Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power

by Andy Crouch. InterVarsity Press, 2013.


This thoughtful book reframes power as something that can be used as a tool for grace and redemption when used well, offering readers a different perspective on what good leadership looks like.


the use of power for positive change

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Re-evaluate your beliefs regarding power by discussing ideas outlined in this book with lay leaders.
  • Leave a lasting impact by practicing disciplined power after reading examples of how power can be used positively.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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