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Subversive Jesus: An Adventure in Justice, Mercy, and Faithfulness in a Broken World

4.4  ·  Rating details ·  174 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
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 h ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Zondervan
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Sarah Anne Carter
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jesus didn’t quietly fit into the politically correct culture of his day. He hung out with the people who others looked down upon – poor, children, tax collectors and prostitutes. In Subversive Jesus, Craig Greenfield tries to sort out what kind of life Jesus is calling his followers to lead in present day – a subversive life, a life against the established order.
I was part of the book launch team for this book and received an advanced copy of the ebook to read and review. I had not heard of Gre
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My husband and I read this together and loved it. It provoked much reflection and discussion about how we life our lives out as followers of Christ. At times it made us very uncomfortable and overwhelmed, but also opened our hearts and minds to a new perspective as we prayed our way through this book.
Reg Rivett
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
"Most good things have been said far too many times and just need to be lived." - Shane Claiborne

What Jesus did you meet when you went to Sunday School or church?

Was it a nice Jesus? The one that was always smiling, with the pretty long eyelashes? Was it a Jesus that never caused a problem, was always super polite? Was it a Jesus that was a model citizen?

Most of us would say yes to that. That was who we meet in Sunday School or church. And we would all have met someone that was not the biblical
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Isn’t 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 isn’t news or unusual, but just read this book and see what his presence did for one college kid. That’s the beginning of Greenfield’s 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 stumb
Michelle Pruett
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Craig Greenfield's book Subversive Jesus is an Amazing read that is not for the faint of heart. Craig is transparent,vulnerable and raw and shows us how to think outside the box. Craig shows us how to make life happen and not just watch life happen,he shows us that there is work to be done and the blessing and reward is in getting our hands dirty. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is ready to get off the sidelines and get in the trenches because that is where we will find Jesus .
Jerry Hillyer
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was almost immediately turned off by this book when one of the first things I saw was a quote by Shane Claiborne. I pressed on because that's the deal and eventually arrived at page 24-25. What I read on those two pages inspired me to press on further:

From the time of the murder of every young boy after Jesus' birth to the day of his crucifixion, Jesus was opposed by an empire intent on maintaining the status quo. This kingdom labeled Jesus a troublemaker, rabble-rouser, dissident, community
Rachel Winzeler
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, and definitely recommend it to anyone seeking Jesus in a real and practical way, beyond culture and current ideas.
“As we were faced with the reality of the poor each day, it was easy to examine our decisions in light of the lives of our impoverished friends, who might even ask us about those decisions, causing some awkward conversations. We could gain perspective simply by looking out the window or stepping through the door, because our well-being became tied to their well-bein
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All children are important 🕊

The value God sees in everyone is paramount,and this author understands this well. He truly believes God can move mountains, then author shows up with shovel in hand🕊
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a well-written and extremely challenging book. It flips much of what is taught and practiced in the church today upside down and gives a much clearer picture of Jesus and how He lived on earth and how His followers should live.
Erin Farrell
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Kevin Smallacombe
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fascinating guy. Helpful and accessible about how to care for poor. Hospitality is greater than handouts.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Craig Greenfield gives us a good example on how to live as the selfless Christian. Many, if not all, of us need to be reminded of this.

I think if Greenfield and I were to sit down and discuss politics and economics, we would disagree on a lot. His great Satan is Empire. Empire, in my opinion, like most things is not evil in and of itself. It becomes evil when corrupted by sin. And, Jesus did not come to save us from the empire, but from sin. But, I agree with Craig, that salvation from sin is no
Sherry Edwards
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is the kind of book that can change you. I'm not ready to change to the degree that Craig and Nay have, but it has certainly made me think about it.
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Craig Greenfield grew up with a 'nice' Jesus. The Jesus he learned about as a kid, had blond locks and the perfect beard. He was always kind, always polite. As he grew older, 'nice Jesus' morphed into respectable-good-citizen-Jesus: the Jesus that would save your soul -without challenging the status quo.

T240_360_book-1913-coverhen when he was twenty-two he went to Cambodia where an interaction with a beggar outside a Khmer Rouge genocide museum sent him on a path where he re-thought and re-exami
Grace Marshall
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Short, simple and challenging - a provocative practical application of the question What would Jesus *really* do?

I would have loved it if it went into more depth but I guess the point was to get the reader to live it out in more depth rather than experience it vicariously!
Anna Tan
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
From its very title, Subversive Jesus: An Adventure in Justice, Mercy, & Faithfulness in a Broken World, is meant to make you stop and think.
Greenfield shares the story of his journey from New Zealand to the slums of Cambodia (more of that in The Urban Halo: A Story of Hope for Orphans of the Poor), to Downtown Eastside Vancouver, where he spearheaded a community that ministers to the poor and neglected. Nestled between ministry anecdotes and life stories are nuggets of truth about the way
Gabi Nobre
»»CONTENT - subversive Jesus is both a theological reflection and a personal testimony of what it means to follow Jesus in modern contemporary life/ XXI century.

