When my alarm buzzes on the morning of an particularly busy day, I typically reply with an odd lack of urgency. A low rumble of dread builds as I ponder all of the chores, errands, or work duties that want finishing. However as a substitute of resolving to stand up and get cracking, I linger in mattress, almost paralyzed by the load of accountability. I do know what I have to do, however for some motive I can’t summon the willpower to do it.

One thing comparable performs out within the lives of many Christians, in line with Uche Anizor, a professor at Biola College’s Talbot Faculty of Theology. They know they’re supposed to like God, examine Scripture, and pursue a lifetime of holiness, however they’ll’t escape the clutches of non secular indifference. In Overcoming Apathy: Gospel Hope for These Who Battle to Care, Anizor appeals to lukewarm believers, not with an accusing glare or a motivational speaker’s bullhorn, however with the compassion of somebody who has fought this battle himself.

It’s a worthy selection for CT’s E-book of the 12 months. Throughout the board, the judges who learn and evaluated it counseled Anizor for placing his finger on an issue that routinely flies below the radar, even because it sinks so lots of God’s folks right into a non secular quagmire.

Like Overcoming Apathy, all of our E-book Awards winners have the capability to awaken slumbering souls, whether or not they ring out with theological knowledge, literary magnificence, pastoral heat, or on a regular basis encouragement. Don’t sleep on any of them. —Matt Reynolds, CT books editor

Apologetics & Evangelism

The Air We Breathe: How We All Got here to Imagine in Freedom, Kindness, Progress, and Equality

Glen Scrivener | The Good E-book Firm

The Air We Breathe is a ebook for this second. Western society more and more seeks to interrupt free from its Christian moorings, but on the similar time it holds in excessive regard such values as equality, freedom, science, and compassion. Scrivener reveals that these values (and extra) are in truth completely Christian. They seem self-evident to our Twenty first-century considering, however they had been definitely not the norm within the historic world. Scrivener writes in an interesting and powerfully persuasive approach, connecting with key cultural reference factors from the previous and current and mixing apologetic arguments with compelling appeals to believers and seekers alike. His ebook is trustworthy, eloquent, and at instances surprising, however all within the curiosity of attending to the center of the matter. —Sharon Dirckx, freelance speaker, creator, and adjunct lecturer on the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics

Award of Benefit

Is God a Vindictive Bully?: Reconciling Portrayals of God within the Previous and New Testaments

Paul Copan | Baker Educational

Many Christians wrestle to grasp how a loving God might command a few of the issues he instructions, and this ebook is the perfect single quantity on the topic. Its scope is superb. Most of us are aware of what Copan calls “critics from with out,” specifically these, like Richard Dawkins, who argue that the God revealed within the Previous Testomony is evil. Copan forcefully solutions their expenses. However the actual problem right now comes from “critics from inside,” those that wish to “unhitch” the Previous Testomony from the New, or worse, who surprise if the God of the Previous Testomony is totally different from the God of the New. Copan addresses questions on polygamy, “divine smitings,” overseas slaves, the Canaanite conquest, and far, way more. His work is nicely argued, discerning, and refreshing. —Clay Jones, chairman of the board of Ratio Christi

Finalists

Why Imagine?: A Reasoned Method to Christianity

Neil Shenvi | Crossway

Logic and the Method of Jesus: Pondering Critically and Christianly

Travis Dickinson | B&H

Biblical Research

The Gospel and the Gospels: Christian Proclamation and Early Jesus Books

Simon Gathercole | Eerdmans

Persons are stunned after they first hear there are different gospels in addition to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Why are these not in our Bibles? Numerous arguments have been proposed. One of many high New Testomony students on this planet, Simon Gathercole, brings all canonical and noncanonical gospels collectively and argues that the 4 canonical gospels share key theological components that differentiate them: Jesus’ messiahship, his loss of life, his resurrection, and his success of the Previous Testomony. Whereas this ebook is geared towards students, it is a vital argument for differentiating the canonical gospels from all of the others. —Patrick Schreiner, affiliate professor of New Testomony and biblical theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Award of Benefit

