Award for Excellence in Nonfiction
The 2016 ACL Award for Excellence in Nonfiction was awarded to Alister E. McGrath for his book, The Intellectual World of C.S. Lewis, published by Wiley-Blackwell. This book is a meticulous study of eight aspects of the life and writings of C.S. Lewis, including a look at Lewis’s metaphors of light, sun, and sight, the concept of myth in Lewis’s thought, and the philosophical context at Oxford in the 1920s.
During the selection process, one team member described this year’s winning book as “excellent, eloquent, academic, accessible, thought provoking and prodigiously cited.” Another commented that it is a “scholarly book that not only enhances the field of theology” but also caters to a general audience.
2014 - How God Became King
by N.T. Wright
2012 - Jesus Christ and the Life of the
Mind by Mark A. Noll
Meet Our Team...
Greg Martin, Chair
Andrea Abernathy, Member
Robert Burgess, Member
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Cathie Chatmon, Member
Piedmont International University
Kenneth Litwak, Member
Life Pacific College
Pamela Meridith, Member
Williams Baptist College
Lydia Neeley, Member
Northern California Bible College
Tami Robinson, Member
Garrett Trott, Member
Purpose/Philosophy of the Award
The ACL Nonfiction Book Award should embody excellence in writing and research and inspire serious discussion in the Christian community. The works should be of interest to educated lay people and academics. Although the selections should be relevant to Christians and supportive of the Christian worldview, they do not need to be evangelical or overtly "Christian."
General exclusions for the non-fiction category:
- Reference works (dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.)
- Devotional works
- Christian education
- Christian living/self help
- The book must meet the Purpose/Philosophy statement.
- The book must be written in English (no translations).
- An author may receive the Award more than once.
- Works that have received other awards will not be excluded.
- The book must be published within the two calendar years prior to the award year
- The book does not need to be from a "Christian" publisher.