December 19, 2012
[Giveaway] Four Fresh Ebooks (Updated)
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!)
Here are a few, idiosyncratic notes on the four that went live this morning:
James Choung, Real Life
Honestly? I haven't read this one, but I really need to (if only because we're hoping to share some great quotations via social media during the upcoming Urbana 12 conference). But I'm looking forward to it also because his premise — that Christian discipleship and disciplemaking are serious business worth working at — reminds me of several other books that I really like:
All three of those books argue that we should stop pretending that we're not failing to actually live like Christians and that we should do something about it already — and that we can. Scandrette and Zempel are particularly eloquent on the subject of experimenting in Christian living. If at first you don't succeed, try something else until you do. Anyway, from what I hear about Choung's new book, it should be in the same vein.
Margot Starbuck, Small Things with Great Love
Another one I haven't read yet myself, but not only is the topic again along the "experimental" lines I just mentioned (see the subtitle: "Adventures in Loving Your Neighbor"), but this time it's the format of the ebook that has me geeked. Small Things has a branching structure that invites you to "choose your own adventure" as you read through it. For example, at the end of a section, you might be presented with three or four choices based on what you've just read, and given the chance to skip around and dig into material that hits the nail on the head. Your head. Anyway, the print book is cool enough, but as you can imagine, the ebook format makes these branches and loops and multiple paths all the easier to visualize and follow. I look forward to wandering through this book. (It also won a design award for its cover. Ain't it grand?)
Rebecca Manley Pippert, Out of the Saltshaker & into the World
This one is over 20 years old, so it exemplifies what I've been saying about showing some love to our backlist. This one I have read, back in the day when I was an undergrad in the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapter at the University of Michigan, and it's shaped the thinking of generation after generation of IVCF students and others about evangelism. It's great to have it out as an ebook.
David Hansen, The Art of Pastoring, rev. ed.
This one I have to confess I'm particularly excited about. (Don't tell the other books.) Years ago, I enjoyed Hansen's Long Wandering Prayer (now sadly out of print; ebook, anyone?) and I even drove him to O'Hare one time, after a Graduate & Faculty Ministries conference. But not being a pastor myself, I hadn't paid much attention to his bigger "hit," The Art of Pastoring (1994). But this fall we put out a revised edition, so I dipped into it — and got hooked fast. (That metaphor is apt, because there's a lot of fly-fishing in this book.) If you are a pastor, you simply must read this book, and if you've ever been pastored (or would like to be), I think you ought to, as well. Five stars, in my book.
Tangent: May I confess that this book contains one of the biggest typos I've ever seen in an IVP book? At one point we refer to "the Lard," and it's definitely not rendered pig fat that we had in mind. Significantly, though, a typo like this is an important reason to buy your ebooks from us: when you buy directly from IVP, you're entitled to future "updates" to the ebook files for that title. So once we fix this typo
Update: That typo (and a few other small ones) have now been fixed in our ebook of The Art of Pastoring! You'll get a clean copy if you buy now (or just log back in to your IVP store account to re-download, if you bought it from us).
Speaking of The Art of Pastoring, I was so eager to put this book into the right hands that I recently shipped a copy to half a dozen of my favorite pastors. And I'd love to put one of these four new ebooks into a couple of your hands.
Here's how this giveaway will work:
Sound like fun? I'll start with two pastors in my life (though you only need to do one to enter the giveaway drawing):
Rev. Amanda Olson of Grace Evangelical Covenant Church, Chicago, is leading our little church into a new era of digital communications, and although even I am usually too slow responding to her ideas, she's keeping at it. Three cheers!
Rev. Kelly Johnston was our pastoral intern at Grace a couple years ago and is now pastoring in a rural community in Nebraska. Normally, that would mean that I'd have lost touch with her by now — but her photos on Instagram are so beautiful that I feel as if I'm right out there with her.
Your turn! What word of appreciation do you have for a pastor in your life?