Unleashing the WordEvangelicals often talk about wanting to be “in but not of” the world, influencing culture with contextualized communication that does not compromise our commitments.

Earlier this year I interviewed Max McLean about his use of God-glorifying art in the public square–in particular, his presentation of the entire Gospel of Mark in Chicago, one of the most popular theatre cities in America. I just heard today that Max received the Jeff Award for best solo performance. Hats off to Max and his team–taking the gospel to the public square, and doing so with excellence and care.

In a week or so Zondervan will release a new book by Max (co-authored with Warren Bird), entitled Unleashing the Word: Rediscovering the Public Reading of Scripture.

Paul instructs Timothy to devote himself to the public reading of Scripture (1 Tim. 4:13)–and frankly, there aren’t many resources out there to help us in this important duty of gathered church life. As Tim Keller says about this new book, “Max’s book will help your church restore this neglected worship practice. There’s nothing else like it.”

It also comes with an illustrative multi-session DVD that helps to apply the book in practice.

You can read the table of contents and some of chapter 1 online.