Left to right: Henry Coates (Committee Chair), Fleming Rutledge (Winner), Christine Shander (Committee Member), Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger (Winner) , Stephen L. Hawkins (Committee Member)

Left to right: Henry Coates (Committee Chair), Fleming Rutledge (Winner), Christine Shander (Committee Member),
Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger (Winner) , Stephen L. Hawkins (Committee Member)


The Academy of Parish Clergy, Inc. proudly announces that the Book of the Year Award for books published in 2015 is awarded to Bearing the Unbearable: Trauma, Gospel, and Pastoral Care, written by Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger and published by Eerdmans. The Book of the Year Award is given to the best book published for parish ministry in the previous year. In addition, the Reference Book of the Year Award is awarded to The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, written by Fleming Rutledge and published by Eerdmans.

In addition to the Book of the Year and Reference Book of the Year awards, the Academy has selected the following books as the Top Ten Books for Parish Ministry published in 2015. They display an excellence and helpfulness that all Parish ministers are invited to incorporate into their libraries to benefit their ministries.

This Strange and Sacred Scripture: Wrestling with the Old Testament and Its Oddities, written by Matthew Richard Schlimm and published by Baker Academic.

For the Love of All Creatures: The Story of Grace in Genesis, written by William Greenway, published by Eerdmans.

How Odd of God: Chosen for the Curious Vocation of Preaching, written by William Willimon, published by Westminster John Knox Press

Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God, written by Lauren Winner, published by HarperOne.

Paul and the Gift, written by John M.G. Barclay, published by Eerdmans.

Crossover Preaching: Intercultural-Improvisational Homiletics in Conversation with Gardner C. Taylor, written by Jared Alcántara, published by IVP Academic.

A Long Letting Go: Meditations on Losing Someone You Love and A Faithful Farewell: Living Your Last Chapter with Love, both written by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, published by Eerdmans.

Envisioning the Congregation, Practicing the Gospel: A Guide for Pastors and Lay Leaders, written by John W. Stewart, published by Eerdmans.

Grounded: Finding God in the World, written by Diana Butler Bass, published by HarperOne

Called to Witness: Doing Missional Theology, written by Darrell Guder, published by Eerdmans.