What Is the Significance of Surface Tensions’ Cover Design?

In this special series, we are releasing the cover designers’ exclusive musings on their creations. In hearing their thoughts, we hope the depth and creativity behind the covers bursts forth, bringing a new light to the face of Hendrickson’s books.

Surface Tensions Catching Ricebirds Reflecting the EternalWritten by Tina Donohue, the cover designer of Surface Tensions:

In approaching the design for Surface Tensions, I started by choosing a serene background image of tranquil, sunlit ocean water to represent the “sacred” that we all search for in our media flooded lives. I then covered the background image with dark lines that allow only a portion of the “sacred” to be seen. The dark lines serve a dual purpose. They have a jagged, torn edge effect to represent tension and frustration. The lines also create a sense of obscurity to the “sacred.” I chose simple, san-serif fonts that would not compete with the background. I added a feeling of tension to the title by having it stretch across the cover and bleed off the edges. Ultimately, the cover design represents seeing through the darkness, frustration, and obscurity to the “sacred.”

For more information about this fascinating book, check out this video interview with the author, Nathan Roberts, or visit our website.

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Review: Theology of Work Commentary Series

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screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-9-41-23-pmWe spend more time working than all other activities combined. Work is an essential component of daily life and paramount to our identity as individuals created in the image of God. Still, there appear to be few things more problematic to reconcile with the Christian life than work. Why is there such a vast chasm standing between work and faith? How should faith and work connect and be nurtured within the Christian life? What does the Bible say about work and how should it influence and shape the way Christians work? These are the sort of questions that have motivated the existence of the Theology of Work Project, and propelled the development of a truly unique and valuable collaborative effort.

Theology of Work Bible Commentaryis the shared fruit of both seasoned biblical scholarship and professional insight. Some of the more noteworthy contributors include Daniel I. Block, Duane A. Garrett…

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Review: The Complete Jewish Study Bible

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29844595The number of Study Bibles available on the market today is breathtaking. There seems to be a Study Bible themed for almost any occasion or reason one could imagine. In recent years, several major Study Bible projects surfaced and released with mixed reception. One of the latest additions to this Study Bible market, and one that promises a wealth of useful insight into the Scriptures is the newly published The Complete Jewish Study Bible (CJSB).

The CJSB is a unique Study Bible experience that seeks to submerge the reader into the Jewishness of both Testaments through fresh and relevant study notes and articles selected to accomplish this mission. The CJSB is based on the widely used Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) by David A. Stern. Those familiar with the CJB will know what to expect. Stern has translated the Bible with a particular sensitivity to the Jewish tradition and thus has…

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Why Catching Ricebirds’ Cover Is so Bold

In this special series, we are releasing the cover designers’ exclusive musings on their creations. In hearing their thoughts, we hope the depth and creativity behind the covers bursts forth, bringing a new light to the face of Hendrickson’s books.

Catching Ricebirds Reflecting the Eternal Surface TensionsWritten by Karol Bailey, the cover designer of Catching Ricebirds:

The message contained in this powerful autobiography required a sensitive touch. Catching Ricebirds’ cover design evolved from the initial idea of showing a split-screen image of the author containing AK-47s and the destruction of war contrasted with the journey of peace and reconciliation that he has experienced through forgiveness and God’s redemptive power. The end result refines this transformation by showing the emergence of the author from a dark-filled space to light with a resolute expression on his face. The angle of the camera below the author’s chin and the position of the image on the page contribute to the suggestion of his strength through Christ.

A bright yellow village weaver is used on the spine and the yellow color is repeated in the title. This bird played a role in the childhood memories of the author and in the book as a metaphor for the continued healing of the people of Liberia.

If you’d like more information about this powerful memoir, check out this video interview of the author, Marcus Doe, as well as this written interview. A full description of the book is located on either of those pages as well as our website.

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The Theology of Work Bible Commentaries Cover Design

In this special series, we are releasing the cover designers’ exclusive musings on their creations. In hearing their thoughts, we hope the depth and creativity behind the covers bursts forth, bringing a new light to the face of Hendrickson’s books.

Theology of Work Bible Commentary Volume 1

Written by Keri O’Brien, the designer of Theology of Work Bible Commentary, Volume I:

Theology of Work Bible Commentary, Volume I needed to maintain and expand upon the brand established by the Theology of Work Project, as well as set the tone for the rest of the volumes within the Theology of Work Bible Commentary series. This title draws from the color and typographic palettes employed by the Theology of Work brand. Black and white imagery, showing people performing different types of “work,” serves as a backdrop. For this volume, which covers Genesis through Deuteronomy, an image of a farmer pushing a wheelbarrow was chosen, drawing on themes of beginnings and growth.

For more information about Theology of Work Bible Commentary, Volume I, feel free to visit our website or Theology of Work Project’s website.

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The Accidental Executive Cover Design: Explained

In this special series, we are releasing the cover designers’ exclusive musings on their creations. In hearing their thoughts, we hope the depth and creativity behind the covers bursts forth, bringing a new light to the face of Hendrickson’s books.

