InterVarsity Press is now offering selected titles as audiobooks. IVP’s audio line debuts with Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus Today by Mark Labberton (Sept.), available in English, Spanish, and Korean. The press will release a total of 14 audio titles, including works by John Stott and Andy Crouch, between February and September 2015.
Willie James Jennings has won the 2015 Louisville Grawemeyer Award for The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race (Yale Univ., 2010). Jennings is an associate professor of theology and black church studies at Duke Divinity School. His book examines how Christianity contributed to segregation and racism in America and argues for a renewal of imagination to heal historic divides. The Grawemeyer Award comes with a $100,000 prize.
Thomas Nelson’s Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom’s Small Prayer in a Big Way (May 2014) is the first-ever Target Holiday Book Club Pick, with a new special edition of the book available exclusively at Target starting December 2. Fly a Little Higher is a memoir by Laura Sobiech, mother of Zach Sobiech, a Minnesota teenager who died of died of osteosarcoma at age 17 in 2013. Zach’s song, “Clouds,” made #1 on iTunes in May 2013; a mini-documentary, “My Last Days,” made by the online video site Soul Pancake, went viral around the same time, and CNN named Zach one of the five most extraordinary people of 2013. The Target edition features bonus materials, including a Q&A with the author and discussion questions for readers, and will be available as a Target Club Pick through 2015. The Target Book Club was launched in 2005; next year will be its 10th anniversary.
Baker Publishing Group has had three titles selected by Worship Leader magazine as Editor’s Picks and will be featured in the November/December "Best of 2014" issue: For the Glory of God (Baker Academic) by Daniel I. Block; The Beginner’s Guide to Worshiping God (Bethany House) by Gary D. Kinnaman; and Look and Live (Bethany House) by Matt Papa. The books were among 12 titles selected by Worship Leader as the best current resources for the churches.
Reformation Heritage Books, the nonprofit publisher of Puritan and Reformed works, has released the first volume of a projected ten-volume set of The Works of William Perkins, who is often called “the father of Puritanism.” The volume editor is J. Stephen Yuille; series editors are Joel R. Beeke and Derek Thomas. Reformation Heritage’s King James Study Bible, released in November, has sold more than 10,000 copies and is going to a second printing.