Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 1 (Winter 2015) - Page 120

BOOK REVIEWS and rise as an example, Crouch directs our attention to image-bearing expressed as trusteeship of institutions (those of the family and of the nation) and challenges cynicism with the vision of trustees who lead failing institutions to greater heights. The exploration of Philemon that follows directly and helpfully addresses the question of slavery (an institution sadly alive and well around the world today, though invisible to many of us). Part 4, the remaining three chapters followed by an exploration of the parable of the prodigal son, turn our attention to the “end” of power, not only to its ultimate purpose, but also to how it will literally end when salvation history comes to a close. The penultimate chapter highlights the Sabbath, and Crouch dares to consider what it might mean if we actually found a way to practice sabbatical and Jubilee years. This is not put forward with hazy eyes but offered as an honest inquiry with full recognition that it would be difficult to do in our era. The final chapter gives significant attention to the church and her worship where we celebrate God’s power that transcends all others and will ultimately restore all things. The discussion of the prodigal son concludes the book with the encouragement for us to “play God” by pouring out our power fearlessly and recklessly spending our privilege. May it indeed be so. This book is a welcome contribution to the ongoing conversation about Christian engagement in God’s world. Vincent Bacote Wheaton College 115