As I said on Tuesday, my nod for book of the year for 2013 goes to Andy Crouch for Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power. My review has just been published in the winter issue of PRISM. Here’s an excerpt:
As we reflect on human history and as we deal honestly with the failures that so often characterize our own lives, it is apparent that we haven’t always “subdued the earth” in God-honoring and others-serving ways. Indeed, this is the dangerous nature of our God-given power. When twisted by sin, power becomes destructive. This is why we instinctually decry power as inevitably evil, or why we do what we can to avoid it altogether. But if Crouch’s thesis is right—that power is a gift entrusted to us by God for the common good—it would be wrong to eschew our power, even if such a thing were possible.
You can read the rest here.