Toronto Tuppence Press

Seerveld Staples

The following 2 publications are available only from Toronto Tuppence Press.

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Rainbows for the Fallen World

by Calvin Seerveld
  • 256 pp with 68 black/white illus. and 7 colour plates
  • hardcover and paperback
  • 223 x 150 mm
  • 0-919071-09-0 / 2005 $35 Paper
  • 0-919071-07-4 /2005 $50 Cloth

Germinal essays showing how imaginativity can invigorate daily life, including schooling, and why "allusivity" is key to artistry. The biblical charter for Christians making art is spelled out, and suggestions are given for working communally at a redemptive culture amid our brilliant, needy artworld.

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Personal Memories of God-given Opportunities 1959-1972 at Trinity Christian College in Chicagoland USA

by Calvin and Ines Seerveld
  • $8.00 US / $10 CDN
  • 80 pages containing 5 songs + 9 illustrations and diagrams
  • paperback (215x138 mm)
  • ISBN 978-0-919071-10-0 / 2018

Various speeches made at Trinity home-comings in the 1990s with reflections on the early years of Trinity's special place for philosophy in the curriculum. Mention of the Seerveld Art Gallery and "Art in Society" project, concluded by a meditation on Psalm 71.

Aesthetics, Art, and Philosophical Orientation

The following 8 earlier publications of various publishers are available at listed prices postpaid only to personal addresses in Canada, if ordered directly from Toronto Tuppence Press. These same 8 books are available in the USA and worldwide at remaindered prices from Wipf & Stock publishers, 199 West 8th Avenue, Suite 3, Eugene, Oregon 97401.

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Bearing Fresh Olive Leaves

by Calvin Seerveld
  • xiv - 205 pp with 71 black and white plates and a 16 page full color insert
  • large format paper back
  • 229 x 145 mm
  • 0-919071-05-8 / 2000
  • US $35.00 / CDN $35.00

Alternative steps in understanding art: "A key thinker and teacher of philosophical aesthetics encourages mature, bold Christian engagement with the arts."

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In the Fields of the Lord

A Calvin Seerveld Reader
edited by Craig Bartholomew
  • xi - 411 pp with 27 black and white illustrations and seven songs
  • large, hefty paper back
  • 229 x 145 mm
  • 0-919071-06-6 / 2000
  • US $35.00 / CDN $35.00

Diverse lectures and articles not available elsewhere on the topics of art, education, daily working life, philosophical matters, reading the Bible.

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A Christian Critique of Art & Literature

by Calvin Seerveld
  • xvii-150 pp with 20 black and white illustrations
  • paper back
  • 215 x 140 mm
  • 0-919071-04-X / 1995
  • US $15.00 / CDN $15.00

Basic lectures explaining how a person can treat art and literature so as to be redeeming one's time.

(revised edition.)

Reading the Bible, and How

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Take Hold of God and Pull

by Calvin Seerveld
  • xxi - 237 pp with 8 black and white photographs of art works
  • paperback
  • 195 x 130 mm
  • 0-85364-910-3 / 1999
  • US $20 / CDN $20.00

Fresh words from Scripture for our lives today.

As Jacob once wrestled with an angel at Jabbok and refused to let go until he had been blessed, Calvin Seerveld urges readers in this collection of probing meditations to wrestle in faith with the God revealed in Jesus Christ.

Ideal to dip into and return to again and again, these devotions will challenge your assumptions about God and the Christian life and encourage you to stretch towards God in faith.

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How to Read the Bible to Hear God Speak

by Calvin Seerveld
  • xiv-108 pp. with 8 black and white and 1 colour illustration and 1 song
  • paperback
  • 223 x 150 mm
  • 0-919071-08-2 / 2003
  • US $15 / CDN $15.00

This study shows how Fundamentalist, Dogmatist, and Higher-critical Deconstructivists treat Numbers 22-24, and how readers in the line of the Reformation listen to what God is saying in these chapters for us today.

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The Greatest Song:
in critique of Solomon

by Calvin Seerveld

Music by Ina Lohr
Woodcuts by Flip van der Burgt
Design by Sypko Bosch

  • 107 pp with 8 black and white woodcuts, and musical score for voice and instruments
  • lovely large paper back or cloth edition
  • 225 x 225 mm
  • 0-919071-02-3 / 1988 US$15.00 / CDN $15.00
  • 0-919071-03-1 / 1988 US$25.00 / CDN $25.00

Poignant translation from the Hebrew of the Song of Songs as a chorus of voices

A convincing look at this enigmatic book of the Bible treated as God's Word about erotic human love in the wisdom tradition

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On Being Human

by Calvin Seerveld
  • 104 pp with 15 black and white illustrations, and 11 songs
  • 210 x 137mm
  • paper back
  • 1-55011-068-3 /1988
  • US $7.00 / CDN $7.00

Imaging God in the Modern World.

This is a book which promises to engage all of your senses while vividly illustrating what it really means to be human.

Through the use of scripture, stunning artworks, original songs and prayers, the author explores the miracle of being human, in the image of God.

Dordt Press Books (Canada Special)

By special arrangement with Dordt College Press, any of the following eight fairly recent books can be posted to a personal Canadian address at the list price in Canadian dollars if ordered directly from Toronto Tuppence Press. This price arrangement is still valid as of May 2020.
Send check to Tuppence Press at the address, 332 Senlac Road, Toronto, Ontario M2R 1R3.

