Christianity Today 2011 Book Awards

Christianity Today has released its book awards for 2011 (meaning, of course, books that came out in 2010). I haven’t read a single one of them! Do you have any suggestions for one that I really ought to read? Or are there any that you really liked or disliked?

Some of the books listed here received the CT book award, and others got an honorable mention. Here they are:


  • The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind, by Alister Mcgrath
  • Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith, by Francis S. Collins


  • Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ, by Eugene H. Peterson
  • Letters from the Land of Cancer, by Walter Wangerin Jr.


  • After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters, by N. T. Wright
  • Calvin’s Ladder: A Spiritual Theology of Ascent and Ascension, by Julie Canlis

Biblical Studies

  • The Good and Evil Serpent: How a Universal Symbol Became Christianized, James H. Charlesworth
  • The Historical Jesus: Five Views, by James K. Beilby and Paul Rhodes Eddy, Editors
  • The Mission of God’s People: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission, by Christopher J. H. Wright

Christian Living

  • What was Lost: A Christian Journey Through Miscarriage, by Elise Erikson Barrett
  • The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Seeing Others Through the Eyes of Jesus, by Mark Labberton

Christianity and Culture

  • Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites … and Other Lies You’ve Been Told: A Sociologist Shatters Myths from the Secular and Christian Media, by Bradley R. E. Wright
  • Everything You Know about Evangelicals is Wrong (Well, Almost Everything): An Insider’s Look at Myths and Realities, by Steve Wilkens and Don Thorsen
  • What Good Is God?: In Search of a Faith That Matters, by Philip Yancey

Missions/Global Affairs

  • Redeemed by Fire: The Rise of Popular Christianity in Modern China, by Lian Xi
  • To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World, by James Davison Hunter

The Church/Pastoral Leadership

  • Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church, by Kenda Creasy Dean
  • Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way, J.I. Packer and Gary A. Parrett


  • Of Love and Evil, The Songs of the Seraphim, Book Two, by Anne Rice


  • Hope in a Scattering Time: A Life of Christopher Lasch, by Eric Miller
  • God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution, by Thomas S. Kidd

Grace and Peace

4 thoughts on “Christianity Today 2011 Book Awards

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  2. “Belief” is a good one – it’s made up of essays from many writers and goes all the way back to Plato and has contributions from Killer, Lewis, Plantigna, and other interesting minds. I haven’t read McGrath’s book, but I always like hearing from him and NT Wright. There are quite a few theistic evolutionists on that list – so I’m sure the Associated Baptist Press’ list would look quite different ;-)


  3. I don’t even worry about new books. When I finish catching up on the “old books,” maybe I’ll get around to reading something written after I was born…. some day.


  4. Richard

    Michael Horton’s just released systematic theology book is a MUST read. He calls it a “theology for pilgrims.” I have been working through it–very, very, good. A primer for Reformed systematic theology.


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