Temperatures in Grand Rapids are expected to hit a sultry 100˚ F (again) today, with no rain or relief from the heat in plain sight. For Michigan, at least, it’s hot.

Four members of the Eerdmans sales team, however, have temporarily managed to escape the Michigan heat wave this week by traveling to balmy Orlando, FL, for the annual International Christian Retail Show, held this year July 15–18. (Today’s forecast for Orlando and vicinity: 85˚ F with a good chance of rain. Go figure.)

If you, too, are beating the heat at ICRS in Orlando this week, be sure to stop by to visit Franklin, Jerry, Tom, and Jesse at booth #349.

Eerdmans booth #349 at ICRS

Jerry, Jesse, and Tom at ICRS, booth #349.

They’re offering great deals on nearly 50 different new and backlist Eerdmans titles, by authors including C. S. Lewis, Eugene Peterson, D. A. Carson, Gary Schmidt, Lee Bennett Hopkins, and many others. You can see the complete list on Edelweiss, but here’s a small taste of what we have available at the show:

The Intolerance of Tolerance

The Intolerance of Tolerance
D. A. Carson

In this book, Carson traces the subtle but enormous shift in the way we have come to understand tolerance over recent years — from defending the rights of those who hold different beliefs to affirming all beliefs as equally valid and correct. He looks back at the history of this shift and discusses its implications for culture today, especially its bearing on democracy, discussions about good and evil, and Christian truth claims.

Using real-life examples that will sometimes arouse laughter and sometimes make the blood boil, Carson argues not only that the “new tolerance” is socially dangerous and intellectually debilitating but also that it actually leads to genuine intolerance of all who struggle to hold fast to their beliefs.

Reading the New Testament for the First TimeReading the New Testament for the First Time
Ronald J. Allen

Ronald Allen offers a truly elementary guide to the New Testament’s world, its story, and its message to those who have never read it. Reading the New Testament for the First Time walks readers through the New Testament, covering key topics like these:

  • how to find one’s way around the New Testament
  • how and when the New Testament was written
  • important characters like Jesus, Paul, and the twelve disciples
  • big ideas found in the New Testament such as love, righteousness, and the realm of God
  • how to apply the New Testament to our lives today
  • and much more!

Dwelling with PhilippiansDwelling with Philippians: A Conversation with Scripture through Image and Word
Elizabeth Steele Halstead, Paul Detterman, Joyce Borger, and John D. Witvliet

This rich, inviting volume illumines Paul’s letter to the Philippians through evocative juxtapositions of visual images, poetry, and other worship-related arts with theological reflections, prayers, and more. The book’s multidimensional approach creates abundant space for unhurried contemplation, whether in individual reflection or group study. It invites readers to dwell with Philippians — to slow down, to explore the texture and palette of Paul’s message in a deliberately measured way, to be drawn into the mystery, beauty, and life-changing power of this joyful biblical letter.

Jonah's WhaleJonah’s Whale
Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Giuliano Ferri

Whale has a happy life. A home in the blue-deep waters of the sea, a family that splashes and twirls and plays in the waves, clouds of silvery fish to eat. What more could he need?

But one day Whale sees a ship tossed on the waves by a storm, and hears God’s command to save a drowning man. Whale is not sure what to do with the man Jonah, but he obeys God anyway.

Giuliano Ferri’s soft, inviting paintings and Eileen Spinelli’s moving yet humorous text will give children a new perspective on this familiar and unforgettable Bible story.

The view from booth #349 at ICRS.

The view from booth #349 at ICRS.

Click to view the Edelweiss catalog of Eerdmans titles available at ICRS.