Englewood Honor Books – Best Books of 2014

December 18, 2014 — Leave a comment

 

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 ]

Christian Faith in Practice

Best Praxis Book of 2014:

The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose
Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson

Hardback: Oxford UP, 2014
Buy now: [ Amazon ]

This wealth of evidence reveals a consistent link between demonstrating generosity and leading a better life: more generous people are happier, suffer fewer illnesses and injuries, live with a greater sense of purpose, and experience less depression. Smith and Davidson also show, however, that to achieve a better life a person must practice generosity regularly-random acts of kindness are not enough.

 
Other winners:

Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition and the Life of Faith
Jen Pollock Michel
Paperback: IVP Books, 2014
*** Read our review

 

Oriented to Faith: Transforming the Conflict over Gay Relationships
Tim Otto
Paperback: Cascade Books, 2014

 

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