When Lexham Press first announced the Transformative Word series, we were excited to bring you a series that told the story of the Bible from diverse perspectives. Unique cultural viewpoints can help draw out scriptural truth that might otherwise have been missed, and the Transformative Word series illuminates these perspectives.
We enlisted church leaders and scholars from around the world to show us the transformative significance of each biblical book. The visual design of the series reflected these diverse perspectives in a unified style across the series. But, as these writers began to write their contributions to the series, we discovered that the series had transformed organically through their work. Each book was informed by deeply personal experiences that revealed biblical truth in ways we never expected.
We realized that the work itself had been transformed by the power of the Word!
A new look and feel
To reflect this unexpected shift in tone, we’ve gone back and redesigned the covers for the two books in the series that have been released so far.
When You Want to Yell at God: The Book of Job by Craig Bartholomew
The new cover for When You Want to Yell at God conveys the raw emotion that often goes hand-in-hand with seasons of suffering. As author Craig Bartholomew says, “Story and poetry are able to evoke human experience in a way that straightforward descriptions cannot.” Bartholomew reveals the book of Job as the height of biblical poetry and shows how Job’s story can speak into our own.
Cutting Ties with Darkness: 2 Corinthians by John D. Barry
The new cover for Cutting Ties with Darkness captures the glimpses of light we may see in our most broken relationships. Barry draws from personal experience to explore how to deal with the deepest relational scars in light of Jesus’ example. Here’s what Craig Keener had to say about this book:
“In beautiful prose, John Barry offers a plethora of practical insights for our lives, relationships, and ministries from 2 Corinthians. He shows how the letter as a whole fits together, and his heart for the world shines through as he provides illustrations from a range of cultures as well as what he has witnessed personally.”
—Craig S. Keener, Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary
Two new volumes
While they’re not available yet, the next two volumes in the series are almost finished. Here’s a sneak peek at God Behind the Scenes: The Book of Esther by Wayne Kevin Barkhuizen and Between the Cross and the Throne: The Book of Revelation by Matthew Emerson: