The Christianity Today 2009 Book Awards

It’s that time of year again. The Christianity Today 2009 Book Awards are in. Here are the top books arranged by category.

  • Apologetics/Evangelism – The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism; Timothy Keller (Penguin/Dutton)
  • Biblical Studies – Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus; Klyne R. Snodgrass (Eerdmans)
  • Christianity and Culture – Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling; Andy Crouch (InterVarsity)
  • Christian Living – Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing; Emmanuel Katongole, Chris Rice (InterVarsity)
  • The Church/ Pastoral Leadership – Why We’re Not Emergent (By Two Guys Who Should Be); Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck (Moody)
  • Fiction – Home: A Novel; Marilynne Robinson (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
  • History/Biography – Bill Bright and Campus Crusade for Christ: The Renewal of Evangelicalism in Postwar America; John G. Turner (University of North Carolina)
  • Missions/Global Affairs – Transforming Worldviews: An Anthropological Understanding of How People Change; Paul G. Hiebert (Baker Academic)
  • Spirituality – The Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer’s Life; Kathleen Norris (Penguin/Riverhead)
  • Theology/Ethics – People and Place: A Covenant Ecclesiology; Michael S. Horton (Westminster John Knox)

Awards of Merit

  • Apologetics/Evangelism – To the Jew First The Case for Jewish Evangelism in Scripture and History; Darrell L. Bock and Mitch Glaser, Editors (Kregel Academic and Professional)
  • Biblical Studies – Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry and Writings; Tremper Longman III and Peter Enns, Editors (IVP Academic)
  • Christianity and Culture – Making the Best of It: Following Christ in the Real World; John G. Stackhouse Jr. (Oxford)
  • Christian Living – Being Well When We’re Ill: Wholeness and Hope in Spite of Infirmity; Marva J. Dawn (Augsburg Fortress)
  • The Church/Pastoral Leadership (tie) –
    • Who Stole My Church?: What to Do When the Church You Love Tries to Enter the 21st Century; Gordon MacDonald (Thomas Nelson)
    • Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming and Enacting God’s Narrative; Robert E. Webber (Baker)
  • Fiction – The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher; Rob Stennett (Zondervan)
  • History/Biography – God and Race in American Politics: A Short History; Mark A. Noll (Princeton)
  • Missions/Global Affairs – African Pentecostalism: An Introduction; Ogbu Kalu (Oxford)
  • Spirituality – Tell It Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers; Eugene H. Peterson (Eerdmans)
  • Theology/Ethics – Surprised By Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church; N. T. Wright (HarperOne)

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

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