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2008 Christianity Today Book Awards

This year, 49 publishers nominated 359 titles published in 2007. CT editors selected the top books in each category, and then panels of judges — one panel per category — voted. In the end, we chose 10 winners and gave 11 awards of merit to the books that best shed light on people, events, and ideas that shape evangelical life, thought, and mission. Selections from judges' comments are below.

Apologetics/Evangelism

There Is A God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind
Antony Flew with Roy Abraham Varghese (HarperOne)

Our judges said:

"Makes the philosophical search for God both accessible and exciting. After a meal of Flew's rich stew of argument and opinion, one lifts a spoonful of most professional apologetics and mutters, 'Thin soup indeed.'"

Our coverage:

Thinking Straighter | Why the world's most famous atheist now believes in God. (April 2005)
Liveblog: On the Question of Suffering | Two authors with new books arrive at different points on the belief spectrum. (November 12, 2007)
Liveblog: Doubting Antony Flew | The New York Times questions the competency of the world's most famous ex-atheist. (November 5, 2007)

Biblical Studies

The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition
Paul Rhodes Eddy and Gregory A. Boyd (Baker Academic)

Our judges said:

"Answers a timeless question: Can we trust the Gospels to report to us an historical portrait of Jesus? This is simply an amazing book: exhaustive in its coverage, elegant in its style. Will see heavy use for many years to come."

Christianity and Culture

Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite
D. Michael Lindsay (Oxford)

Our judges said:

"A lucid and well-documented survey. If we ever doubted that evangelicals have been playing a significant role in modern culture, we need doubt no longer. Lindsay's access to hundreds of leaders is an accomplishment in itself."

Our coverage:

The Evangelical Elite | Michael Lindsay says adherents of the movement can now be found in powerful positions in every niche of American life. (November 16, 2007) ...
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