Self-critical thoughts drove Lee Blum to an eating disorder and addictive behaviors. Eventually, she was hospitalized with clinical depression. But that's not the end of the story: drawing strength from psychological, physiological and spiritual sources, she found her voice again. If you or someone you love has been at this dark table, find encouragement from Blum's spiritual journey. [Learn More]
English professor and mother Carolyn Weber tells how her desire to control the events of her life came into contact with God's desire to give her each day as a gift from himself. Join her on a winding path through literature, history and daily life—leading finally to the still, quiet place of the present moment. [Learn More]
Chicago pastor Laura Truax counsels men and women in the art of coming undone. While no one wishes for the moment when life's fabric comes unraveled, there is hope when it happens. Here are hard-won lessons in letting go of the life you've made and letting God weave you into a story of his design. [Learn More]
Responding to the sobering reality of modern-day slavery, Shayne Moore and Kimberly Yim describe the power that we all have at our disposal (advocacy power, purchasing power, relationship power) to fight for the powerless and take our place among the great abolitionists of the past. [Learn More]
Praise for IVP Crescendo
"Living well before God has never been as challenging for Christian women to navigate. We're driven by the demands of work and family, and wooed by the culture's definition of success and beauty. IVP Crescendo speaks to that very challenge, with stories from women who write with courage and clarity about following Christ at home, in the workplace and into frontiers they never imagined exploring."
Former correspondent, ABC News
"These are books for the many women aching for a challenge. Works that approach us with a fresh and long overdue set of basic assumptions about women. . . .These are books for determined women, who insist on making a mark on this world, not for their own sakes but for the sake of Christ and his kingdom."
Editor, Christianity Today's GiftedForLeadership.com, and author, Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church's Mission
"What a gift to the church! IVP Crescendo gives voice to gifted storytellers, poets, writers and modern-day prophets. It is easy to enter into the experiences that these women describe. The authors give voice to experiences I can't articulate. They identify the invisible dynamics that bring both color and dissonance to women in their faith journeys. A gift to women and men alike."
"Some of the IVP Crescendo books will spur women to a more robust and alive relationship with our Creator. Others will awaken us to dark places in our world where we can actually make a small but significant difference, ushering in light and hope. But none of the books are intended to keep us safe, comfortable, and stuck. I am grateful for the ways these authors expand my vision and challenge my aptitude for lethargy. Reading them makes me want to be bolder and more fully alive."
Author, speaker and leadership coach, The Slingshot Group