The Accidental Executive

Written by Karol Bailey, the cover designer of The Accidental Executive:

The Accidental Executive contains business and faith lessons from the life of Joseph. The foreshortening of the skyscraper creates the illusion of a pyramid which suggests a modern perspective on the business lessons learned during Joseph’s time in Egypt. A sleek and sophisticated color palette and the sharp serifs of the Trajan Pro typeface support the executive appearance of the cover.

For more information about this fascinating book, check out this interview with the author, Al Erisman, or our website.

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Why The Complete Jewish Study Bible Cover Is so Beautiful

In this special series, we are releasing the cover designers’ exclusive musings on their creations. In hearing their thoughts, we hope the depth and creativity behind the covers bursts forth, bringing a new light to the face of Hendrickson’s books.

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Written by Karol Bailey, the cover designer of The Complete Jewish Study Bible (hardcover and flexisoft):

The intent of The Complete Jewish Study Bible hardcover and flexisoft cover designs was to show the complexity of the Jewishness of God’s Word yet have it appear accessible to both Jew and Gentile readers. The traditional color palette derives from the blue and gold used on Jewish prayer shawls or tallits. Another relatable feature of the hardcover design is a portion of the ornate design which adorns the ceiling of the Cetate Synagogue in Timisoara, Romania. The gold and impressed olive branches on both covers are symbolic of peace and reconciliation between God and man through Christ Jesus.

For more information about The Complete Jewish Study Bible, check out this video, our website, and our Facebook and Twitter.

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Video Interview with Marcus Doe

Catching Ricebirds by Marcus DoeThis remarkable autobiography is a journey from terror, violence, and despair into freedom, peace, and joy. Catching Ricebirds: A Story of Letting Vengeance Go is Marcus Doe’s true story as a Liberian refugee who lost his family and fled his country, and ultimately learns to forgive and find peace again.

 


In this gripping autobiography, a refugee recounts his journey from fear, violence, and despair into freedom, peace, and forgiveness. Marcus Doe was born in Liberia, West Africa, in 1979. Affectionately nicknamed “Jungle Boy” by his family, he reveled in his childhood life and was hardly aware of the dangerous political climate swirling around him. But by mid-July 1990, a violent civil war erupted and Liberia was thrown into a time of fear, starvation, and death. Separated from his family, Marcus embarked on a remarkable journey to escape the war-ravaged country he loves and the wounds that he carried in his memory. But God’s light reached him in this darkness. Where he had been filled with hatred, Marcus slowly learned to forgive. Now his mission is to bring the hope and the peace of Christ to others.

Marcus’s life unfolds in four movements: first as a young boy living in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, during a period of growing unrest; second as a refugee fleeing from rebel forces that would kill him and his family without a second thought; third as a wanderer in foreign countries – Ghana, the United States – unable to return to his childhood home; and finally as an adult, coming to grips with the loss he experienced and longing to see his own healing extend to others still haunted by Liberia’s suffering.

To read more about Marcus’s story and get more information on this powerful and eye-opening book, check out this blog post.

Nathan Roberts Talks about Surface Tensions

For some, our media-saturated culture points to the decline of Western civilization; for others, it points to the dawn of a bright future. For Nathan Roberts, the mediated landscape is a place to thoughtfully engage with these tensions. This unique memoir, meditative and philosophical, chronicles Nathan’s absorption in the vital, inspiring, and often maddening power of media and entertainment. With wry self-effacement and raw honesty, he calls us to conceive of media not only as an abstract, postmodern phenomenon, but as a digital architecture that creates real meeting space. Exploring social media, music, film, art, theater, standup comedy, and more, Nathan shows us a world of entertainment that reflects the universal hunger for connection.

9781619707665Nathan Roberts is an arts, culture, and creative nonfiction writer working toward a PhD in Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University. His writing has been featured on TIME.com, Patheos.com, The High Calling, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Find him on Facebook at facebook.com/nathanrobertsauthor, on Twitter @nathandroberts, and at his blog, Fade Into Focus, at nathandroberts.com.

For more information about Surface Tensions, visit our website.

What is The Complete Jewish Study Bible?

The Complete Jewish Study BibleComing September 2016! The Complete Jewish Study Bible pairs the newly updated text of the best-selling Complete Jewish Bible with detailed notes and comprehensive study material to help both Jewish and Christian readers understand and connect with the essence of their faith—God’s redemptive plan for his people. From Hendrickson Publishers and Messianic Jewish Publishers & Resources.

Christians and Messianic Jews who are interested in the rich
spiritual traditions of their faith will be thrilled with this brand new
study Bible. The Complete Jewish Study Bible pairs the
updated text of the Complete Jewish Bible translation with extra study
material, to help readers understand and connect with the
Jewish roots of the Christian faith.

The Complete Jewish Bible shows that the word of God, from Genesis to
Revelation, is a unified Jewish book meant for everyone–Jew and non-
Jew alike. Translated by David H. Stern with new, updated introductions
by Rabbi Barry Rubin, it has been a best-seller for over twenty years. This
translation, combined with beautiful, modern design and helpful features,
makes this an exquisite, one-of-a-kind Bible.

Unique to The Complete Jewish Study Bible are a number of helpful articles
and notes to aid the reader in understanding the Jewish context for the
Scriptures, both in the Tanakh (the Old Testament) and the B’rit Hadashah
(the New Testament).

For more information about The Complete Jewish Study Bible and to preorder, visit this link.