The Christianity Today 2008 Book Awards

The Christianity Today 2008 Book Awards are in. Here are the top books arranged by category.

  • Apologetics/Evangelism – There Is A God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind; Antony Flew with Roy Abraham Varghese (HarperOne)
  • Biblical Studies – The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition; Paul Rhodes Eddy and Gregory A. Boyd (Baker Academic)
  • Christianity and Culture – Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite; D. Michael Lindsay (Oxford)
  • Christian Living – Caring for Mother: A Daughter’s Long Goodbye; Virginia Stem Owens (Westminster John Knox)
  • The Church/ Pastoral Leadership – The Call to Joy and Pain: Embracing Suffering in Your Ministry; Ajith Fernando (Crossway)
  • Fiction – Quaker Summer; Lisa Samson (Thomas Nelson)
  • History/Biography – A Secular Age; Charles Taylor (Belknap)
  • Missions/Global Affairs – Disciples of All Nations: Pillars of World Christianity; Lamin O. Sanneh (Oxford)
  • Spirituality – The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way; Eugene H. Peterson (Eerdmans)
  • Theology/Ethics – Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music; Jeremy S. Begbie (Baker Academic)

Awards of Merit

  • Apologetics/Evangelism – Questions to All Your Answers: A Journey from Folk Religion to Examined Faith; Roger E. Olson (Zondervan)
  • Biblical Studies – Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament; G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson (Baker Academic)
  • Christianity and Culture – Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy; Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt, and David L Weaverzercher (Jossey-Bass)
  • Christian Living (tie) –
    • Ain’t Too Proud to Beg: Living Through the Lord’s Prayer; Telford Work (Eerdmans)
    • Gracism: The Art of Inclusion; David A. Anderson (Intervarsity)
  • The Church/Pastoral Leadership – The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God’s Call to Justice; Mark Labberton (Intervarsity)
  • Fiction – Home to Holly Springs; Jan Karon (Viking)
  • History/Biography – The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America; Thomas S. Kidd (Yale)
  • Missions/Global Affairs – Theology in the Context of World Christianity: How the Global Church Is Influencing the Way We Think About and Discuss Theology; Timothy C. Tennent (Zondervan)
  • Spirituality – Kingdom Triangle: Recover the Christian Mind, Renovate the Soul, Restore the Spirit’s Power; J. P. Moreland (Zondervan)
  • Theology/Ethics – Discovering God: The Origins of the Great Religions and the Evolution of Belief; Rodney Stark (HarperOne)

Did you have a favorite Christian book that you read this past year? Tell us about it in the comments section.

HT: Between Two Worlds

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  1. Margaret says:

    Here are a couple of books:-
    “Reaching for the Invisible God” by Philip Yancey. He is incredibly honest in this book, regarding his own personal doubts and times of feeling far from God, yet his strong faith shines through it all, – probably something most of us feel at times. His writing always impresses and helps.

    “Who owns the Land?” by Stanley Ellisen. This was my third time reading this book. It goes through the history of Arab/Jewish conflict from way back in Biblical times, and so appropriate right now, with the conflicting troubles in Israel and Palestine. The author very fairly looks at the issue from both sides. It is easy reading for ordinary people like me, and extremely interesting, in trying to understand why the conflict goes on. At the end, you might still be asking “Who owns the Land?”

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Margaret – Those both sound like good reads. Who else has a recommendation? Has anyone read any of the books on the Christianity Today list?

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