The Academy of Parish Clergy, Inc. announces the 2008 Book of the Year Award to be God’s Ambassadors: A History of the Christian Clergy in America by E. Brooks Holifield (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company). The Book of the Year Award is given to the best book published for parish ministry in the previous year.
In addition, the Reference Book of the Year Award is given to Empire: The Christian Tradition, New Readings of Classical Theologians ed. by Kwok Pui-lan, Don H. Compier, and Joerg Rieger (Fortress Press).
These awards will be made at the Annual Conference of the Academy, April 22-23, 2008, at the Jesuit Retreat House, Cleveland, OH.
In addition to the Book of the Year, the Academy has selected the following books as the Top Ten Books for Parish Ministry published in 2007.
E Brooks Holifield. God’s Ambassadors: A History of the Christian Clergy in America. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company -- Book of the Year
The remainder of the list, alphabetically by author:
Gerald W. Calabash, Editor. Just Policing, Not War: An Alternative Response to World Violence. Liturgical Press.
Pamela Couture Child Poverty: Love, Justice, and Social Responsibility. Chalice Press.
John Dominic Crossan, God and Empire: Jesus Against Rome, Then and Now. HarperSanFrancisco Publishers. -- reviewed by Robert Cornwall, Winter 2007, Sharing the Practice.
Antony Flew. There Is A God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind. HarperOne Publishers.
Eugene Peterson The Jesus Way: A Conversation of the Ways That Jesus Is The Way. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Alister McGrath. Christianity’s Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution - A History from the Sixteenth Century to the Twenty-First. HarperOne Publishers.
Ben Quash and Michael Ward, Heresies and How To Avoid Them: Why It Matters What Christians Believe. Hendrickson Publishers.
G. Lloyd Rediger. The Toxic Congregation: How To Heal the Soul of Your Church. Abingdon Press.
Larry Witham. A City Set On A Hill: How Sermons Changed the Course of American History. HarperOne Publishers.