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"Campbell (professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) tackles a massive topic on which no consensus has ever been reached. He covers the waterfront in terms of judicious analysis of the relevant Scriptures, and he adopts sensible, convincing, multifaceted conclusions. Yet for all its learnedness, the book is so carefully structured and clearly written that the reader marvels at his argument's overall simplicity and persuasiveness." —Craig Blomberg, professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary

Award of Merit

Charity: The Place of the Poor in the Biblical Tradition
Gary Anderson (Yale University Press)

"Anderson (author of 2010 CT award winner Sin: A History) examines the idea of charity in both the biblical text and church tradition at large. He questions the critique of charity as a product of self-interest, and instead gives a compelling argument for charity as a religious act, both in the way it shows faith in God and the way in which it can bear eternal rewards." —Mary Veeneman, professor of theology, North Park University

Christianity and Culture

The World Is Not Ours to Save: Finding the Freedom to Do Good
Tyler Wigg-Stevenson (InterVarsity Press)

"Wigg-Stevenson offers insight and advice to a generation badly in need of visionary yet earthy wisdom. This book is freighted with the kind of realism capable of restoring and sustaining high ideals." —Eric Miller, professor of history, Geneva College

Award of Merit

Why Cities Matter: To God, the Culture, and the Church
Stephen T. Um and Justin Buzzard (Crossway)

"The Bible says a great deal about cities, from Babel to Babylon, from Jerusalem to the New Jerusalem. Christianity spread in cities, and the early church was an urban phenomenon, as was the Protestant Reformation. More recently, we've tended toward a rural, small-town, or suburban emphasis. But the cultural significance of cities is increasing. This book shows how to proclaim the gospel in today's cities. The authors combine sociological research and biblical insight to create promising new paradigms for ministry." —Gene Edward Veith, provost, Patrick Henry College

Christian Living

Eat With Joy: Redeeming God's Gift of Food
Rachel Marie Stone (InterVarsity Press)

"In this food-crazed society, with the First Lady fat-shaming, Eat With Joy offers wisdom for the challenges of health and 'proper' eating. The book serves up a solid theology of food—of receiving it, enjoying it, and giving thanks for it. It offers the perfect blend of personal stories and research; Scripture and recipes." —Caryn Rivadeneira, Her.meneutics writer, author of Known and Loved

Award of Merit

Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem
Kevin DeYoung (Crossway)

"Stop and measure the toll of life's frantic rush, and humbly reflect on how sins (like pride) feed into our inner turmoil—this is the essential message of an essential book, a message more necessary than how-to lists for simplification." —Tony Reinke, content strategist, Desiring God

The Church/Pastoral Leadership

Reading for Preaching: The Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets, and Journalists
Cornelius Plantinga Jr. (Eerdmans)

"Plantinga (former CT book award winner for Not the Way It's Supposed to Be and Engaging God's World) believes that preachers who read widely—novels, mysteries, biographies, poetry, and so on—are likely to become better at their craft. His thoughtful and winsome prose will encourage them to follow his advice." —Douglas Brouwer, pastor, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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