2018 Christian Book Award ®: Faith & Culture Finalists

  1. Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture After Genetic Science
    Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture After Genetic Science
    Dennis R. Venema & Scot McKnight
    Brazos Press / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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Genomic science indicates that humans are descended from a pool of 10,000 people. What does that mean for the biblical story of Adam and Eve? Combining their expertise, evangelical geneticist Venema and theologian McKnight explore whether there's credible evidence for evolution, how Judaism understood Adam, and other issues to provide informed guidance on this important debate. Paperback.

A diagnosis of dementia in a loved one can be both frightening and frustrating. Only a biblical foundation fuels a Christian response that both honors the patient and glorifies God. Drawing on years of professional experience working with Alzheimer's patients, Dr. John Dunlop wants to transform the way we think about dementia. Rooting his vision of care in the inherent dignity that stems from the fact that all people are made in the image of God, he explains biblical principles, describes the experience of dementia, and answers common questions about the condition. With a plan for how to care for patients with compassion and respect, Finding Grace in the Face of Dementia helps caregivers, family members, and anyone else affected by dementia honor God as they improve the quality of care to patients.

  1. Standing in the Fire: Courageous Christians Living in Frightening Times
    Standing in the Fire: Courageous Christians Living in Frightening Times
    Tom Doyle with Greg Webster
    Thomas Nelson / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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Believing that today's headlines should motivate Western Christians to action---not freeze us in fear---Doyle shares never-before-heard first-person anecdotes from heroes of the faith in Syria, Turkey, and other Middle Eastern countries. Learn how they feared God enough to live as victors instead of victims despite overwhelming danger from the Taliban, ISIS, and other terrorist groups. 240 pages, softcover from Nelson.

  1. The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important That Happens in Between
    The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important That Happens in Between
    Gregory Koukl
    Zondervan / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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Biblical Christianity is more than just another private religious view. It's more than just a personal relationship with God or a source of moral teaching. Christianity is a picture of reality.

It explains why the world is the way it is. When the pieces of this puzzle are properly assembled, we see the big picture clearly. Christianity is a true story of how the world began, why the world is the way it is, what role humans play in the drama, and how all the plotlines of the story are resolved in the end.

In The Story of Reality, best-selling author and host of Stand to Reason, Gregory Koukl, explains the five words that form the narrative backbone of the Christian story, identifying how "God," "man," "Jesus," "cross," and "resurrection" encompass the message of the Bible from start to finish. His big-picture introduction to the Christian worldview is ideal for individual seekers or small groups preparing members for outreach.

Note: The unglossed texture of the book cover, as well as the various markings of the cover design are intentional.

  1. Why Does God Allow Evil?: Compelling Answers for Life's Toughest Questions
    Why Does God Allow Evil?: Compelling Answers for Life's Toughest Questions
    Clay Jones
    Harvest House Publishers / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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If God is good and all-powerful, why doesn't He put a stop to the evil in this world? Christians and non-Christians alike struggle with the concept of a loving God who allows widespread suffering in this life and never-ending punishment in hell. In Why Does God Allow Evil author Clay Jones addresses the pressing questions that most people wrestle with such as:

  • Why do bad things happen to good people?
  • Why should we have to pay for Adam's sin?
  • How can eternal judgment be fair?
  • Why does God allow evil? The answer might surprise you--and bring you to your knees.

  1. The Last Christians: Stories of Persecution, Flight,  and Resilience in the Middle East
    The Last Christians: Stories of Persecution, Flight, and Resilience in the Middle East
    Andreas Knapp
    Plough Publishing House / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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A Westerner's travels among the persecuted and displaced Christian remnant in Iraq and Syria teach him much about faith under fire.

nside Syria and Iraq, and even along the refugee trail, they're a religious minority persecuted for their Christian faith. Outside the Middle East, they're suspect because of their nationality. A small remnant of Christians is on the run from the Islamic State. If they are wiped out, or scattered to the corners of the earth, the language that Jesus spoke may be lost forever - along with the witness of a church that has modeled Jesus' way of nonviolence and enemy-love for two millennia.

The kidnapping, enslavement, torture, and murder of Christians by the Islamic State, or ISIS, have been detailed by journalists, as have the jihadists' deliberate efforts to destroy the cultural heritage of a region that is the cradle of Christianity. But some stories run deep, and without a better understanding of the religious and historical roots of the present conflict, history will keep repeating itself century after century.