Greetings to all of my Global Scholars supporters and prayer partners as we enter into the summer months here in the northern hemisphere and into winter in the southern.
You will recall that last month the second Brazilian edition of Political Visions and Illusions was published by Vida Nova in São Paulo, translated into Portuguese by Leandro Bachega. Since then a number of promotional materials have been released as a follow-up, including a reworking of IVP Academic's video from two years ago:
In addition, Jonas Madureira, of Vida Nova, interviewed me on the subject of my book. Guilherme de Carvalho, head of l'Abri Brasil, published an interview with me in Gazeta do Povo. (The full interview is behind a paywall, but you can read a brief excerpt on my blog.)
A video review of the new edition has already been posted here: Visões e Ilusões Políticas: Segunda Edição | David T. Koyzis. (If you don't know Portuguese, you will at least sense his enthusiasm.)
Matthew B. Hale reviewed the second English-language edition for the American Academy of Religion's periodical, Reading Religion. His principal critique is that my approach focusses too much on creation and not enough on the cross of Jesus Christ. Given that a similar critique was levelled at the first edition, I thought it appropriate to respond here: Reading Religion review: the place of the cross in political life.
Late last month I was pleased to converse remotely with well over one-hundred young people from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, first-year staffers for Alvo da Mocidade, the Brazilian counterpart of Young Life, an organization ministering to secondary school students. This was at the invitation of my great friend Gabriel Lazarotti, whom I spent time with nearly five years ago during his visit with us here in Canada.
At the end of the month I delivered a remote address to English l'Abri titled Discerning Visions and Illusions in Political Life, at the invitation of another Brazilian, Josué Reichow. You can hear the entire lecture by following the links to the podcast.
Then at the start of this month, I made a presentation to my friend Don McNally's "Inklings" group at the Oak Centre for Studies in Faith and Culture here in Hamilton: Serving God in a Global Academy: A Look at Developments in Brazil. Several of my Brazilian friends and contacts tuned in for this. The talk was not recorded, as far as I know, but you can easily follow the links to my PowerPoint presentation.
As part of our publishing efforts, IVP seeks to expand the ministry of the books we publish to reach people around the world by sublicensing rights for specific languages, countries and/or formats.
We are pleased to inform you that Political Visions & Illusions (2nd Edition) has been contracted for publication in the Spanish language by Teología para Vivir S.A.C. [Lima, Peru]. Translations typically take 18-24 months (sometimes longer) to release. We'll be sure to send you copies of the translated edition once they arrive.Congratulations on this good news!
Good news indeed! This means that the book will soon be available in all three of the major western hemispheric languages. Spanish is spoken by some 400-500 million people, making it one of the most spoken languages in the world. The largest Spanish-speaking countries in order are Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Spain, the United States (!), Venezuela, Peru, Chile, and many more. May God use this forthcoming translation to advance his kingdom in the hispanophone countries.
Thanks again to those who have generously contributed to my work with Global Scholars. GSC's page for giving can be found here. Once you are in the page, scroll down to the heading marked DONATION
DETAILS, and then choose one of the options under FUND. Americans may donate through our sister organization in the US. Next week I will have news about a challenge from an anonymous donor. I will send out another email then.
If you cannot afford to give, please do continue to pray for my work. Thank you so much.
Yours in the service of God's kingdom,
David Koyzis, Global Scholar