The Publishing Story: Real Life Theology Handbook
The Renew.org editorial team reached out to us in April 2022 to take their larger systematic theology, Real Life Theology, and turn it into a workbook for high-school and college-age students.
Specific Services We Provided
We helped with:
- Project management
- Cover design
- Interior design and typesetting
- eBook formatting
- Copyediting, and proofreading
- Writing the back cover copy
Real Life Theology Handbook was published September 6, 2022, and it’s now available to readers who want a step-by-step guide to building your life on what’s true.
We enjoyed the creative challenge of taking the brand of the cover and the layout of Real Life Theology and applying that in a similar yet distinct way for youth.
We appreciate Renew.org’s kind endorsement: “The RLT Handbook blazed a new trail for our resources with its interactive, multifaceted format.”
More About the Book
A SOUL-SEARCHING, GOD-CENTERED TRAINING IN WHAT’S TRUE
Knowing a few Bible stories and having a few inspiring spiritual experiences won’t sustain your faith journey through an unpredictable life. Such a journey calls for serious training. This handbook takes Renew.org’s Real Life Theology series and condenses it into a step-by-step training manual. Each chapter will walk you through how to build your convictions on what is true—and then live them out in the real world.
The RLT Handbook trains you in core realities such as understanding God’s story, seeking truth, and living in Jesus’ kingdom. Each chapter contains interactive features to guide you:
- Self-assessments – A straightforward look at your options when it comes to answering life’s most important questions and an opportunity to be honest about where you are
- Study – Helpful tools for digging into crucial questions (e.g., How did we get the Bible? Should suffering weaken or strengthen our faith?)
- Scriptures – Space for wrestling with the meaning of important Bible verses and how we can embrace their significance in our lives
- Snapshots – Stories of everyday disciples of Jesus who have applied these truths to their lives
Vital truths. Honest self-assessment. This interactive handbook will help you build your life on what’s true.
The Real Life Theology Handbook offers both practicality and profundity and without sacrificing one for the other.
— Kyle Idleman, Senior Pastor, Southeast Christian; bestselling author, Not a fan and One at a Time
An effective nuts-and-bolts tool for personal growth and making disciples.
— Stephanie Garman Freed, CEO, Rapha International
An insightful and global-minded handbook with much-needed apologetics to train the next generation of disciple makers.
— Jeff Vines, Lead Pastor, ONE&ALL Church, former missionary to Zimbabwe and New Zealand
Real Life Theology Handbook is an important work and so important right now. It can help us keep so many of the teens whom we are losing to the enemy.
— Jim Putman, author of Real-Life Discipleship
DANIEL MCCOY (PhD, North-West University) is the Editorial Director of Renew.org. He has created classes on philosophy, ethics, and world religions for Ozark Christian College. Among his books are The Popular Handbook of World Religions (general editor) and Real Life Theology (co-general editor with Bobby Harrington).
ANDREW JIT (MA, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) was born and raised in New Zealand. He is the founder of MiT Global, has trained numerous churches in their missions strategy, and has traveled extensively around the world teaching, leading, and training disciples. He is the coauthor of Missions Abandoned and Missions in Focus.