2010 Academy of Parish Clergy Book of the Year and Top Ten List

Below is a press release from the Academy of Parish Clergy, for which I edit a journal called Sharing the Practice.  I did not, however, participate in the choosing of these books, beyond making my suggestions. 

Tending to the Holy: The Practice of the Presence of God in MinistryThe Academy of Parish Clergy, Inc. announces the 2010 Book of the Year Award to be Tending To The Holy: The Practice of the Presence of God in Ministry by Bruce G. Epperly and Katherine Gould Epperly (Alban Institute). 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 Revelation: A Commentary in The New Testament Library by Brian K. Blount (Westminster/John Knox Press). These awards will be made at the Annual Conference of the Academy, April 20-22, 2010, at the Sienna Center, in Racine, Wisconsin.

In addition to the Book of the Year, the Academy has selected the following books  to complete its list of the  Top Ten Books for Parish Ministry published in 2009.  These appear in no specific order.

A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story by Diana Butler Bass (HarperOne)

At the Scent of Water: The Ground of Hope in the Book of Job by J. Gerald Janzen (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company)

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon: Ministering to Returning Combat Veterans by David A. Thompson (Abingdon Press)

Kindling Desire For God: Preaching As Spiritual Direction by Kay L. Northcutt (Fortress Press)

Preaching From Memory to Hope by Thomas G. Long (Westminster/John Knox Press)

The Future of Faith by Harvey Cox (HarperOne)

The Power to Comprehend With All the Saints: The Formation and Practice of a Pastor-Theologian ed. by Wallace M. Allston Jr. and Cynthia A. Jarvis (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company)

The Ten Commandments (Interpretation Resources for the Use of Scripture in the Church) by Patrick D. Miller (Westminster/John Knox Press)

Toxic Spirituality: Four Enduring Temptations of Christian Faith by Eric W. Gritsch (Fortress Press)


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