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History/Biography

George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father

Thomas S. Kidd (Yale University Press)

"Despite its somewhat grandiose subtitle, this book offers a judicious assessment of a man who was at once a great evangelist, a tireless self-promoter, a deeply pious believer, and an advocate of slavery. The text is so clear and lively that the reader hardly notices the scholarly labor beneath the surface." —Elesha Coffman, professor of church history, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary

(See CT's interview with Thomas Kidd here.)

Award of Merit

Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated C. S. Lewis

Abigail Santamaria (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

"The narrative is crisp, and the subject matter is original and captivating. Santamaria examines Joy Davidman through a lens simultaneously critical and tender. Rather than presenting Lewis and his wife as saints, she depicts them as God’s sinful patients. Out of the many books published on Lewis, his contemporaries, and his writings in recent years, this one most thoroughly grabbed my attention." —John G. Turner, professor of religious studies, George Mason University

Missions/The Global Church

Christian. Muslim. Friend: Twelve Paths to Real Relationship

David W. Shenk (Herald Press)

"At a time when relations between Christians and Muslims are more complex than ever, Shenk has given us a wonderfully thoughtful account of how to build real relationships. Without giving formulas or reducing Muslims to a single type, Shenk draws on his vast experience in many parts of the world to provide an encouraging way forward for anyone seeking to share the hope of the gospel with their Muslim neighbors." —Brian Howell, professor of anthropology, Wheaton College

Award of Merit

From Dependence to Dignity: How to Alleviate Poverty through Church-Centered Microfinance

Brian Fikkert and Russell Mask (Zondervan)

"Confronted with global poverty and the corresponding suffering, the North American church can fall prey to a pair of mistaken approaches: retreating from a seemingly impossible task, or responding with impulsive but misapplied generosity. This book offers a way forward that can serve to build long-term solutions." —Paul Borthwick, professor of missions at Gordon College

Politics and Public Life

Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel

Russell Moore (B&H)

"Conservative Christianity is at a pivotal moment. After decades of tremendous political power buttressed in a society that agreed with most of its convictions, that power is slipping, or at least shifting. And a younger generation of evangelicals is skeptical of the church’s involvement in politics. Moore’s hopeful response is not bitter or frantic, but measured and confident. He explores how we can be a ‘prophetic minority,’ calling for human dignity, religious liberty, and stable families with ‘convictional kindness.’ We need this book. I only wish we had had it 20 years ago." —O. Alan Noble, editor in chief of Christ and Pop Culture

(Sarah Pulliam Bailey profiled Russell Moore in the September 2015 issue of CT.)

Award of Merit

Free to Serve: Protecting the Religious Freedom of Faith-Based Organizations

Stephen V. Monsma and Stanley W. Carlson-Thies (Brazos)

"Monsma and Carlson-Thies speak to the most pressing crisis in US politics. With regard to same-sex marriage and many other contested issues, religious liberty is on a collision course with prevailing moral and legal sensibilities, posing immediate dangers to Christian institutions. The authors address the problem with well-calibrated expertise. Religious liberty desperately needs defending as a matter of public policy, and Free to Serve shows how it’s done." —Hunter Baker, university fellow at Union University, author of The End of Secularism

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