toward which leaders move, depending on their ability to embrace the paradox of strength and weakness. Crouch weaves stories throughout the book, drawing from Scripture as well as poignant stories from his own life.

This is a timely conversation for the Christian Reformed Church as our denomination is poised to consider a new structure model that will require changes in leadership roles and positions. Accessibly written for a broad audience, the book includes a discussion guide. While this could be a one-meeting book club discussion, a small group or leadership team may want to break it up into several meetings. (InterVarsity)

About the Author

Jenny deGroot is a freelance media review and news writer for The Banner. She lives on Swallowfield Farm near Fort Langley B.C. with her husband, Dennis. Before retirement she worked as a teacher librarian and assistant principal.