Summer is here, and what better way to rest, relax, and recharge than by reading great books?
No one said summer reading had to be required or dull—these suggested books from IVP are meant to awaken new interests, stir the imagination, and inspire lively conversation. And with savings of 40% off and free US shipping (just use promo code SUMMER19 or click below), now's the time to join our summer reading challenge and commit yourself to reading (or devouring) a book from each category over the course of the season.
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Blue — the color of summertime sky, ocean waves, blueberrry popsicles, and these books!
Combining three volumes into one, Knowing God Through the Old Testament brings together three of Christopher J. H. Wright's best loved books: Knowing God the Father Through the Old Testament, Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament, and Knowing the Holy Spirit Through the Old Testament.
A little curiosity is essential to growth. In this engaging and interactive book, pastor and spiritual director Casey Tygrett explores the benefits of a healthy curiosity in our spiritual lives. When we make curiosity a spiritual practice, we open up to new ways of knowing God and knowing ourselves as well. Come and discover the power of asking questions.
Who is the Spirit? Is he a person or a spiritual force? How are we meant to relate to him? What does being filled with the Spirit look like? Instead of relating narrowly to the Holy Spirit based on just a few of his gifts, this book broadens our engagement with him, touring aspects of his vast character that often go unexplored. It turns out, living here in the Spirit is the source of the most meaningful, creative, satisfying life possible.
How do we learn to risk, to trust, to pursue wholeness and excellence—to run with the horses and live life at its best? In a series of profound reflections on the life of Jeremiah the prophet, Eugene Peterson explores the heart of what it means to be fully and genuinely human. This special commemorative edition includes a new preface from Peterson's son and a six-session Bible study guide.
It's hard to discern God's presence amid the hubbub of modern life. But experiencing God is not just for the super-spiritual—every Christian can learn to cultivate a greater awareness of God in the everyday. Sharing dozens of practical exercises and disciplines, Ken Boa offers a contemporary guide to practicing the presence of God, revealing how we can deepen our walk with God and abide in his presence.
These women are ministering in powerful ways and bringing lifegiving words through their books.
It can be hard to speak up when power dynamics keep us silent and marginalized, especially when race, ethnicity, and gender are factors. Activist Kathy Khang roots our voice and identity in the image of God, showing how we can raise our voices for the sake of God's justice. We are created to speak, and we can both speak up for ourselves and speak out on behalf of others.
More than half of Americans live in the suburbs. Yet for many Christians, the suburbs are ignored, demeaned, or seen as a selfish cop-out from a faithful Christian life. What does it look like to live a full Christian life in the suburbs? Ashley Hales invites you to look deeply into your soul as a suburbanite and discover what it means to live holy there.
God calls Latinas to lives of influence. Sharing their own journeys as Latinas and leaders, these three women find mentorship in twelve inspirational women of the Bible who navigated challenges of brokenness and suffering, being bicultural, and crossing borders. As we deepen our spiritual and ethnic identities, we grow in intimacy with God and others and become better equipped to influence others for the kingdom.
Women have advanced God's mission throughout history, but often face particular obstacles in ministry. Mission researcher Mary Lederleitner interviewed respected women in mission leadership from across the globe to gather their insights, expertise, and best practices. These real-life stories will shed light on dynamics that inhibit women, giving both women and men resources for partnering together in effective ministry and mission.
Women are central to the mission of God. Pastor Tara Beth Leach issues a stirring call for a new generation of women in ministry: to teach, to preach, to shepherd, and to lead. Providing practical advice and encouragement, Leach shows how God not only permits women to minister—he emboldens, empowers, and unleashes them to lead out of the fullness of who they are.
Travel back in time and enjoy these classic titles from way back in the 20th century.
There is joy triumph in the Christian life. But the victory can come through struggle. John White knows this balance and gives you the encouragement to persevere. Here is his handbook for Christian living--covering prayer, fellowship, Bible study, evangelism, work and more.
Francis Schaeffer challenges the modern skeptical view of Genesis as a collections of myths to show why the book?s first eleven chapters stand as a solid, space-time basis for responding to the questions that trouble our era.
James W. Sire describes 20 different ways that cults misread and misrepresent the Bible, helping us all become more careful readers.
In this discipleship classic, Jerry Sittser uses memorable stories to illustrate how a simple effort to understand discipleship as an adventure can create a paradigm shift in your understanding of the Christian life.
Tackling seventy sayings of Jesus which are hard to understand or apply, F. F. Bruce reveals the true challenges of Jesus' teaching.
The illustrations are cute, the messages are inspirational, and there are whimsical details that will make you giggle!
"Jonah, are you listening? 'Go to Nineveh . . . the people there do bad things. They make me sad. Go to Nineveh, Jonah—tell them I'm their friend and I want them to stop." But Jonah doesn't want to go to Nineveh, so he runs away and gets thrown overboard a ship. What will happen to him next?
Ellie loves sleepovers with Aunt Miranda, who is the best cook in the world! They love to feed the cute birds and the fluffy ducklings, but other less appealing creatures keep appearing because they're hungry too! Gradually Ellie learns to look out for the creatures who are usually ignored but are just as needy and worthy of care. This lovely books helps children think about caring for creation and sharing with those less fortunate.
