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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.

Can I be any clearer? FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE GET THESE BOOKS!

. . . In the next few posts today, I will be citing passages, noting what others have said, and suggesting discussion points. . . . And a third and final volume is on the way! Flippin exciting!

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.

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haha, I've found that it's best to start it with Dave because he actually enjoys receiving it..makes my job easy.

Comment by: Helen at June 19, 2008 4:05 PM

I feel like a dork because I know I can't just write every blog post about another IVP book... but my sentiments are quite similar to those above regarding Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes, which I'm in the middle of right now. Every time someone at work/in my house/on the bus/from the moon asks me what I'm reading I pounce on the opportunity to tell them how much fun I'm having, at much greater lengths than they likely expected. :-D

Comment by: Ashleigh at June 19, 2008 10:28 PM

Yes, it is true, I was slightly shameless in my promotion of these volumes. But I meant every word. And I'm glad my review made a good end to you day!

But seriously, these books are utterly astonishing. Thanks so much for having published them. I'm still turning back to sections and re-reading!

When is the third likely to appear, by the way?

Comment by: Chris Tilling at June 23, 2008 4:41 PM

Indeed. Chris sounds like a candidate for the IVP publicist's list. ;-)

Comment by: L.L. Barkat at June 24, 2008 11:47 AM

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