The 28 Best Books of the Year

For the 17th year, Outreach magazine is celebrating some of the best outreach-oriented books and curricula by honoring them as Outreach Resources of the Year.

The Outreach Resources of the Year aims to highlight valuable resources for church leaders and bring deserved attention to resources that can help churches better engage in effective outreach to share the gospel and reach their communities for Christ. This year’s titles address issues in evangelism and discipleship, apologetics, the church, leadership, racial reconciliation, and social justice, among other concerns. The resources are featured in the March/April 2020 issue of Outreach magazine.

More than 150 resources published between Nov. 1, 2018, and Oct. 31, 2019, were submitted for consideration and placed into 11 categories. An expert in each category evaluated the resources and chose what they considered to be the best. The experts also chose how many resources to recognize, and whether to include any as “Also Recommended.”

The Outreach Resources of the Year are:

EVANGELISM AND DISCIPLESHIP

“Some of the most important evangelism findings of this generation”

Resource of the Year

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You Found Me
By Rick Richardson
(IVP)

Also Recommended

The Unsaved Christian
By Dean Inserra (Moody)

Unlikely Converts
By Randy Newman (Kregel)

Faith for Exiles
By David Kinnaman (Baker)

Gospel Witness
By David Gustafson (Eerdmans)

APOLOGETICS

“Raising the hard questions … and answering them”

Resource of the Year

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Confronting Christianity
By Rebecca McLaughlin
(Crossway)

Also Recommended

Narrative Apologetics
By Alister McGrath (Baker)

Cultural Apologetics
By Paul Gould (Zondervan)

CHURCH

“Practical and biblical steps almost any church can undertake”

Resource of the Year

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Taking It to the Streets
By Harry Louis Williams II
(IVP)

Also Recommended

Why Church?
By Scott Sunquist (IVP)

The Church of Us vs. Them
By David Fitch (Brazos/Baker)

LEADERSHIP

“Six powerful ministry trends sweeping across North America”

Resource of the Year

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Liquid Church
By Tim Lucas and Warren Bird
(Zondervan)

Also Recommended

How to Lead in a World of Distraction
By Clay Scroggins (Zondervan)

RACIAL RECONCILIATION

“Fresh language and metrics in the much-needed dialogue around race in America”

Resource of the Year

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Intensional
By D.A. Horton
(NavPress)

CROSS-CULTURAL AND MISSIONAL

“Effortlessly explaining global mission history without condescension”

Resource of the Year

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Christian Mission
By Edward Smither
(Lexham)

Also Recommended

Global Arts and Christian Witness
By Roberta King (Baker)

Teaching Across Cultures
By James Plueddemann (IVP)

SOCIAL ISSUES AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

“Straight talk and readable writing, always with a gracious mood that stems from his strong alliance with Christ”

Resource of the Year

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Holy Sexuality and the Gospel
By Christopher Yuan
(Multnomah)

THEOLOGY AND BIBLICAL STUDIES

“Everything about outreach is rooted in what one thinks the proper response to the gospel is”

Resource of the Year

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Paul and the Language of Faith
By Nijay Gupta
(Eerdmans)

Also Recommended

For the Life of the World
By Miroslav Volf and Matthew Croasmun (Brazos/Baker)

The Mosaic of Atonement
By Joshua McNall (Zondervan)

Justification: Two-Volume Set
By Michael Horton (Zondervan)

SPIRITUAL GROWTH

“In the end, it’s about a Father who doesn’t merely wait for us, but comes running to welcome us back”

Resource of the Year

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On the Road With S