Internationally acclaimed storyteller and best-selling children's author Bob Hartman re-tells classic Bible stories in rhyme. Featuring popular tales from the Old and New Testaments, Hartman's fresh take on these well-loved stories are a joy to read aloud with any child and also lend themselves to be used in any storytelling setting with children.
David's dad gives him a very important job to do. But can the shepherd boy overcome his fear of the Hairy Beast to save the flock? David and the Hairy Beast gently explores the issue of a young child's sense of identity and belonging in the family, showing how even they can make a positive contribution.
Joseph waits for his brothers to return to Egypt with his younger brother, Benjamin. Will they finally recognize the brother they had left for dead? And will Joseph ever be reconciled with his long-lost family?
Expand your horizons and learn eye-opening aspects of theology and life from these diverse authors.
The gospel of Jesus has not always been good news for Native Americans. But despite the far-reaching effects of colonialism, some Natives have forged culturally authentic ways to follow Jesus. In his final work, Richard Twiss surveys the complicated history of Christian missions among Indigenous peoples and voices a hopeful vision of contextual Native Christian faith.
The American church avoids lament but lament is a missing, essential component of Christian faith. Soong-Chan Rah's prophetic exposition of the book of Lamentations provides a biblical and theological lens for examining the church's relationship with a suffering world. Hear the prophet's lament as the necessary corrective for Christianity's future.
We can see the injustice and inequality in our lives and in the world. We are ready to rise up. But how, exactly, do we do this? How does one reconcile? Based on her extensive consulting experiences with colleges and organizations, Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil shows us how to take the next step into unity, wholeness and justice.
Like the work of an artist who molds a lump of clay, the Spirit's sanctifying work lies in shaping people into the image of Christ. Avoiding either a "Spirit-only" or a "Spirit-void" theology, Leopoldo Sánchez carefully crafts a Spirit Christology, which considers the role of God's Spirit in the life and mission of Jesus and leads to five distinct models of sanctification that can help Christians discern how the Spirit is at work in our lives.
Have we missed the Bible’s consistent teaching that God is other, higher, stranger? Krish Kandiah offers us a fresh look at some of the difficult, awkward, and even troubling Bible passages, challenging us to replace our sanitized concept of God with a more awe-inspiring, true-to-the-Bible God. Allow yourself to be surprised by God as you find him in unexpected places doing the unexpected.
Get your creative juices flowing with these books that are sure to awaken the imagination.
Imagine art that permeates society, challenging conventional thinking and standard morals to their core. What if this art was created by Christians? In this revised and expanded edition of a contemporary classic, Steve Turner shares his bold vision for Christians in the arts. If Jesus is Lord of all of life and creation, then art is part of his cultural mandate.
Including unpublished material recorded from Henri Nouwen's lectures, this book comes at the request of the Henri Nouwen's literary estate from someone who knew him as a teacher and friend. Carol Berry brings her own experience in both ministry and art education to bear as she unpacks the much misunderstood spiritual context of Vincent van Gogh's work, and reinterprets van Gogh's art in light of Nouwen's lectures.
We like the idea of community, but where do we start? This complete church resource brings together people of all ages and stages of faith, allowing them to experience a creative and fun-filled Christian community. Using creativity, celebration, and hospitality, this fifteen-session tool helps you create a unique, come-as-you-are church experience.
Number of Studies: 15
Can you imagine a God who dances with shouts of joy, laughs when you laugh, loves to play, and invites us to join the fun? In this book Christine Sine invites us to pay attention to childlike characteristics that have the power to reshape us, with fresh spiritual practices that engage all our senses and help us embrace the wonder and joy that God intends for us.
Now is the time for the church to reclaim its role as a center of creativity. Among your members are artists and musicians whose gifts can enhance your worship, inform your theology and impact your community. Christian arts advocate J. Scott McElroy gives a comprehensive vision and manual for unleashing creativity in your congregation.
These memoirs will captivate you, keep you guessing, and push you to practice empathy.
How do you continue to find God as dementia pulls your loved one into the darkness? Philosopher Douglas Groothuis offers a window into his experience of caring for his wife as a rare form of dementia ravages her once-brilliant mind. Mixing personal narrative with spiritual insight, he captures moments of lament as well as theological reflection and poignant pictures of their life together.
"Changing from Islam to Christianity would mess up my life forever." So writes Abu Atallah in this remarkable story of his journey from Islam to the Christian faith, and how he later became an ambassador for Christ with a ministry in the Muslim context. Discover how the good news of Jesus transforms lives in Muslim communities around the world.
In an age where neither society nor the church knows what to do with gay Christians, Greg Coles shares his story—a story about a boy in love with Jesus who, at the fateful onset of puberty, realized his sexual attractions were persistently and exclusively for other guys. This honest, hopeful account shows life through one man's eyes and assures all people: "You are not a mistake."
