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Tuesday, April 05, 2016  
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ECPA names 35 books in 7 categories as the year’s best Christian books and Bibles

  • Prayer-themed books from War Room film hold four slots on list

  • New Author titles dominated by intriguing and inspirational memoirs

  • Industry-wide Thunderclap campaign announcing winners will introduce viral campaign to share #MyFavoriteGoodBook

 Christian Book Award® Finalists


(PHOENIX, ARIZ., April 5, 2016) The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) released today the 35 finalists for the 2016 Christian Book Award® program, considered the industry’s best books and Bibles of the year in seven categories.


“Our member publishers submitted more than 250 books in seven categories in this year’s Christian Book Award® program,” said Stan Jantz, ECPA executive director. “These outstanding finalists, selected by 72 independent judges, showcase the variety and power of the books Christian publishers are producing."


Winners will be announced at the Industry’s Awards Celebration in Nashville, held the evening of May 3rd during the ECPA Leadership Summit.  The announcement that night will coincide with a “social media blitz” through Thunderclap that announces the winners, and launches a social media campaign to #ReadGoodBooks and share #MyFavoriteGoodBook.  Last year’s campaign reached over half a million (520,909) with the news!


Anyone with a Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr account is invited to join the one-time campaign at


Through a quick sign-up, participants allow Thunderclap to send a one-time-only post to their followers on May 3rd, resulting in a huge blitz of awareness of the Christian Book Awards® and #GoodBooks to read.


ECPA congratulates the following Finalists of the 2016 Christian Book Award® program:




Action Bible Study Bible ESV, Catherine DeVries, Editor, Illustrated by Sergio Cariello

David C Cook, 9781434708717


Dancing in the Desert Devotional Bible NLT, Chris Tiegreen, Editor

Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414381565


Illustrated Study Bible NLT

Tyndale House Publishers, 9781496402004


NIV Zondervan Study Bible, D. A. Carson, General Editor

Zondervan, 9780310438335


Reformation Study Bible (2015) ESV

Reformation Trust Publishing, 9781567694413





A Theology of Mark's Gospel: Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God

David E. Garland

Zondervan, 9780310270881


The Great Christ Comet: Revealing the True Star of Bethlehem, Colin R. Nicholl

Crossway, 9781433542138


How We Got the Bible, Timothy Paul Jones

Rose Publishing, 9781628622164


Literary Introductions to the Books of the Bible, Leland Ryken

Crossway, 9781433542176


Matthew (Teach the Text Commentary Series), Jeannine K. Brown

Baker Books/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780801092183





The Bible is My Best Friend-Family Devotional, Sheila Walsh, Illlustrated by Sarah Horne

B&H Publishing Group, 9781433688041


Lucado Treasury of Bedtime Prayers, Max and Denalyn Lucado, Illustrated by Lisa Alderson

Thomas Nelson Publishers, 9780718016319


Our Daily Bread for Kids, Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley, Illustrated by Luke Flowers

Discovery House, 9781627073325


Peter's Perfect Prayer Place, Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick, Illustrated by Daniel Fernandez

B&H Publishing Group, 9781433688683


PrayerWorks, Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick with Amy Parker

B&H Publishing Group, 9781433688690





An Endless Christmas, Cynthia Ruchti

Worthy Publishing, 9781617955877


Luther and Katharina, Jody Hedlund

WaterBrook, 9781601427625


Maggie Bright, Tracy Groot

Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414383231


The Third Target, Joel C. Rosenberg

Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414336275


Until the Harvest, Sarah Loudin Thomas

Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780764212260





The Battle Plan for Prayer, Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick

B&H Publishing Group, 9781433688669


The Case for Hope: Looking Ahead with Confidence and Courage, Lee Strobel

Zondervan, 9780310339571


Every Day in His Presence, Charles Stanley

Thomas Nelson Publishers, 9780718011932


Fervent, Priscilla Shirer

B&H Publishing Group, 9781433688676


Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, Ann Voskamp

Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414397542





Behold the King of Glory: A Narrative of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Russ Ramsey

Crossway, 9781433545085


Coming Clean, Seth Haines

Zondervan, 9780310343646


Forgiven, Terri Roberts, with Jeanette Windle

Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780764217326


Miracle on Voodoo Mountain, Megan Boudreaux 

W Publishing Group/Thomas Nelson, 9780529110947


Through the Eyes of a Lion, Levi Lusko

W Publishing Group/Thomas Nelson, 9780718032142





All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know?, John Ortberg

Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414379005


The Case for Grace, Lee Strobel

Zondervan, 9780310259176


The Entitlement Cure, John Townsend

Zondervan, 9780310330523


Messy Grace, Caleb Kaltenbach

WaterBrook, 9781601427366


Where I Am, Billy Graham

W Publishing Group/Thomas Nelson, 9780718042226


Christian Book Award finalists and winners will be promoted through multiple retail and media outlets including media sponsor Christianity Today and the following retailers: Amazon, Barnes&Noble,, Crossings, Covenant Group, Family Christian, LifeWay Christian Stores, NetGalley, Parable Christian Stores, and the Signature Marketing Network.


>> 2016 Finalists

>> Join Thunderclap social media campaign

>> Purchase separate Awards Celebration Dessert tickets for $25

>> Register for Leadership Summit (includes Awards Celebration)

>> More information at


The Christian Book Award® program has recognized the absolute highest quality in Christian books since 1978. Based on excellence in content, literary quality, design, and impact, the Christian Book Award® program is the oldest and among the most prestigious awards in the religious publishing industry.


The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) is an international non-profit trade organization, comprised of nearly 200 member companies worldwide, representing a combined revenue of nearly $1.4 billion. Since 1974, ECPA has strengthened Christian publishing by building Networking, Information, and Advocacy opportunities within the industry and across multiple channels so that our members can more effectively produce and deliver transformational Christian content. For more information about ECPA: 480-966-3998,,

Contact:  Stan Jantz, ECPA Executive Director,  480-966-3998




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