God’s Country wins award of merit from Christianity Today

December 13, 2017

God’s Country wins award of merit from Christianity Today

HARRISONBURG, Va.—God’s Country, a 2017 Herald Press book by pastor and author Brad Roth, received an award of merit in Christianity Today’s 2018 book awards. The winners were announced December 12 and appear in the magazine’s January/February 2018 issue.

The award came in the church/pastoral leadership category, one of 13 categories for honorees. In each category the magazine chooses one winner and then honors a second book with an award of merit. Christianity Today calls the award winners “the books most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture.”

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God’s Country is thoughtful and artfully written,” Jared Wilson, one of the judges, said of the book. “Roth draws wider lessons about the minister’s vocation from his reflection on the specific, narrower context of rural ministry. Any pastor can find a wealth of knowledge here about the needed posture, pacing, and perspective for caring for God’s people.” Will Willimon of Duke Divinity School endorsed the book, saying that “Brad Roth has done a wonderful, unusual thing: he has thought about the rural church in a way that combines both honesty and hope.” Theologian and futurist Leonard Sweet wrote the book’s foreword.

Author Brad Roth serves as pastor of West Zion Mennonite Church in Moundridge, Kansas. He is a graduate of Augustana College, Harvard Divinity School, and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. He and his wife, Lici, have two sons.

Herald Press’s 2014 book Christian. Muslim. Friend: Twelve Paths to Real Relationship, written by David W. Shenk, won a Christianity Today book award in 2016 in the missions/global church category.

God’s Country: Faith, Hope, and the Future of the Rural Church is available from Herald Press for $16.99 (paperback) at 800‑245‑7894 and $13.99 (ebook) at the Herald Press webstore, www.HeraldPress.com, Amazon, and other online sources. Canadian customers can order from CommonWord (877‑846‑1593), Parasource (800‑263‑2664), and elsewhere.

For more information, contact LeAnn Hamby at 540‑908‑3941 or LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.

3 thoughts on “God’s Country wins award of merit from Christianity Today

  1. I have read this book and found it very helpful and encouraging since I go to a rural church that is dwindling in numbers. I have loaned it to the elders in my church to read. We do not have a pastor right now but are looking for one. At one time, our church was full but rural churches have changed. Farms becoming bigger and not as many families. Our children have grown, went to college and found jobs elsewhere.
    We still have a faithful group of people, mostly older and we need a shepherd at this point in our lives.

    • Marcella, your dilemmas are definitely ones Brad discusses in his book. I will alert him of your comment here if he has time to respond. Thanks for writing.

    • Marcella, Thanks for commenting. I’m so glad the book has been helpful. I’m convinced that God has placed our rural congregations where they are for a purpose. We have to be the church and share the good news in the smallest places. There’s no plan B! May the hope that only God gives strengthen you and bear you up. And may you find that right person with a shepherd’s heart to walk and dream with you.

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