Each year, Christianity Today honors outstanding books of special interest to the Christian community. CT’s 1995 Book Awards continue that tradition in a new format. Instead of being divided into categories according to subject or genre, all eligible titles competed for a single "Top 25" list. More than 200 books were nominated by publishers for the 1995 Book Awards; additional titles were nominated by CT editors. Ballots were sent to 250 evangelical scholars, pastors, writers, and other church leaders. The full list of winners appears on the following page. (Because of ties, the list includes a total of 26 titles.)
The diversity among the winning publishers—16 are represented—attests the vitality of religious publishing, the fastest-growing area in the industry. While Christian publishers dominate the list, roughly a third of the winning titles were published by university presses or general trade houses. InterVarsity led all publishers with eight titles; Eerdmans placed four titles, including three of the top six.
Any such list, of course, is merely a useful reference point. These titles are representative of a much larger, ongoing enterprise, and it would be easy to draw up alternative lists of noteworthy books. Still, it is interesting to see how many of these particular books from this particular year seem to be talking to one another, sometimes agreeing, sometimes not, but clearly taking part in the same conversation.
The Book of the Year, Mark Noll's The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind (Eerdmans), reminds us that "Modern evangelicals are the spiritual descendants of leaders and movements distinguished by probing, creative, fruitful attention to the mind" and challenges ...1