The E-book of Jeremiah

John Goldingay | Eerdmans

Whereas it’s troublesome to get excited a few Bible commentary today, Goldingay’s quantity is a treasure trove of explorations into the textual content, traditions, and theology of the E-book of Jeremiah. As a contemporary commentary, this quantity interacts with an unlimited quantity of latest analysis and divulges Goldingay’s years of Previous Testomony scholarship. Surely, The E-book of Jeremiah might be a brand new commonplace reference for all researching and educating the message of the Weeping Prophet. —William R. Osborne, affiliate professor of biblical and theological research at School of the Ozarks

Finalists

The Samaritan Lady’s Story: Reconsidering John 4 After #ChurchToo

Caryn A. Reeder | IVP Educational

The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary

David F. Ford | Baker Educational

Bible & Devotional

Heaven and Nature Sing: 25 Introduction Reflections to Deliver Pleasure to the World

Hannah Anderson | B&H

Written with artistic eloquence, this ebook invitations readers to pause and replicate on the hope, religion, pleasure, and love communicated via the approaching of our Savior. Anderson makes use of odd, on a regular basis moments as a lens via which to realize perception into elements of the Introduction story we frequently overlook. Whereas every devotional runs just a few pages, all are stuffed with knowledge. In a time when Christmas tends to be tainted by commercialism, Heaven and Nature Sing is a breath of recent air. —Elizabeth Woodson, creator and Bible trainer

Award of Benefit

Literarily: How Understanding Bible Genres Transforms Bible Examine

Kristie Anyabwile | Moody

Gaining instruments to grasp the Bible can really feel like getting your prescription glasses up to date: Stuff you didn’t notice you had been lacking abruptly emerge to your pleasure. That’s what occurs when one makes use of the methods Anyabwile recommends on this ebook. Her accessible writing is a useful start line for understanding the varied types of writing we discover within the Scriptures, and her heat and passionate tone reminds us that our objective isn’t just information, however transformation below the Phrase. —Taylor Turkington, creator and director of BibleEquipping

Finalists

Scribes and Scripture: The Superb Story of How We Acquired the Bible

John D. Meade and Peter J. Gurry | Crossway

Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Impressed by the Psalms

Ryan Whitaker Smith and Dan Wilt | Brazos Press

Kids

A World of Reward

Deborah Lock | Eerdmans

There’s magnificence on this ebook, not solely in its charming footage, however in its affection for the locations and folks that span God’s world. It makes us marvel on the earthly residence God has created for us and lengthy for the day Jesus returns to make all of it flawlessly, sparklingly his. This ebook has a song-like high quality. It’s a carol to the Lord of all of the earth. Learn it alongside a psalm that sings of how the world bursts with the Creator’s glory. Or learn it alongside the prophets, who stare upon distant lands with the excellent news that the Savior is coming to revive all magnificence and be the delight of all nations. —Jack Klumpenhower, creator of Present Them Jesus: Educating the Gospel to Children

Award of Benefit

The best way to Struggle Racism Younger Reader’s Version: A Information to Standing Up for Racial Justice

Jemar Tisby | Zonderkidz

The best way to Struggle Racism provides a difficult overview of the historical past of racism within the US, opening the eyes of younger folks to the inequalities and segregation current right now. With sensible recommendation and provoking tales, Tisby empowers youngsters to have interaction with the fact of racism and alter issues for the long run. It’s nice to see a ebook encouraging younger folks to hunt out relationships throughout racial divides, armed with the humility of Christ’s instance and the reality that every one persons are made in God’s picture. —Steph Williams, youngsters’s author, illustrator, and graphic designer

Finalists

Naked Tree and Little Wind: A Story for Holy Week

Mitali Perkins | WaterBrook

Fly Excessive: Understanding Grief with God’s Assist

Michelle Medlock Adams and Janet Ok. Johnson | Finish Recreation Press

Younger Adults

Who Am I and Why Do I Matter?

