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DeYoung’s Crazy Busy Wins Christian Book of the Year Award

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On April 28, the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association announced winners in the 2014 Christian Book Award program, conferring Kevin DeYoung’s Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem with the industry’s highest honor: Christian Book of the Year.

In this short, honest, and often humorous book, DeYoung rejects the “busyness as usual” mindset that so often characterizes our lives—helping us make time for the things that really matter.

To celebrate this good news, we’re hosting an exclusive, 2-day Crossway Impact sale:

To learn more, head over to CrazyBusyBook.com or check out:

*Sale ends midnight on Friday, May 2.

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Midweek Roundup – 4/30/14

Each Wednesday we share some recent links that we found informative, insightful, or helpful. These are often related to Crossway books, Bibles, or authors—but not always. We hope this list is an interesting and encouraging break for the middle of your week.


1. ECPA names Crazy Busy their 2014 Christian Book of the Year

The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) announced seven category winners for the 2014 Christian Book Award® program, honoring Christian publishing’s best book and Bible releases of the year. The announcements were made amongst Christian publishing leaders at the ECPA Awards & Anniversary banquet on April 28 at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, held opening night of the ECPA Leadership Summit.

The industry’s highest book honor, the 2014 Christian Book of the Year™, bestowed upon one title from all finalists according to overall impact in the marketplace, was announced as Crossway’s Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung.

2. Stephen Nichols reflects on our youth-driven culture

The subtle and not-so-subtle pulls of the idolization of youth manifest themselves in three areas. The first is an elevation of youth over the aged. This reverses the biblical paradigm. The second is a view of being human that values prettiness (not to be confused with beauty and aesthetics), strength, and human achievement. Think of the captain of the cheerleading squad and the star quarterback. The third is the dominance of the market by the youth demographic. That is to say, in order to be relevant and successful, one must appeal to the youth or to youthful tastes.

3. Fred Sanders helps us learn from Calvin and Hobbes

Anybody who has a message that they care about communicating should pay attention to the great lesson taught by Calvin and Hobbes: The lesson is that not every message can be communicated in every medium.

Yes, I mean Bill Watterson’s comic strip about the tiger and his boy, not the theologian and the philosopher. The confusion between the cartoon and the thinkers is excusable, because the strip was named after the thinkers, of course. Watterson has said that the title was “an inside joke for poli-sci majors.”

4. Books at a Glance interviews James Hamilton

Books At a Glance: Speaking of your God’s Glory In Salvation Through Judgment, please explain briefly the significance of your title, especially in relation to your project. And how does this help us in seeing that the Bible really is a about Christ?

Hamilton: God saved his people through the judgment of Jesus. When God did that, he established his justice and made a way to show mercy. Without justice, mercy would be nothing more than injustice selectively applied. But God is not unjust. God is righteous, and he is righteous when he forgives.

5. Credo Magazine interviews Jeramie Rinne on Church Elders

You state that “elders” are not an optional feature in church life. Everyone agrees that leadership is important, why this kind of leadership?

The short answer is the apostles specifically installed elders to lead the churches that they planted.  For example, Paul told Titus, “The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town” (Titus 1:5).  Churches aren’t “straightened out” until they have pastoral, elder leadership in place.  A church without shepherding elders is a disordered church.

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ESV Updates for Kindle PaperWhite

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Amazon Releases Software Update for Kindle PaperWhite

Amazon recently released a software update for both the First- and Second-Generation Kindle PaperWhite devices. First Gen Paperwhite devices should now be running software update 5.4.4.1 and Second Gen devices should run update 5.4.3.1.

While the updates do offer some improvements for accessing notes, managing cloud collections, and reading PDFs, they did cause some issues for readers using our ESV Bible and ESV Study Bible Kindle files. Links within the ESV files displayed incorrectly and caused navigation issues.

Updated ESV Bible and ESV Study Bible E-Books

Updates to the ESV Bible and ESV Study Bible e-books have been released and are currently available. If your Automatic Book Update setting is turned on, the new file should be delivered automatically when you are connected to WIFI. You may need to delete the old file and download it from your cloud account again to receive the update.

To download the new file manually, visit amazon.com/myk to sign into your account and access your bookshelf. There you will see an option to download the update to your chosen device.

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Make sure the Annotation Back-Up setting is turned on before you download the update so all your notes and highlights will be saved.

Check to make sure you have the updated file by navigating to the Copyright page. A version number will be listed under the Text Edition information. The updates will show version number 2014.04.a.mobi.

