9 Award-Winning Christian Books to Read This Year

In December, Christianity Today released its 2018 Book Award winners, and intriguing titles abound. From a book on selfies to one on hospitality from Rosaria Butterfield, this year’s best books address pertinent themes from a Christian perspective.

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The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home by Russell Moore

From repeat winner Russell Moore (his book Onward received a Christianity Today 2016 Book of the Year Award), this work explores why family relationships can be so full of pain and how the gospel helps us weather the storms together.

The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World by Rosaria Butterfield

Part narrative, part biblical-theology of hospitality, The Gospel Comes with a House Key describes how a staunch atheist was drawn to Christ over a dinner table, and how hospitality is one of God’s favorite ways of growing his body.

Lexham Geographic Commentary on the Gospels by Barry Beitzel

Eusebius Jerome once wrote, “Five gospels record the life of Jesus. Four you will find in books and one you will find in the land they call holy. Read the fifth gospel and the world of the four will open to you.” From the author of the award-winning New Moody Atlas of the Bible, this work on biblical geography unfolds the fifth gospel to help you better understand the other four.

The Forgotten Church: Why Rural Ministry Matters for Every Church in America by Glenn Daman

A book on the churches you never read about, The Forgotten Church explores why rural churches are integral to the landscape of the entire church in America—required reading for urban and rural pastors alike.

White Picket Fences: Turning toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege by Amy Julia Becker

Another work of storytelling genius from Amy Julia Becker, White Picket Fences is a personal, gentle invitation to consider privilege from a Christian perspective—and how the gospel takes us out of our world and into others’.

Evangelism in a Skeptical World: How to Make the Unbelievable News About Jesus More Believable by Sam Chan, foreword by D.A. Carson

“This is an important book. In it, one of Christianity’s smartest voices, Sam Chan, shows us how to bring our secular neighbors into a life-giving encounter with the gospel. Highly recommended for use in universities, seminaries, and churches.” — Bruce Riley Ashford, Provost and Professor of Theology and Culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

 An Extra Mile: A Story of Embracing God’s Call by Sharon Garlough Brown

In this final installment of the Sensible Shoes series, Brown brings you into the lives of four close friends walking with each other through divorce, death, loss, and pregnancy.

The Edge of Over There by Shawn Smucker

Sequel to the award-winning The Day the Angels Fell—two award-winners in the same series—The Edge of Over There finds the main character Abra Miller meeting challenges far beyond anything she’s experienced in her predictable life.

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