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December 2, 2008

Free shipping on IVP books, and other IVP news

Here’s a Christmas shopping special for IVP fans everywhere. Now through December 15, get free shipping on orders of $25 or more (US addresses only). Check out our Christmas gift guide for some suggestions and ideas.

And let me highlight a few IVP books that have been lauded recently. Publishers Weekly named Andy Crouch’s Culture Making as one of the best religion books of 2008. PW also gave starred reviews to Living Gently in a Violent World by Stanley Hauerwas and Jean Vanier and A Community Called Taize by Jason Santos. And PW also ran a brief profile of Hauerwas. Here’s an excerpt:

For his newest book, Living Gently in a Violent World (IVP, Nov.; PW starred review, Oct. 13), he teamed up with Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, a network of homes where people with and without mental disabilities live together as family. “Tenderness and gentleness characterize the life and work of Jean Vanier,” Hauerwas writes. But is Hauerwas himself gentle?

“Most people think I’m fairly confrontational,” he says. This is classic understatement: try finding a description of Hauerwas that doesn’t mention his colorful vocabulary, his feisty personality, his lifelong war against warmongers. “But my father—who was a bricklayer, and I was raised a bricklayer—was a very gentle man, and on the whole, I would like to think I’m very much like my father.”

Gentleness pervades life at L’Arche, where the pace slows to accommodate the weakest members. Vanier’s community-based approach appears simple, but “it has levels that, if we let it work on us, would transform our lives in ways we hardly want to imagine.” Still, Hauerwas cautions, “It’s very important never to romanticize L’Arche. This is hard work. It’s never without struggle.”

The Hauerwas/Vanier book is part of the new series Resources for Reconciliation, developed in partnership with the Duke Center for Reconciliation. (See this YouTube video about the Center and the series.) I was at Duke last month for some launch events with Vanier and Hauerwas. It was neat to see the two interact, and their book serves as an accessible entry point into their thinking.

Posted by Al Hsu at December 2, 2008 11:20 AM Bookmark and Share

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