Results of the 2014 Christianity Today Book Awards are in. InterVarsity Press is pleased to announce that three books received the top honor in the categories of Christianity and Culture, Christian Living and Her.meneutics. Two titles also received Awards of Merit in the categories of Missions/Global Affairs and Spirituality.
Jeff Crosby, associate publisher and director of sales and marketing at InterVarsity Press, said, "We are always grateful for the recognition that the Christianity Today's awards' process brings to our titles, our authors and our editorial work. And this year in particular, the words of affirmation attached to each award by the category judges provide both affirmation and ideals to strive for in future years."
Winners of the 2014 Christianity Today Book Awards are titles that judges of each category have deemed "the books most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture."
The World is Not Ours to Save: Finding the Freedom to Do Good by Tyler Wigg-Stevenson received the top award in the category of Christianity and Culture. Wigg-Stevenson, a veteran activist, identifies the practical and spiritual pitfalls that threaten much of today's cause-driven Christianity. He casts an alternate vision for doing good based on the liberating truth that only God can save the world. "Wigg-Stevenson offers insight and advice to a generation badly in need of visionary yet earthy wisdom. This book is freighted with the kind of realism capable of restoring and sustaining high ideals," said Eric Miller, a judge in the Christianity and Culture category and professor of history at Geneva College.
Eat with Joy: Redeeming God’s Gift of Food by Rachel Marie Stone received the highest honor in the Christian Living category. Caryn Rivadeneira, author of Known and Loved, was one of the Christian Living judges. She said, "In this food-crazed society, with the First Lady fat-shaming, Eat With Joy offers wisdom for the challenges of health and 'proper' eating. The book serves up a solid theology of food—of receiving it, enjoying it, and giving thanks for it. It offers the perfect blend of personal stories and research; Scripture and recipes."
Amy Simpson won the award for her book Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church's Mission in the category of Her.meneutics. "Simpson's sensitive recounting of her experience growing up with a schizophrenic parent forms the foundation for a book that belongs underlined and dog-eared on the shelves of every church leader," said Michelle Van Loon, a Her.meneutics judge and author of Uprooted. "Troubled Minds is far more than an introduction to the issues surrounding mental illness and the church. It is a call to practical discipleship for everyone who seeks to follow the One who spent much of his ministry caring for the ill and those at the margins of his society—often the same people."
The Award of Merit in the category of Missions/Global Affairs went to Western Christians in Global Mission: What's the Role of the North American Church? by Paul Borthwick. Scott Moreau, a judge in this category and professor of intercultural studies at Wheaton College, said, "Borthwick introduces Western readers (especially Americans!) to what they need to know to engage the diversity of global Christian faith. Offering both critique and encouragement, he reminds us of how Americans perceive themselves and how they are perceived by sisters and brothers around the world. It's a solid dose of humility to offset our pride at being so-called world leaders."
An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus’ Rhythms of Work and Rest by Alan Fadling received the Award of Merit in the category of Spirituality. Harold Myra, former CEO of Christianity Today, was one of the judges in the Spirituality category. He writes, "Can we gain inner peace and strength in our high-pressured, fast-paced lives? With insights and stories, Fadling, a spiritual director, demonstrates what it takes to experience empowered lives despite life's inevitable crises and urgent demands."