It doesn’t seem to make sense: Jesus tells his disciples to take a lesson from Satan himself.
A scandalous idea? Yes. Essential to the Christian life? Definitely.
Drawing on Jesus’s parable of the shrewd manager in Luke 16, Rick Lawrence explores Jesus’s shocking mandate to be as shrewd as Satan and as innocent as the Holy Spirit. In fact, Jesus implies, if we are going to be any good for the Kingdom of God, we’ve got to be a lot shrewder than we are now.
Shrewd shows us how Jesus was naturally shrewd in every encounter he had, using leverage such as laughter, generosity, and bluntness to influence a situation for good.
God calls us to be shrewd without evil intent, just as Jesus was. Because the truth is that we have no salvation outside of the holy shrewdness of a loving God. And that’s a scandalous story worth telling.
David C. Cook
David C. Cook
David C. Cook
David C. Cook
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Shrewd is a well written book that presents a view of Jesus few have described before. I have often had trouble knowing how to respond to mean and agressive people, so I usually do nothing and just appear timid and weak. This past year I noticed how many times Jesus angered the people of His time by His words and actions, and this book explains His wording was intentional. Like many, I was told to always find a kind and inoffensive way to say everything. But sometimes only blunt, honest words will be respected or heard. This book reinforced what I was starting to observe about dealing with self centered bullies.
This book indicates life is a sort of poker game we play against Satan, and if we do not learn the rules and methods Jesus used to win agaiinst Satan, we will continue to lose. We all practice smart or shrewd behavior in our jobs, but we should be working just as smart as we seek to influence others and train young minds. I took several weeks to read the...
I was really hoping to like this book. It is such an important topic, and like Lawrence I have found that teaching on the subject has been unfortunately neglected in my experience of the church. The book, however, would have been much better if it were reduced in half. It read like it was mostly filler. I had trouble figuring out who the audience was. I expect that much of the language and many of the examples and stories would not connect with youth or college age, but the style does not seem intended for a professional audience either. I would love to see this work redone, refined. There are also several places where the book (almost certainly unintentionally) communicates a level of ethnocentrism that seems incompatible with shrewdness in the church. These critiques made, I do think there are some good principles in here. I wish they didn't get lost. As it is, I'm afraid that the book actually works against its own cause.
Great book in many respects. I enjoyed this author's other book "Sifted." However, Shrewd has one massive flaw. Althought it is a riff on Luke 16; the parable of the shrewd manager, it misses the point of the parable which Jesus gives in Luke 16:9 and 13-14. Perhaps there is some controversy on this interpretation. By my read (and research), the shrewd servant is crafty in his use of money. The parable is about how we use money to benefit the future. "We're all fired"--we all die. Will the way we use our money in this life benefit us in the next life like the shrewd servant set up his future after his job ends? Love of MONEY--that is the key topic of the passage.
I frankly can't remember how much Shrewd dealt with the love of money. But, I was preparing to teach Luke 16 and read the book to help prepare. I couldn't really use anything because Rick wasn't really "on topic" with the book. Too bad, because it's really radical and you could make some...
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