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Dr. Devin Brown, an Asbury University English Professor, was recently invited to serve as a judge for Christianity Today‘s 2012 Book Awards for the second time, helping to choose the best fictional work of the year. Brown previously served as a judge for the 2009 Christianity Today Book Awards.

“I am honored and delighted to have been invited, now twice, to be one of the judges,” Brown said. “Honored because being asked to help pick the best of the best is quite humbling, and delighted because, of course, I get to read all the finalist books each year.”

Brown has contributed several articles to Christianity Today, often on the subject of author C.S. Lewis and his Chronicles of Narnia series. (For more information on one of Brown’s recent articles, click here.) As a judge, he was able to bring experiences as an English professor and literary commentator to the table.

This year the award for best fiction went to “Caleb’s Crossing” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks.  

“While judges had a number of excellent finalists to choose from, in the end ‘Caleb’s Crossing’ really stood out as the best,” Brown said. “As she did previously in ‘Year of Wonders’ and ‘People of the Book,’ Geraldine Brooks once again brings the past to life with compassion and insight and reminds us of the unchanging nature of the human heart.”

Besides the Fiction category, Christianity Today’s book awards are also made in Apologetics, Christian Living, Biblical Studies, Christianity and Culture, Spirituality, History, Missions, The Church, and Theology. The complete list of winning books appears in the January issue of Christianity Today and also online.