1997 Christianity Today Book Awards
April 28, 1997
Christianity Today is proud to announce the results of the 1997 CT Book Awards. More than 200 books published in 1996 were nominated. Ballots were sent to a large panel of scholars, pastors, writers, and other church leaders, who chose the titles for our "Top 25" list. (Because of ties, the list includes a total of 26 titles.) These outstanding books, it is important to add, are but a few among a much larger number that merit recognition. The diversity of publishers represented here—18 in all—is also worthy of note. InterVarsity Press, for the third year in a row, led all publishers, with six titles.
Twenty-five years ago, in the issue for February 2, 1962, CT honored the "Choice Evangelical Books" of 1961. Among the 25 books so honored (chosen, at that time, by CT's editorial staff, and listed alphabetically by author rather than in ranked order) are several that many of our readers will still have on their shelves, including Elisabeth Elliot's classic The Savage, My Kinsman (which has just been reissued, with a new epilogue, by Servant Books, 152 pp.; $10.99, paper) and the first edition of F. F. Bruce's superb survey, The English Bible. Also on that lightly annotated list is The Genesis Flood, by Henry M. Morris and John C. Whitcomb, Jr., described as a "new system for unifying and correlating scientific data bearing on the earth's early history."
Evolution is still a live issue for evangelicals, as attested by the selection of Michael Behe's Darwin's Black Box as CT's Book of the Year and the strong showing of Del Ratzsch's The Battle of Beginnings. (Nancey Murphy's Beyond Liberalism and Fundamentalism also touches on this debate.) But in the quarter-century since The Genesis Flood was hailed by evangelical ...