Tag: Reading

How Reading Forms Us

How Reading Forms Us

Whenever someone asks for my favorite quote I do not hesitate. Most other ice-breaker-type questions perplex me—my favorite food, favorite color, what animal I would be if I got to choose. For the most part, I’m indifferent to those things. I’m fickle. It varies with the years, even the days. Of one thing—one thing only …

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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.




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.




One Old Book for Every Three New Ones

One Old Book for Every Three New Ones

The publishing industry wants you to know about all the new books coming out, we at IVP included. (And there are more books all the time, have you noticed?) But we also know that the good old, golden oldies are important, too, and not just for business — for life. C. S. Lewis had something …

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