“Book of the Year” for Wirzba

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Norman WirzbaThe Englewood Review of Books has selected Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating written by Norman Wirzba, research professor of theology, ecology, and rural life at Duke Divinity School, as the 2011 “Book of the Year.”

In the book published by Cambridge University Press in May 2011, Wirzba develops a comprehensive theological framework for assessing the significance of food production, distribution, and consumption.

He also demonstrates that eating is of profound economic, moral, and theological significance in the book, which covers a wide array of topics ranging from transformations in farming to the meaning of sacrifice, from eating disorders to the Eucharist, from saying grace to whether or not there will be eating in heaven.

Englewood Review, an online and print publication, reviews books across the spectrum of poetry, fiction, essays, and theology, with a particular interest in reviewing books of interest to a Christian audience. Each year, it publishes “best books” in the categories of the novel, children’s book, and theological work.