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Australian Christian Book of the Year

The Australian Christian Book of the Year Award is given annually to an original book written by an Australian citizen normally resident in Australia and published by an Australian publisher. The award recognises and encourages excellence in Australian Christian writing.

The ACBOY Award carries a prize of $2,500 for the author, and a framed certificate for the author and publisher. A short list is announced in July and the awards are presented during August. Supplementary awards may be made.

Entries are judged with an eye to the:

Original nature of the work.

Literary style, including suitability for the target audience.
Design, layout, cover, text and illustrations.
Contribution that the book makes in meeting a need for Christian writing in the Australian situation and in the Australian market.

The 2010 Australian Christian Book of the Year Award short-listed books are:

A Century of InfluenceA century of influence: Australian Student Christian Movement 1896-1996 by Renate Howe (University of New South Wales Press) -The Australian Student Christian Movement has provided a forum for exploring spirituality and social issues in the nations universities for over a century. Described as a university within a university the ASCM has had a national and international influence and has inspired leading academics, politicians, public servants, business leaders and clergy to put their faith into action. Renate Howe draws on a rich range of material from libraries, private collections and oral histories. More

Desolate beauty by Trudy Adams (Ark House Press) - ‘Desolate Beauty’, Trudy Adams Desolate Beautynovel for mid to late teens, explores the fact that the mistakes we make, or the mistakes of others that impact our lives, do not have to control our future. more

Hebrews: A New Covenant commentary by William Dumbrell (Redeemer Baptist Press)

Losing my religion: Unbelief in Australia by Tom Frame (University of New South Wales Press) -In this challenging and provocative book, Tom Frame, one of Australias best-Losing My Religion: Unbelief in Australiaknown writers on religion and society, examines diminishing theological belief and declining denominational affiliation. He argues that Australia has never been a very religious nation but that few Australians have deliberately rejected belief most simply cant see why they need to be bothered with religion at all. He contends that vehement campaigning against theistic belief is the product of growing disdain for religious fundamentalism and a vigorous commitment to personal autonomy. Losing My Religion contends that God is certainly not dead more

Montgomery of Tasmania: Henry and Maud Montgomery in Australasia

Montgomery of Tasmania: Henry and Maud Montgomery in Australasia by Robert Withycombe (Acorn Press) - In comparison with the fame of their son, Bernard, Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, Henry and Maud Montgomery, leaders in their own right, are largely forgotten. Henry, fourth Anglican Bishop of Tasmania, 1889-1901, proved a dynamic force in the national church, still relevant today. Always energetic, he regularly left Hobart to care for remote West Coast mining communities and the aboriginal people consigned to exile on Cape Barren Island. Maud was an able partner, pioneering ministries in support of vulnerable women and children and Christian education.

The third choice: Islam, dhimmitude and freedom by Mark Durie (Deror Books) -In the classical Islamic ideology of conquest, the first choice offered to non-Muslims was conversion to Islam; the second choice was the sword; and the third was surrender. Mark Durie's innovative book exposes the history and ideology of surrender - the 'Third Choice' - which has determined the lived reality of non-Muslims - known as 'dhimmis' - living under Muslim rule. Durie grounds his analysis of the dhimmi condition in the teachings of Islam and the life of Muhammad. His ground-breaking analyses show how the ideology of the terms of surrender, known as a 'dhimma' pact, determines life for non-Muslims under Islamic dominance. The worldview of dhimmitude, he argues, offers indispensable keys for understanding current trends in global politics, including the widening impact of sharia revival, de

terioration of human rights in Islamic societies, jihad terrorism, recurring patterns of Western appeasement, and the increasingly fraught relationship between migrant Muslim communities in the West and their host societies.

The trellis and the vine: The ministry mind-shift that changes everything by Colin Marshall & Tony Payne (Matthias Media) -The ministry mind-shift that changes everything. "This is the best book I’ve read on the nature of church ministry", says Mark Dever. "The Trellis and the Vine is a dangerous book to read. It demolishes precious and much-loved idols..." says Ben Pfahlert.

2010 ACBoY judges
Alex Crawford holds degrees in arts, law and theology. He is a practising barrister in Brisbane. Outside the law, he is interested in books, music and seeing the Brisbane Lions win. Alex is married to Penny. They have three children and attend St Mark’s Anglican Church, Clayfield. He is the secretary of the Mathew Hale Public Library based in Brisbane.
Nancy Kroeger combines her passion for books and literature with her love of numbers and people by working at Ridley Melbourne Mission and Ministry College. She is celebrating her eleventh year working in the College Bookshop as bookkeeper. Her most recent read was the challenging Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Nancy is married to a Presbyterian minister and church planter. They have three adult children, two sons-in-law and a first grandchild born this May.
David Starling teaches New Testament and Theology at Morling College in Sydney and is a member of Macquarie Baptist Church. He studied English and History at Sydney University and worked as a high school English teacher in Western Sydney before theological study at Moore College and Morling College and pastoral ministry in Sydney’s inner west. He is married to Nicole and has three young children.

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