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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Nancy Pearcey's "Total Truth" Wins Gold Medallion of Evangelical Christian Publishers Association

Regular readers of this space will recall a lengthy and highly positive review that appeared here several months ago of Nancy Pearcey's "Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from its Cultural Captivity."

Now the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association has recognized Pearcey's work by awarding her its Gold Medallion Award. Here's the text of an announcement distributed by the World Journalism Institute:

"As America continues its heated debates on the role of religion in public life, Nancy Pearcey’s highly acclaimed book TOTAL TRUTH: Liberating Christianity From Its Cultural Captivity (Crossway) has won the 2005 ECPA Gold Medallion Award for best book in the category of 'Christianity and Society.'
"Pearcey, a former agnostic, has been heralded as 'one of the few female intellectuals in evangelicalism' (The Evangelical Outpost). She is also a musician and a homeschooling mother. The prestigious award was announced at a celebration held in Denver, Colorado, on Monday, July 11, 2005. The ECPA reports that more than '1,000 publishers, retailers, authors, and industry colleagues' attended the evening’s festivities.
“'There is much to be thankful for in receiving this award,' Pearcey said. 'It is a positive sign that a rock-the-boat book like TOTAL TRUTH could find a base of support among the grassroots of evangelical publishing.'
“'The book rocks secular boats because it argues that God is a public figure,' Pearcey explained. 'It shows why secularists cannot simply relegate religion to the private realm of faith and feelings, which is the most common way of stripping Christianity of its power to challenge and redeem the whole of culture.'

“'But the book may also rock some evangelical boats,' Pearcey said, 'because it challenges a tendency to allow essentially secular principles to shape the way we do business in Christian circles, which hurts many people who are seeking authentic relationships and answers to life’s questions.'
"Pearcey, who became a Christian at L'Abri Fellowship in the early 1970s, said, 'I am thankful to Francis and Edith Schaeffer, who opened the door to doing this kind of worldview analysis.'"

If you haven't read Pearcey's book yet, I hope you will do so soon. And you can order it from Amazon.com via the handy link in the right column of this very blog!