Every year at The Gospel Coalition we review around 300 titles between our academic journal Themelios and our regular book reviews section. And the man behind that book review section is Ivan Mesa. He’s also the organizer behind our annual book awards. Ivan coordinates between dozens of editors and publishers and writers and judges to deliver this curated list of the year’s outstanding titles.

In TGC’s book awards our judges use four criteria. A book might be good, but not necessarily aligned with TGC’s priorities. But in our awards we’re looking for these things. We want books that:

  • offer gospel-centered argument and application;
  • include faithful and foundational use of Scripture, both Old Testament and New Testament;
  • foster spiritual discernment of contemporary trials and trends; and
  • encourage efforts to unite and renew the church.

For more on why TGC makes books such a high priority, the story behind this year’s awards, and the reading culture at TGC, I’m joined on The Gospel Coalition Podcast by our books editor, Ivan Mesa. 

Listen to this episode of The Gospel Coalition Podcast.

Current and Past Book Awards: