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Ada, Mich. (January 6, 2016)Christianity Today recently announced the winners of its 2016 Book Awards. These awards are given to the best books “most likely to shape evangelical life, thought and culture.” Two Baker publications received the top award in their categories: Acts: An Exegetical Commentary, Vols. 1–4, by Craig S. Keener received the award in the Biblical Studies category, and Divine Sex by Jonathan Grant tied for first place in the Christian Living/Discipleship category. In addition, Free to Serve by Stephen V. Monsma and Stanley W. Carlson-Thies received the Award of Merit in the Politics and Public Life category, and Spiritual Friendship by Wesley Hill earned the Award of Merit in the Beautiful Orthodoxy category. For the complete list of winners, please visit http://www.christianitytoday. com/ct/2016/january-february/ christianity-todays-2016-book-awards.html

Acts: An Exegetical Commentary, Vols. 1–4 by Craig S. Keener
(Baker Academic; ISBN 9780801039898; $229.99)

Highly respected New Testament scholar Craig Keener is known for his meticulous and comprehensive research. This commentary on Acts, his magnum opus, may be the largest and most thoroughly documented Acts commentary ever written. “Keener is a scholar with gifts that come along once every century, and here we see them employed in full force.” ̶ Gary Burge, professor of New Testament, Wheaton College 

Divine Sex by Jonathan Grant
(Brazos Press; ISBN 9781587433696; ebook ISBN 9781441227164; $17.99)

A fresh new voice offers a persuasive Christian vision of sex and relationships, calling young adults to faithful discipleship in a hypersexualized world. Drawing from his pastoral experience with young people and from cutting-edge research, Jonathan Grant helps Christian leaders understand the cultural forces that make the church’s teaching on sex and relationships ineffective in the lives of today’s young adults and sets forth pastoral strategies for addressing the underlying fault lines in modern sexuality. Brian Howell, professor of anthropology, Wheaton College, says of Divine Sex, “We have needed this book for a long time.” 

Free to Serve by Stephen V. Monsma and Stanley W. Carlson-Thies
(Brazos Press; ISBN 9781587433733; ebook ISBN 9781493400065; $16.99)

Two political experts show how faith-based groups—those active in the educational, healthcare, international aid and development, and social service fields—can defend their ability to follow their religiously based beliefs without having to jettison the very faith and faith-based practices that led them to provide services to those in need. 

Spiritual Friendship by Wesley Hill
(Brazos Press; ISBN 9781587433498; ebook ISBN 9781441227515, $14.99)

Writing with deep empathy and with fidelity to historic Christian teaching, Wesley Hill retrieves a rich understanding of friendship as a spiritual vocation and explains how the church can foster friendship as a basic component of Christian discipleship. 

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