I purchased 3 books on Parables for preaching a series this summer. While I found this particular book interesting, it is important to note what it is and is not.
It IS one pastor's perspective on each of several parables.
It does put the parables into a modern-day perspective and helps you look at them in a new way.
It is a way to consider modern controversial subjects and how they might fit the parables.
It IS NOT a commentary or exposition of the parables.
While it is an excellent book to use in considering how you might proclaim the parables in today's world, it should not be your only resource in preaching them, and if you use this book as your only resource, you will most likely only develop one small aspect of the potential included in the parables themselves.
While well-written, it has limited use, thus 3 stars.
In addition to this book I also purchased The Parables: Understanding the Stories Jesus Told
which became my primary resource and Parables of Jesus (The Jesus Library)
which made an excellent secondary resource.