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.


APOLOGETICS/EVANGELISM
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.


BIBLICAL STUDIES
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 to—what Smith and Denton call Moralistic Therapeutic Deism—is, sadly, a long way from full-blooded, traditional Christian faith.


Christian LivingThe Scandal Of The Evangelical Conscience: Why Are Christians Living Just Like the Rest of the World?Ronald J. Sider (Baker) A strongly biblical, unflinching, thoughtful assessment of the attitudes and practices of self-identified evangelicals relative to American culture at large. ...

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