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GREAT GREAT NEW COVERS (AND SOME REPRINTS) of OLDER N.T. WRIGHT PAPERBACKS // ON SALE AT HEARTS & MINDS

I don't usually just swipe other blogs for our BookNotes reviews, but, as they say,tom in our back yard.jpg there's a first time for everything.  I found these descriptions of these brand new editions of older Tom Wright books in an Eerdmans Publishing blog to be very helpful. And so, he says a bit sheepishly...

And, hey, the new cover designs themselves deserve some celebration!  They are quite striking.  So, I borrowed heavily from the Eerdmans blog -- EerdWord, it's called -- which describes seven older Wright books, each freshly adorned with all new covers.

                                                                                                                                                                                           Tom Wright speaking in our backyard, Spring 2013.

We ourselves have had a long relationship with Wm. B. Eerdmans Co. The first "sales rep" I ever worked with, I'm eerdmans.jpgsure, was an Eerdmans one, who helped us learn a bit about the book biz. And they've published some of our perennial best sellers -- When the Kings Come Marching In by Rich Mouw, Creation Regained by Al Wolters, and authors such as Marva Dawn, Eugene Peterson, Ken Bailey, Nicholas Woltersdorff, and so many more.

And, yes, early N.T. Wright, whose early paperbacks thrilled us, back before he was so internationally acclaimed.

So, we're happy to share the news of these redesigned and reissued affordable paperbacks. I hope you like uniform covers and sets of books like this as much as I do.  I think these are very handsome, and we're glad for the time and care that Eerdmans put into this project.

A few of these books with new covers are now actually back in print after having been unavailable for a while.  Three big cheers for that!

SUPER SALE ON SOME OF THOSE WITH OLDER COVERS
However, please see the note at the end: we have some of the older editions which we have to clear out to make room for the new ones.  We have these with the original Eerdmans cover designs at a really good discount, while supplies last.  More on that, below.

BUT FIRST
But first, here, with permission, a bit from a recent Eerd-word blog.

He's a brilliant scholar. A respected church leader. A best-selling author.

N. T. Wright is . . . well, according to Christianity Today's April cover story ("Surprised by N.T. Wright"):

People who are asked to write about N. T. Wright may find they quickly run out of superlatives. He is the most prolific biblical scholar in a generation. Some say he is the most important apologist for the Christian faith since C. S. Lewis. He has written the most extensive series of popular commentaries on the New Testament since William Barclay. And, in case three careers sound like too few, he is also a church leader, having served as Bishop of Durham, England, before his current teaching post at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

But perhaps the most significant praise of all: When Wright speaks, preaches, or writes, folks say they see Jesus, and lives are transformed.

We at Eerdmans have enjoyed our long friendship with Wright -- and a fruitful publishing partnership that, back in the 1990s, resulted in a number of excellent books.

A few of those books are still easy to find today. Others, though, have followed the natural life cycle of print publications, moving gradually into our print on demand program or even -- gasp! -- going out of print entirely.

But not anymore. 

This summer, Eerdmans will be releasing fresh new editions of seven modern-day classics by N. T. Wright.

And so, EerdWord first announced these new covers. (Actually, I was privy to them previously as I even got to have a bit of input on some earlier suggested drafts.) These are, I think, very cool.

BOOKNOTES SALE - NEW WRIGHT EDITIONS 20% OFF

We just got these in last week and have them at a BookNotes 20% off discount. Just click on the order link below to go to our certified secure order form page.

But, first, back to Eerdmans helpful descriptions.  My own brief comments are in italics.


Ffollowing jesus n.jpgollowing Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship (Eerdmans) $14.00 our price = $11.20


Wright first outlines the essential messages of six major New Testament books -- Hebrews, Colossians, Matthew, John, Mark, and Revelation -- looking in particular at their portrayal of Jesus and what he accomplished in his sacrificial death. In the second part of the book Wright takes six key New Testament themes -- resurrection, rebirth, temptation, hell, heaven, and new life in a new world -- and considers their significance for the lives of present-day disciples.

 I often tell people who do not want one of his thick, scholarly works that this is one of the best books with which to be introduced to Wright's good Bible study. This is fantastic, about Jesus, about other New Testament writers, and about the call to contemporary whole-life discipleship. I very highly recommend it.




Wwho was jesus n.jpgho Was Jesus? (Eerdmans) $14.00 our price = $11.20

Written from the standpoint of professional biblical scholarship yet assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, Who Was Jesus? shows convincingly that much can be gained from a rigorous historical assessment of what the Gospels say about Jesus.

