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January/February 2019
Volume 63, Number 1
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About This Issue
Featuring CT's annual book awards, the January/February 2019 issue argues for the vital role of books as tools for shaping virtuous character. Also in the realm of book-length discussions, the features include an analysis of the growing debate among sociologists over how polls categorize African American and white Christians in the United States.
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Karen Swallow Prior: Good Books Make Better People
Why history's wisest figures have seen a connection between reading well and living well.
Christianity Today’s 2019 Book Awards
Our picks for the books most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture.
Christianity Today’s 2019 Book of the Year
The release that best embodies our pursuit of Beautiful Orthodoxy.
Russell Moore: Putting the Family First Puts the Church at Odds with Jesus
He came to divide sons from their fathers and daughters from their mothers—not to promote “family values.”


Can Anger at God Be Righteous?
The Psalms show us how to faithfully protest to God.
Who Counts? How to Rightly Divide American Christianity
The academy's debate over black church differences is more than a numbers game.
Church Is a Family, Not an Event
The Bible refers to fellow Christians as "brothers and sisters," but how often do we treat them as family?
Abolitionism at the Tipping Point
Slavery has been around since before Moses, but International Justice Mission’s president thinks its demise is only decades away.


Who Owns a Woman’s Body? Not Who You Think.
Why treating the female body like property misses the gospel and fails the unborn.
How Bible Genealogies Preach the Good News
Jesus’ family tree offers more than a history lesson.
Are You More Loving Than God?
Let's be real. Many of us think we can do it better.


I Don’t Know Why the Atonement ‘Works,’ But I Know It Does
Christ taking our place on the cross doesn’t always make sense. It doesn't have to.
Women in Missions Leadership Walk a Tightrope
Researcher Mary Lederleitner explores the confusions and frustrations they face.
New & Noteworthy Fiction
Chosen by Katie Ganshert, author of 'No One Ever Asked.'
This Novelist Won Me Over with His Sincere Love of Jesus
I read Charles Martin’s Bible retellings with a critical eye. But the more I read, the more I found myself overcome with their spiritual power.
5 Books That Give Me Contentment in the Midst of Chronic Pain
Chosen by Liz Carter, author of 'Catching Contentment: How to Be Holy Satisfied.'


Building on the Black Church’s Bible Legacy
How African Americans outpaced the country in Scripture-savvy—and why ministry leaders expect even more from them.
Gleanings: January/February 2019
Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our January/February issue).
Should Christians Quote Muhammad?
Asia Bibi’s acquittal may model how to persuade Muslims of religious freedom.

More from this Issue

Our Jan/Feb Issue: What Are Book Awards Good For?
Guiding the invisible hand of publishing economics.
Reply All
Responses to our November issue.
Partner ContentLiberty for All
Original Content from CT Creative Studio
How Christian campuses can foster free speech.
I Escaped from Iran, but Not from God
As a child of the Iranian Revolution, I wanted nothing to do with religion.