Outreach magazine named five InterVarsity Press titles as Outreach Resources of the Year, with one additional book making the short list for the “also recommended” resource in its category.
Outreach received close to two hundred submissions with release dates between Nov. 1, 2015 and Oct. 31, 2016. Those submissions were divided into twelve categories and panelists were selected for each category. Each panelist chose one Resource of the Year, with some providing “also recommended” selections.
Here are the IVP titles that were honored as part of the fourteenth annual Outreach Resources of the Year:
Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory by Tod Bolsinger was the Resource of the Year in the leadership category. Tom Bandy, an internationally recognized leadership coach and panelist for the category, said, “There are nuggets of insight throughout that are like trace samples leading to the mother lode of leadership transformation. You may have heard it before, but in this book you will finally get it!”
The top resource in the cross-cultural category was Crossing Cultures in Scripture: Biblical Principles for Mission Practice by Marvin J. Newell. “Cross-cultural ministry is not for wimps,” said panelist Robert L. Gallagher, the department chair and associate professor of intercultural studies at Wheaton College Graduate School. “Yet, as proclaimers of Jesus’ gospel in today’s multicultural milieu, how can we escape the responsibility? Marvin J. Newell helps us navigate the uncharted turbulence of our ever-changing society.”
Slow Kingdom Coming: Practices for Doing Justice, Loving Mercy and Walking Humbly in the World by Kent Annan was chosen as the best resource in the social justice category. R. York Moore, founder of the anti-trafficking Price of Life movement, said, “Kent Annan’s contribution in this category is timely, as the ‘justice movement’ in the U.S. is beginning to turn a corner. We are moving from an emphasis on heroines and heroes to understanding that lasting change and impact is, indeed, a slow and steady walk in the same direction.”
Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering by Makoto Fujimura was named the Resource of the Year in the counseling and relationships category. Les and Leslie Parrott, the founders of the Center for Relational Development at Seattle Pacific University, were the panelists for this category. They said, “Revealing layers of meaning in an array of sources—a classic novel, theology and the fine arts—Fujimura ultimately brings us to a new encounter with Christ. Beautifully crafted with evidence of careful thought at every turn.”
Mark DeYmaz, a pastor and contributing editor at Outreach, and his wife, Lisa, author of Mommy, Please Don’t Cry, were panelists in the Christian living category. They chose The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction by Adam McHugh as the best title in this category. They said, “To hear is to heal; to listen is to love. In The Listening Life, Adam McHugh invites us not only to imagine ourselves ‘quick to hear and slow to speak,’ but to embrace listening as a way of life in order to diffuse divisions and discern the divine.”
Impossible People: Christian Courage and the Struggle for the Soul of Civilization by Os Guinness was one of the “also recommended” titles in the culture category. Panelist Scot McKnight, a world-renowned speaker, writer, professor and the Julius R. Mantey Chair of New Testament at Northern Seminary, said, “In his trademark fashion, Os Guinness takes on the biggest themes of the modern world, turns them on the church and its gospel and challenges the church to be faithful, courageous and unflinching.”
For a complete list of IVP award winners visit ivpress.com/award-winners.