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Normative Aesthetics

by Calvin Seerveld
edited by John H. Kok
  • $21.00 US
  • 330 pages
  • paperback
  • ISBN 978-1-940567-00-6 / 2014

Discussion of human imaginativity, of ordinary aesthetic life including humour, style, clothes, games and leisure, with ideas about the need for imaginative grit and giving away artistry in love to one’s neighbours.

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Redemptive Art in Society

by Calvin Seerveld
edited by John H. Kok
  • $21.00 US
  • 328 pages
  • paperback
  • ISBN 978-1-940567-01-3 / 2014

On the necessity of whimsical redemptive public artistry, especially in cities, with an extended celebration of practising theatre as a christian vocation

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Cultural Problems in Western Society

by Calvin Seerveld
edited by John H. Kok
  • $17.00 US
  • 212 pages
  • paperback
  • ISBN 978-1-940567-02-0 / 2014

An assessment of how “tolerance,” xenophilia, and imaginative reenchantment of the European tradition can challenge artists today who want to make a living from their art in our post-christian Western society

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Art History Revisited

by Calvin Seerveld
edited by John H. Kok
  • $20.00 US
  • 314 pages
  • paperback
  • ISBN 978-1-940567-03-7 / 2014

Schema for a cartographic methodology for doing art history, demonstrated with critique of the art of Watteau, Hogarth, Mengs, Peter S. Smith and Gerald Folkerts. Also, the genius of Vollenhoven’s philosophical historiography, with notes on art critic Kurt Badt’s use of Heidegger’s aesthetics.

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Cultural Education & History Writing

by Calvin Seerveld
edited by John H. Kok
  • $23.00 US
  • 388 pages
  • paperback
  • ISBN 978-1-940567-04-4 / 2014

A rationale for Christian college education, for learning foreign languages, with reflections on keeping history and writing history down truthfully

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Biblical Studies & Wisdom for Living

by Calvin Seerveld
edited by John H. Kok
  • $25.00 US
  • 446 pages
  • paperback
  • ISBN 978-1-940567-06-8 / 2014

Biblical studies on psalms, on how to read Proverbs, on human corporeality, pleasure, becoming elderly, with songs on the weather, friendship, and married love

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Never try to arouse erotic love until...

by Calvin Seerveld
edited by John H. Kok
  • 106 pp
  • paperback
  • 223 x 150 mm
  • ISBN 978-1-940567-20-4 / 2018 CDN $18

Erotic love is a good gift by God to women and men. The Bible explores how its joy can be spoiled or saved in The Song of Songs. And what about friendship or divorce?

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How to Read the Biblical Book of Proverbs

by Calvin Seerveld
edited by John H. Kok
  • $15.00 US
  • iii - 189 pages
  • paperback
  • ISBN 978-1-940567-24-2 / 2020

An introductory fresh treatment of the Bible as God-speaking literature, showing that the book of Proverbs--aphoristic poetry--comes in paragraphs rather than as one-liners. Especially chapters 25-31 of Proverbs are presented to be read as clusters of surprising, wide-ranging wisdom for daily life.

Other Publications

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Bewondering God's Dumbfounding Doings

by Calvin Seerveld

A Paideia Press publication available at large

  • US $12 / CDN $15.00
  • 163 pp
  • paperback
  • 215 x 140 mm
  • ISBN 978-0-88815-251-0 / 2020

These 11 meditations were given live to a Toronto congregation over two years (2014-2016), and cover the troubling visions and events of the whole biblical book of Revelation, its metaphorical truth and urgent practical message.

By special permission available to personal Canadian addresses for payment in Canadian dollars:

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Voicing God's Psalms

by Calvin Seerveld

A William B. Eerdmans publication available by special permission to personal Canadian addresses.

  • xxiv-164 pp
  • paperback
  • 229 x 1173 mm
  • with CD / 36 tracks (72:05 minutes)
  • 0-8028-2806-X / 2005
  • CDN $30.00

Original, fresh translations of Older and New Testament biblical psalms, highlighting the rough and tender tenor of God's voice to us today.

Thematic and historical settings and singable versifications are given.

An accompanying CD features Seerveld reading the psalms, with select versifications skillfully rendered by solo recorder (Cal Stapert).

CDs and Videos

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The Gift of Genevan Psalmody

by Calvin Seerveld
  • 79 minutes
  • CD
  • US $21 / CDN $18
  • Europe 18 Euro
    (CD prices include postage paid to the country of the currency.)

Stephanie Martin directs Pax Christi Chorale singers to illustrate a lecture given by Calvin Seerveld which traces how Gregorian chant mutates via Savonarola's laude and Luther's geistliche Lieder into Genevan Psalm singing by God's people.

for an excerpt, please visit this link.

Click to watch video excerpt

The Breath of God:
Calvin Seerveld and the art of Bible translation

by Agitprop Films
  • 50 minute video
  • US $20 / CDN $20.00
  • currently out of print
Discussion on how to put the original biblical languages into a current idiom so anybody today can hear God speak. Includes a Genevan melodic version and a Blues rendition of Psalm 92, also highlights of The Song of Songs as a chorus of voices.

Click to play a short QuickTime clip.

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Translating the Song of Songs

by Agitprop Films
  • 40 minute video
  • US $20 / CDN $20.00
  • currently out of print
A brief look at preparing it, and a complete performance of the biblical Song of Songs as a chorus of voices through which God reveals the norm of faithful erotic love between a man and a woman threatened by old Solomon.

Mailing Information

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Toronto Tuppence Press
332 Senlac Road
Toronto, ONTARIO

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The above prices are still valid as of May 2020 for postpaid orders to the country of the currency. However, customers for books to the USA paid in US dollars should add 20% of the total order charge due to the high rate of shipping from Canada to the USA.

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