It was another successful year for InterVarsity Press at the annual Association of Logos Bookstores convention and awards ceremony. InterVarsity Press won awards in three categories: Author of the Year, Best Book in the category of Christianity and Culture, and Best Book in the category of Spirituality. The awards ceremony took place in Atlanta on June 22 at the start of the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS).
Jeff Crosby, IVP's associate publisher and director of sales and marketing, said, "All of us at InterVarsity Press are grateful for the good ongoing work of Logos Bookstores and for their interest in stocking and promoting thoughtful Christian books such as those written by J. I. Packer, Dallas Willard and Os Guinness. We've had a long and fruitful relationship with Logos dating back to the late 1960s and the first of its stores near the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, started by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. We are privileged to accept these three awards on behalf of our authors."
J. I. Packer was awarded Author of the Year for 2014. Packer is regarded as one of the most influential evangelicals in North America. He is Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and his writings include books such as Knowing God, A Quest for Godliness and Rediscovering Holiness. He has preached and lectured widely in Great Britain and North America and served as general editor of the English Standard Version of the Bible published in 2001, and theological editor of the Study Bible version.
Living in Christ's Presence: Final Words on Heaven and the Kingdom of God by Dallas Willard was praised as Best Book in the category of Spirituality. Exploring what it means to live well now in light of God's kingdom, this book is adapted from the talks given at the February 2013 Dallas Willard Center Knowing Christ Today Conference. Each chapter is followed with an illuminating dialogue between Dallas Willard and John Ortberg.
Honored as the Best Book in Christianity and Culture, The Global Public Square: Religious Freedom and the Making of a World Safe for Diversity by Os Guinness seeks a return to the first principles of religious and political freedom. Hearkening back to the "soul liberty" of English Puritan Roger Williams, Guinness argues that a society's greatest bulwark against abuse lies in its people's freedom of conscience.
This year's awards were presented by Becky Gorczyca, the executive director of the member-owned Association of Logos Bookstores, who stated, "It is our pleasure to work with IVP on an ongoing basis and to celebrate quality publishing each year with the presentation of Author of the Year and Books of the Year awards."
The Kent, Ohio, based nonprofit Association of Logos Bookstores serves independent Christian bookstores in the United States, Canada and the Bahamas.