Chris Morphew | The Good E-book Firm

Within the newest installment in his Huge Questions sequence, Morphew asks—and solutions—what are maybe the first questions adolescents wrestle with: Who am I? Why do I matter? Relatable and accessible, the ebook by no means talks all the way down to its younger readers. Moderately, their issues are taken significantly, whether or not becoming in with pals, grappling with social media, or just questioning if they are often themselves with out social repercussions. Morphew takes readers again to Scripture, providing examples from the Bible and loads of reminders that we’re made in God’s picture, that we’ve price primarily based on that easy reality, and that we’re known as to comply with Christ. Even higher, he presents the hope of the gospel, in order that previous errors don’t outline present self-worth or the long run. —Betsy Farquhar, managing editor and workers author at Redeemed Reader

Award of Benefit

The Dragon and the Stone (The Dream Keeper Saga, E-book 1)

Kathryn Butler | Crossway

With nods to Narnia and The Neverending Story, Butler has crafted a portal fantasy journey with attraction and knowledge for middle-grade readers. After encountering a dragon slurping chili in her kitchen one afternoon, primary character Lily McKinley is led by the creature into the Realm, a brand new dimension the place desires stay and the nightmarish Shrouds threaten at each flip. It’s a timeless system, and Butler captures the high-stakes quest with a assured information of her personal world, in addition to humor and a very partaking voice. —Glenn McCarty, creator of the Tumbleweed Thompson sequence

Finalists

You’re the Worst Particular person within the World: Why It’s the Finest Information Ever that You Don’t Have It Collectively, You Aren’t Sufficient, and You Can’t Repair It on Your Personal

Scarlet Hiltibidal | B&H

Your New Playlist: The Scholar’s Information to Tapping into the Superpower of Mindset

Jon Acuff | Baker

Christian Residing & Non secular Formation

Overcoming Apathy: Gospel Hope for These Who Battle to Care

Uche Anizor | Crossway

One of many extra stunning temptations I’ve skilled in recent times isn’t towards overt or egregious sin, however towards numb inaction. In a postpandemic world the place politics are polarized and the information cycle continually yells, “Hearth!”, many followers of Christ are too overwhelmed to care. We’re paralyzed and not sure learn how to maintain all of the sorrows in our hearts. Anizor graciously meets Christians of their apathy, serving to readers uncover the origin of their very own numbness and providing gospel-rooted causes for renewed ardour. He challenges us to like deeper, with a Christlike affection that throws off apathy and propels us to motion. —Emily Jensen, cofounder and content material director of Risen Motherhood

(Learn CT’s interview with Uche Anizor.)

Award of Benefit

Jesus and Gender: Residing as Sisters and Brothers in Christ

Elyse Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher | Lexham Press

Jesus and Gender is an extremely well timed ebook. There’s a lot debate in evangelical circles surrounding the roles of women and men within the church, with complementarianism and egalitarianism the 2 frequent classes. However Fitzpatrick and Schumacher deal with the topic with recent language, calling us to be “Christic” women and men who search to “cooperate collectively for [God’s] glory” reasonably than “compete for glory amongst themselves.” —Vance Pitman, president of Ship Community and founding pastor of Hope Church Las Vegas

(Learn CT’s overview of Jesus and Gender.)

Finalists

Good and Stunning and Variety: Changing into Complete in a Fractured World

Wealthy Villodas | WaterBrook

(Learn an excerpt from Good and Stunning and Variety.)

The best way to Inhabit Time: Understanding the Previous, Going through the Future, Residing Faithfully Now

James Ok. A. Smith | Brazos Press

Church & Pastoral Management

The Flourishing Pastor: Recovering the Misplaced Artwork of Shepherd Management

Tom Nelson | InterVarsity Press

With out trying to be novel or imposing unreasonable expectations, Nelson units out to get better what he considers the misplaced artwork, amongst pastors, of shepherd management. Refreshingly, he doesn’t come off as superior or the lone skilled within the area. He admits errors in his private stroll, ministry habits, and pastoral labors. I discovered loads of pastoral encouragement, practices to ponder, and workable habits for shepherd management. —Phil Newton, director of pastoral care and mentoring for the Pillar Community

Award of Benefit (TIE)

