'Christianity Today' Selects Top Faith Books of the Year

Christianity Today magazine has released its list of this year's top books on faith.

As part of the Christianity Today Book Awards 2007, judges selected ten winners in an assortment of categories ranging from Fiction to Christian Culture as well as twelve honorable mentions (Awards of Merit) to highlight quality work in Christian publishing.

"The evangelical book industry is often criticized for producing too much fluff," explained Mark Galli, managing editor of Christianity Today, in a statement. "That's true, but it also produces a great deal of good stuff. This contest is our attempt to reward good, thoughtful writing that addresses issues that concern evangelicals."

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The judges selected the best among the 291 titles from a combined 43 publishers that the contest brought in.

"We had, as usual, a happy problem," added Galli, "choosing a winner among many clearly great books."

The ten winners and their respective categories are as follows:

• Apologetics / Evangelism – The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins

• Biblical Studies – Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony by Richard Bauckham

• Christianity and Culture – The End of Memory: Remembering Rightly in a Violent World by Miroslav Volf

• Christian Living – Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey

• The Church / Pastoral Leadership – Simple Church: Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples by Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger

• Fiction – Dwelling Places by Vinita Hampton Wright

• History / Biography – Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War by Harry S. Stout

• Missions / Global Affairs – The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible's Grand Narrative by Christopher J. H. Wright

• Spirituality – The Divine Embrace: Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life by Robert E. Webber

• Theology / Ethics – The Shadow of the Antichrist: Nietzsche's Critique of Christianity by Stephen N. Williams

On the web: Judges' descriptions of the winners as well as a list of the Awards of Merit at

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