A Feature Review of
Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing
Hardback: IVP Books, 2016
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Reviewed by Ryan Johnson
In the heart of every woman and man there is an acute understanding that we were created for flourishing. Equally present, however, is a devastating realization that we have failed to realize that purpose. One needs only point to the exploitation of young children by traffickers or the amassing of wealth at the expense of others to prove the point. The subsequent effect on our neighborhoods and communities is heart-wrenching. The critic and prophet share the ability to bring these things to light. The difference, however, is that the critic ends with this illumination while the prophet goes on to offer a message of hope and a vision for change. This is what Andy Crouch has done so well in each of his previous books, Culture Making and Playing God. This is what he does again in this important book, Strong and Weak.