The Pastor’s Bookshelf: Why Studying Issues for Ministry

Austin Carty | Eerdmans

As a lifelong reader, I’ve seen the worth and richness that come from studying broadly and deeply. A pastor whose thoughts and coronary heart are fashioned by deep engagement with books can perceive and talk capital-T reality extra clearly, creatively, and insightfully. By giving pastors permission to incorporate studying as a part of their common schedules, Carty presents the present of slowing all the way down to assume deeply and the chance for timeless non secular themes to take root of their hearts. This can be a recipe for better knowledge, empathy, and love—qualities that in flip profit the folks God has known as them to shepherd. —Kelley Mathews, creator and editor

Reorganized Faith: The Reshaping of the American Church and Why It Issues

Bob Smietana | Worthy

Smietana helps church leaders face the sobering actuality of the spiritual panorama by which they serve. Drawing on statistics and real-life tales, he demonstrates the waning affect of organized faith in many individuals’s lives. Alongside footage of church buildings in decline, nevertheless, he reveals us church buildings which have turned the nook towards development and relevance of their communities. And he reminds us of the optimistic contributions church buildings make in American life and the unfavourable influence our tradition will expertise as they refuse or stop to exist. —Michael Duduit, dean of Clamp Divinity Faculty and government editor of Preaching journal

Finalist

On Earth as in Heaven: Theopolis Fundamentals

Peter J. Leithart | Lexham

Tradition & the Arts

Christian Poetry in America Since 1940: An Anthology

Edited by Micah Mattix and Sally Thomas | Iron Pen

I used to be very impressed with this anthology, which has an in depth and considerate introduction, useful introductions to every poet, a couple of well-placed and applicable footnotes, and amazingly good poems: difficult, numerous, and unsentimental. There’s a nice steadiness between well-known and lesser-known poets, denominational backgrounds, and formal and free-verse poetry. A colleague of mine, who teaches on Christianity and literature, instructed me he has by no means encountered a useful resource like this and that he would discover it very helpful for his class. —Eleanor Nickel, English professor and program director at Fresno Pacific College

Award of Benefit

The Scandal of Holiness: Renewing Your Creativeness within the Firm of Literary Saints

Jessica Hooten Wilson | Brazos Press

Wilson deftly plows the fertile area of literature, surprise, and the Christian thoughts. The ebook reads as each journal and love letter to her personal previous and her ardour for literature. Her chapters brim with wonderment and awe, and I loved the sensation of longing to learn the books she celebrates. Within the fingers of one other creator, this ebook might have felt educational and stuffy. However Wilson’s prose is elegant and clear whereas retaining the heat of a voice inviting you to come back sit by the hearth and hearken to a narrative. —John Hendrix, illustrator and youngsters’s creator

(Learn an excerpt from The Scandal of Holiness.)

Finalists

A Supreme Love: The Music of Jazz and the Hope of the Gospel

William Edgar | IVP Educational

(Learn CT’s overview of A Supreme Love.)

Studying Black Books: How African American Literature Can Make Our Religion Extra Complete and Simply

Claude Atcho | Brazos Press

(Learn CT’s interview with Claude Atcho.)

Fiction

Rely the Nights by Stars

Michelle Shocklee | Tyndale

On this dual-timeline novel, Shocklee tackles difficult subjects like immigration, discrimination, and human trafficking with grace and hope, and her vivid use of historic element provides intrigue to the story. Her writing is clean and interesting, and I discovered myself pulled into the storylines of each time durations, which not often occurs with books of this kind. The best way this ebook opens hearts and minds to the trauma skilled by victims of human trafficking is really commendable. —Christina Suzann Nelson, creator of What Occurs Subsequent , Formed by the Waves , and different novels

Award of Benefit

The E-book of Susan

Melanie Hutsell | Paraclete

My response to this ebook may be biased by the truth that I watched the spouse of a detailed buddy endure the anguish of being recognized with bipolar dysfunction after the delivery of their first baby, an expertise that shattered their marriage. The E-book of Susan stirred recollections of that point, reminding me how important it’s to embrace compassion and tenderness towards these struggling the ravages of this sickness. Hutsell’s writing is uncooked, actual, and exquisite. Whereas taking us inside a journey few can actually perceive, she guides readers into the fact that every one of us are flawed, bruised, and damaged. Inside that admission, there may be hope and the possibility for therapeutic. —James L. Rubart, novelist {and professional} marketer

