December 28, 2012
For regular readers of Behind the Books, I ask your patience: this post is a bit of a tangent. I interrupt our regular conversation (just this once) to publish details of a contest we're running during InterVarsity's Urbana 12 student missions conference this week. Even if you're not one of the 18,000 attendees in St. Louis, you're certainly welcome to follow along!Continue reading "[Extra] "Mission IVPossible" at Urbana"
Posted by Jon Boyd at 12:51 PM
December 26, 2012
I heard a surprising comment about this blog the other day from one reader whom I know particularly well: my mom. (Hi, Mom!) She said, "One thing I can tell from reading your blog is that you're having fun at your job." Yes! It's true. I'm thankful for the opportunity to experience joy in my work, and that reminds me of a string of quotations I've seen lately in IVP books for serious professionals.Continue reading "In Good Humor"
December 21, 2012
'Tis the season for making introverts uncomfortable, what with so many people and parties and busyness. (I should know. I am one.) If you're craving some "alone time," you're not alone. Here's a nice passage about what a difference some peace and quiet can make for our reading habits.Continue reading "Good Solitary Reading"
Posted by Jon Boyd at 12:48 PM
December 19, 2012
It turns out that making books into ebooks isn't as easy as you might think. That's why I'm so excited about the big push we've been making lately, bringing literally hundreds of new IVP ebooks online. A new group of four that are available today are a good cross-section worth talking about. (And to celebrate, let's give some copies away!)Continue reading "[Giveaway] Four Fresh Ebooks (Updated)"
December 17, 2012
This summer I read Outside Looking In, a memoir by Garry Wills, whose Pulitzer-winning Lincoln at Gettysburg and What Jesus Meant are also on my to-read list. Wills is difficult, if not impossible, to classify as a writer. Is he a classicist? journalist? pundit? biographer? The label that may fit him best is now an old-fashioned one: public intellectual. But he himself uses a different word: bookworm.Continue reading "Bet you can't not read"
’Tis the season for Christmas readings. For the moment, let's leave aside justly revered classics like A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, or A Child's Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas. Here are three more recent Christmas books that have captured my heart because they capture the beauty of Christmas.Continue reading "Three great recent Christmas books"
December 13, 2012
How about a little tidbit to provoke some thought about how reading can become part of a long conversation down through the years? You've got it:Continue reading "Not As If We Haven't Seen It Before"
Posted by Jon Boyd at 12:50 PM
December 12, 2012
You know the nifty feature from Google where they expand what you're starting to type, sort of like "auto-complete" for your search query? Technically, that's exactly what Google itself calls it: Autocomplete. (I guess they're probably not wild about the vernacular "Google Suggests," with its implication of recommendation or endorsement.) Well, no matter what it's called, you can learn a lot that way.Continue reading "What "Google Suggests" About Books"
Posted by Jon Boyd at 11:11 AM
December 11, 2012
The title of this blog, "Behind the Books," is a bit of a double-entendre. Most of the time, I'll aim to pull back the curtain on this little publishing house and share some of what's going on in here. (I hope that won't take the edge off your appetite, like the old bit about people who like sausage or law being well advised not to inquire into their making.)
But sometimes (and today is one of those times) I fancy that "Behind the Books" suggests an alternate image.Continue reading "Jigsaw Puzzles with L'Engle and McLellan"
Posted by Jon Boyd at 7:40 AM
December 7, 2012
The publishing industry wants you to know about all the new books coming out, we at IVP included. (And there are more books all the time, have you noticed?) But we also know that the good old, golden oldies are important, too, and not just for business — for life. C. S. Lewis had something to say on this subject.Continue reading "One Old Book for Every Three New Ones"
December 5, 2012
While I'm still introducing myself, let me say a word about IVP, the organization I work for. That's short for "InterVarsity Press," and since I don't want you to become confused, a little cheat-sheet of things that IVP does not stand for might be helpful.Continue reading "IVP ≠"
December 4, 2012
I'm new around here, so perhaps I should introduce myself.
I'm Jon Boyd, and I'm in my fourth month as InterVarsity Press's digital communications manager. I work with a cross-disciplinary team to bring you the IVP website and online store, social media, video and audio resources, and email newsletters. I love books, so I'm having a blast working in digital media to talk about books all day long. In fact, that's what this blog is about.Continue reading "Ground Rules"