Books

Because we know our members love to read, WORLD has dedicated at least one issue of the magazine every year since 1999 to books, authors, and trends in the publishing industry. Since 2008, we’ve also announced the winners of our Books of the Year.


WORLD’s Books of the Year

2018: The Wizard and the Prophet by Charles C. Mann, The Once and Future Worker by Oren Cass, No Turning Back by Rania Abouzeid, A Nation Forged by Crisis by Jay Sexton, and Therefore I Have Hope by Cameron Cole

2017: Poor No More by Peter Cove, Red Famine by Anne Applebaum, The Beginning of Politics by Moshe Halbertal and Stephen Holmes, Darwin’s House of Cards by Tom Bethell, Living Life Backward by David Gibson, and Reformed Expository Commentary

2016 (April–December)Illiberal Reformers by Thomas C. Leonard, Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, Street of Eternal Happiness by Rob Schmitz, Undeniable by Douglas Axe, and The Life We Never Expected by Andrew and Rachel Wilson

2016In Those Nightmarish Days by Peretz Opoczynski & Josef Zelkowicz, The Prodigal Church by Jared C. Wilson, Wind Sprints by Joseph Epstein, and Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

2015America in Retreat by Bret Stephens, The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson, and enGendered: God’s Gift of Gender Difference in Relationship by Sam A. Andreades

2014Mission at Nuremberg by Tim Townsend, The Tyranny of Experts by William Easterly, and What’s Your Worldview by James N. Anderson

2013Escape from North Korea by Melanie Kirkpatrick

2012The Triumph of Christianity by Rodney Stark

2011God and Evolution edited by Jay Richards and Should Christians Embrace Evolution? edited by Norman C. Nevin

2010The Battle by Arthur C. Brooks

2009English Standard Version Study Bible

2008: The Reason for God by Timothy Keller


Annual Books Issue

B is for Books

Beyond platform shoes

WORLD’s 2018 Books of the Year

Issue date: Dec. 8, 2018

B is for Books

B is for Books

WORLD’s 2017 Books of the Year

Issue date: Dec. 9, 2017

Books of the Year—sort of

Books of the Year—sort of

As we transition to more timely reporting, here are 12 pages on top books published from April through December, 2016

Issue date: March 18, 2017

2016 Books of the Year

2016 Books of the Year

Persecution. Cultural pressure. Death, marriage, fun

Issue date: June 25, 2016

 
<em>Mmmm ...</em> four books of the year

Mmmm ... four books of the year

A committee of WORLD writers chose these books, spread among four categories, that should be ‘chewed and digested’

Issue date: June 27, 2015

 
Words on paper

Words on paper

Three reasons for pessimism, and three more for optimism, about the future of printed books

Issue date: June 28, 2014

 
Making tracks

Making tracks

Superb reporting and storytelling about a modern-day underground railroad make Melanie Kirkpatrick’s Escape from North Korea WORLD’s Book of the Year

Issue date: June 29, 2013

 
Books are special

Books are special

The written word is a uniquely powerful, and powerfully Christian, tool of communication

Issue date: July 14, 2012

 
Books of the Year

Books of the Year

Two new books are important responses to the rapidly growing promotion of theistic- or, more properly, deistic-evolution

Issue date: July 2, 2011

 
More than money

More than money

WORLD’s 2010 Book of the Year makes a compelling case that the clash between free enterprise and socialism is a moral battle

Issue date: July 3, 2010

 
Book of the year

Book of the year

It’s based on the best-selling book of all time, but WORLD’s 2009 winner takes Bible study to new levels

Issue date: July 4, 2009

 
What's black and white and read all over?

What’s black and white and read all over?

Graphic novels are the latest blockbuster answer to an image-driven culture in search of stories and meaning

Issue date: June 28, 2008

 
7 fat years

7 fat years

A wealth of treadmill books, 400 to be almost exact, boiled down to an all-time favorite 100

Issue date: June 30, 2007

 
From disapproval to delight

From disapproval to delight

Novels and movies were once generally suspect in evangelical eyes, but now the emphasis is on discernment. Thirty evangelicals reveal their favorites

Issue date: July 1, 2006

 
Out of the ghetto

Out of the ghetto

Christian publishers reach for a share of the secular market, mainstream publishers jostle for Christian market share–and readers win from the competition

Issue date: July 2, 2005

 
Truth and fiction

Truth and fiction

A Christian publishing company aims to restore a great literary heritage: high-quality, general-market fiction written by Christians and from a biblical worldview

Issue date: July 3, 2004

 
Western culture's Top 50 books

Western culture’s Top 50 books

Give yourself an education by checking out these books

Issue date: July 5, 2003

 
A look in the mirror

A look in the mirror

Books–how they’re written and who writes them, the ideas they fight over, and the unpleasant implications they ignore–tell a lot about a culture

Issue date: July 7, 2002

 
Going mainstream

Going mainstream

Trends in the publishing industry are opening up new avenues for Christian writers, and some Christian books are selling millions of copies in mainstream bookstores. Does this mean that Christianity has become culturally influential again? Or does it merely signal that Christians have been swallowed up by the larger culture?

Issue date: July 7, 2001

 
Nifty 50 Books

The Nifty 50

WORLD’s list of 50 great 20th century books for children

Issue date: July 1, 2000

 
Top 40 Books

Top 40 Books

The best titles proclaiming or applying a biblical worldview in a hostile 20th century

Issue date: July 3, 1999


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