I've read many books that made the biblical teaching of SHALOM a central theme. Mike Wittmer's Heaven is a Place on Earth shook my world. Then there was the manuscript Scot McKnight invited me to be a reader on, interacting with it and adding my two cents - Embracing Grace: A Gospel for All of Us was so insightful. Of course, there was the excellent books by Cornelius Plantinga Jr., including Engaging God's World: A Christian Vision of Faith, Learning, and Living.
This last book teaches that the grand "meta-narrative" that is true (as opposed to the other meta-narratives that destroy life and are used to manipulate others) is the biblical one of CREATION, FALL, and REDEMPTION.
"Evil is what's wrong with the world, and it includes trouble in nature as well as in human nature. It includes disease as well as theft, birth defects as well as character defects. We might define evil as any spoiling of shalom, any deviation from the way God wants things to be. Thinking along these lines, we can see that sin is a subset of evil; it's any evil for which somebody is to blame...All sin is evil, but not all evil is sin...all sin is culpable evil...Sin grieves God, offends God, betrays God, and not just because God is touchy. God hates sin against himself, against neighbors, against the good creation, because sin breaks the peace...God is for shalom and therefore against sin." (p. 51)
"The whole natural world, in all its glory and pain, needs redemption that will bring shalom. The world isn't divided into a sacred realm and a secular realm, with redemptive activity confined to the sacred zone. The whole world belongs to God, the whole world has fallen, and so the whole world needs to be redeemed--every last person, place, organization, and program; all 'rocks and trees and skies and seas'; in fact, "every square inch,' as Abraham Kuyper said. The whole creation is a 'theater for the mighty works of God,' first in creation and then in re-creation." (p. 96)
The way it is meant to be!