My brother closes off some overly kind words with this:

If we judge the book by its handsome cover, the potential audience for Earthen Vessels is composed of evangelical Christians, theologians, philosophers, various other assorted intellectual types, and, quite possibly, highly confused semi-literate adolescents.

Amusing comparison.  However, I’d raise my brother two other, more similar titles that are a bit more….respectable.

John Piper and Eleonore Stump clearly aren’t bad company to be in.  I’m obviously at the forefront of a book cover revolution.

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Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.


  1. For what it’s worth, I like the cover to EARTHEN VESSELS. It satisfies my “less is more” Calvinist aesthetic. The black background is dramatic, much like the set of the Charlie Rose Show. And the hands convey embodiment, insofar as we touch, hold, and maneuver the world with them.

    I set my digital video recorder (DVD) to CBS’s “Sunday Morning” every week because of its cultural explorations. This week there was an interesting report on “Judging Books By Their Covers.” Be sure to see the gallery of book covers. In my humble opinion, no publisher has better book covers than Harvard University Press.


  2. Thanks, Christopher. I like it a lot too. I love the lighting on the hands, too. It’s a really compelling cover, I think.

    Thanks for pointing out that link. Very interesting!


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