The Steward Living in Covenant: a New Perspective on Old Testament Stories

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by Ronald E. Vallet ( Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2001).

This is a delightful book. It takes us to our theological foundations, to the stories of our heritage, and flings us forward with a challenge to make something meaningful from the past that shaped us. Ron Vallet weaves study with story and intersperses the presentation with short dramas and choral readings.

The book begins by challenging our understanding of our calling. Are we to be seduced by the emptiness around us, or will we subvert the dominant themes of our culture and bring the best of our faith and heritage to our households and to the communities in which we live? The author provides theological understandings and practical assistance to help us change and build. He accomplishes this by giving careful attention to several strands of the Old Testament story and applying those stories to contemporary life. Creation, the ancestors of the faith, slavery in Egypt and the Exodus, the Davidic kingdom, and the proclamations of the prophets are the resources that the author uses to draw us back to the future.

This is a solid and useful book that pastors and other stewardship leaders should buy and use.

– Review by Michael Meier

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