Finalists

Absolute Music

Jonathan Geltner | Slant

The Baxters

Karen Kingsbury | Atria Books

Historical past & Biography

An Odd Cross to Bear: A Biography of Ruth Bell Graham

Anne Blue Wills | Eerdmans

That is historic biography at its most interesting. Wills has a profound empathy for Ruth Graham, born of meticulous analysis and the insights of gifted scholarship. Graham was a critic of second-wave feminism, and but, as Wills reveals, she additionally “devised her personal ethic of Christian womanhood, characterised by ‘adjusting’ to” her well-known evangelist husband. This idea of “adjustment” turns into a central thread of the ebook, not solely clarifying how Graham negotiated her personal womanhood but in addition illuminating the complicated relationship between evangelical womanhood and feminism. Each transferring and charming, An Odd Cross to Bear would be the commonplace work on Ruth Graham in her personal proper, in addition to important studying for anybody wishing to higher perceive Billy Graham, Ruth Graham, and their motion. —Sarah Irving-Stonebraker, affiliate professor of historical past and Western civilization at Australian Catholic College

Award of Benefit

Denmark Vesey’s Bible: The Thwarted Revolt That Put Slavery and Scripture on Trial

Jeremy Schipper | Princeton College Press

Schipper’s ebook presents a concise however complete take a look at how the Bible was litigated by enslaved folks and white slaveholders earlier than, throughout, and after Denmark Vesey’s deliberate Nineteenth-century slave rebel. It was frequent, in early American historical past, for debates on morality and criminality to contain dueling interpretations of Scripture, and Schipper illustrates how biblical language was co-opted by whites not solely to strengthen slavery within the summary but in addition to assist white authorized responses to Vesey and his coconspirators. —Miles Smith IV, assistant professor of historical past at Hillsdale School

(Learn CT’s overview of Denmark Vesey’s Bible.)

Finalists

A Historical past of Up to date Reward & Worship: Understanding the Concepts That Reshaped the Protestant Church

Lester Ruth and Lim Swee Hong | Baker Educational

Cotton Mather’s Spanish Classes: A Story of Language, Race, and Belonging within the Early Americas

Kirsten Silva Gruesz | Harvard College Press

Marriage & Household

Educate Your Kids Properly: A Step-by-Step Information for Household Discipleship

Sarah Cowan Johnson | InterVarsity Press

No mother and father can assure their youngsters will stroll in faithfulness to Christ. Our kids’s everlasting souls are at the start within the fingers of God. However God, in his sovereign design, has not solely given mother and father youngsters, however given youngsters mother and father. Johnson encourages and challenges mother and father with the decision to be the first disciplers of their youngsters. She presents sensible assist supported by expertise, analysis, and Scripture alike. —Curtis Solomon, assistant professor of biblical counseling at Boyce School

Award of Benefit

Habits of the Family: Practising the Story of God in On a regular basis Household Rhythms

Justin Whitmel Earley | Zondervan

There is no such thing as a scarcity of parenting books available on the market, however Earley manages to interrupt via the noise and provide a well timed (and timeless) enchantment to the ability of liturgy inside the residence. The family rhythms and practices he advocates are neither onerous nor ridiculous, however easy methods for fogeys to lovingly disciple their youngsters via the ability of behavior. Earley’s humor and trustworthy vulnerability shine via, and the reader has a way of attending to know his beautiful household on every web page. I’ll be returning to this ebook with pleasure for a lot of seasons. —Jonathan Holmes, founder and government director of Fieldstone Counseling

Finalists

It Takes Extra Than Love: A Christian Information to Navigating the Complexities of Cross-Cultural Adoption

Brittany Salmon | Moody

The Race-Sensible Household: Ten Postures to Changing into Households of Therapeutic and Hope

