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Christianity Today Magazine Names the Year's Top Books on Faith

Contact: Eric Reed, Christianity Today International, 630-260-6200 x4371, ereed@christianitytoday.com

CAROL STREAM, Ill., May 23 /Christian Newswire/ -- Philip Yancey's newest book on prayer, a plan for simplifying church life, and Robert Webber's final volume are among the winners in the Christianity Today Book Awards 2007. 

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


Of 291 titles nominated by 43 publishers, the judges chose winners in ten categories, and also named 12 awards of merit. "We had, as usual, a happy problem—choosing a winner among many clearly great books," said Galli of the magazine's 18th annual listing.


The Divine Embrace by Robert E. Webber (Baker Books) was the last book published by Webber prior to his death in April. It was named winner in the "spirituality" category. Other winners include:

The Language of God by Francis S. Collins (Free Press)

Jesus and the Eyewitnesses by Richard Bauckham (Eerdmans)

The End of Memory by Miroslav Volf (Eerdmans)

Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? By Philip Yancey (Zondervan)

Simple Church by Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger (B&H Publishing)

Dwelling Places, a novel by Vinita Hampton Wright (Harperone)

Upon the Altar of the Nation by Harry S. Stout (Viking)

The Mission of God by Christopher J. H. Wright (IVP Academic)

The Shadow of the Antichrist by Stephen N. Williams (Baker Academic)


The full list, including the categories, awards of merit, and judges' comments may be viewed at www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/june/8.36.html.


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