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October 24, 2018

When Eugene Peterson Was Unknown

As we grieve the recent passing of Eugene Peterson, we remember the first encounter IVP had with him. When Peterson was an unknown Presbyterian pastor in Maryland, he sent IVP an unsolicited manuscript. Here is an excerpt from Heart. Soul. Mind. Strength. that tells what happened behind the scenes that led to the publication in 1980 of one of his most influential books.

It Long Obedience cover.jpgis nearly impossible today for an unsolicited manuscript to be published by a major publishing house, whether general or Christian. But smaller publishers, including InterVarsity Press, are usually still willing to give at least some attention to those that arrive over the transom. Three of the most successful "over the transom" complete manuscripts that arrived at IVP were Calvin Miller's The Singer, Peter Kreeft's Between Heaven and Hell and Eugene Peterson's A Long Obedience in the Same Direction.

This last book had been turned down by twenty publishers before it arrived at IVP. Jim Hoover picked it out of the slush pile and started to read. Before long he was in the hallway, grabbing whoever might pass by, and, manuscript in hand, saying, "Listen to this . . ." It was so good and so clean, he thought it was virtually ready to go straight to typesetting without any need for copyediting. As with The Singer, it would be the book that put its author firmly in the consciousness of the reading Christian public.

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October 9, 2018

The Popularity of Teen Dystopias

How many times can bestselling dystopias have plots about a dictatorial, caste-like society in which a group of teens are forced into a contained area where they must fight and kill each other as a prelude to overthrowing the harsh regime? Apparently a lot. Most similar to The Hunger Games, Pierce Brown's Red Rising also shares major plot arcs with The Maze Runner, Divergent, and the grandmother of the them all, The Giver.

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October 1, 2018

Mark Through Roman Eyes

Commonly in biblical studies, as in other academic disciplines, a scholar arrives at a genuine insight and proceeds to interpret everything through that lens, seeing it as the key to the whole. The problem is that such ancient texts defy easy modern categorization or simple unifying themes. Adam Winn admirably avoids this trap.

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September 26, 2018

An American Story

Freedom of religion seems like it has always been foundational to America. As Brandon O'Brien tells in Demanding Liberty, however, this was long in doubt and has regularly needed defense even since it was enshrined in the Bill of Rights.

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September 19, 2018

Giving Voice

The sad reality is that often certain groups of people in society have been silenced or muffled. What they have to say has been sidelined because they came from a certain place, looked a certain way, grew up in a certain culture, did a certain kind of work, or just didn't have enough money.

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September 11, 2018

An American Ideal, An American Myth

Ken Wytsma was talking with a young man running his own landscaping firm who was proud of how he'd started from zero and succeeded by virtue of hard work, with no benefit from privilege. So Ken asked where he got most of his business (the suburbs) and where they worked on jobs (in backyards) and when (during the day) and how he got business (putting flyers on doors and knocking at houses).

Then Ken asked, "If you were a young black man proposing to work in the backyards of those suburbanites during the day when they're not home, is it possible some of your client might show a degree of suspicion or bias? If you were Hispanic, talked with an accent, or looked like you were from a culture unfamiliar to the suburban communities where people can afford backyard ponds and fountains, do you think it might--even if ever so slightly--affect how successful you are when you knock on doors?" The white friend understood.

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Get to Know IVP

book cover"Some publishers tell you what to believe. Other publishers tell you what you already believe. But InterVarsity Press helps you believe," says J. I. Packer. Andy Le Peau and Linda Doll describe how this came to be a hallmark of InterVarsity Press in Heart. Soul. Mind. Strength, an anecdotal history spanning the sixty years from the founding of IVP in 1947 to the present day.