Monday, January 26, 2009

Coming Soon from IVP Academic: John Calvin: A Pilgrim's Life

IVP Academic is releasing a new biography on John Calvin this March. Authored by Herman J. Selderhuis, professor for church history and church polity at the Theological University Apeldoorn (Netherlands) and director of the University's Institute for Reformation Research. Now I know what you're thinking--"OK, it's Calvin's 500th birthday but aren't there enough biographies on the guy already?!" If you're not thinking it, I was. Well, here's what Donald McKim says, "One would think that with all the biographies of John Calvin through the centuries there would be nothing new to say. Think again! Veteran Calvin scholar Herman Selderhuis has followed Calvin himself in going 'back to the sources' and provides a portrait of Calvin drawn exclusively from Calvin's own writings." This is only one of a good handful of recommendations from such notables as Timothy George, Frank A. James and Lyle Bierma. So I will add this to my Calvin reading list. I hope you do to. It will be 304 pages, paperback and sell for $25.00. You can see the table of contents and a couple of excerpts here.

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