2006 Christianity Today Book Awards
This year, 37 publishers nominated 240 titles. CT staff selected the top books in each category, and then panels of judges (one panel for each category) voted. In the end, we chose 22 titles that bring understanding to people, events, and ideas that shape evangelical life, thought, and mission. Selections of our judges' comments follow the titles of the winners.
Is Jesus The Only Savior?
James R. Edwards (Eerdmans)
Just the right book to speak to those in the church who find it hard, if not impossible, to reconcile their faith in one who claimed to be the only begotten Son of God with their (often unconscious) cultural commitment to relativism, pluralism, and multiculturalism. A book that will also speak to skeptics and seekers who are drawn to Christ.
Dictionary For Theological Interpretation Of The Bible
Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Craig G. Bartholomew, Daniel J. Treier, and N.T. Wright, eds. (Baker Academic)
A landmark volume for the church's engagement with Scripture. It will be a basic resource on the role and use of the Bible.
CHRISTIANITY AND CULTURE
Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers
Christian Smith with Melinda Lundquist Denton (Oxford)
A masterful, scholarly study of spirituality. What American youth mostly hold towhat Smith and Denton call Moralistic Therapeutic Deismis, sadly, a long way from full-blooded, traditional Christian faith.
FictionThis Heavy SilenceNicole Mazzarella (Paraclete) Nuanced characterization, finely wrought scene-setting, subtlety in addressing questions of faith, repentance, and forgiveness. Mazzarella appreciates the ways that decent, hardworking, righteous people can be tempted to go astray. Her ...