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Grand Rapids, MISecret Faith in the Public Square: An Argument for the Concealment of Christian Identity (Brazos Press; 978-1-58743-226-2; Sept. 2009) by Jonathan Malesic received an award in ForeWord Magazine’s 2009 Book of the Year Awards. The book, which provocatively argues that concealing Christian identity in American public life is the best way to maintain faithful witness and integrity, was awarded gold in the Religion category. Jonathan Malesic is assistant professor of theology at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He has written several essays for the Chronicle of Higher Education.


ForeWord Magazine characterizes itself as a publication that “reviews good books independently published.” Each year, ForeWord chooses titles from hundreds of submissions that “expand a reader’s world, introduce a voice society needs to hear, offer practical knowledge where none existed before or simply entertain so compellingly that all distractions fall away as the reader turns the next page.” For more information regarding ForeWord’s Book of the Year Awards including a comprehensive list of award-winners, please visit


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Brazos Press fosters the renewal of classical, orthodox Christianity by publishing thoughtful, theologically grounded books on subjects of importance to the church and the world. We serve authors and readers from all major streams of the historic Christian tradition, recognizing that the renewal of Christian orthodoxy transcends many traditional boundary lines and polarities. Our readers include clergy, educated laypersons, and students seeking commentary on how the riches of the Christian tradition can be brought to bear on the struggles and hopes of the present day.

Baker Publishing Group publishes high-quality writings that represent historic Christianity and serve the diverse interests and concerns of evangelical readers. Founded in 1939, today Baker Publishing Group is composed of six divisions, each reflecting a unique segment of Christian publishing. These divisions are Bethany House Publishers, Revell, Baker Books, Baker Academic, Chosen Books, and Brazos Press. Baker Publishing Group is also the exclusive publisher of God’s Word® Translation (GW). Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Baker Publishing Group is one of the world’s largest publishers of Christian books. For more information, please visit