Christianity Today Releases Revitalized Annual Book Awards


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CAROL STREAM, Ill., Dec. 12, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Like the magazine that now sports a bold new look, the 25th edition of Christianity Today‘s Annual Book Awards has also been given some new life: two new awards, an awards seal, and a new twist on the presentation. The awards started in 1989 as selected by a reader’s choice poll. It has developed throughout the years into an annual staple of the magazine.

The biggest addition to this year’s book awards is the first-ever CT Book of the Year, based on the book the judges agree upon the most unanimously. The

winner
this year is God’s Forever Family, Wheaton professor Larry Eskridge’s
history of the Jesus People movement, which also won the
History/Biography award. This year’s awards also introduce a
Her.meneutics award, named after Christianity Today’s popular women’s site. This year’s winner was Amy Simpson’s Troubled Minds: Mental Illness
and the Church’s Mission, which recounts Simpson’s experience growing
up with a schizophrenic parent and discusses how the church can best
address mental illness.

On top of the new awards, the book awards
will include a “2014 Christianity Today Book Award Winner” seal, which
will be given to publishers to place on their award-winning book for
future pressings. This was created to give additional recognition to the
winning books.

Matt Reynolds,
books editor for Christianity Today, is running the book awards for his
third year. “I have learned that every year, there are going to be a
number of worthwhile books, any number of which that would be fine
candidates to bestow awards upon,” said Reynolds. “Year after year I am amazed at the number of quality books. It increases your appreciation for the amount of good book writing being done.”

The
final change is that Christianity Today has lifted the veil of
anonymity from the judges’ comments on the winning books. The editorial
team decided it wanted to recognize its judges –who include
best-selling authors, experts in their fields, and simply thoughtful
people — for their hours spent reading and evaluating thousands of
pages.

When asked about the reason for all the new features,
Matt says, “CT has changed in the past year in terms of the redesign, so
it is fitting that the book awards have changed as well. But despite
all that change, the core mission (for the awards) has stayed the same:
it’s still all about recognizing the books that most shape evangelical
life, thought, and culture.”

Other winners in 2014 include Francis Spufford’s Unapologetic in Apologetics/Evangelism, Eat With Joy by Rachel Marie Stone in Christian Living, and Lisa Samson’s The Sky Beneath My Feet in Fiction. Read a full listing of the winners here.

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About Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield

Bi-vocational minister who is Founder and Editor of FaithInspires.Org As seen in Google News, SelfGrowth.Com, ChristianHeadlines.com etc.

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