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Cruciform Press: Something New in Christian Publishing

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Who We Are

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Cruciform Press was co-founded by Kevin Meath, Bob Bevington, and Tim Challies.

Kevin Meath — Publisher & Editor

Kevin has more than 25 years professional experience as an editor, including eleven years as chief editor for Sovereign Grace Ministries. He has worked on more than 40 book projects for the Christian market, and has edited for C.J. Mahaney, Paul Tripp, John Piper, Jerry Bridges, Joel Beeke, Richard D. Phillips, Scotty Smith, Dave Harvey, and many others. He has worked with Multnomah, Crossway, Reformation Trust, Shepherd Press, New Growth Press, Founders Press, Sovereign Grace Ministries, Revive Our Hearts, Focus on the Family, Desiring God, and others.

“In the more than twenty books I have authored, I have never worked with an editor whom I can recommend more heartily than Kevin Meath.”

Richard D. Phillips, Senior Minister, Second Presbyterian Church, Greenville SC; Board Member, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals; Chairman, Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology

“You may not know Kevin Meath, so let me introduce you to some things I have discovered by working with him over many years. Kevin has a keen ability to bring clarity and cogency to a manuscript in often unexpected ways, all the while protecting and enhancing the writer’s voice. And Kevin executes with precision and humility. Decent editors are plentiful, but editors who get the gospel are a treasure worth pursuing. That’s Kevin. You’ll find him to be patient, gracious, competent and above the norm in his abilities—it’s a combination that’s pretty impressive.”

Dave Harvey, Sovereign Grace Leadership Team, and auhor of Rescuing Ambition and When Sinners Say I Do.

“I can’t imagine working with a better editor than Kevin Meath.”

Brian Hedges, author of Christ Formed in You: The Power of the Gospel for Personal Change

Here are more testimonials to Kevin’s work from Paul Tripp, C.J. Mahaney, and others

Bob Bevington — Executive Director

Bob is co-author with his mentor, Jerry Bridges, of The Bookends of the Christian Life, and The Great Exchange, both published by Crossway. Along with his pastor, Joe Coffey, he has written Red Like Blood: Confrontations with Grace, published by Shepherd Press. Bob is also a practicing optometrist and an incurable serial entrepreneur who has started and run several successful companies.

Bob Bevington is a hidden treasure in Christian publishing. I have co-authored two books with him on which he has done an outstanding job and through which I have come to know him as a dear Christian brother. Bob has drunk deeply of the gospel, and is eager to see others do the same. In addition, he brings a sound business mind and an entrepreneurial spirit to the task of Christian publishing. Cruciform is a good next step for Bob.

Jerry Bridges, author and speaker

Tim Challies — Strategy & Acquisitions

Tim is a well-known blogger, author, web designer, and book reviewer, as well as a pastor/elder in his home church. His websites include Challies.com and DiscerningReader.com. Tim has written The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment, published by Crossway, The Next Story, published by Zondervan, and Sexual Detox, published by Cruciform Press.

I don’t know of a more reliable or more prolific commentator on the contemporary evangelical scene. His weblog is a favorite stop for thousands of Christian readers every day. His book reviews and his comments on evangelical trends are consistently evenhanded, thorough yet succinct, and full of perceptive insights. Tim obviously values clarity and biblical accuracy—and those qualities all come through in his work.

John MacArthur, pastor and author



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Our Vision

Cruciform Press was created in answer to a single question:

What would a book-publishing company for gospel-centered Christians look like if it began with the realities of 21st century technology?

Our answer?

It would focus on Content, Simplicity, Reliability, Trust, Convenience, Voice, and Community.

Here’s what we mean by that. These are our promises to you.

Content

Every book will be helpful, inspiring, biblical, and gospel-focused.

Simplicity

Every book will be short, clear, well-written, well-edited, and accessible.

Reliability

A new book will be released the first day of every other month (for now).
Every book will be the same price.
Each book will have a unique cover, yet all our books will maintain a distinctive, recognizable look.

Trust

If you like what you’re reading on this website, then you’re probably a lot like us in how you think, what you believe, and how you see the world. That means you can trust us to give you only the good stuff.

Convenience

Our books will be available in print, in a variety of ebook formats, and often as audiobooks.
Print or ebook subcription opportunities can save you time and money.

Voice

We would like to hear anything constructive you’d care to say about what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.

Community

We want to encourage and facilitate the sense of community that naturally exists among Christians who love the gospel of grace. We want to do this through our newsletter, through social media, and — coming soon — reader reviews of our books and the opportunity to interact with our authors.



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What People Are Saying

Fred Sanders, Ph.D., is on the faculty of the Torrey Honors Institute of Biola University, and is the author of The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything.

Something like…a revival, is happening right now in evangelical theology….it may have the momentum to reinvigorate evangelical systematic theology….The most promising sign I’ve seen so far is the new book Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living through the Rediscovery of Abba Father. This is a short (just over 100 pages), readable, popular-level introduction to the theology of adoption, and it is perfectly positioned at the intersection of the practical, the spiritual, and the doctrinal. It’s published by the innovative little publisher Cruciform Press

(From a review of Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living through the Rediscovery of Abba Father. Read the rest.)

