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2012 Crossway Book Awards

We are pleased to report that Crossway titles received numerous awards and made their way onto several “best of” lists this past year. Congratulations to our authors for their important contributions to Christian publishing! Here are just a few of the books that were recently recognized:

Christianity Today’s 2013 Book Awards

The Hole in Our Holiness Cover God is Love Cover

The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness
by Kevin DeYoung

Award of Merit in the Spirituality category

God is Love: A Biblical and Systematic Theology
by Gerald Bray

Award of Merit in the Theology/Ethics category


Janet Mefferd’s Favorite 10 Christian Books of 2012

RetroChristianity Cover The Man Christ Jesus
RetroChristianity: Reclaiming the Forgotten Faith
by Michael J. Svigel
The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ
by Bruce A. Ware


ECPA’s 2012 Christian Book Awards

ESV Student Study Bible Cover

ESV Student Study Bible

2012 Book of the Year Award, Bibles


ECPA | dp Book Cover Award

The Hole in Our Holiness Cover

The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness
by Kevin DeYoung

Best Cover from a Small-Sized Publisher
Designer: Josh Dennis


Credo Magazine’s Favorite Books of 2012

God is Impassible and Impassioned Cover The Creedal Imperative Cover Inerrancy and Worldview Cover

God is Impassible and Impassioned: Toward a Theology of Divine Emotion
by Rob Lister

The Creedal Imperative
by Carl R. Trueman
Inerrancy and Worldview: Answering Modern Challenges to the Bible
by Vern Sheridan Poythress
January 28, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,News | Author: Lindsay Tully @ 8:00 am | (3) Comments »

The Gospel and Moving Toward the Lost and Broken

In their book Faithmapping, Daniel Montgomery and Mike Cosper challenge us as we witness to our communities (emphasis ours):

We don’t necessarily need training or a new set of skills to be witnesses, we just have to believe that the gospel is truly good news.

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus is continually saying that he must go on to other villages (Mark 1:38; Luke 4:43). Jesus’s life is a movement toward people who are lost and broken. The incarnation is a story about God, in infinite power and holiness, moving toward us, enduring the humiliation of becoming human, bound up in a body with hands, feet, and speech, living a common, ordinary life for thirty years. It’s a movement from the glorious to the obscure, a journey of seeking us out. That movement continues throughout Jesus’s life. He moves toward the unacceptable members of society like tax collectors and prostitutes. He moves toward women who were marginalized in a male-dominated culture. He moves toward blue-collar workers like fishermen. He moves toward outcasts who are sick or disabled.

Religion huddles up. It builds up hedges that define who is in and who is out, and it rigorously defends those boundaries. The gospel moves outward. God moves toward us, and as his witnesses, we move outward too, moving toward people who are marginalized and excluded by the boundaries of religion. Like Jesus, the gospel should compel us outside our circles of familiarity, to the marginalized, the “least of these” of our society. In fact, something is terribly wrong with our understanding of the gospel if it is not continually moving outward.

A church that isn’t witnessing, that isn’t moving outward, doesn’t have a problem with technique. It doesn’t need a new program. Its problem is first and foremost a gospel problem. Witnessing is a natural response to the experience of God’s grace, and its power lies entirely in the gospel. If we’re not compelled to share the gospel, we should wrestle with whether we actually believe it.

Adapted from Faithmapping: A Gospel Atlas for Your Spiritual Journey, by Daniel Montgomery and Mike Cosper

Daniel Montgomery (MDiv, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the founder and lead pastor of Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and founder of Sojourn Network.

Mike Cosper is one of the founding pastors of Sojourn Community Church, where he serves as the pastor of worship and arts. He is also founder of Sojourn Music and contributes regularly to the Gospel Coalition blog.

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January 25, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Church Ministry,Community,Evangelism / Missions,Life / Doctrine | Author: Lindsay Tully @ 8:00 am | 0 Comments »

New Crossway Books Published in January

We are excited about the first round of Crossway books available in 2013! Included in our January releases are new titles from John Piper and Elyse Fitzpatrick, a new children’s book, and never-before-published sermons from Martyn Lloyd-Jones:

Reading Between the Lines Cover Image Reading Between the Lines: A Christian Guide to Literature by Gene Edward Veith Jr.

