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The Crime of Living Cautiously: Hearing God's Call to Adventure

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Unexpectedly, the moment of opportunity comes to us--the prospect of entering a reality larger than we'd guess. A spacious option opens up before us, an urgent demand that seems to call for special enterprise, life-threatening perils or summons to action. Suddenly we realize that such a chance might never come again. What do you do when faced with such a moment? Do you som ...more
Hardcover, 140 pages
Published April 6th 2005 by IVP Books
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Barb Terpstra
I read this book because I feel like I DO live my life cautiously, and wanted to see what Luci Shaw had to say. It didn't hurt that she is one of the featured speakers at Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College this year. I liked how each chapter began with a quote and ended with reflective questions. In Chapter 7 (The Risky Adventure of the Unknown) she quotes poet Mary Oliver: "Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life". Doesn't that just give you pause. Is this wh ...more
Jonathan Aman
My wife picked up a few of Shaw's books from the library, because she's gonna be the keynote at a conference we're attending in the fall. She was first introduced to me as a poet, and she does include a good bit of her poetry in this book. Admittedly, I'm not that into poetry, but I have to say that I didn't appreciate hers at all.

But, I did enjoy the book. The quotes she uses, alone, were phenomenal. I thought she presented some challenging concepts from the perspective of someone who already l
Ruth Segal
Sorting through my "to read" section found this book I finished reading about 18 months ago. I met Luci Shaw at a writing retreat in New Mexico where she taught the poetry section and I loved her energy and her work. When I returned to Florida I bought this little hard covered book because I loved the title. It inspired me in many ways at the time as I was in a pretty stuck place in my spiritual growth. She comes from a strongly christian perspective with a lovely sense of being on the leading e ...more
I really wanted to like this book. I read the whole thing, which says something. If a book is really bad I don't bother getting all the way through it. That being said, it was a completely emotionless read for me. Though the author tried to explain her love for adventure in a way that should inspire others to their own adventures, I felt no passion or connection. Overall, I was rather bored. Finally, I thought the poetry included in the book was quite terrible. Disappointing read.
Reading Luci Shaw is like having a spiritual conversation with a good friend over coffee. Like good conversation, the book adheres to a loose framework, or at least direction, but the tangents are interesting and deep--but not too deep--in the way that you ruminate over the conversation hours, or even days, later.

Luci gently challenges the reader to look at life through the lens of adventure and make yours count for something lasting.

Every time I read Luci Shaw, it's a treat.
Christy Willis
It is a book for those who never "live life". If you are already adventurous and looking to harness that for Christ, this is not a good book for you, but if you are hesitant about going outside of your comfort zone, this book is perfect for you.
I didn't finish reading this book because it was due at the library...and now I can't FIND it at the library!! I liked it, but at the time was busy with other things, so couldn't finish it before it's due date. Now I'll never know how it ends!
I was hoping for more than I got with this book, but in the end was reminded of a powerful lesson - it is the least of us, the most damaged, those who seem flawed and incapable - that God chooses to do amazing things.
Jason Shuttlesworth
Fairly interesting. Short and to the point. Would make a good read for a long airplane trip. I found myself wanting to go on a trip to the Galapagos Islands and Easter Island after reading this.
To live by faith and not by fear. I know I will read this book often throughout my life. My favorite of Luci Shaw thus far.
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Luci Shaw is a poet, essayist, teacher and retreat leader. Born in England in 1928, she has lived in Australia and Canada and (since 1950) in the United States.

She is the author of a number of nonfiction books, including God in the Dark and Water My Soul. Her first book of poetry, Listen to the Green, was published in 1971. It was followed by several others, including Polishing the Petosky Stone,
More about Luci Shaw...
Friends for the Journey Breath for the Bones: Art, Imagination, and Spirit: Reflections on Creativity and Faith Polishing the Petoskey Stone: Selected Poems Accompanied by Angels: Poems of the Incarnation What the Light Was Like: Poems

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