2022 IVP Reader’s Choice Awards FINALISTS

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2022 IVP Readers’ Choice Awards
Vote now for the finalists!

In 2022, IVP published more than 120 new titles, and over the last week, readers nominated their favorites. Now, they’re happy to announce their 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards finalists and it’s time for you to choose the winners.

No matter which titles advance, you can save 30% on the finalist books when you use promo code RCA22.


The deadline to vote is Friday, January 20 at 11:59 pm CT.

Submissions with more than two votes per category will be automatically disqualified. The book with the most votes in each category will win.

Congratulations to all the finalists! Wonderful books this past year!


2022 IVP Reader’s Choice Awards

RCA 22, Vote Now

2022 IVP Readers’ Choice Awards
Nominate Your Favorite IVP Books of 2022!

In 2022, IVP published more than 120 titles. They need your help to select the fan favorites for their annual Readers’ Choice Awards! Bonus: participate in the awards and be entered to win a stack of the winning titles!


The deadline to nominate is Friday, January 13 at 11:59 am.

The titles in each category with the most votes will be selected as finalists and voting will be live on Tuesday, January 17!

2019 IVP Reader’s Choice Awards – Finalist Voting Now Open


2019 IVP Readers’ Choice Awards
Vote for Your Favorite IVP Books of 2019!

Between November 2018 and December 2019, IVP published more than 130 new titles. It’s that time of year for their 6th annual Readers’ Choice Awards!

Nomination voting is over, but now IVP is happy to announce their 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards finalists and it’s time for you to choose the winners!


Voting will close on Friday, February 7 at 12:00 PM CT.

2019 IVP Reader’s Choice Awards


2019 IVP Readers’ Choice Awards
Nominate Your Favorite IVP Books of 2019!

Between November 2018 and December 2019, IVP published more than 130 new titles. They need your help to select the fan favorites for their 6th annual Readers’ Choice Awards!


The deadline to nominate is Friday, January 24 at 12:00 pm.

The finalists will be selected and voting will be live on Monday, January 27!

The Violence of the Biblical God – L. Daniel Hawk – Eerdmans


L. Daniel Hawk is professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Ashland Theological Seminary and an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. He is the author of Ruth in the Apollos Old Testament Commentary series.

L. Daniel Hawk says:

The violence of the biblical God confronts faithful readers with a host of perplexing challenges. The God who decrees “Thou shalt not kill” nevertheless commits and commands killing, sometimes on a massive scale. God’s collusion with violence throughout the Old Testament is difficult to reconcile with Jesus’s commands to love one’s enemies and turn the other cheek. Then there is the matter of how God’s violence has been used to legitimate and direct Christian programs of violence throughout history, from crusades to colonialism. Doesn’t a violent God produce violent followers?

The conversation about God’s violence in our day has largely centered on the question of whether the Old Testament depiction of the violent God is compatible with the God revealed through the teachings and ministry of Jesus. A number of recent and influential books (for example, Gregory Boyd’s The Crucifixion of the Warrior God and Eric Seibert’s The Violence of Scripture), respond with an emphatic “No!” They argue that the violence of the Old Testament God cannot be reconciled with the non-violent teaching and life of Jesus.

It follows then, the argument goes, that all references to God’s violence –whether in word or deed–reflect false or fictional representations of God. These are to be attributed to the incorporation of the violent imagery associated with the religion and deities of the ancient world. Since violent portraits of God arise from flawed ideas about the divine, they do not reveal who God really is and cannot be taken at face value. One must therefore find an alternate way to interpret the images–for example, to allegorize them–or to reject them altogether.

I am uncomfortable with this way of dealing with the issue for a number of reasons. I begin with the assumption that two parts of the canon witness to one and the same God; the God revealed in Israel’s testimony is the God incarnate in Jesus Christ. I see the Bible’s diverse and disparate representations of God as presenting a paradox that requires hard thinking and resists attempts to harmonize.

I’m also uncomfortable with approaches that assert that what the Bible plainly says is not what the Bible really says. How and who decides when the Bible speaks plainly or truly reveals God seems a slippery process. Equally slippery is the tendency to derive theological conclusions from reconstructions of what ancient people were thinking, especially since some reconstructions rest on pure conjecture.

I, therefore, decided to come at the topic of divine violence from a different direction, beginning with approaching all canonical depictions of God as revelatory and the Bible as a revelatory text in its own right. I think it better, as a corollary, to draw theological conclusions from what the biblical text plainly says, rather than on what biblical interpreters think biblical writers were thinking. Finally, I view the Bible as a diverse assembly of witnesses that draws interpreters into an ongoing conversation about how to think and act in alignment with God’s work in our time–as opposed to mining the Bible for categorical moral principles.

In The Violence of the Bible God, I focus specifically on the way that the Bible tells the story of God’s work to restore a damaged creation by working through and with human partners, following the thread of the Primary Narrative (Genesis through 2 Kings) and picking up it up again in Luke and Acts. The narratives, as I read them, depict a God who enters the ungodly mess that humans have made of the world and who, in the process of working and identifying with human partners, is drawn into the maelstrom of violence that configures the world. As the story unfolds, we encounter a God who is deeply committed to those partners and adapts to their situations and behaviors for the sake of the relationship. As a result, over time God becomes entangled in the very systems of human violence and oppression that God opposes.

The project eventually comes crashing down, with God’s chosen people in exile and humbled by the dominant power of their time. The story picks up again, however, in the New Testament, with a new divine approach, which entails God disengaging with rather than working within the oppressive systems of the world. Now standing outside those systems, God is free to fully and clearly reveal God’s nature and priorities through God’s Son.

Taken as a whole, the story of God’s work to renew creation recounts God’s determination to work with and adapt to a collaborative relationship with flawed human partners. It presents multiple, disparate portraits of God working within and God working outside the systems created by wayward humanity. The diversity of canonical portraits, I suggest, signals how the Bible may guide reflection on violence. The canon places various contexts and perspectives in conversation and in so doing invites Christians to extend the conversation into their own contexts.


The Many Benefits of Reading – Penguin Random House


The Many Benefits of Reading – Penguin Random House


Improves Memory: Reading activates the parts of your brain that create new synapses for memory.

Lengthens Life: One study shows that those who read as little as 30 minutes a day live on average 2 years longer than non-readers.

Makes You Smarter: Reading has been shown to enhance vocabulary, improve articulation, and increase creativity.



Relieves Stress & Lowers Blood Pressure: Just 6 minutes of reading has been shown to lower heart rate and muscle tension.

Improves Sleep: Incorporating a reading routine into your bedtime ritual tells your body it’s time to wind down and get some sleep.



Makes You More Empathetic: Reading literary fiction, in particular, has been shown to improve one’s understanding of others’ beliefs and views.


Do something for your health and happiness by reading more!

Book Giveaway – Brave Souls: Experiencing the Audacious Power of Empathy – InterVarsity Press


Enter for a chance to win 1 of 20 advance copies of Brave Souls by Belinda Bauman!

Goodreads entry link can be found HERE

Book Description: What if empathy could save us? From the top of Mount Kilimanjaro to the borders of war-torn Syria, Belinda Bauman takes readers along her journey to empathy. With cutting-edge neuroscience, biblical parables, and stories of brave women from across the globe, she casts a vision for lives and communities transformed by everyday Christians practicing empathy as a spiritual discipline.

Giveaway ends on January 16th, 2019.