If you do not receive the update by following these steps, you may need to request the update by contacting Amazon’s Kindle Support.

E-Book Update Fixes

The updated versions of the ESV Bible and ESV Study Bible e-books have removed the link back from study notes, chapter headings, and cross-references. These links have been removed to remedy the linking issue caused by the Kindle PaperWhite software update. To navigate back to the text you were reading before viewing a note or cross-reference, use the Back button on your device or application.

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Read more information about the updates here: First Gen Update; Second Gen Update.

For more digital and tech updates, follow us on Twitter (@CrosswayDigital).

An Interview with Bill Pollard

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In this interview, we talk with C. William Pollard, chairman of Fairwyn Investment Company and best-selling author of The Soul of the Firm. His newest book is The Tides of Life: Learning to Lead and Serve as You Navigate the Currents of Life.


Why did you write the The Tides of Life? Who was your intended audience and what do you hope they’ll take away from the book?

Originally, I thought I was writing the book for my family—specifically for my grandchildren. The idea arose from watching my wife knit blankets for her great grandchildren . . . great grandchildren who have not yet been born and who she might not get a chance to see. But she wanted to knit these blankets as gifts for them. Seeing her do that got me thinking about the experiences that I want to share with my grandchildren and great grandchildren.

However, as I began writing, I realized that the book might have a broader appeal, since I reflect on lessons I’ve learned related to making good choices and navigating the opportunities and obstacles that we all face in life. I think anyone who is currently navigating significant changes in their life—whether related to their career, family, or some other position that they may hold—could benefit from the lessons that I reflect on in the book.

What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned over the course of your life?

Many of the lessons I’ve learned relate to leadership—not only in business, but in the home as well. One of the most significant lessons I learned came from a piece of advice I received from Peter Drucker. I remember we were sitting in his office discussing some leadership challenges I was facing at ServiceMaster. He leaned back in his chair, thought for a moment, and said, “Remember, Bill, a leader really only has one choice to make: to lead or mislead.”

I think it’s also important to know what you believe and why you believe it. Leaders need to know where they’ve come from and where they’re going. Of course, when you ask questions like that, it raises questions related to faith: “What do you really believe in?” and “How does God fit into your life?”

I’ve also found that life is full of difficult experiences, often stemming from our own mistakes and failures. In those situations, it’s important for leaders to admit their failures and, in some cases, ask for forgiveness. When you do that, you add an element of transparency to your relationships and build others’ trust.

Who’s had the most significant impact on your development as a leader?

I can’t name just a single person—it’s not possible in relation to my life. Many people have contributed to my development as a leader, including Peter Drucker, many of my colleagues at ServiceMaster, Hudson Armerding [president of Wheaton College], and my father-in-law. Of course, my relationship with Billy Graham has had a significant impact on my leadership. Finally, Warren Buffet had a profound influence on me, particularly in relation to how I view certain issues in the business world.

In the foreword to your book, Billy Graham refers to you as a “longtime friend.” How and when did you first meet Mr. Graham, and what kind of influence has he had on your life?

I first met Billy when I was serving at Wheaton College and he was on the Board of Trustees. One day, I had to make a presentation to the Board. After the meeting, Billy approached me and we began talking.

This conversation ultimately led to a few more long talks in the weeks that followed. He took a personal interest in me while we were both at Wheaton College and just wanted to get to know me. About a year after beginning at ServiceMaster, I received a call from Billy in which he asked me to serve on the board of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

What are the essential qualities of a true leader and how can aspiring leaders seek to develop them?

Again, I’ll come back to Drucker’s comment on leadership. He starts off by saying that leadership, in and of itself, is not something that we should seek. It’s a very interesting comment that you don’t normally hear in discussions or books related to leadership.

Drucker goes on to say that leadership is just a means to an end. The real question is, “To what end?” According to Drucker, the proper end of all leadership is the thriving of those who are following the leader. Leadership is not simply about the vision or desires of the leader. Rather, true leadership looks to the needs and abilities of those who are being led—true leadership entails taking responsibility for those who are following you.

This is applicable to leadership in any sphere, whether it be the workplace, the church, or the home. Leaders must know the answer to fundamental questions related to where they’re from and where they’re going. But ultimately leaders must address an even more fundamental question: “How does God fit into my life and leadership?”

