Author: Jon Boyd

Jon Boyd is associate academic editorial director at InterVarsity Press, where he has also led the digital communications team. He studied American and intellectual history and the Hebrew Bible (among other things) at Johns Hopkins, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the University of Michigan. He lives with his wife and daughters in Chicago, plays a vintage 1926 soprano saxophone, and has vivid dreams about strange places. You can follow him on Twitter as @octothorp.
Roger Ebert, Writer

Roger Ebert, Writer

If you think of Roger Ebert (who passed away yesterday) as a movie critic or a TV personality first, let me recommend to you his beautiful 2011 memoir, “Life Itself.”




Seven Kinds of Reading

Seven Kinds of Reading

The incomparable Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) practiced four distinct kinds of reading: (1) Study, (2) Perusal, (3) Mere reading and (4) Curious reading. But I’ve got an alternate scheme that allows me (like Johnson) to have a baker’s half-dozen books in active readership at any given time.




Junot Díaz on Creating a Reading Public

Junot Díaz on Creating a Reading Public

There are some periodicals that are so good that I fall way behind—because they’re so good I don’t want to skim or skip or unsubscribe. Currently I’m about three years behind with National Geographic, even longer with McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and I don’t even want to think about Books & Culture.




Mama Loves All Her Babies the Same

Mama Loves All Her Babies the Same

One of the struggles I have when blogging about books here is my fear of appearing to favor some IVP titles over others. I have quite the opposite problem from that of another colleague in book publishing: the incomparable Bridget Jones.




Better Theology for [Your Job Here]

Better Theology for [Your Job Here]

I love books that urge you to read more books—and I say that honestly as a reader, not just because I work for a publisher. One of our new titles, Toddy Holeman’s “Theology for Better Counseling,” makes a particularly good case for reading more.




In Good Humor

In Good Humor

I heard a surprising comment about this blog the other day from one reader who knows me particularly well: my mom. (Hi, Mom!) She said, “One thing I can tell from reading your blog is that you’re having fun at your job.” Yes! It’s true. I’m thankful for the opportunity to experience joy in my work, and that reminds me of a string of quotations I’ve seen lately in IVP books for serious professionals.




Good Solitary Reading

Good Solitary Reading

‘Tis the season for making introverts uncomfortable, what with so many people and parties and busyness. (I should know. I am one.) If you’re craving some “alone time,” you’re not alone. Here’s a nice passage about what a difference some peace and quiet can make for our reading habits. But first, a moment of word …

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‘Tis the Season for Christmas Reading

‘Tis the Season for Christmas Reading

‘Tis the season for Christmas readings. For the moment, let’s leave aside justly revered classics like “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens, or “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” by Dylan Thomas. Here are three more recent Christmas books that have captured my heart because they capture the beauty of Christmas.




What “Google Suggests” About Books

What “Google Suggests” About Books

You know the nifty feature from Google where they expand what you’re starting to type, sort of like “auto-complete” for your search query? Technically, that’s exactly what Google itself calls it: Autocomplete. (I guess they’re probably not wild about the vernacular “Google Suggests,” with its implication of recommendation or endorsement.) Well, no matter what it’s …

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