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.
Truth or Consequences:
The Promise & Perils of Postmodernism
Millard J. Erickson
Justification and Variegated Nomism:
A Fresh Appraisal of Paul and Second Temple Judaism
D. A. Carson, Peter T. O'Brien, Mark A. Seifrid, eds.
If You Want to Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat
Christianity and Culture (tie)
Encountering Religious Pluralism:
The Challenge to Christian Faith & Mission
Christianity and Culture (tie)
A Visit to Vanity Fair:
Moral Essays on the Present Age
The Church/Pastoral Leadership
Marva J. Dawn
A Common Life:
The Wedding Story
Early Pentecostals and American Culture
No Other Gods Before Me?:
Evangelicals and the Challenge of World Relgions
John G. Stackhouse Jr., ed.
Learning to Love My Father's Faith
With the Grain of the Universe:
The Church's Witness and Natural Theology
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Also appearing on our site today:
No Longer Left BehindAn insider's look at how Christian books are agented, acquired, packaged, branded, and sold in today's marketplace.
Christianity Today reviews of books listed above include:
God's Peculiar PeopleHistorian Grant Wacker explains in Heaven Below why Pentecostals survived and even flourished. (March 18, 2002)
The Upscaling of an EvangelicalIn Growing Pains, Randall Balmer returns to his father's faith—with qualifications and hesitations. (Jan. 22, 2002)
The Virtue of UnoriginalityThe old kind of Christian is the best hope for church renewal. (Paril 4, 2002)
Christianity Today columnist Andy Crouch reviewedA New Kind of Christian for Christianity Today's sister publication Books & Culture.
For other coverage or reviews, see our Books archive.
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