The 2013 Christianity Today Book Awards

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The late Christian philosopher Arthur Holmes proclaimed confidently that "all truth is God's truth." Holmes's epigram came to mind as I was tallying up our judges' rankings, encountering one surprise after another. Would Christianity Today really bestow top honors on a Roman Catholic New York Times columnist? On a Roman Catholic Ivy League professor? Or on a satirical novel lampooning contemporary evangelical culture?

Well, why not? If God is indeed the Author of all truth, we needn't be too choosy about those earthly authors whose truth-telling we recognize. Yes, most of this year's honorees (take a bow, Tim Keller!) fit more or less comfortably in an evangelical milieu. (Fearless prediction: Richard Dawkins will never win a CT book award.) Still, it's nice to remember that, whatever the source, truth (to say nothing of goodness and beauty) is always a cause for rejoicing.

Now the envelopes, please. From an initial crop of 455 titles submitted by 68 publishers, we've selected 10 winners, and 9 notables, that offer insights into the people, events, and ideas that shape evangelical life, thought, and mission. Here they are, along with comments from the judges.

Read it all.

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Posted January 17, 2013 at 6:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. New Reformation Advocate wrote:

Thanks for posting this, Kendall.  I always look forward to the annual CT book awards.  It never ceases to call my attention to outstanding books I haven’t seen or even heard about yet.  Some of these will now go on my MUST-READ list and my birthday wish list.

David Handy+

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