"Some publishers tell you what to believe. Other publishers tell you what you already believe. But InterVarsity Press helps you believe."
J. I. Packer
The history of evangelicalism cannot be understood apart from the authors and books that shaped it. Over the past century, leading figures such as pastor-scholar John Stott, apologist James W. Sire, evangelist Rebecca Manley Pippert and spiritual formation writer Eugene Peterson helped generations of readers to think more biblically and engage the world around them. For many who take their Christianity seriously, books that equip them for a life of faith have frequently come from one influential publisher: InterVarsity Press.
Andy Le Peau and Linda Doll provide a narrative history of InterVarsity Press, from its origins as the literature division of a campus ministry to its place as a prominent Christian publishing house. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the stories, people, and events that made IVP what it is today. Recording good times and bad, celebrations and challenges, they place IVP in its historical context and demonstrate its contribution to the academy, church and world.
In honor of IVP's seventy-fifth anniversary, senior editor Al Hsu has updated this edition with new content, bringing the story up to 2022 and including stories about contemporary authors such as Esau McCaulley and Tish Harrison Warren. As IVP continues to adapt to changes in publishing and the global context, the mission of publishing thoughtful Christian books has not changed. IVP stands as a model of integrative Christianity for the whole person—heart, soul, mind and strength.
Foreword by Jeff Crosby
Foreword to the First Edition by Robert A. Fryling
1. Beginnings: The Forties and Fifties
2. The Times They Were A-Changing: The Sixties
3. Expansion and Growth: The Seventies
4. Years of Transition: The Early Eighties
5. Years of Regrouping: The Late Eighties
6. Moving and Moving Ahead: The Early Nineties
7. The Fryling Years Begin: The Late Nineties
8. A New Millennium: The 2000s
9. A Chorus of New Voices: The 2010s into the 2020s
Epilogue: Heart. Soul. Mind. Strength.
Appendix: Purpose and Values of InterVarsity Press
Subject and Title Index