Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling

Andy Crouch (Author)


  • 2009 Christianity Today Book Award winner
  • Named one of Publishers Weekly's best books of 2008 (religion category)
It is not enough to condemn culture. Nor is it sufficient merely to critique culture or to copy culture. Most of the time, we just consume culture. But the only way to change culture is to create culture. 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. A model of his premise, this landmark book is sure to be a rallying cry for a new generation of culturally creative Christians. Discover your calling and join the culture makers.

Product Details

$24.00  $21.60
IVP Books
Publish Date
September 09, 2013
6.09 X 0.81 X 8.97 inches | 0.96 pounds

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About the Author

Andy Crouch--author, speaker, musician, and dad--has shaped the way our generation sees culture, creativity, and the gospel. In addition to his books The Tech-Wise Family, Culture Making, Playing God, and Strong and Weak, his work has been featured in Time, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Lecrae's 2014 single "Non-Fiction." He was executive editor of Christianity Today from 2012 to 2016 and is now a full-time partner in theology and culture with Praxis. He lives with his family in Pennsylvania.


"Very readable and thought-provoking."--Byron Snapp, Calvary Herald, August 29, 2009
"This book will clarify your thinking, inspire your production, and affirm your parenting."--David Balzer, Mennonite Brethren Herald, August 2009
"Simply the best book that I've read recently. Not only is it brilliant, it's accessible. I cannot gush about this book enough. It really is that good."--Margaret Feinberg, Christian Retailing, July 6, 2009
"Thoughtful and engaging. . . . Crouch's book does signal a hopeful development, which is that the evangelical pursuit of culture warfare was and is a dead end."--D. G. Hart, First Principles (, March 23, 2009
"Crouch writes as one who cares what Christians do with their time in light of God's Kingdom coming."--On Mission Today, January 14, 2009
"Crouch's voice is intriguing and fresh--offering an alternative that escapes the many 'Jesus-stamped' merchandise items as an evangelical tool and implementing a fresh vision for creativity and engaging cultural lifestyles."--Worship Leader, November/December 2008
"This is a must-read book for those who are tired of talking and ready for action. The author sets the scene and tells the story of culture, then rapidly sweeps the reader into this story, finishing with a heart-stopping, imagination-grabbing challenge to go and make something of the world."--Alissa W., Book Bargains and Previews (, September 2008
"Andy Crouch, long a culture influence through film, writing, music and service, points Christians to a new, deeper understanding of their calling in culture. Readers will be profoundly impacted by this book written by one of today's top voices on the subject."--Ann Byle, Grand Rapids Press, August 16, 2008
"Those who have struggled with the sacred-secular dichotomy will find this book life-giving; every Christian interested in changing culture should read it."--Publishers Weekly starred review, May 26, 2008
"Crouch works through the Bible's narrative arc to show the hand of God in the development of culture and makes the case that Christians must be producers, not just critics, of culture in order to create societal good."--Relevant, July/August 2008
"Good introduction to how Christians need to do more than fatalistically talk about the dangers of the world."--Marvin Olasky, WORLD Magazine, November 15/22, 2008
"A masterpiece!"--Byron Borger, owner, Hearts Minds Bookstore [from the 2015 Jubilee program guide]