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Spirituality

What’s in a Phrase? Pausing Where Scripture Gives You Pause

Marilyn Chandler McEntyre (Eerdmans)

“McEntyre sings with words. Her insights are profound, even on the most mundane subjects. The beauty of her language, combined with the depth of her insights, is breathtaking (and I don’t use that word often).” —Christopher Hall, professor of theology, Eastern University

Award of Merit

Called to Be Saints: An Invitation to Christian Maturity

Gordon T. Smith (IVP Academic)

“Smith has written a comprehensive and compelling volume on the central importance of maturing in Christian life. He prophetically challenges anemic views of Christian conversion and Christian living, ones that do not include and involve the imperative of growing into holiness.” —Arthur Boers, R. J. Bernardo Family Chair of Leadership, Tyndale Seminary

Theology/Ethics

Faith Speaking Understanding: Performing the Drama of Doctrine

Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Westminster John Knox Press)

“Vanhoozer re-presents and re-tools his creative theatrical model of theology and doctrine, making it more accessible to the pastor in the pulpit and the churchgoer in the pew. In making the case that doctrine is for doing, he offers a reinvigorating vision of a church called onto the stage for the purpose of displaying the dramatic glory of the triune God before the watching world.” —Derek Rishmawy, blogger, college and young-adult pastor at Trinity United Presbyterian Church (Santa Ana, California)

Award of Merit

The Crucified King: Atonement and Kingdom in Biblical and Systematic Theology

Jeremy R. Treat (Zondervan)

“The great, central doctrine of Christianity, the Atonement, has suffered rough treatment in this century from friend and foe alike. It has been pulled apart by false dichotomies, knocked off balance by reactionary overemphasis, displaced, overworked, and buried out of sight. Treat’s calm and sagacious book exorcises a legion of interpretive errors in one smooth argument: Christ brings the kingdom through the Cross.” —Fred Sanders, professor, Torrey Honors Institute of Biola University

Her.meneutics

Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist

Karen Swallow Prior (Thomas Nelson)

Fierce Convictions offers a compelling portrait of a woman committed to love God with her heart, soul, mind, and strength—a woman who changed the world around her. This is not a one-dimensional hagiography of Hannah More; her struggles are included alongside her laudable accomplishments in the arts, educational reform, and the abolition of slavery in 18th-century England.” —Michelle Van Loon, Her.meneutics writer, author of If Only

Award of Merit

The Measure of Success: Uncovering the Biblical Perspective on Women, Work, and the Home

Carolyn McCulley with Nora Shank (B&H Books)

“This book offers a bigger picture, bigger solutions, and wider grace than the typical women-and-work-life-balance conversation. McCulley and Shank lay out a robust theology of work and an engaging historical survey before calling women in all situations to embrace ambition for God’s glory.” —Megan Hill, Her.meneutics writer

November
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