Because we know our Members love to read, WORLD has dedicated an 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.

Books of the Year—sort of
2017 Books Issue

Books of the Year—sort of

Issue: Vol. 32, No. 5; March 18, 2017

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

2016 Books of the Year
2016 Books Issue

2016 Books of the Year

Issue: Vol. 31, No. 13; June 25, 2016

Persecution. Cultural pressure. Death, marriage, fun

 
<em>Mmmm ...</em> four books of the year
2015 Books Issue

Mmmm ... four books of the year

Issue: Vol. 30, No. 13; June 27, 2015

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

 
Words on paper
2014 Books Issue

Words on paper

Issue: Vol. 29, No. 13; June 28, 2014

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

 
Making tracks
2013 Books Issue

Making tracks

Issue: Vol. 28, No. 13; June 29, 2013

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

 
Books are special
2012 Books Issue

Books are special

Issue: Vol. 27, No. 14; July 14, 2012

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

 
Books of the Year
2011 Books Issue

Books of the Year

Issue: Vol. 26, No. 13; July 2, 2011

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

 
More than money
2010 Books Issue

More than money

Issue: Vol. 25, No. 13; July 3, 2010

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

 
Book of the year
2009 Books Issue

Book of the year

Issue: Vol. 24, No. 13; July 4, 2009

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

 
What's black and white and read all over?
2008 Books Issue

What’s black and white and read all over?

Issue: Vol. 23, No. 13; June 28, 2008

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

 
7 fat years
2007 Books Issue

7 fat years

Issue: Vol. 22, No. 24; June 30, 2007

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

 
From disapproval to delight
2006 Books Issue

From disapproval to delight

Issue: Vol. 21, No. 26; July 1, 2006

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

 
Out of the ghetto
2005 Books Issue

Out of the ghetto

Issue: Vol. 20, No. 26; July 2, 2005

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

 
Truth and fiction
2004 Books Issue

Truth and fiction

Issue: Vol. 19, No. 26; July 3, 2004

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

 
Western culture's Top 50 books
2003 Books Issue

Western culture’s Top 50 books

Issue: Vol. 18, No. 26; July 5, 2003

Give yourself an education by checking out these books.

 
A look in the mirror
2002 Books Issue

A look in the mirror

Issue: Vol. 17, No. 26; July 7, 2002

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.

 
Going mainstream
2001 Books Issue

Going mainstream

Issue: "Vol. 16, No. 26; July 7, 2001

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?

 
Nifty 50 Books
2000 Books Issue

The Nifty 50

Issue: Vol. 15, No. 26; July 1, 2000

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

 
Top 40 Books
1999 Books Issue

Top 40 Books

Issue: Vol. 14, No. 26; July 3, 1999

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