June 19, 2008
Enthusiastic Academic Blogger
Our very efficient and productive marketing department kindly keeps editors in the loop by routing copies of advertising and book reviews in large packs. The tag on the top lists the various members of our department who read through the stack of items one by one and then route them to a colleague. Such are the proportions of some of these stacks that routing becomes more like a game of hot potato, in which it's best to wait until a colleague has left his or her office before you zip into their office, deposit the pile in their in-basket and zip back to your own chair.
At any rate, I was reading through one of these stacks the other day, and I came across a review by blogger Chris Tilling for our Old Testament Theology set by John Goldingay. The review is in five parts in his April 2008 blog: It is rare to see academic books reviewed with such unabashed glee. Here is an excerpt:
I just can't put them down! I am literally giggling as I read it, lapping up the insight. Page after page has surprises for me. Again and again I find myself shaking my head with excitement and new realisations. In the future, if I recommend any books relating at all to the bible or theology, I will recommend these first.
Though I certainly can't claim any personal credit for this book, reading a review like this for an InterVarsity Press book is a great ending to any day.