10 books to add to your reading pile this Winter

In its longest shortlist ever, the Australian Christian Book of the Year Shortlist has been announced today.

From pondering how God fell off Australia’s radar to exploring the church’s involvement in the holocaust to the devastating impact of nuclear tests on an Aboriginal community and the Christian woman who fought against them, the shortlist is one of the most diverse ever.

Run by SparkLit, an organisation seeking to empower Christian writers, publishers and distributors in Australia, organiser Michael Collie says the 57 entries to this year’s awards were some of the strongest yet. He says that in his over eight years of overseeing the awards, he has seen an increase in the quality of Christian writing, despite a fragile Christian publishing environment.

“We’re looking for books that reflect with a Christian voice that can speak successfully to Australian society,” says Collie, of the awards two criteria: relevance and originality. “I think that centuries of Christian dominance has made us lazy communicators and that’s had a negative impact on the gospel. Now, we [Christians] have lost our place at the high table I think it is a positive thing that stimulates good writing.

“Take Roy Williams’ Post God Nation, for example, which is a real contender for the Australian Christian Book of the Year because it addresses just this issue: how to present the gospel in a society that is jaded. Any book that represents the gospel in a way that is challenging is going to take courage and creativity to write. And that’s something we want to foster.”

Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 12.39.28 pm Post-God Nation: How Religion Fell Off the Radar in Australia and What Might be Done to Get It Back On’, Roy Williams, ABC Books.

Read an extract from the book, here.


Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 12.39.56 pm Understanding Jesus and Muhammad: What the Ancient Texts Say About Them, Bernie Power, Acorn Press.

Read more comments from Bernie Power on how Christians and Muslims should relate, in these Eternity articles:

Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 12.40.16 pm Zechariah: The Lord Returns, Michael R Stead, Aquila Press.
Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 12.40.42 pm Leon Morris, Neil Bach, Authentic Media ltd.
Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 12.41.08 pm Child Arise! The Courage to Stand, Jane N. Dowling, David Lovell Publishing.
Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 12.41.36 pm The Anonymous Leader, Ralph Mayhew.
Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 12.41.51 pm Maralinga’s Long Shadow, Christobel Mattingley, Allen & Unwin.

Read more from Christobel Mattingley from the Eternity archives:

Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 12.42.28 pm Trumped By Grace, Peter Stiles, Poetica Christi Press.
Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 12.42.17 pm They Conspire Against Your People: The European Churches and the Holocaust, Colin Barnes, King’s Divinity Press and the Centre for Jewish-Christian Studies.
Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 12.38.48 pm Resilient, Sheridan Voysey, Discovery House.

Read the Eternity review of Resilient, here >>