Press Release

Trevin Wax’s new book wins The Gospel Coalition Book Award; B&H gets 4 other honorable mentions

Stacey Sapp

Dec 2nd

[NASHVILLE, TENN.,  December 2, 2020—] Trevin Wax’s latest book “Rethink Your Self: The Power of Looking Up Before Looking In” (October 2020, B&H Publishing) was recently honored with the Evangelism & Apologetics Award (tie) in the The Gospel Coalition 2020 Book Awards, announced Nov. 30.

“It’s a joy to see our colleague Trevin Wax being recognized for a valuable contribution to the Christian discourse,” said Devin Maddox, V.P. of Trade Book Publishing. “We live in a complex world, and trustworthy guides like Trevin provide a great service as we all strive to sort through a vast array of issues.” 

In addition, four other B&H titles were named “Honorable Mentions” in their respective categories: 

Public Theology & Current Events: “The Courage to Stand: Facing Your Fear without Losing Your Soul” (October 2020, B&H Publishing) by Russell Moore 

First-Time Author: “Deep Discipleship: How the Church Can Make Whole Disciples of Jesus” by J.T. English (September 2020, B&H Publishing)

Academic Theology: “The Holy Spirit, Theology for the People of God” by Gregg Allison and Andreas Köstenberger (June 2020, B&H Academic)

Children’s: “Where Is Wisdom? A Treasure Hunt Through God’s Wondrous World, Inspired by Job 28” by Scott James (March 2020, B&H Kids)

Wax’s book tied with Rebecca Manley Pippert’s book “Stay Salt: The World Has Changed: Our Message Must Not” (The Good Book Company). The judges for the Evangelism & Apologetics category were Hunter Beaumont, Jen Pollock Michel, Doug Logan and J.T. English. Their comments about “Rethink Your Self” were as follows: 

“Trevin Wax steps further back and examines one dominant theme in the modern zeitgeist that is obscuring the gospel: how we construct a sense of self. In ‘Rethink Your Self,’ he observes that 91 percent of Americans agree with the statement, ‘The best way to find yourself is by looking within yourself.’ 

In common discourse this shows up in all kinds of pop proverbs—’follow your heart,’ ‘you are enough,’ ‘you do you,’ ‘be true to yourself.’ Jesus’s teaching, however, can’t be squeezed into this container. In fact, his call to repent is a radical challenge to it. Wax unpacks Jesus’s countercultural message in a voice that is provocative, smart, and inviting, showing that our new self in Christ is truer and better.”

The full list of awards can be found here. 


Trevin Wax is senior vice president of Theology and Communications at Lifeway Christian Resources and a visiting professor at Wheaton College. A former missionary to Romania, Trevin hosts a blog at The Gospel Coalition and has contributed to “The Washington Post, Religion News Service, “World” and “Christianity Today,” which named him one of 33 millennials shaping the next generation of evangelicals. As former director of Bible Publishing at Lifeway, he led the launch of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) and served as general editor of the “CSB Worldview Study Bible.” Currently he is the general editor of “The Gospel Project” and an author of many books, including “This Is Our Time,” “Eschatological Discipleship,” “Gospel-Centered Teaching” and “Rethink Your Self.” He and his wife Corina have three children and live outside of Nashville, Tenn.