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Author(s): Francis A. Schaeffer
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
Price: $2.99       (Ends June 6)
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Much modern art, like a Giacometti sculpture, portrays man in alienation, loneliness, despair. Was art always like this? Must it always focus on the lostness of man?

Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer, a theologian with a deep interest in the arts, shows how the Bible records the use of various art forms in the Old Testament times. Then, turning to the contemporary scene, he suggests eleven perspectives within which a Christian view of art can take shape.

For the Christian the arts can be a source of joy, a symbol of the creativity that marks the mannishness of man, man himself being made in the image of God the creator. For the Christian artist the sky is not the limit. Because he can distinguish between reality and illusion, he is the one whose imagination can “fly beyond the stars.”

Features & Benefits
* outlines the various art forms recorded in the Old Testament

* discusses current trends of modern art

* offers eleven perspectives for developing a Christian view of art

 


Misreading Scripture with Individualist Eyes: Patronage, Honor, and Shame in the Biblical World
Author(s):
E. Randolph Richards & Richard James
Publisher: IVP Academic
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The Bible was written within collectivist cultures. When Westerners, immersed in individualism, read the Bible, it’s easy to misinterpret important elements―or miss them altogether. In any culture, the most important things usually go without being said. So to read Scripture well we benefit when we uncover the unspoken social structures and values of its world. We need to recalibrate our vision.
Combining the expertise of a biblical scholar and a missionary practitioner, Misreading Scripture with Individualist Eyes is an essential guidebook to the cultural background of the Bible and how it should inform our reading. E. Randolph Richards and Richard James explore deep social structures of the ancient Mediterranean―kinship, patronage, and brokerage―along with their key social tools―honor, shame, and boundaries―that the biblical authors lived in and lie below the surface of each text. From Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar to Peter’s instructions to elders, the authors strip away individualist assumptions and bring the world of the biblical writers to life.
Expanding on the popular Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes, this book makes clear how understanding collectivism will help us better understand the Bible, which in turn will help us live more faithfully in an increasingly globalized world.


Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible
Author(s):
E. Randolph Richards & Brandon J. O’Brien
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
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Bookwi.se’s Favorite Books of the Year, Non-Fiction
What was clear to the original readers of Scripture is not always clear to us. Because of the cultural distance between the biblical world and our contemporary setting, we often bring modern Western biases to the text. For example:

When Western readers hear Paul exhorting women to “dress modestly,” we automatically think in terms of sexual modesty. But most women in that culture would never wear racy clothing. The context suggests that Paul is likely more concerned about economic modesty–that Christian women not flaunt their wealth through expensive clothes, braided hair and gold jewelry.
Some readers might assume that Moses married “below himself” because his wife was a dark-skinned Cushite. Actually, Hebrews were the slave race, not the Cushites, who were highly respected. Aaron and Miriam probably thought Moses was being presumptuous by marrying “above himself.”
Western individualism leads us to assume that Mary and Joseph traveled alone to Bethlehem. What went without saying was that they were likely accompanied by a large entourage of extended family.
Biblical scholars Brandon O’Brien and Randy Richards shed light on the ways that Western readers often misunderstand the cultural dynamics of the Bible. They identify nine key areas where modern Westerners have significantly different assumptions about what might be going on in a text. Drawing on their own crosscultural experience in global mission, O’Brien and Richards show how better self-awareness and understanding of cultural differences in language, time and social mores allow us to see the Bible in fresh and unexpected ways.
Getting beyond our own cultural assumptions is increasingly important for being Christians in our interconnected and globalized world. Learn to read Scripture as a member of the global body of Christ.


Charitable Writing: Cultivating Virtue Through Our Words
Author(s):
Richard Hughes Gibson & James Edward Beitler III
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
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Our written words carry weight.
Unfortunately, in today’s cultural climate, our writing is too often laced with harsh judgments and vitriol rather than careful consideration and generosity. But might the Christian faith transform how we approach the task of writing? How might we love God and our neighbors through our writing?
This book is not a style guide that teaches you where to place the comma and how to cite your sources (as important as those things are). Rather, it offers a vision for expressing one’s faith through writing and for understanding writing itself as a spiritual practice that cultivates virtue.
Under the guidance of two experienced Christian writers who draw on authors and artists throughout the church’s history, we learn how we might embrace writing as an act of discipleship for today―and how we might faithfully bear the weight of our written words.


