World has chosen Rodney Stark’s The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World’s Largest Religion as their book of the year. I have read some of Stark’s previous books, and they all have been a combination of good research, interesting perspectives, and superb writing. Olasky writes:
One reason is that Stark, unusual among academic historians, writes well: He was a reporter for the Oakland Tribune and the Denver Post before gaining a Ph.D. (He then taught at the University of Washington for 32 years before heading to Baylor in 2004.) A second reason for honoring Stark is his lifetime of achievement: In 28 books—one from 15 years ago, The Rise of Christianity, prefigures his new work—Stark has employed both statistics and historical testimony to shoot down stereotypes.
I encourage you to pick up this book (it was also on Mohler’s table at T4G).