Brenda Salter McNeil, Bethany Hoang, Amy Sherman and Luci Shaw were each named one of "50 Women to Watch" in Christianity Today’s October 2012 issue. The list was created by Christianity Today editors after they asked "dozens of evangelical leaders to identify Christian women in North America whom evangelicals admire and who are shaping the life of the church and culture in significant ways." InterVarsity Press (IVP) is especially pleased by this recognition as it anticipates the launch of IVP Crescendo, a line of books featuring the unique perspectives of women on issues of life and faith, this January.
Brenda Salter McNeil, author of A Credible Witness and The Heart of Racial Justice, was recognized for her racial reconciliation work, which, as CT noted, "has shaped policies of Christian colleges, universities and seminaries across the country and the world." McNeil's longstanding relationship with IVP began when McNeil was a staff worker for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and her voice has been a consistent force for racial and ethnic reconciliation through the years.
Bethany Hoang, best known for her work with the International Justice Mission, is the author of the forthcoming Deepening the Soul for Social Justice (November 2012), one of six books designed for the Urbana missions conference as part of the Urbana Onward series. Hoang's work is a significant contribution to IVP's publishing program in support of global advocacy.
Amy Sherman, author of Kingdom Calling, was also recognized for her commitment to social justice. Sherman, a senior fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, has been widely praised for her work on vocational stewardship in Kingdom Calling, which Enrichment Journal says is a "must read for pastors and church leaders."
Luci Shaw is the author of ten volumes of poetry and numerous works of nonfiction, including The Crime of Living Cautiously published by IVP in 2005. Her work has been read on national television, she has been interviewed by Prime Time America, she has appeared in several magazine cover stories and many of her writings are being collected at the Buswell Library at Wheaton College in The Luci Shaw Collection.
"On behalf of InterVarsity Press, I'd like to congratulate our authors on receiving this recognition," says Jeff Crosby, associate publisher and director of sales and marketing. "Their contributions truly are shaping the church, the culture and the kingdom of God. We appreciate their work, as well as Christianity Today for drawing attention to the significance of their influence."