Helen Lee and Michelle Ami Reyes | WaterBrook

Missions & International Church

No Shortcut to Success: A Manifesto for Trendy Missions

Matt Rhodes | Crossway

This quantity offers a radical appraisal of strategies in American missionary circles which have gained huge recognition as a result of they promise an unlimited harvest of latest converts within the shortest doable time, with minimal effort or preparation from the missionaries themselves. For Rhodes, the enchantment of those “silver-bullet” formulation displays a “distaste for professionalism” and the abandonment of the painstaking coaching related to earlier Western missionary heroes like William Carey and Adoniram Judson. His evaluation is cautious however devastating. He weighs in on misguided obsessions with statistics, disparagement of conventional missionary strategies, false or deceptive representations of success, and distorted (or faulty) biblical understandings of mission work. Many of the ebook, nevertheless, is devoted to creating an brisk case for the missionary vocation as a career, with the Pauline phrase “ambassadors for Christ” as a centerpiece. —Jehu J. Hanciles, director of the World Christianity program at Candler Faculty of Theology and creator of Migration and the Making of International Christianity

Award of Benefit

Religion within the Wilderness: Phrases of Exhortation from the Chinese language Church

Edited by Hannah Nation and Simon Liu | Lexham

The Chinese language church has lengthy been a mannequin of learn how to chi ku (eat bitterness) whereas nonetheless strolling faithfully with God. This ebook affirms that within the face of persistent persecution and struggling, the Chinese language church, broadly talking, continues to forge forward in spreading the gospel all through China and past. The non-public reflections gathered right here will humble readers and, hopefully, broaden their understanding of the worldwide church. There’s a lot to be taught from the Chinese language church, and Religion within the Wilderness presents place to begin. —Jamie Sanchez, affiliate professor of intercultural research at Biola College

Finalists

The Realities of Cash and Missions: International Challenges and Case Research

Edited by Jonathan J. Bonk, Michael G. DiStefano, J. Nelson Jennings, Jinbong kim, and Jae hoon lee | William Carey Publishing

Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission

Michael Niebauer | Lexham

Politics & Public Life

Past Racial Division: A Unifying Various to Colorblindness and Antiracism

George Yancey | InterVarsity Press

Yancey proposes a compelling various to our present racial stalemate that—dare I say it?—truly provides me hope. As an alternative of touting colorblindness or antiracism, Yancey asks us to think about how we strategy this problem as a substitute of specializing in a desired final result. Makes an attempt to string the needle between two extremes so typically get the worst of each or just fail spectacularly. They name it the mushy center for a motive. However Yancey will not be mushy. Quite the opposite, he writes clearly and persuasively, and he advances an argument that’s internally coherent and backed by social science. Lastly, Yancey writes movingly about his personal experiences, demonstrating that he, like all of us, has a lot to be taught. —James E. Bruce, professor of philosophy at John Brown College

(Learn CT’s overview of Past Racial Division.)

Award of Benefit

Untrustworthy: The Information Disaster Breaking Our Brains, Polluting Our Politics, and Corrupting Christian Group

Bonnie Kristian | Brazos Press

There’s a discernment disaster in pulpits and pews throughout the nation: We now have misplaced the flexibility to call reality. In a local weather the place conspiracy theories and half-truths abound, Kristian writes with piercing perception into the epistemological disaster dealing with the church and the broader society. She examines the problems which have introduced us to this state of affairs and presents sensible counsel for navigating our present media and data envi-

ronment. —Kathryn Freeman, author, speaker, and cohost of the podcast Melanated Religion

(Learn CT’s overview of Untrustworthy.)

Finalists

What Are Christians For?: Life Collectively on the Finish of the World

Jake Meador | InterVarsity Press

(Learn CT’s overview of What Are Christians For?.)

Unusual Unity: Knowledge for the Church in an Age of Division

Richard Lints | Lexham

(Learn CT’s overview of Unusual Unity.)

Theology (in style)

You’re Solely Human: How Your Limits Mirror God’s Design and Why That’s Good Information

Kelly M. Kapic | Brazos Press

Some theology books provide in-depth remedies of a selected doctrine. Others search to function guides for learning theology. You’re Solely Human might sound way more sensible than both of those, because it calls us to simply accept the constraints of being human nearly as good items from God. However Kapic manages to convey unbelievable depth of doctrinal perception and educating for such a supposedly “sensible” ebook. From the character of the Incarnation and the correct understanding of Mary to our union with Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit, Kapic covers monumental theological floor with element and nuance, all whereas maintaining the dialogue alive and intimately related to our personal lives. Every chapter could possibly be a ebook in itself. —Emily G. Wenneborg, Pascal Examine Heart director and assistant professor at Urbana Theological Seminary

(Learn CT’s interview with Kelly Kapic.)

