The book "For the Beauty of the Earth" by Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger of the Hope College religion faculty has won an "Award of Merit" from "Christianity Today" in the theology/ethics category of the magazine's "2002 Book Awards" program.
The annual awards honor exemplary Christian titles published in the previous year in a variety of categories. The winners--11 Book Awards and nine Awards of Merit--will be officially announced in the magazine's April, 2002, issue.
Bouma-Prediger is an associate professor of religion at Hope. His scholarly work includes four books concerning ecology and theology.
The award from "Christianity Today," which is a leading evangelical Christian periodical, is the second recognition by a publication in as many years for one of Bouma-Prediger's books. His previous book, "Evocations of Grace: Writings on Ecology, Theology, and Ethics" (Eerdmans, 2000) was one of only five books named "editor's picks" book of the year by "Christian Century," a leading mainline Protestant publication, on Dec. 13, 2000.
"For the Beauty of the Earth" explores the relationship between Christianity and the natural world. Subtitled "A Christian Vision for Creation Care," the book is part of the "Engaging Culture" series published by Baker Academic, a division of Baker Book House Co. of Grand Rapids.
A total of seven Baker Book House titles, three from Baker Academic and four from Brazos Press, are being honored this year through the "Christianity Today" program. The publication receiving the "Book Award" in theology/ethics, "With the Grain of the Universe" (Brazos Press), is by Dr. Stanley Hauerwas of the Divinity School at Duke University, who presented the annual Danforth Lecture at Hope on Monday, Jan. 21.