Matt Perman, Director of Strategy at Desiring God, blogger at What’s Best Next, and author of the forthcoming book, What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done.

I’m excited about Cruciform Press because it is seeking to rethink publishing in light of the new digital environment that we are in. And because it began in the digital era, it is able to build upon these new realities from the start.

(From a review of The Organized Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Conquering Chaos. Read more here.)

Louis Tullo

But God…, the latest installment by Cruciform Press, written by Casey Lute, delivers what this young yet powerful publishing company is building — a reputation for—books with rock-solid theology and packaged in an engaging and accessible form….I am also an eBook subscriber of Cruciform Press. It is the most valuable $3.99 I spend monthly.

)From a review of “But God…” — The Two Words at the Heart of the Gospel. Read the rest.)

Allan L., a recent subscriber

You guys are doing something innovative…you’re blazing the trail for publishers. The problems you encounter and solve will be the blueprint for other publishers who will eventually follow your lead. Not only that, you guys are a model for believers to creatively use technology to the glory of God.

Excel still more!

Chris Canuel at his blog.

I love what these guys are doing in offering theologically rich books that are clear, well written, easy to read, and Gospel saturated. These books are small but they pack a huge theological punch without a lot of theological jargon that may scare some folks off. I can’t recommend these guys highly enough.

Christians in Context

Cruciform Press is a brand new publisher that seems to be on the cutting edge of publishing in the digital age. One book is released each month (in print, ebook, and audio) and they are concise enough (about 100 pages) that you can finish one before the next comes out. But the really unique thing about Cruciform Press is the fact that you can subscribe to their monthly releases for dirt cheap.

David Norman

This year at The Gospel Coalition [conference], I had a good friend turn me on to a new publishing group known as Cruciform Press. Thus far, I couldn’t be more pleased with it….When was the last time you could get a clear, concise, theological reliable book for less than $7 on a regular basis?

Thus far, I’ve received Cruciform, “But God,” and Smooth Stones. I’ve managed to read each book in less than a day (usually two sittings), but each has required significantly longer to consider and think about.

I don’t know what your book budget is, but I’m almost certain you can justify $6.49 to broaden your theological scope and widen it’s depth. I honestly don’t think you can afford not to.

Paul Tautges, Biblical Counseling Coalition

This is the third Cruciform Press book that I’ve read in the past few months and I have been blessed by each of them. From my limited assessment, Cruciform, a new publisher, is quickly making a mark in the publishing world by focusing its attention on producing small-word-count (20,000), well-written books that pack a lot of punch.

Alan G.

I have already purchased Sexual Detox and my spirit rejoiced to see this difficult topic handled in such a concise, Scriptural way….I think that the length of your books is perfect. I have purchased hundreds of books that I have never read all of the way through because they are too long and I lost interest. However, I can consume one of your books in two or three sittings – just perfect!

Cruciform Press is an awesome resource.

All Things New



…and to all that we simply have to add:

SOLI DEO GLORIA


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Beginnings

Here is the story of how Cruciform Press came to be.

In August of 2009, Tim began a dialogue with Kevin about book editing. Before long the conversation between the two freelancers began to range into the intersection of publishing and digital technology. Soon the idea of a business was beginning to form. In recent years the music industry had been changed—rapidly, radically, and forever—as technology redefined how people obtain and enjoy music. Something similar had begun to happen in print publishing, although a little more slowly, with technology altering how and when we read, as well as our expectations about reading. So the two men decided that, if they were to start a business, it would have to be built around the answer to a single question:

What would a book-publishing company targeted to gospel-centered Christians look like if it began from the realities of 21st century technology?

The idea was intriguing, but both men were too busy with other projects to pursue it further.

In November, Tim composed a series of blog posts he called “Sexual Detox.” The result of numerous long conversations with young men, this series was used by God to help many young men identify and deal with the sexual toxins in their lives due to pornography. Tim subsequently compiled the series into an e-book. He made it freely available through his blog, from where it was downloaded tens of thousands of times.

Responding to repeated requests to make the book available in a printed format, Tim turned to Kevin for help. This reignited their conversation about a company, and they soon realized they may have already begun working together on that company’s first book. But the more seriously they talked about starting a business, the clearer it became that they would need some help. In March 2010, they turned to Bob, a mutual friend, asking whether he might be interested in joining them in this venture. Bob loved the idea, and in a few weeks the three had begun the real work of establishing Cruciform Press.

Seven months later, in October 2010, this website was launched and Sexual Detox, the first book from Cruciform Press, was released.

We hope and trust that by the grace of God we will be able to continue publishing books that are short, clear, creative, and biblical—books that draw your heart to the unending glories of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which has rich application to every area of life.



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Beliefs

Although Cruciform Press is explicitly Reformed in its theology, we are “essentially Reformed” in the sense that we are not focused on any particular denomination or movement. This means we have a solid grounding in the core theological tenets of the Reformation: the doctrines of God, of Man, of Scripture, of sin, of salvation, and of the role of the Church. We are Reformed in the same way that Together for the Gospel and The Gospel Coalition are Reformed. Like these umbrella organizations, we seek to engage with diverse expressions of Reformed Christianity around that which truly lies at the heart of the Christian faith: the gospel of Jesus Christ.



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