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January 7, 2009

Foaming at the Blurbs

There’s been quite a kerfuffle out there in blogdom here and here and here over Scot McKnight’s endorsement of N. T. Wright’s forthcoming book, Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision (due June 2009). You can read the endorsements, or blurbs, here. Now, from a publisher’s and an author’s standpoint, that’s a pretty nice spread of folks urging you to read the book, whether you agree or not. And my friend Scot, who knows how to blurb (and now saves his ammo for a select few, salted his endorsement with his considered opinion of some of Wright’s “neo-Reformed” opponents!

We’ve been expecting some fur to fly when the book comes out. But this much over just a blurb? Well, while we do try to be high minded, even handed and above the fray, I can’t help saying that this sort of thing warms the cockles of a publisher’s heart. And it provides an interesting window onto a sector of evangelicalism.

(And thanks to Mike Bird and a few others for stepping into the bloggy fray with the gift of reason and clarity.)

Dan Reid

Posted by Andy Le Peau at January 7, 2009 5:28 PM Bookmark and Share


Great! I wasn't aware that this book is even coming out, let alone any blurb scuffles. Can't wait until June!

By the way, regarding NT Wright, I'm just curious about the ... For Everyone Bible studies that are planned. Are these to be a companion to the ... For Everyone series by WJK Press? Or are these stand alone studies of a similar name?

Thanks and keep up the good work!

Comment by: Brian D. at January 10, 2009 12:38 PM

Hi Brian

I'll take this one on for Dan since it's a project I'm managing. The answer to your questions are yes and yes. The Bible study guides are indeed companions to the WJK (SPCK in the UK) For Everyone series but they are also stand alone guides. Readers, but especially group leaders, will benefit from having the WJK volume on hand. But individuals can work through the study guides without those if they desire.

Andy Le Peau

Comment by: Andy Le Peau at January 10, 2009 1:56 PM

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