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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 in the new year, you can revisit your IVP account and re-download the new versions. Try that with your third-party vendor! :)

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).

Celebrating Pastors

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:

  • Comment on this post with the name of and something you especially appreciate about a pastor in your life. (I'll start in a sec.)
  • You have one week to enter (till midnight on Dec. 26), then I'll draw three winners at random.
  • I'll get in touch with the winners to ask which one of these four ebooks you'd like, and get the files into your hands.

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?

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Pastor Jo Ann Deasy (Sojourner Covenant Church). Professor, theologian, and now pastor who works out her beliefs at many levels *with* the congregations, with colleagues, and with students. And in this new chapter, she brings both head and heart to living life amidst all its realities. Honored to be her friend and colleague!

Comment by: Kirsten at December 19, 2012 11:56 AM

Dr. Doug Lee of Community Baptist Church in Rancho Cucamonga, California has been a huge influence on me. He has shared with me a lot on how to use my whole life to worship God, demonstrated by example and has helped me live it out. He is also my dad!

Comment by: Timothy Lee at December 19, 2012 1:09 PM

Bob Lynn at Knox Presbyterian Church, who despite the push and pull of real discipleship relationships, and the not infrequent wounds that come with them, stays in the arena.

Comment by: James Paternoster at December 19, 2012 2:25 PM

Rev. Amy Figg of St. John's Lutheran Church in Knoxville, TN is a faithful adult to youth and young adults everywhere. I am honored to be her friend and partner in ministry!

Comment by: Crystal at December 19, 2012 3:00 PM

So great to hear these names and accolades, friends! Keep 'em coming.

Comment by: Jon at December 19, 2012 3:20 PM

John Mackett, Mark Werner and Tom Slye- our pastoral team at Meadowbrook Church, Wauwatosa, WI. They have an amazing passion for the Word, for us and for our spiritual formation. They model what they preach!

Comment by: Kathy McCready at December 19, 2012 5:09 PM

Missionary Daniel Duarte of Mision Bautista Pueblo Nuevo, Montevideo, Uruguay for being an example of Bible teaching and grace in relationships. It's great to be part of his team!

Comment by: Jorge C. Bermudez at December 20, 2012 12:07 PM

David Yoder, of Center Amish Mennonite Church, Hutchinson, KS, for patient consensus building.

Comment by: Joel at December 20, 2012 1:39 PM

Brian Schmidgall of MiddleTree Church, for his vision for healing Saint Louis, MO, and for equipping others to lead and serve!

Comment by: Andy at December 20, 2012 1:46 PM

Steve Garcia at Celebration Community Church in Denver. He's been my pastor for 10+ years and continues to challenge me, encourage me, and believe in my leadership in the church.

Comment by: Ryan Harrison at December 20, 2012 2:02 PM

Reverend Cheng Her of Community Alliance Church in Sheboygan, WI. He was my youth pastor for six years. His teachings on giving your whole life to Christ, wherever you are, has molded me in many ways today. Now that he will be moving into the mission field overseas, he talks and he walks.

Comment by: alexander yang at December 20, 2012 2:30 PM

Steve bishop, former pastor at Eleele baptist church on the island of kauai, had a gift of giving down to earth and challenging messages that had generous doses of grace and mercy.

Comment by: Michelle young at December 20, 2012 3:49 PM

Pastor Alex Kovacs: I miss him since he and his wife retired and moved back to their naive Hungary. He is still the best pastor I have ever had the grace to sit under. I appreciate his clear teaching and the fact that he challenged me.

Comment by: Matthew from Alaska at December 20, 2012 11:07 PM

Isn't it so encouraging to read all these names of people who have cared for us all around the world? Thanks for sharing your stories, everyone.

Comment by: Jon at December 21, 2012 8:26 AM

Pastor Steve Layne of Queens Bible Church in Glendale, New York City. He just recently became our youth pastor, and we have had nothing but blessings from him and his beautiful family. We've been praying and wishing for a youth pastor for many years and God truly answered our prayers. Through Pastor Steve, we have learned so much more on how to desire more for God and to keep our faith strong.

Comment by: Stacey at December 23, 2012 10:02 PM

Our entry period has come to a close now, and the winners are...

Kathy, Joel, and Alexander! Congrats, you three! I'll be in touch by email to ask you which ebook title you'd like.

Thanks to everyone for joining in and tell us about your pastors. Stay tuned to "Behind the Books," because you never know when I'm going to be giving away more books! ;)

Comment by: Jon at December 27, 2012 10:12 AM

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