2013 Leadership Journal Book Awards Honor B&H Publishing Books 'I Am a Church Member' by Thom Rainer and 'GOSPEL' by J.D. Greear

2013 Leadership Journal Book Awards Honor B&H Publishing Books ‘I Am a Church Member’ by Thom Rainer and ‘GOSPEL’ by J.D. Greear

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (January 17, 2014) B&H Publishing Group is proud to announce that I Am a Church Member by Thom Rainer and GOSPEL by J.D. Greear were honored for the 2013 Leadership Journal Book Awards. I Am a Church Member won “Best of the Best” in the Leaders Outer Life category and GOSPEL made the “Short List” for the Leaders Inner Life category.

Each year, Leadership Journal selects excellent Christian leadership books for their annual Book Awards. Their editorial team selected these books that they believe are worth a leader’s valuable time. Leadership Journal’s hope is to showcase books that help leaders develop their gifts to further the ministry God has entrusted to them.

Published in May 2013, Thom Rainer’s I Am a Church Member (B&H). has started a conversation about the attitudes and responsibilities of church members — rather than the functional and theological issues — that previous new member primers all but ignored. The book was created after Dr. Rainer drew an exceptional response when he posted a 500-word declaration about church membership to his daily blog in January 2012.

In his book, GOSPEL (B&H), J.D. Greear shows how moralism and legalism have often eclipsed the gospel, even in conservative churches. The gospel is the power of God, and the only true source of joy, freedom, radical generosity, and audacious faith.

Thom Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, one of the largest Christian resource companies in the world. Also a respected pastor and researcher, he has written more than twenty books and coauthored the No. 1 CBA best-seller Simple Church (B&H). In May 2014, Dr. Rainer will publish Autopsy of a Deceased Church (B&H). Rainer and hiswife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons, multiple grandchildren, and live in Nashville, Tennessee. www.ThomRainer.com

J. D. Greear is lead pastor of The Summit Church, a multi-site congregation in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. He holds an M.Div. in International Church Planting and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His most recent book is Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart (B&H), published February 2013. He and his wife have four children. www.JDGreear.com

B&H Publishing Group, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources, is a team of mission-minded people with a passion for taking God’s Word to the world. Because we believe Every Word Matters™ we seek to provide intentional, Bible-centered content that positively impacts the hearts and minds of people, inspiring them to build a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ. Among our print and digital releases for the trade, church, and academic markets, titles include The New York Times No. 1 best sellers The Love Dare and The Vow as well as the award-winningHCSB Study Bible.