2021 Book Award

The 2021 Winner

On Christian Teaching: Practicing Faith in the Classroom
by David I. Smith
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018
ISBN:  080287360

Christian teachers have long been thinking about what content to teach, but little scholarship has been devoted to how faith forms the actual process of teaching. Is there a way to go beyond Christian perspectives on the subject matter and think about the teaching itself as Christian? In this book, David Smith argues that faith has a critical role in shaping pedagogy and the learning experience.

Smith’s scholarly exploration of education combines both theory and practice. With clever and sometimes funny examples, he shows how teachers of every subject and age group can be attentive to how their students are experiencing and interpreting learning. From desk arrangement to discussion questions, there are myriad opportunities to design classes that are deeply rooted in Christian practices. On Christian Teaching provides fresh insight into Christian education that expresses faith and community.

2021 Finalists

Dostoevsky's Incarnational Realism: Finding Christ among the Karamazovs
by Paul J. Contino
Cascade Books, 2020
ISBN: 9781725250758

Hearing Vocation Differently: Meaning, Purpose, and Identity in the Multi-Faith Academy
by David S. Cunningham
Oxford University Press, 2019
ISBN: 0190888679

The Outrageous Idea of Christian Teaching
by Perry L. Glazner & Nathan F. Alleman
Oxford University Press, 2019
ISBN: 9780190056483

Converting the Imagination: Teaching to Recover Jesus' Vision for Fullness of Life
Patrick R. Manning
Pickwick Publications, 2020
ISBN: 9781725260528


Religion in the University
Nicholas Wolterstorff
Yale University Press, 2019
ISBN: 9780300243703

For past winners, click here.

Noteworthy News

September LFP Update

The Current LFP Update for September 2021 is now available. Click here.


Hope College Big Read

Call for Applications: Hope College is hosting a Network Exchange March 6-8, 2022 to showcase their annual month-long community-wide reading program. Click here for more information and how to apply.


Grove City College Hosts Regional Conference

Grove City College invites participants and presenters for a regional conference entitled "Christianity and Core Texts at Global/Cultural Crossroads." For more information, click here.


Announcing the winner of the 2021 LFP Book Award

We are pleased to announce that On Christian Teaching: Practicing Faith in the Classroom by David I. Smith has won the 2021 LFP Book Award. For more information and to see the five finalists, click here.


New edition of Leading Lives that Matter released

In their second edition of Leading Lives That Matter, editors Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass compile a wide range of texts—from ancient and contemporary literature, social commentary, and philosophy—related to questions of vital interest for those who are trying to decide what to do with their lives and what kind of human beings they hope to become. Leading Lives that Matter has been an important text in many of our fellowship and grant programs, and it contains excellent resources. Click here for more information and an excerpt.


Lilly Network of Church- Related Colleges and Universities

If you are interested in learning more about membership in the Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities, please contact us here.