Award of Benefit

The Thrill of Orthodoxy: Rediscovering the Journey of Christian Religion

Trevin Wax | InterVarsity Press

This ebook presents a well-written, accessible, and winsome apologetic for recapturing and embracing the orthodox and historic Christian religion within the trendy world. The church desperately must learn and heed books like this. I plan on utilizing this ebook within the context of my native congregation. Very good! —Anthony Selvaggio, senior pastor of Rochester Christian Reformed Church

(Learn CT’s overview of The Thrill of Orthodoxy.)

Finalists

Fruitful Theology: How the Lifetime of the Thoughts Results in the Lifetime of the Soul

Ronni Kurtz | B&H

Studying Theology Correctly: A Sensible Introduction

Kent Eilers | Eerdmans

Theology (educational)

Jesus and the God of Classical Theism: Biblical Christology in Gentle of the Doctrine of God

Steven J. Duby | Baker Educational

On this erudite and substantial quantity, Duby examines New Testomony Christology and the way it pertains to the doctrines of so-called classical theism. It is a vital work, particularly at a second in evangelical theology, and in Christian theology extra broadly, when modern theologians are rediscovering and reappraising the wealthy assets of the Christian previous. Duby interacts with a variety of sources: historic philosophers, church fathers, medieval medical doctors, Reformers, and post-Reformation scholastics, in addition to trendy theologians and biblical exegetes. However most spectacular is Duby’s deep engagement with the textual content of Scripture itself, which he treats with exegetical care and theological earnestness. —Luke Stamps, professor of biblical and theological research at Oklahoma Baptist College

Award of Benefit

Trinitarian Dogmatics: Exploring the Grammar of the Christian Doctrine of God

D. Glenn Butner Jr. | Baker Educational

This ebook helpfully lays out the panorama of Trinitarian dogmatics. Butner does a nice job at presenting the foremost points and thoroughly defining the perimeters of orthodoxy from the vantage factors of Scripture, historical past, and philosophy. He’s refreshingly reserved, too, on many troublesome points on which orthodox theologians have traditionally differed. In that sense, whereas Butner is evident, persuasive, and convictional, he’s additionally modest in his goals. I predict this ebook will turn into commonplace within the classroom for a very long time. The actually curious reader won’t stroll away empty-handed. —Samuel G. Parkison, assistant professor of theological research at Gulf Theological Seminary within the United Arab Emirates

(Learn CT’s overview of Trinitarian Dogmatics.)

Finalists

Justification by the Phrase: Restoring Sola Fida

Jack D. Kilcrease | Lexham Press

God in Eternity and Time: A New Case for Human Freedom

Robert E. Picirilli | B&H

E-book of the 12 months

Overcoming Apathy: Gospel Hope for These Who Battle to Care

Uche Anizor | Crossway

“Meh” often is the spirit of the age by which we stay, however it’s greater than mere indifference—it’s a non secular illness that infects believers, church buildings, and cultures alike. Even when we really feel like our lives are never-ending episodes of Seinfeld, that well-known “present about nothing,” Anizor calls us from our non secular slumber to get up and care once more. —Douglas Estes, affiliate professor of biblical research and sensible theology at Tabor School

Overcoming Apathy addresses a problem that feels fairly prevalent within the American church, even when we hardly discuss it. Anizor succeeds in taking a imprecise, considerably hard-to-define problem and turning it right into a readable, immensely sensible ebook. The actual downside, as he observes, will not be that believers care too little however that we care concerning the improper issues, whereas typically exhibiting indifference towards God and issues of the Spirit. I plan on recommending this ebook to fellow church members. It was refreshing and convicting. —Andrea Burke, ladies’s ministry director and host of the Good Sufficient podcast

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