2015 brings with it some excitement on the horizon for Ted Kluck and myself. Well, I am excited. Ted has released about eleventy bazillion books and is a pretty chill dude, so he might be used to the feeling by now. Regardless, both of us are releasing books from David. C. Cook this year. Mine hits shelves in July, but Ted’s is available right now. As contributors to The Blazing Center and co-hosts of The Happy Rant podcast, we wanted to put the word out here because we appreciate your reading and listening. We hope you enjoy the books and anything you do to help spread the word is much appreciated.
by Brian Ivie with Ted Kluck (available now)
You might have seen or heard of the documentary film by the same name that’s showing in select theaters now. It tells the story of a pastor in South Korea who made it his mission to care for and find homes for those babies who society doesn’t want, those born with handicaps or to unwed mothers. He mounted an actual “drop box”, a metal box with blankets in it and linked to a notification alarm in his house, where those infants who would otherwise be discarded can be left for him and his wife to care for. Hundreds of children who otherwise had no hope have been loved and cared for through his simple, effective ministry. It is a heart-rending and powerful story.
Brian Ivie made that movie, and during it’s filming something profound happened to him. When I read this book, Brian’s memoir, I spent about 2/3 of it disliking Brian. He was self-centered, manipulative, and generally kind of a jerk. And he says as much about himself. Through the making of the documentary, something he did only because he wanted to win an award the Sundance Film Festival, God began to show Brian what true, sacrificial, fatherly love is. The transformation, even in the tone of the writing, from that time forward was remarkable. Brian changed from that selfish prima donna into a humble, caring person seeking to introduce people to God’s love through film and now this book. His story is a good one and Ted did a wonderful job capturing it in writing. It is not a “happily ever after” tale or a “God used exposure to others’ suffering to change me” story. Rather it’s a memoir of God leading a young man to the place where he would understand true, eternal love.
Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt Is Not The Enemy Of Faith
Mark 9 tells my favorite story in scripture, that of a father who brings his demon possessed son to Jesus for help. He is desperate. Nothing else has worked. It is my favorite because of a single phrase, one that captures every bit of my experience as a Christian: “I believe; help my unbelief.” (So profound is this verse’s impact on me that I have it tattooed on my right forearm.) Jesus tells the man “I can help if you believe” and this is the man’s response. It is perfect in its honesty and depth.
So much of the Christian life is tension: faith and doubt, obedience and temptation, understanding and fogginess, infinity and finitude, sight and obscurity, good God and sinful world, fully God and fully man, three in one. How do we respond? How do we process this? Many don’t; they give up. I believe, though, that the tensions are where much of the glory and joy of our faith is found. And that’s what I try to show in this book using personal stories and by exploring big ideas and truths. I hope that it is the kind of book that will shake up the placidly comfortable apathetic Christian whose faith has yet to be tested while providing an anchor for the doubt and angst ridden believer for whom pat answers are never enough.