Book Review: A Practical Guide to Culture by John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle
by Timothy Fox
As a Christian father with young children, I’m always looking for resources to help me prepare my little ones for a post-Christian culture. Our society is filled with unbiblical – and even anti-Christian – ideas, and the thought of raising a child in such an environment is very daunting. That’s why I am thankful for A Practical Guide to Culture by John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle. This insightful book is a must-read for parents, pastors, or anyone who desires to prepare the next generation to navigate the culture.
The book is divided into four parts: Why Culture Matters, A Read of the Culture Wars, Pounding Cultural Waves, and Christian Worldview Essentials. It would be easy to skip over parts one and two and head straight for three, as that’s where the hot cultural issues are addressed. But then you would be missing the background information to help understand culture as a whole. Because we hear and use the word culture a lot, but do we understand what it is and how it is formed?
Part one defines culture and explains why we should care about it. Here, Stonestreet and Kunkle present the purpose of the book: “not merely to talk about culture but to help the next generation live well in the culture” (27 – emphasis original). We are immersed in culture – whether we like it or even realize it – like a fish in water. Since we cannot avoid it, we must learn how to navigate it properly. But more than that, Christians must help to shape the culture, to join in the God-given task of restoring our world.
After properly defining culture and explaining our biblical relationship to it, John and Brett discuss our current culture in part two…
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