Hundreds of books pass through our offices each year, ranging from Left Behind imitators to Prayer of Jabez knockoffs to self-published works about hidden numerical codes that prove God's existence.

But then comes the opportunity to consider more than 200 entries in our annual Book Awards contest. Long-standing evangelical publishing houses, daring new imprints, university publishers—all send us what they consider the best of their work that would be of interest to Christianity Today readers. Most of these entries renew our respect for the thousands of Christians involved in publishing books.

One of our judges raised a helpful point: Some books face wider competition than others do. With that in mind, we will mention how many nominees appeared in each category.

The past year was a rich one for thoughtful works by Christians. Here are the books our judges— 200 pastors, scholars, and church leaders—considered the worthiest this year.

Apologetics/Evangelism
10 Nominees
Truth or Consequences:

The Promise & Perils of Postmodernism

Biblical Studies
20 Nominees
Justification and Variegated Nomism:

A Fresh Appraisal of Paul and Second Temple Judaism

Christian Living
45 Nominees
If You Want to Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat

Christianity and Culture (tie)
37 Nominees
Encountering Religious Pluralism:

The Challenge to Christian Faith & Mission

Christianity and Culture (tie)
37 Nominees
A Visit to Vanity Fair:

Moral Essays on the Present Age

The Church/Pastoral Leadership
26 Nominees

Powers, Weakness, and the Tabernacling of God

Fiction
22 Nominees
A Common Life:

The Wedding Story

History/Biography
27 Nominees
Heaven Below:

Early Pentecostals and American Culture

Missions/Global Affairs11 NomineesNo Other Gods Before Me?: ...

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