In the context of a business, leaders must navigate how they’re going to integrate their faith with their work. The marketplace reflects the diversity of the world, including differences related to gender, race, ability, and beliefs. Therefore, leaders must learn how to affirm their faith without imposing it.


C. William Pollard (JD, Northwestern University School of Law) is chairman of Fairwyn Investment Company. For 25 years he participated in the leadership of The ServiceMaster Company, twice serving as the Company’s CEO. He is the author of a number of books, including The Soul of the Firm and The Tides of Life: Learning to Lead and Serve as You Navigate the Currents of Life (excerpt). He and his wife, Judy, have been married for over 55 years and have 4 adult children and 15 grandchildren.

Crossway Impact Graduation Sale

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Looking for gift ideas for a graduate in your life?

Help your graduates ground their next steps in God’s Word. This week, select editions of the ESV Study Bibles and a number of Crossway books are on sale for up to 40% off. This graduation sale is exclusive to Crossway Impact members* and runs through Sunday, May 4.

*A note for international readers – We are still working to expand Impact membership to our friends in Canada and Mexico. Thank you for your patience, and please stay tuned for more information.

 

Books for Graduates – 25% off

Taking God At His Word

By Kevin DeYoung

Can we trust the Bible completely? With his characteristic wit and clarity, award-winning author Kevin DeYoung has written an accessible introduction to the Bible that answers important questions raised by Christians and non-Christians.

 

Don’t Waste Your Life

By John Piper

Most people slip by in life without a passion for God, spending their lives on trivial diversions, living for comfort and pleasure, and perhaps trying to avoid sin. This book will warn you not to get caught up in a life that counts for nothing. It will challenge you to live and die boasting in the cross of Christ and making the glory of God your singular passion.

 

 

Books for Graduates – 40% off

How to Stay Christian in Seminary

By David Mathis and Jonathan Parnell

Seminary can be thrilling, with the potential to inspire and equip church leaders for a lifetime of faithful ministry. But it’s not without its risks. For many who have ignored the perils, seminary has been crippling. How to Stay Christian in Seminary offers real-world advice for students eager to survive seminary with a flourishing faith.

 

Jesus or Nothing

By Dan DeWitt

Many young adults are abandoning the Christian faith, convinced that it’s an outdated and uneducated belief system. Dan DeWitt counters these misconceptions and challenges us to think carefully about the choice between Jesus or nothing by comparing the Christian worldview to the notion of a godless universe.

 

What’s Your Worldview?

By James N. Anderson

Not sure what you’d say? Join James Anderson on an interactive journey of discovery aimed at helping you understand and evaluate the options when it comes to identifying your worldview. Cast in the mold of a classic “Choose Your Own Adventure” story, What’s Your Worldview? will guide you toward intellectually satisfying answers to life’s biggest questions.

 

Note to Self

By Joe Thorn

Pastor Joe Thorn delivers fifty brief, devotional chapters that model preaching the gospel to ourselves and its practical implications. Readers will be challenged by the book’s direct, personal exhortations to apply the law and the gospel to their own lives. Part of the Re:Lit series.

 

The Greener Grass Conspiracy

By Stephen Altrogge

With humor and honesty, Altrogge helps us do battle with discontentment by steering us back to the central truths of the gospel. Readers will be drawn to his winsome writing and practical application. Discussion questions follow each chapter, making this book a useful resource for small groups.

 

Rescuing Ambition

By Dave Harvey

Dave Harvey is calling for a rescue. He wants to snatch ambition from the heap of failed motivations and put it to work for the glory of God. To understand our ambition, we must understand that we are on a quest for glory. And where we find glory determines the success of our quest.

 

 

God at Work

By Gene Edward Veith Jr.

Given the enormous amount of time each of us spends working, we would do well to understand our callings and how God works through them. Unpacking the Bible’s teaching on work, Veith helps us to see the meaning in our vocations, the force behind our ethics, and the transformative presence of God in our everyday, ordinary lives.

 

Work Matters

By Tom Nelson

Striking a balance between theological depth and practical counsel, Tom Nelson outlines God’s purposes for work in a way that helps us to make the most of our vocation and to join God in his work in the world. Discover a new perspective on work that will transform your workday and make the majority of your waking hours matter, not only now, but for eternity.

 

ESV Study Bibles – 40% off

The ESV Study Bible was created to help people understand the Bible in a deeper way. Combining the best and more recent evangelical Christian scholarship with the highly regarded ESV text, it is the most comprehensive study Bible ever published and has sold over 1 million copies.

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