Write Better: A Lifelong Editor on Craft, Art, and Spirituality
Author(s):
Andrew T. Le Peau
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
Price: $2.39       Buy Now!

Christianity Today 2020 Book of the Year Award, Culture and the Arts
Writing is not easy. But it can get better.
In this primer on nonfiction writing, Andrew Le Peau offers insights he has learned as a published author and an editor for over forty years, training, guiding, and cheering on hundreds of writers. Here are skills that writers can master―from finding strong openings and closings, to focusing on an audience, to creating a clear structure, to crafting a persuasive message.
With wide-ranging examples from fiction and nonfiction, Le Peau also demystifies aspects of art in writing such as creativity, tone, and metaphor. He considers strategies that can move writers toward fresher, more vital, and perhaps more beautiful expressions of the human condition.
One aspect of writing that rarely receives attention is who we are as writers and how writing itself changes us. Self-doubt, fear of criticism, downsides of success, questions of authority, and finding our voice are all a part of the exploration of our spirituality as writers found in these pages. Discover how the act of writing can affect our life in God.
Whether you’re a veteran writer, an occasional practitioner, a publishing professional, or a student just starting to explore such skills, Le Peau’s wit and wisdom can speed you on your way.


Good News About Injustice: A Witness of Courage in a Hurting World
Author(s):
Gary A. Haugen
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
Price: $2.99       Buy Now!

The good news about injustice is that God is against it.

God is in the business of using the unlikely to bring about justice and mercy. In Good News About Injustice, Gary Haugen offers stories of courageous Christians who have stood up for justice in the face of human trafficking, forced prostitution, racial and religious persecution, and torture. Throughout he provides concrete guidance on how ordinary Christians can rise up to seek justice throughout the world.

This landmark work, featuring newly updated statistics, is now part of the IVP Signature Collection, which features special editions of iconic books in celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of InterVarsity Press. A five-session companion Bible study is also available.


Good News About Injustice Bible Study (IVP Signature Bible Studies)
Author(s):
Gary A. Haugen
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
Price: $2.99       DEAL EXPIRED
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God’s heart for justice resonates through Scripture. With Good News About Injustice, Gary Haugen helped thousands of Christians catch this vision and be empowered to join God’s work around the world. Now the Good News About Injustice Bible Study guides you deeper into biblical texts and themes that have informed Haugen’s groundbreaking book.

These five easy-to-use studies will challenge and enrich your understanding as you encounter what God’s Word says about justice and what it means for you today.

As companions to the IVP Signature Collection, IVP Signature Bible Studies help individuals and groups explore and apply biblical truths found in classic books. Each session features quotations from Good News About Injustice matched with Scripture passages, reflection questions, and application ideas that will equip readers to connect the text to their own lives. A leader’s guide is also included.


Author(s): Michael J. Mantel
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
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When a perfect storm of personal, professional, and natural disaster threw Mike Mantel into a dark night of the soul, he embarked on a journey through his own life and around the world to rediscover God’s presence through the diverse body of Christ.
In Thirsting for Living Water, Mantel invites readers to join him on this adventure and open their eyes to their own stories of God’s faithfulness. It’s an invitation to see where God is already at work: at home, among neighbors, and to the ends of the earth. Here is a story of the holistic gospel, driven by compassion, justice, and mercy, with Jesus at the center. Here is an inspiring vision of a unified, global church―in which each of us has a vital role to play.


Author(s): Curt Thompson MD
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
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We are people of desire.
In The Soul of Desire, psychiatrist Curt Thompson suggests that underneath all our longings is the desire to be known―and what’s more, that this fundamental yearning manifests itself in our deep need to make things of beauty, revealing who we are to others. Desire and beauty go hand in hand.
But both our craving to be known and our ability to create beauty have been marred by trauma and shame, collapsing our imagination for what God has for us and blinding us to the possibility that beauty could ever emerge from our ashes. Drawing on his work in interpersonal neurobiology and clinical practice, Thompson presents a powerful picture of the capacity of the believing community to reshape our imaginations, hold our desires and griefs together, and invite us into the beauty of God’s presence.
The Soul of Desire is a mature, creative work, weaving together neuroscience and spiritual formation to open up new horizons for thinking not only about the nature of the mind, but about what it means to be human.


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