Christianity Today announced their book awards on Friday. My friend Nicole Mazzarella won for fiction. If what I read in manuscript is any indication, This Heavy Silence is a great novel and worth your time.
I've only read one other book on the list: The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience by Ron Sider. It's typical of Sider–earnest and pithy prose that doesn't shy away from sliding in the knife. Sider's a prophet in the biblical sense (as opposed to some other senses making the rounds these days). Other intriguing books on the list: Soul Searching, Alan Jacobs's The Narnian, and Christ Plays in Ten THousand Places by the never-boring Eugene Peterson.