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Westmont, IL—InterVarsity Press was honored in the 2011 Christianity Today Book Award list with winners in two categories, as well as one Award of Merit. The annual awards are among the most prestigious of their kind, recognizing outstanding new books “that best shed light on the people, events, and ideas that shape evangelical life, thought, and mission.”
The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind by Alister McGrath received the top honor for Apologetics and Evangelism. McGrath highlights the gospel’s ability to engage with the complexities of the natural world on the one hand and human experience on the other. “Alister McGrath is one of the leading Christian scholars of our day,” said Andy Le Peau, associate publisher and editorial director. “We owe him a great debt for emphasizing that faithful Christian living requires faithful Christian thinking.”
The Historical Jesus: Five Views edited by James K. Beilby and Paul Rhodes Eddy won the category for Biblical Studies. The Historical Jesus offers a unique entry into the Jesus quest, bringing readers up to date on the true substance of the vigorous debate among scholars that has often been distorted in recent years by the media.
The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Seeing Others Through the Eyes of Jesus by Mark Labberton received an Award of Merit for Christian Living. “Mark Labberton has served us all powerfully by showing that doing the right thing often begins with the simple yet challenging act of seeing people for who God made them to be,” said Le Peau.
“InterVarsity Press is honored by these book awards as they highlight our missional vision as a publishing house: to love God and neighbor with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength,” said Bob Fryling, InterVarsity Press publisher. “These books call for a serious understanding of Jesus, a passionate use of our minds for the glory of God and the challenging practice of loving others for the sake of God’s kingdom. We are grateful for this public recognition of the significance of these books.”
For more than two decades, the annual Christianity Today Book Awards have recognized outstanding volumes in each of ten categories. This year, the judging process began with 427 titles submitted by 62 publishers. CT editors selected finalists in each category with expert judges sorting out the best contributions from 2010.
Founded in 1947 as an extension of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, InterVarsity Press serves those in the university, the church and the world by publishing thoughtful Christian books that equip and encourage people to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord in all of life.