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 ]


Best Poetry Book of the Year:


Idiot Psalms: New Poems
Scott Cairns
Paperback: Paraclete Press, 2014
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]

“Cairns’s poetry is smart and intriguing enough that I was tempted … to parse each line, diagram each sentence. But ultimately it was more satisfying to pursue Cairns’s words the way he pursues the Holy One, the Inexhaustible, the “Forever Forgiving Forgone (sans conclusion)” – with openness and curiosity, willing to receive whatever encounter with the Holy might result.” – MaryAnn McKibben Dana

Also winning:

Once in the West: Poems
Christian Wiman
Hardback: FSG Books, 2014.

For Young Readers

Best Book for Young Readers

Brown Girl Dreaming
Jacqueline Woodson
Hardback: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014
Buy now: [ Amazon ]


CLICK HERE to see our list of Englewood Honor Books from previous years

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