April Holden suffered from persistent ill health as a child, but after she came to faith in her teens she became convinced that God was calling her to work with street children in Africa. This is the story of her life and career, as she has worked alongside churches and communities in harrowing circumstances from Egypt to Sudan, Zambia and more.
What happens when you come face-to-face with your mortality? As Russ Ramsey faced the possibility of death, he grappled with fear, anger, depression, and loss, and yet he experienced grace that filled him with a hope and hunger for the life to come. This profoundly eloquent memoir reveals that in the midst of pain, we can see glimpses of eternity.
You might be in the sunshine instead of the classroom, but that doesn't mean you can't brush up on your school subjects!
Plasma physicist Ian Hutchinson has been asked hundreds of questions about faith and science. Is God’s existence a scientific question? Is the Bible consistent with the modern scientific understanding of the universe? Are there scientific reasons to believe in God? In this comprehensive volume, Hutchinson answers a full range of inquiries with sound scientific insights and measured Christian perspective.
Christians confess that God created the heavens and the earth. But just how did he do it, and does the Bible give us a scientifically accurate account? Listen in as representatives from Reasons to Believe (old-earth creation) and BioLogos (evolutionary creation) engage in charitable dialogue on questions of creation and evolution.
Emerging adults want to believe that science and faith can coexist peacefully, and Greg Cootsona argues that they can. In his book Mere Science and Christian Faith he holds out a vision for the integration of science and faith and how it can lead us more deeply into the conversations that confront the church today.
The idea of America's special place in history has been a guiding light for centuries. With thoughtful insight, John D. Wilsey traces the concept of exceptionalism, including its theological meaning and implications for civil religion. This careful history considers not only the abuses of the idea but how it can also point to constructive civil engagement and human flourishing.
Historian Brandon O'Brien unveils an untold story of religious liberty in America. Between theocracy and secularism, Baptist pastor Isaac Backus contended for a third way—religious liberty and freedom of conscience for all Americans, regardless of belief. Backus's ideas impacted his era, giving us insight into how people of faith today can navigate political debates and work for the common good.
Need talking points on technology, immigration, or white supremacy? These books aren't afraid to tackle today's most controversial subjects
Technology has always shaped human life and our understanding of what it means to be human. But does it actually encourage human flourishing? By exploring the doctrine of the incarnation and what it means for our embodiment, Craig Gay raises concerns about the theological implications of modern technologies and movements such as transhumanism, offering an alternative vision to the path of modern technology.
Examining the transhumanist movement, biblical ethicist Jacob Shatzer grapples with the potential for technology to transform the way we think about what it means to be human. Exploring the doctrine of incarnation and topics such as artificial intelligence, robotics, medical technology, and communications tools, he guides us into careful consideration of the future of Christian discipleship in a disruptive technological environment.
"Are we for them or against them?" In this wise, practical book on the refugee and immigrant crises around the world, Kent Annan explores how fear and misunderstanding can motivate our responses to people in need. Instead, he invites us into stories of welcome, laying out simple practices for a way forward across social and cultural divides.
Evangelicalism in America has cracked. What defines the evangelical social and political vision—is it the gospel or is it culture? Edited by Mark Labberton, this collection of essays offers a diverse and provocative set of reflections from evangelical "insiders" who wrestle with the question of what it means to be evangelical in today's polarized climate.
Is privilege real or imagined? Ken Wytsma, founder of the Justice Conference, unpacks what we need to know to be grounded in conversations about today's race-related issues. And he helps us come to a deeper understanding of both the origins of these issues and the reconciling role we are called to play as witnesses of the gospel.
Gather your friends, your small group, or your neighbors for a summer book club with one of these discussion-worthy books!
Experience the journey of a young African American girl from South Carolina to the United States Naval Academy, and then into her calling as a speaker, mentor, and thought-leader. Intertwining Natasha Sistrunk Robinson's story with the story of Moses, this prophetic memoir invites you to bring along your story as well—to discover your own identity, purpose, and truth-revealing moments.
There is a road to life in the unshakeable kingdom of God, but it's not an easy journey. In this book James Bryan Smith shows us the better road, the road less travelled, but the road full of riches. Along the way he introduces us to new spiritual practices that will provide the sustenance we need for the deepest, most joy-filled journey of our lives—the journey into the heart of God.
If you appreciate Operation World as an adult, your kids will love this invaluable and age-appropriate prayer resource that develops cultural, political, and geographical awareness. This revised edition includes new entries for more countries and people groups, with updated information and prayer points. Young people and adults alike can discover and pray for the peoples of the world.
Framed around one ordinary day, this book explores daily life through the lens of liturgy, small practices, and habits that form us. Each chapter looks at something author Tish Harrison Warren does in a day—making the bed, brushing her teeth, losing her keys—and relates it to spiritual practice as well as to our Sunday worship.
How should Christians live? Some Christians stress the importance of keeping all the rules, while others see the Christian faith as setting us free from religious burdens. Inviting us to live a life in step with the Spirit, Christopher Wright teaches us how to feed on the Word of God, grow in Christlikeness, and live a fruitful life.
Number of Studies: 9