Christianity Today’s Top 10 Books of 2012

Christianity Today just released their choices for the top ten books of 2012.  Here they are:

Alvin Plantinga (Oxford University Press)
“This book offers topnotch scholarship to pit against the very best arguments of contemporary atheism, as well as to clarify what truly is at stake in the battles orthodoxy faces in science, biblical studies, philosophy, and more. A tour de force by one of our era’s great philosophers—and we can be glad, again, that he is on our side!”

G. K. Beale (Baker Academic)
“This is Beale’s ‘great work,’ and will mark his career for many decades to come. He’s been working on it for 25 years, and it shows. It is dense, exhaustive, and provides a compelling theological framework for understanding Scripture (Creation, Judgment, New Creation), helping us see what the New Testament is doing with the major Old Testament themes. … I can see many of us referring to it for decades.”

Ross Douthat (Free Press)
“A searching and illuminating reading of our times that is probing in judgment while sympathetic in mood. It makes sense of the history we have lived in a way that inspires renewed—and im-proved—movement forward.”

Amy L. Sherman (InterVarsity)
“This practical, lively, theologically grounded book provides guidance for congregations trying to bring their faith to bear upon a needy world. It’s also a compelling invitation to look beyond individual moral and spiritual concerns to the ways faith is always and necessarily about the community. Sherman’s many well-told examples of Christians who have taken inventive initiatives to bring their vocational skills together with others’ needs are helpful in their specificity.”

Timothy Keller (Zondervan)
“It would be hard to find a pastor who thinks more deeply—and more theologically—about his work than Keller. Center Church represents not just a case study for the growth and development of Re-deemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, but also a theological blueprint for doing ministry in the 21st century. Words like thorough, comprehensive, and even magisterial come to mind to de-scribe it.”

Douglas Wilson (Canon Press)
“An insightful satire on contemporary Christian culture that moves seamlessly from laugh-out-loud funny to startlingly poignant. Wilson’s critique of the church is sharp, humorous, and uncomfortably accurate, but he doesn’t leave it at that. With honesty and heart, he portrays the difficulty of forgiveness and what it means to live in community. I loved this book!”

Lamin Sanneh (Eerdmans)
“Sanneh, one of the most original Christian thinkers of our time, recounts how he made his way as a poor boy from a remote, colonial West African town to become a distinguished professor in one of the world’s greatest universities. At once a personal memoir, a conversion and pilgrimage story, and an intellectual excursion, the book shows how Sanneh’s lineage and life encounters have shaped his remarkable body of scholarship. With sharp insight, Sanneh … reveals some of the trials he has endured at the hands of prejudiced and unwelcoming colleagues and congregants. But even when doing so, he stays gentle, speaking the truth in love.”

Daniel Philpott (Oxford University Press)
“Philpott’s authoritative study of the ethics of political reconciliation offers new hope for solving one of humanity’s most intractable problems: bringing justice in the aftermath of human con-flicts. Philpott focuses on restoring right relationships—going well beyond conceptions of human rights that do not redress wounds of injustice. He appeals to Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions for resources on restorative justice.”

Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis

Lauren F. Winner (HarperOne)
“Despite deep pain and doubt, Winner relentlessly searches God’s mysteries, seeking peace and authenticity in her faith. Her spiritual memoir is unblinking, credible, and compelling.”

The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Michael J. McClymond and Gerald R. McDermott (Oxford University Press)
“This truly impressive volume combines two virtues that rarely coexist. It is accessibly deep. Many books cover their subject matter in an accessible manner, and many others plumb the depths of their subject matter. [This] successfully does both. Organized clearly and written well, I can imagine no better introduction and in-depth analysis of this incredibly important figure.”

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