Why aren't Christian women talking about sex? In this frank exploration of all aspects of what it means to be a sexual being created by God, Kim Gaines Eckert explores myths about female sexuality that we have absorbed from both from popular culture and from distorted religious teaching. [Learn More]
Writer-poet Luci Shaw has given us a lifetime of exquisite reflections on the breadth and wonder of life. Now in her eighties, she turns her attention to the season of edging toward life's borders. Her spirit of adventure and transparency will fill you with hope and gratitude. [Learn More]
Self-critical thoughts drove Lee Blum to an eating disorder and addictive behaviors. Eventually, she found herself 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, you will find her spiritual journey enlightening and encouraging. [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]
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
"I can boldly say you should consider buying any book in this expanding line of thoughtful, literate, interesting yet substantive guides to deeper, mature Christian living, written (or so it seems) in the guise of engaging literary memoir. I am sure we will promote any Crescendo [books] that arrive."
Owner, Hearts and Minds Bookstore, Dallastown, PA