This is very good for anyone studying the authors who contribute to the "quest for the historical Jesus and who question the reliability of the gospel witnesses.







Tcrown and the fire.jpghe Crown and the Fire: Meditations on the Cross and the Life of the Spirit (Eerdmans) $14.00 our price = $11.20

This long-popular book contains thirteen powerful meditations and sermons challenging readers to reassess their own responses to Jesus' death, his resurrection, and the continuing influence of his Spirit on those who follow him today

You most likely haven't seen this, so it is a must for any NT Wright fan.  I think it is very strong. He hasn't written that much on the Holy Spirit, so this is very, very important for his oeuvre.






Tlord and his prayer n.jpghe Lord and His Prayer (Eerdmans) $11.00
our price = $8.80

In a series of pastoral reflections, N. T. Wright explores how the Lord's Prayer sums up Jesus' own agenda within his first-century setting.  Taking the Lord's Prayer clause by clause, Wright locates this prayer within the historical life and work of Jesus and allows the prayer's devotional application to grow out of its historical context. He demonstrates how grasping the Lord's Prayer in its original setting can be the starting point for a fresh understanding of Christian spirituality and the life of prayer.

Yes! Amen! Loaded with Kingdom vision, this makes a great study for a prayer group or any small group.






Ffor all god's worth n.jpgor All God's Worth: True Worship and the Calling of the Church (Eerdmans)  $14.00 our price = $11.20

This insightful book by N. T. Wright explores both the meaning and the results of worship. Based firmly on sensitive and creative readings of the biblical text, For All God's Worth is an inspiring call for renewal in the worship and witness of today's church.

Again, this is one of my all time favorites, reflecting well on traditional (corporate) worship as well as the worship we offer, twenty-four/seven, even in our jobs and vocations. An early call to relate Sunday and Monday, worship and work. I highly recommend it.





Wwhat saint paul really said nn.jpghat Saint Paul Really Said: Was Paul of Tarsus the Real Founder of Christianity (Eerdmans) $18.00
our price = $14.40

Wright leads readers through current scholarly discussions of Paul and gives a concise account of the actual contribution Paul made to the birth of Christianity. Wright offers a critique of the argument that claims that it was Paul who founded Christianity and shows clearly that Paul was not "the founder of Christianity" but was the faithful witness and herald of Jesus of Nazareth, the Jewish Messiah and the risen Lord of the Christian faith.

Wright has written a lot lately about Paul, much of it deep and the books expensive. Buy this one, for sure, to get the major themes of his recent thinking, and how he compares to other critical scholars.  Very impressive.





Tway of the lord.jpghe Way of the Lord: Christian Pilgrimage Today (Eerdmans) $14.00  our price = $11.20

In this inspirational and informative guidebook for Christian pilgrims, Wright explores all the sites that travelers usually visit on a tour of the Holy Land, explaining not only what is to be seen but also the context of faith that makes these sites, and the events associated with them, famous around the world. By weaving together Old and New Testament stories, poetry, and original insights, Wright helps readers enter imaginatively into each scene. He also sprinkles his narratives with reflections on the nature of pilgrimage generally and with discussion of vital contemporary issues related to the Holy Land.  This is another that is not well known, under-appreciated, and about which we can rejoice that it is now once again available.  Yes, it is about places, a theology of pilgrimage. Brilliant and inspirational!



We do hope you like these new covers -- I happen to like the use of modern art, suggesting something classy, but yet contemporary, enduring like good art, but a little edgy.  And thank goodness that we have such readable books from such a scholar.  We're very glad to announce them.  Don't forget, these handsome new editions are all 20% off.

HALF OFF ORIGINAL COVERS
while supplies last.for all god's worth old.jpg

And now, the sale on the older covers. We have a limited supply of a few which we are sellingwhat st paul old.jpg for BETTER THAN HALF PRICE.  What Saint Paul Really Said usually sells for $17 and we have 'em at just $8.  For All God's Worth used to sell for $13 and we have 'em for just $6. Who Was Jesus, The Lord and His Prayer and The Way of the Lord are also, while supplies last, just $6. Nice, eh?

Here is what would be helpful: if you are ordering the older editions, please note that.  And then you should tell us, if we are out of the older editions, if you are willing to take the new ones.  If you only want them if they are super cheap, let us know that, please, so we can honor your intentions and send just the right ones.   



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