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“The authors of Seeking Refuge have managed quite an achievement in clearly explaining the complexity and importance of the global refugee crisis—and showing how the church should respond. Seeking Refuge informs without being pedantic, and calls us to action without browbeating. The approach is an outstanding example of what Karl Barth supposedly said about holding the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. While there are many worthy causes Christians should support, Seeking Refuge persuasively argues that God is especially calling his church in this moment to love mercy and act justly for the sake of our refugee neighbors near and far.” —Micah Watson, professor of political science, Calvin College

Spiritual Formation

The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction

Adam McHugh (IVP)

“At a time when we are drowning in words—both digital and spoken—this quiet little book throws us a life preserver. The Listening Life is gentle, thoughtful, biblical, and eminently practical. It outlines a broad theology of listening alongside specific and clear practices that teach the reader to listen in a new way. Whether you are a loud lover of words or a shy lover of solitude, this book will likely convict you.” —Tish Harrison Warren, author ofLiturgy of the Ordinary

(Read our review of The Listening Life in the November 2015 issue of CT.)

Award of Merit
You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit

James K. A. Smith (Brazos)

“Too many Christians pay attention only to what they think and assert—without letting their attention probe what they actually practice and love. You Are What You Love is an invitation and a guide to that deeper look. With rich wisdom and inviting grace, we are encouraged to cultivate holy and reliable rhythms of worship rooted in the rich tradition of life-giving liturgy.” —Alan Fadling, president, Unhurried Life, Inc.

(Read an excerpt from You Are What You Love in the April 2016 issue of CT.)

Theology / Ethics

Biblical Authority after Babel: Retrieving the Solas in the Spirit of Mere Protestant Christianity

Kevin Vanhoozer (Brazos)

“Vanhoozer takes on the charge that Protestantism unleashed a cacophony of biblical, theological, and ecclesial perspectives upon the church. Biblical Authority After Babel offers a deeper understanding of the intention and meaning of the Reformation solas. This book will reward its readers, not only because of Vanhoozer’s typically creative prose, but also because it offers a compelling account of biblical authority in a Protestant key.” —Vincent Bacote, professor of theology, Wheaton College

(Biblical Authority after Babel was one of two books reviewed by Fred Sanders in the November 2016 issue of CT.)

Award of Merit
Becoming Friends of Time: Disability, Timefullness, and Gentle Discipleship

John Swinton (Baylor University Press)

“Swinton challenges the notion that ‘time has become a commodity to be bought and sold rather than a gift to be received, cherished, and valued.’ On this assumption, only those who are capable of using time productively have value in society. But he demonstrates that these ideas are anything but biblical. Taken seriously, they would dictate that the unborn child with Down syndrome not only can but should be aborted. Or that people with dementia are a ‘waste of time,’ justifying euthanasia. Swinton’s love and compassion for the disabled is contagious. He casts a Christian vision of time in which every person has a real, unique, and valuable identity.” —Matthew Barrett, executive editor of Credo Magazine

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