Dordt College News

Schaap books republished by trio of publishers

December 18, 2008


Three books written by Dordt College professor James Calvin Schaap have been republished and released for a new round of distribution.

Touches the Sky was originally published in 2003 by Revell Publishing Company. Rights to the book were recently sold to DVB Publishing LLC, which is currently distributing the novel. It is available from online bookstores or by mail from DVB Publishing LLC, 2051 Woodlawn Ave S.E, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 ($13.50 plus shipping).

Touches the Sky was presented an Award of Merit in the fiction category of the Christianity Today 2004 annual book awards. “This novel has its eye on history and manages an understanding of two cultures that claimed the same land,” remarks Native American playwright, poet, and author, Diane Glancy. Seen through the eyes of a Dutch settler and his Lakota wife, Touches the Sky probes a clash of cultures, lifestyle, and ways to know God and practice faith. Absorbing and sensitive, it focuses on the making of the West, the depths of humanity, and a God who sometimes seems as vast and unknown as the prairie.

Near Unto God was originally published in 1997 and has now been republished by Dordt College Press. This devotional book is a contemporary abridgement of Abraham Kuyper’s classic devotional, with a shortened contemporary style that relates the deep spirituality of Kuyper’s work in a fresh new way.

“Abraham Kuyper's meditations — so simple and musical — heal the soul. They are songs in the night, and James Schaap has pitched them perfectly for a contemporary audience,” says Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., president of Calvin Theological Seminary. With a sure hand and a passion for preserving the heart of this esteemed pastor, theologian, journalist, and statesman, Schaap has updated century-old language in a way that ministers to a new generation of readers.

Near Unto God is available online and at the Dordt College Bookstore.

Things We Couldn’t Say was originally published in 1994 by Eerdmans Publishing Company. Rights to the book were recently sold to Lighthouse Trails Publishing, which is currently distributing the new publication of the original story online and in retail bookstores.

Things We Couldn’t Say is the true story of Diet Eman, a young Christian woman who joined the resistance movement in the Netherlands during World War II. Together with her fiancé and other Dutch men and women, “Group Hein” risked their lives to save the lives of Jews who were in danger of becoming victims of Hitler’s “final solution.” The story is a reminder of a time in history that should not be forgotten, and inspires readers to live courageously, standing for what is right by the power and grace of God.

Schaap’s book was the inspiration for an award-winning documentary, The Reckoning, filmed by Storytelling Pictures in 2007. The film claimed second place among documentaries at the New York International Film Festival and won or become an official selection at the Hollywood, Waterfront, and Washington film festivals.

All of Schaap’s books are available at the Dordt College Bookstore, located online at

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