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ECPA Announces the 2016 Christian Book Award® Winners

Tuesday, May 3, 2016  
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 Christian Book Award® winners 

  • ‘War Room’ actress Priscilla Shirer’s book on strategic prayer, Fervent, is named Christian Book of the Year™
  • Family devotionals by Sheila Walsh and Ann Voskamp take Children and Inspiration categories
  • Study Bible for “today’s visual generation” grabs the Bible title

 

CONTACT:  Stan Jantz, Executive Director, ECPA, sjantz@ecpa.org or 480-966-3998

 

Nashville, Tenn., May 3, 2016 – The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) announced tonight the winners of the 2016 Christian Book Awards® and the 2016 Christian Book of the Year™ -- representing the best Christian book and Bible releases of the year in Non-Fiction, Fiction, Inspiration, Children’s, Bible Reference, Bibles, and New Author.

 

The announcements were made at the ECPA Awards Celebration, held in conjunction with the ECPA Leadership Summit hosted in Nashville, Tenn.   The evening also bestowed Gold and Platinum awards to industry titles reaching 500,000 and 1 million in sales, and honored InterVarsity Press publisher Bob Fryling with the ECPA Chairperson’s Award.  Fryling will retire end of June.

 

The highest honor of the 2016 Christian Book of the Year™ went to Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer (B&H Publishing Group) by New York Times bestselling author Priscilla Shirer, known worldwide for her dynamic speaking, and in-depth Bible teaching and resources.  She is the author of numerous books including the New York Times bestseller, The Resolution for Women, and co-founder of Going Beyond Ministries. Fervent was inspired by War Room, a film starring Shirer that grossed over $73 million in theaters nationwide last year and continues as a popular DVD release.

 

THE CHRISTIAN BOOK AWARD® WINNERS IN EACH CATEGORY ARE:

 

BIBLES

 

Illustrated Study Bible NLT

Tyndale House Publishers

9781496402004

 

 

BIBLE REFERENCE

 

How We Got the Bible

Timothy Paul Jones

Rose Publishing

9781628622164

 

 

CHILDREN

 

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

B&H Publishing Group

9781433688041

 

 

FICTION

 

Luther and Katharina

Jody Hedlund

WaterBrook

9781601427625

 

 

INSPIRATION

 

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift

Ann Voskamp

Tyndale House Publishers

9781414397542

 

 

NEW AUTHOR

 

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

Russ Ramsey

Crossway

9781433545085

 

 

NON-FICTION

 

The Case for Grace

Lee Strobel

Zondervan

9780310259176

 

 

THE 2016 CHRISTIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR®

 

Fervent

Priscilla Shirer

B&H Publishing Group

9781433688676

 

 

“These award-winning titles represent the best of Christian publishing,” said ECPA executive director Stan Jantz. “They reflect this industry's commitment to excellence, relevance, and imagination that spark the interest of the church and wider culture."

 

The evening’s news culminated in a social media campaign hitting nearly one million accounts with the news of the winners and an invitation to #ReadGoodBooks and share #MyFavoriteGoodBook.  All fans of Christian books are invited to participate in this viral “Christian-book-selfie” campaign and to share their #MyFavoriteGoodBook reads.


Christian Book Award® program winners also receive recognition and support throughout multiple retail and media outlets, including Christianity Today, ChristianBook.com, Crossings, Family Christian, LifeWay Christian Stores, Parable Christian Stores, Innovative/Signature Websites, NetGalley, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Christianity Today will continue their partnership with the program through ad campaigns in their digital and print publications throughout the year.

 

To view the finalists and winners and learn more, visit www.ChristianBookAwards.com or www.ChristianBookExpo.com.

 

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, info@ecpa.org, www.ecpa.org.

 

 

 


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