Strong and Weak by Andy Crouch

Andy Crouch has been on my radar for some time. I have heard a lot about him and I have seen some of this thoughts sprinkled throughout the web. I picked up Culture Making a while back and it took me an uncharacteristically long time to get through it. I never felt connected to the material.

Recently, I got to hear Crouch speak and lead worship a few times at a conference in the Boston area. I was very impressed by his communication. I saw a copy of new work Strong and Weak and I decided to give it a try.

At first, I was surprised by the book’s size. It is a rather small, unassuming book. Crouch never seems at a loss for words so I was shocked to such a small book. Second, I really liked this book. Crouch does a great job illustrating the relationship between authority and vulnerability.

Our culture thinks of authority and vulnerability as two sides of a spectrum. The reality is this: authority and vulnerability are two separate entities that when bonded together properly can lead to unimaginable flourishing. “Flourishing requires us to embrace both authority and vulnerability.”

I love these words.

“Leadership begins the moment you are more concerned about others’ flourishing than you are about your own.”

This is a simple read with a simple message. I recommend it.