2016 Christian Book Award ®: Non-Fiction Finalists

  1. All the Places to Go: How Will You Know?
    John Ortberg
    Tyndale House / 2015 / Hardcover
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You've prayed so hard for God's guidance---and now you stand before an open door. Will you stay where you are or walk through? Awakening you to divinely inspired opportunities, Ortberg encourages you to trust God as you step out in faith, walk through that door, and accomplish something that has eternal significance! 304 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.

    Society wants us to believe that life should be easy. Helping us leave that attitude of entitlement behind and find real contentment, Dr. Townsend explores why having no pain is not an option; how to tell when to take a risk; why "shortcuts" always take longer; when it's worth it to disappoint somebody, and more.

    Raised by LGBT parents, Caleb Kaltenbach was very familiar with some Christians attitudes toward gays, based on the hatred and bitterness often directed toward his family. It's not surprising then that as he grew into a young man he wanted very little to do with those who claimed to follow Jesus. As a student, Caleb started attending a Bible study and youth group with the purpose of learning more about Christianity in order to attack it. However, the more he learned about Jesus, the more he wanted to know, which ultimately lead to his conversion. Ironically, Caleb was a Christian teen "coming out" to his gay parents.

    In Messy Grace, Caleb chronicles his journey of showing love to his family and the LGBT community, while believing the truths proclaimed in the Bible. He also gives hard-earned advice to Christians seeking to understand the tension of real relationships lived in the balance of love and truth. Includes Reflection and Discussion Questions for individual or group study.

    1. Where I Am: Heaven, Eternity, and Our Life Beyond the Now
      Billy Graham
      Thomas Nelson / 2015 / Hardcover
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    Shortly after his 95th birthday in 2013, Mr. Graham, knowing that his time on earth draws to a close, declared,"When I die, tell others that I've gone to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ--that's where I am."

    In this latest reflection, Mr. Graham shares the same message of hope he's proclaimed for decades, coupled with the sober reflection of a mature faith. In each of these short 36 chapters, he explains what the Bible says about eternity, and the reality that each of us chooses where we'll spend life after death. Whether you're drawing closer to that moment of eternal significance, or simply considering the Bible's claims, Graham's words will give you faith to believe in Jesus' promise that, "Where I am, there you may be also."