The Baker Book House Story

bbh-story.inddA few years back I reviewed the enjoyable history of Eerdmans, An Eerdmans Century. Well, in a matter of days Baker Book House will release their biography, The Baker Book House Story. I very much enjoy history and publishing, so this will be a delight I am sure. Here is the blurb.

 

From an immigrant’s dream to an industry leader–this is the Baker Book House story
In 1939, a young Dutch immigrant opened a used-book store in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Herman Baker filled his store with five hundred books he had collected over the years, displaying them on homemade shelves. Seventy-five years later, his company has grown into one of the most influential Christian publishers in the world.

Yet The Baker Book House Story is more than the story of one man’s dream become reality. In its full-color pages is found the story of an independent, family-owned company dedicated to fulfilling its mission through many twists and turns over seventy-five years. With amusing anecdotes, warm memories, and more than fifty photos, this booklet provides a short history of Baker Book House Company and a delightful glimpse inside the Christian book business. It is both a helpful look back and a hopeful look forward into a company whose best days are still ahead.

A Book to Own: @IVPAcademic’s Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters

2927One of my favorite books is IVP’s Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters. I cannot tell you how many times I have picked up this book to read a entry or two and wound up spending at least an hour perusing the pages, learning about people I never knew about before or only heard in passing. I can get lost in the pages of this gem of a book!

In essence, this book is exactly what the title indicates: a collection of bios on some of the most important interpreters of the Bible. Just to give you a taste, here are a few entries:

  • Athanasius
  • Augustine
  • C.K. Barrett
  • James Barr
  • Raymond Brown
  • F.F. Bruce
  • Rudolf Bultmann
  • Leonhard Gopplet
  • Ernst Käsemann
  • C.F.D. Moule
  • Ceslas Spicq
  • Adolf Schlatter

But the entries go beyond just biographical information. There is also discussion on the important works of each entry as well as their contribution to scholarship and the significance they had. If you are anything like me, you will find a book like this a real pleasure and a fantastic read.

The one sad note is that this book is now out of print. But you can still get hardback copies of it on Amazon, as well as on kindle. There is also a Logos version, which is the one that I use, I like to be able to have the freedom to open up my Logos mobile and read an entry or two.

At any rate, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. You will not regret it! And hey, you may also learn something about someone you never heard of before, which is always a good thing.