Academy of Parish Clergy Book of the Year Awards for 2018



2018 Academy of Parish Clergy
Book of the Year Announcement
The Academy of Parish Clergy, Inc. proudly announces that the 2018 Book of the Year Award has been awarded to Saved by Faith and Hospitality by Joshua W. Jipp and published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (2017). Jipp is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. The Book of the Year Award is given to the best book published for parish ministry in the previous year. In addition, the Academy presents the Reference Book of the Year Award to Acts: Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible by Willie James Jennings and published by Westminster John Knox Publishing Company (2017)). Jennings is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale Divinity School.  
In addition to the Book of the Year and Reference Book of the Year awards, the Academy offers two lists of books recommended for use by clergy in parish ministry. The first list offers the Top Ten Books for Parish Ministry published in 2017. The second list offers the Top Five Reference Books for Parish Ministry. They display an excellence and helpfulness that clergy are invited to incorporate into their libraries to benefit their ministries. The two lists appear below alphabetically by author name.
The awards and book lists were presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Parish Clergy on April 17, 2018 at the Siena Conference Center in Racine, Wisconsin. Dr. Jipp was able to be present and shared a word about his book. Unfortunately, Dr. James was not able to be present, but he was recognized for his outstanding work.
Book of the Year Committee:  Robert Cornwall, Chair, Henry Coates, and Jess Scholten.

Top Ten Books for Parish Ministry:
·         Adopted: The Sacrament of Belonging in a Fractured World by Kelley Nikondeha (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company)
·    Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief by Joanne Cacciatore (Wisdom Publications)
·         Better: Waking Up to Who We Could Be by Melvin Bray (Chalice Press)
·         Beyond the Offering Place: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship edited by Adam J. Copeland (Westminster John Knox Press)
·         Christian Women in the Patristic World: Their Influence, Authority, and Legacy in the Second through Fifth Centuries by Lynn Cohick and Amy Brown Hughes (Baker Academic)
·         Faith Formation in a Secular Age: Responding to the Church’s Obsession with Youthfulness by Andrew Root (Baker Academic)
·         Fierce: Women of the Bible and their Stories of Violence, Mercy, Bravery, Wisdom, Sex, and Salvation by Alice Connor (Fortress Press)
·          Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God after Experiencing a Hurtful Church by Carol Howard Merritt (Harper One) 
·         The Minister as Moral Theologian: Ethical Dimensions of Pastoral Leadership by Sondra Wheeler (Baker Academic)
·         The Self-Aware Leader: Discovering Your Blind Spots to Reach Your Ministry Potential by Terry Linehart (InterVarsity Press)


Top Five Reference Books for Parish Ministry

·         The Annotated Luther: The Interpretation of Scripture edited by Euan Cameron (Fortress Press)
·         Barth in Conversation: Volume 1, 1959-1962 by Karl Barth, Eberhard Busch, editor (Westminster John Knox Press)
·         In the Beauty of Holiness: Art and the Bible in Western Culture by David Lyle Jeffrey (Wm. B Eerdmans Publishing Company) 
·         The Letter to Philemon: The New International Commentary on the New Testament by Scot McKnight (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company) 
·         The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing: A Theological Commentary by Jonathan T. Pennington (Baker Academic)



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