Englewood Honor Books – Best Books of 2014

December 18, 2014


Here is our list of 2014′s Englewood Honor Books, the 25 Best Books of the year for the life and flourishing of the Church.

Our criterion both for selecting books to review and for honoring the year’s best books is to choose books that are “for the life and flourishing of the Church” – i.e., books that energize us to be the local community of God’s people that God has called us to be and that nurture our mission of following in the way of God’s reconciliation of all things (in all its broadness!).

[ Book of the Year ]  [ Slow and Local ] [ Theology ] [ Praxis ]
[ Fiction ]  [ Non-Fiction ]  [ Poetry/ Young Readers ]

The Year of Slow and Local:

Perhaps the most significant theme of 2014 was the emphasis on the slow and the local. Besides (ERB editor) Chris Smith and John Pattison’s Slow Church (IVP Books), there were five books on this theme that we are honoring here.

The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community
Dwight Friesen, Tim Soerens, Paul Sparks

Paperback: IVP Books), 2014
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A theologically rich vision of church life intertwined with the places we inhabit. In stark contrast to the displacement and fragmentation that dominates our age, this important book calls us to slow down, become rooted, and experience a taste of the abundance and healing that God intends for all creation.

*** Read our review

Other Winners:

Speed Limits: Where Time Went and Why We Have So Little Left
Mark C. Taylor
Hardback: Yale UP, 2014

Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now
Walter Brueggemann
Paperback: WJK Books, 2014

Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church
Scot McKnight
Hardback: Brazos Press, 2014

*** Watch the trailer video for this book


Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
Tim Suttle

Paperback: Zondervan, 2014

*** Read our review



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