The Eerdmans building at 2140 Oak Industrial Dr. in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is home not only to all our publishing activities but also to a fine bookstore, which offers great deals on all the books we publish — not to mention a fantastic selection of quality books from other religious publishers as well — and hosts a number of (free!) author events each year. In this post, bookstore manager Nate Dawson gives us the inside scoop on five authors scheduled to appear at Eerdmans Bookstore in early 2012.
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Eerdmans Bookstore is pleased to announce the beginning of an exciting year of special events.
We are beginning this year with two heavy-hitters, N. T. Wright and Walter Brueggemann later this week. But don’t think we are just starting the year off strong! These are just the first of several events in the works for the first quarter of 2012 — events that could only happen at Eerdmans Bookstore.
Read on for more information on each of these upcoming author appearances.
N. T. Wright is best known in scholarly circles as someone who fends off fundamental biblicism with one hand and post-modern relativism with the other. He goes head to head with traditional Reformed folks on issues of justification, imputation, and the authority of Scripture, while in the next breath he takes the so-called liberal quest for the historical Jesus to task. Through his unique approach to worldview analysis, the first century comes alive in ways sometimes unimaginable. Although this world-class biblical scholar and New Testament specialist is known for his brilliant rhetoric and passionate “way with a word” — as his good friend Richard Hays remarks — many know him simply as Tom, a loving pastor, caring teacher and committed churchman.
Join us in welcoming N. T. (Tom) Wright to the bookstore for a book signing on Thursday, January 26, from 4:30–6:00pm.
Walter Brueggemann is also known for having a “way with words” — words he uses to call on all people everywhere to resist being influenced by the reigning empire. Often with politically charged overtones, Brueggemann confronts the powers-that-be by calling the contemporary church — much as the prophets of the Old Testament called Israel — back to her God. But Brueggeman too has a unique commitment to the church. In his newest book The Practice of Prophetic Imagination, which he will be speaking on especially when he visits the bookstore, he calls on preachers today to be like Israel’s prophets — calling all people back to God.
Join us for this special book talk and signing at the bookstore on Friday, January 27, from 3:00–5:30 p.m.
Tom Holland was born in Liverpool, England, before the Beatles hit the worldwide scene. When he isn’t telling stories about family members who babysat for those little Beatles, he teaches New Testament and Hermeneutics at Wales Evangelical School of Theology. He is the author of Contours of Pauline Theology: A Radical New Survey of the Influences on Paul’s Biblical Writings. There he tackles issues similar to those raised by New Testament specialists like N. T. Wright and James D. G. Dunn, though he is somewhat critical of their overuse of Hellinistic Literature to support their “biblical theology.” Holland’s understanding of Pauline Theology overlaps significantly with that of other central figures in New Testament theology, but he offers a slightly different approach than most. In his most recent commentary, Romans: The Divine Marriage: A Biblical Theological Commentary, Holland brings his pastoral sensitivities to bear as he guides readers into and through the Apostle Paul’s new exodus reading of the biblical narrative.
On February 16 at 7:00 p.m. Tom Holland will share his thoughts on “Western Individualism and the Role of Scripture: A Theological Reflection on the Book of Romans.”
FYI: Only at Eerdmans Bookstore can you purchase Wipf & Stock titles — including Tom Holland’s Romans commentary — at 20% off the retail price. Even Amazon.com can’t beat that!
I suspect theologians reading this post may be wondering: what’s with all the biblical scholars? Don’t worry: all you theology types are in for a treat with our March event. On March 22 at 7:00 p.m. J. Todd Billings (Western Theological Seminary) and Suzanne McDonald (Calvin College Religion Department) will be in the store to launch our 2012 Author Interview Series. And since they have overlapping interests and deeply respect one another’s work, we have asked them to interview one another! McDonald’s most recent book (with Eerdmans) is Re-Imaging Election: Divine Election as Representing God to Others and Other to God, wherein she considers not only a controversial doctrine within the Reformed tradition, but speaks about it with elegance and passion. You won’t want to miss the energy she brings into a room!
Billings has won awards for each of his three books. In 2009 he won a John Templeton Award for Theological Promise for his first book, Calvin, Participation, and the Gift: The Activity of Beleivers in Union with Christ (Oxford University Press, 2008). After receiving the CCED (Center for Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue) Book Prize in 2011 for The Word of God for the People of God (Wm B Eerdmans, 2010), his most recent book Union With Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church (Baker Academic, 2011) received a 2012 Christianity Today Award of Merit in Theology/Ethics.
Join us for this, the first installment in our 2012 Author Interview Series, on March 22 at 7:00 p.m.
We’re planning even more exciting events for later in the year. You can keep up to date on all in-store author appearances by liking our Facebook page, where you can also sign up to receive event information by email, or by following us on Twitter (@EerdmansStore).