Favorite Books of 2011

By John Wilson

This was a very good year for Books & Culture contributors, starting in January with Makoto Fujimura’s The Four Holy Gospels. I can’t begin to list them all (apologies for the many omissions), but here is a sampling of books that merit your attention: Amy Julia Becker, A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny; Alan Jacobs, The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction; Timothy Larsen, A People of One Book: The Bible and the Victorians; John McWhorter, What Language Is; Mark Noll, Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind; Naomi Schaefer Riley, The Faculty Lounges: And Other Reasons Why You Won’t Get the College Education You Pay For; and Randall Stephens and Karl Giberson, The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age. Congratulations all around.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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