‘The Bible in Australia’ wins 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year
The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History by historian Meredith Lake (NewSouth) has been named 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year.
Chosen from a shortlist of 10 titles, the winning book is a ‘surprising and revelatory history of the Bible in Australia’, which explores how the Bible has shaped Australia as a nation from colonial times to the present.
Judge and CEO of The Gospel Coalition Australia Akos Balogh said the judges ‘chose a book that meets a key need for Australian Christianity. Namely, it challenges some of the more popular—and damaging—secular narratives about Christianity in Australia.’
The $3000 prize, which recognises excellence in Australian Christian writing, is presented annually by SparkLit, formerly known as the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Australia.
Last year’s prize was awarded to Our Mob, God’s Story: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists Share Their Faith (Louise Sherman & Christobel Mattingley, Bible Society).