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Chasing Paper: Critical Reflections on Christian Books and Publishing

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Chasing Paper is an important new collection of essays written by senior publishers from around the world who have spent their careers in Christian publishing. Here they discuss the dramatic changes witnessed by the Christian publishing industry over the last fifty years, how they and their companies responded to those changes, and what the future may hold for the Christian publishing industry, authors, and readers everywhere. Find herein a rare glimpse behind the scenes into how some of the gate keepers of Christian culture have navigated quickly shifting cultural and professional realities.

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  • Illuminates a wide range of publishing pathways
  • Offers an unprecedented insider’s look into Christian publishing
  • Helps to understand the national and international contours of Christian publishing over the past century
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  • The Changing Face of Publishing in Brazil
  • We Are What We Read: Critical Reflections on Chirstian Books and Publishing in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Christian Publishing in a Majority Muslim Country
  • Publishing as Chistian Hospitality: Experiences in Baguio and Oxford
  • Spanish Language Evangelical Chistian Publishing in Latin America
  • Secon Lesson: The Publishing House to the Popes
  • From the Great Depression to the Digital Age: A Canadian Catholic Publisher’s Journey
  • Religious Book Publishing
  • Publishing African American Christians
  • Six Decades of Catholic Publishing in the United States
  • The Privilege and Perils of Publishing in a Pluralistic Age
  • Publishing as Service: The Moral Traditions Book Series and Communities of Practice
  • Evangelical Academic Book Publishing: 1970-2020
  • Thirty Years of Change in Chirsitan Book Publishing
  • In Two Worlds
  • Paradigmatic Shifts in Christian Publishing: An Editorial Perspective on the Last Fisty Years (1969-2020)
  • Of Octavos and Octothorpes: Old Print Tech Casts a New Spell
  • On the Early Days of Wipf and Stock
  • Publishing God’s Glorious Deeds
Christian publishing has long stood as a cornerstone to American publishing more generally, but it has been a corner of publishing woefully underappreciated and understudied. Derrick seeks to right this wrong. By enlisting contributors intimately familiar with the industry, she offers an unprecedented insider’s look into Christian publishing. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to better understand the national and international contours of Christian publishing over the past century.

—Paul C. Gutjahr, Indiana University

Christian publishing has altered out of all recognition since the middle of the twentieth century. Technical innovations and business developments, together with the decline of Christian retail stores and the increase in the number of publications, have all entailed drastic change. In this volume, Christian publishers—Catholic as well as Protestant, mainstream as well as Evangelical—report on their experiences, so shedding light on the international Christian culture that they have helped to shape.

—David Bebbington, University of Stirling

  • Title: Chasing Paper: Critical Reflections on Christian Books and Publishing
  • Author: Stephanie L. Derrick
  • Publisher: Cascade
  • Print Publication Date: 2021
  • Logos Release Date: 2023
  • Pages: 180
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Reader Edition
  • Subjects: Christian literature—Publishing; Church and mass media; Christian-owned business enterprises; Publishers and publishing—History—20th century; Religious literature—Publishing
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2023-12-05T17:57:32Z

Dr. Stephanie L. Derrick is an award-winning historian of religion in the modern era, with a special interest in the social history and print cultures of twentieth-century Christianity.


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