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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (568 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andy Crouch Narrator: Sean Runnette Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN:
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Andy Crouch unleashes a stirring manifesto calling Christians to be culture makers. For too long, Christians have had an insufficient view of culture and have waged misguided culture wars. But we must reclaim the cultural mandate to be the creative cultivators that God designed us to be. Culture is what we make of the world, both in creating cultural artifacts as well as in making sense of the world around us. By making chairs and omelets, languages and laws, we participate in the good work of culture making.

Crouch unpacks the complexities of how culture works and gives us tools for cultivating and creating culture. He navigates the dynamics of cultural change and probes the role and efficacy of our various cultural gestures and postures. Keen biblical exposition demonstrates that creating culture is central to the whole scriptural narrative, the ministry of Jesus and the call to the church. He guards against naive assumptions about changing the world, but points us to hopeful examples from church history and contemporary society of how culture is made and shaped. Ultimately, our culture making is done in partnership with God's own making and transforming of culture.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 2/11/2014

    " Tim Keller is right. This is the best book on understanding one's vocation. You have to finish it though, much of it comes together in the end. This also does not offer specific application but an open ended biblical understanding of the nature of our creative calling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Rizzo | 2/4/2014

    " I only wish I would have read it sooner. Such a thoughtful look at the Christian role in making art, culture, and community. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Estelle Richardson | 1/12/2014

    " A beautiful and theologically sound call to Christians to not merely critique, condemn, or imitate the culture around them but to create it. Crouch explains a broad definition of culture as what we make of the world, whether omelets, highways, policies, or sculptures. He weaves a Scriptural narrative of God as the ultimate Creator of culture and humankind as the cultivators of it, from the Garden of Eden to the future heavenly city of the new Jerusalem in the recreated heavens and earth. In an age when evangelical Christianity has focused heavily on missions and preaching, Crouch reminds us that the Resurrection establishes a new order of things to the fallen world, a redemptive and good order that God is working out through us, his people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 1/8/2014

    " This book requires me to think about things that are very important to me from perspectives I haven't considered before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loyd | 1/5/2014

    " This is a book I could have written, a well thought-out, non-judgmental survey of the media landscape of America in the beginning of the new millennium. Nicely done, clearly stated, and a joy to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 The Rev. J. Curtis Goforth | 12/29/2013

    " Crouch makes some very good points in this book, but reading his writing is like trying to run in a pool! He needs to learn to edit and make his points clear and concise. I hope it gets better as I progress through the book or I may not finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Villasana | 12/25/2013

    " Wow! This is a great book. A must read for any pastor, or church planter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Intlekofer | 9/11/2013

    " Good book with a lot of good insight. I like the idea that in order to make or change culture, you must begin with creativity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 9/8/2013

    " I think my morals are pretty spot on, so I thought it was fascinating to read about the history of Christianity and how culture essentially started. good for nonchristians and christians alike! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neil Bassingthwaighte | 8/9/2013

    " Not many books are "must reads", but I believe this one should fall in that category. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Austin Storm | 5/4/2013

    " felt a little old hat, but the section on cultural power was really great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 1/14/2013

    " I don't have enough space to write how good this one is! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 8/21/2012

    " Best book I read in 2008. Lots of original thinking rather than echoing the same old, same old. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 2/11/2012

    " Wonderful exposition about engaging culture. Crouch is able to articulate such deep and rich concepts and thoughts so simply. A wonderful read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Hoos | 5/29/2011

    " Mr. Crouch's book does a fine job of doing a big picture flyover of the topic of culture making. My only problem is that it stays there. Theory is great but it doesn't make culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Garland Vance | 1/27/2011

    " The best review that I can give this book is that it is so rich and insightful, that I will be re-reading it. Maybe then I can give a concise review of this incredible work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth | 1/15/2011

    " Changed the way I viewed how Christians ought approach culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seth Holler | 11/4/2010

    " Chapter 10 is the high point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 8/24/2010

    " And a half! I thought this was MOST excellent in its last section. Thanks for the recommendation, Andy. "

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About the Author
Author Andy Crouch

Andy Crouch, MDiv, is editorial director of the Christian Vision Project at Christianity Today International. He served as executive producer for the documentary films Where Faith and Culture Meet and Round Trip. He also sits on the editorial board of Books and Culture and has been a columnist for Christianity Today. His writing has appeared in several editions of The Best Christian Writing and The Best Spiritual Writing. He was editor-in-chief of Re:generation Quarterly and for ten years served as a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University.

About the Narrator

Sean Runnette, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, has also directed and produced more than two hundred audiobooks, including several Audie Award winners. He is a member of the American Repertory Theater company and has toured the United States and internationally with ART and Mabou Mines. His television and film appearances include Two If by Sea, Cop Land, Sex and the City, Law & Order, the award-winning film Easter, and numerous commercials.