Maybe you won't feel a vocation to go into the streets and sleep there to bond with homeless people or drug addicts by having a feel of what it is to be in their shoes, listening to their needs and get to know them as people they are. BUT, I have found in ma
Joe McFadden
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What does it look like to truly love your neighbor?

I found Craig Greenfield's book very refreshing yet challenging! The book challenges perspectives on charity and how we can help those in need. Our efforts to do good often cause more harm than what well meaning people intend. Other-times some want to help people in need to feel better about themselves and in the process fall short in their efforts as well. Subversive Jesus adds to the conversation already begun in books like Toxic Charity and W
Julius McCarter
Craig Greenfield's Subversive Jesus: An Adventure in Justice, Mercy, & Faithfulness in a Broken World is a clarion call for the Church to recover its vocation in living with and ministry for and with the poor, the drug addicts. It's a challenge to be serious with living out Jesus' ministry and message. From living in the slums of Pnom Penh, Cambodia, to the slums of Vancouver, Canada, Greenfield believes strongly in literally living out the radical message of Jesus -- of loving his neighbors ...more
Kaitlyn Bouchillon
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is much needed in today's culture. Greenfield shares his story of how his life looks like serving - wherever he happens to be living at the moment. The different chapters look at different areas of life - like vocation - that may not actually be what we think they are. In other words, what are we believing without really stopping to think about? Are we living in a way that truly helps those who are poor or need assistance, or do we just like to think that we're helping?

Craig and his fa
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
"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 strugglin ...more
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Craig Greenfield’s Subversive Jesus is a fast-paced memoir interspersed with examinations of some of the teachings of Jesus. The story is one that is hard to put down and calls the reader to personal examination. How do I implement Jesus’ teachings in my own life?

Greenfield takes the reader into his family's journey of living among the poor in Cambodia and Canada, where a small group of believers lived intentionally to know and love the people who are often forgotten. I was engaged in his story
Shaun Lee
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This books ranks among a very select few in my bookshelf - those which I regard to be 6 stars. If Scripture is meant not only for knowledge but application, Greenfield candidly shares his struggles in obeying and applying God's word. Many books would focus on the theological necessity of justice and mercy ministries, and attempt to persuade the average educated, well-to-do (and relatively wealthy) Christian to action. But taking his wife and two young children in on the act as well, living in th ...more
Michael Bells
title: subversive Jesus: an adventure in justice, mercy and faithfulness in a broken world
author: Craig Greenfield
publisher: zondervan
date: 2016

Craig Greenfield tells the story of his journey, along with his family and friends, of learning to live a subversive life. Their journey takes them from the slums of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and back to Cambodia.

It's a jounrey of learning to practice the type of lifestye that Jesus speaks about. A life of justice, mercy and
Annie Rim
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In his newest book, Subversive Jesus, Craig Greenfield chronicles his family's move from Cambodia to Vancouver. They realized that there is a hero assumption when people heard about their work in Cambodia - of course it's poor; they were amazing for living with "those people." But, they wanted to bring that same awareness to one of the richest cities in the world, where poverty is still prevalent and where the poor are still marginalized.

Greenfield has me rethinking how I teach my kids about the
JD Reynolds
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John G.
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I haven't read any Christian material in a long, long time but enjoyed this. To me, this is what "real" Christianity looks like. Jesus was very much a subversive radical who was executed by the state with the complicity of the religious establishment. In that respect, this book falls into liberation theology and explicitly mentions Oscar Romero (El Salvador) and Gustav Guiterrez (Peru). The author doesn't shy away from the political and moral implications of following this subversive Jesus and t ...more
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Craig Greenfield is a man who practices what he preaches. His passion for following Jesus has led him right to the places and people where Jesus would be most at home: from the slums of Cambodia to the forgotten ones of the Downtown Eastside neighborhood of Vancouver. If you are the type of Christian who is comfortable with leaving your religion to pew sitting on Sunday mornings, don't read this book (but you should probably avoid reading the Bible as well). But if you are open to being challeng ...more
Pam Herbert
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very challenging book. I totally agree with his assessment of how the church, especially the Western church, have tamed Jesus. It's almost like they take the Bible literally until they come to the Sermon on the Mount. Then they twist and turn to avoid accepting these hard words of Jesus. I highly recommend this book. The 4 stars instead of 5 is because I don't know where to start applying it. I hope some day to rate it as a 5 because then it will have changed my life.
Cory Saint-Esprit
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic look at life abroad and in North America through the eyes of a man and his family seeking to serve Jesus with their whole lives and flip life as we know it upside down. Coupled with great stories and Biblical backing for why and how they do what they do, this was a hard book to put down and a fairly quick read. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in local missions or international - or feeling the pull to serve anywhere.
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