Reading Between the Lines is thoroughly enjoyable and thoroughly literate—a magnificent blending of history, literature, and theology that will be welcomed by professionals and laity alike.”
–Wayne Martindale, Professor of English, Wheaton College

Setting Our Affections Upon Glory Setting Our Affections Upon Glory: Nine Sermons on the Gospel and the Church by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“A faithful source of biblical clear-headedness and a model for preaching that shapes our palette for the deep things of God and his gospel.”
— John Starke, Lead Pastor, All Souls Church, New York; editor, The Gospel Coalition

Faithmapping Faithmapping: A Gospel Atlas for Your Spiritual Journey by Daniel Montgomery and Mike Cosper

“Daniel Montgomery and Mike Cosper are wise guides for the journey. In Faithmapping they set out a pattern for personal discipleship and the life of the faithful Christian in the local church. I welcome this book.”
— R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Comforts from Romans Comforts from Romans: Celebrating the Gospel One Day at a Time by Elyse Fitzpatrick

“This book opens our eyes to see the miseries of our self-absorption and self-effort salvation and then applies the substantive, solid comfort of abundant grace, imputed righteousness, purchased peace, blessed wretchedness, no condemnation, no separation.”
— Nancy Guthrie, Bible teacher; author, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series
Risk is Right Risk is Right: Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It by John Piper, foreword by David Platt

“This book is absolute dynamite. While probably Piper’s smallest work, I would argue its content is the most critical. I plead with all my heart that you buy it, read it and with God’s help, live it out.”
— Jonathan Carswell, founder, The 10 Group of Companies (incorporating www.10ofthose.com)

Also available for children this month:

My ABC Bible Verses from the Psalms My ABC Bible Verses from the Psalms by Susan Hunt and Richie Hunt

This colorfully illustrated children’s book presents a verse from Psalms alongside each letter of the alphabet with an engaging story—helping kids to memorize verses from the Psalms, learn their ABC’s, grow in their relationship with God, and understand why God is worthy of our worship.

January 21, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,News | Author: Lindsay Tully @ 8:00 am | 0 Comments »

Video: Zack Eswine on Significance in the Ordinary

Listen in as Zack Eswine, author of Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry as a Human Being, gives us a behind-the-scenes look at his own life and ministry. Eswine touches on a variety of topics, from struggling to work through the death of a friend, to dealing with the breakdown of his marriage, to learning how to be a single dad. He encourages us to learn to rest in Jesus—and not our ministry or our good works—in the midst of the ups and downs of life.

Endorsements for Sensing Jesus:

“C. S. Lewis wrote that friendship is born when one man says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . . .’ Many pastors will find a new friend in this remarkable book. What makes this book both approachable and powerful is its honesty—that rare treasure we pastors are sometimes afraid to make our own. Zack Eswine gives us a front row seat to his heart. In seeing him, we see ourselves. But far better, we also see Jesus in his all-sufficiency for us. To everyone who wants to serve the Lord with a heart set free from pretense, I commend Sensing Jesus.”
Raymond C. Ortlund Jr., Lead Pastor, Immanuel Church, Nashville, Tennessee

“This is one of the finest books on being a pastor written in this generation. I plan to use Sensing Jesus as required read for our pastoral theology students here at Covenant Seminary. The book is heart-wrenchingly honest about Zack’s own hopes and dreams and about the challenges of dealing with the praise that is heaped on a gifted young communicator of God’s Word. It is this rare honesty that makes the book a must read for anyone called to a life of ministry. . . . This will be an outstanding addition to the library of every pastor and teacher, indeed of anyone committed to ministry.”
Jerram Barrs, Resident Scholar of the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Theological Seminary; author, Freedom and Discipleship and The Heart of Prayer

January 18, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Church Leadership,Church Ministry,Life / Doctrine,Video | Author: Lindsay Tully @ 8:53 am | 0 Comments »

Exciting Changes to Crossway.org

We’re pleased to announce some exciting changes to our Crossway website. This morning we launched a new home page to our website, along with new home pages for books, Bibles, ebooks, and tracts. All feature improved navigation and browsing.

We’re also introducing a brand new ebooks section of the website, where you can browse ebook titles, audiobooks, and ESVBible.org modules, as well as learn about digital sales and special offers.

Most significantly, Crossway.org now features responsive design, which means the entire site will automatically configure itself to optimally fit your browser window, regardless of size. Whether you’re viewing it on a large desktop computer, a smaller laptop, or a mobile device like a tablet or smartphone, Crossway.org is now easier to read and navigate.

We’re continually working on Crossway.org, and have some exciting improvements planned for the future. In the mean time be sure to check out these most recent changes!


January 15, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Digital News,News | Author: Andrew Tebbe @ 5:02 pm | (2) Comments »