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Thursday, October 13, 2016  
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Eighteen titles are awarded Top Shelf Book Cover Design Awards

Media contact:  Stan Jantz, Executive Director, ECPA, 480-966-3998

October 13, 2016, Deerfield, Ill. – ECPA announced the winners of the 2016 Top Shelf Book Cover Awards today at Trinity International University during the opening session of PUBu among nearly 200 industry professionals. 


A record number of recipients – 16 books and 2 Bibles – were chosen this year as winners by the esteemed judging panel of Barbara de Wilde (creative director for Cooking and Beta digital product group at The New York Times), Anne Twomey (vp., creative director at Grand Central Publishing and Warner Books), and Bruce Gore (former art director at Simon & Schuster’s Howard Books imprint).


Announcing the 2016 Top Shelf Book Cover Award winners:


The 2016 Top Shelf Book Cover Award winners (click on title links to view large cover image):


Celebrating The Saints

Author: William Weedon

Publisher: Concordia Publishing House

Designer: Alex Ha


None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing)

Author: Jen Wilkin

Publisher: Crossway

Designer: Connie Gabbert


Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering

Author: Makoto Fujimura

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

Designer: Cindy Kiple


When Trouble Comes

Author: Phil Ryken

Publisher: Crossway

Designer: Tim Green, Faceout Studio


Limpia Tu Mente  (in English: “Sexual Detox”)

Author: Tim Challies

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

Designer and Art Director: Jade Novak

Print buyer: Emily Ryan

Printer: Lakebook


KJV Credal Bible

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

Designer: Darren Welch Design

Art Director: Jeff Godby

Print buyer: Steve Reynolds

Printer: R. R. Donnelley


The Story of Everything: How You, Your Pets, and the Swiss Alps Fit into God’s Plan for the World

Author: Jared C. Wilson

Publisher: Crossway

Designer: Wayne Brezinka


Worth Dying For: A Navy Seal’s Call to a Nation

Author: Rorke Denver

Publisher: Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster

Designer: Bruce Gore


Create vs. Copy: Embrace Change, Ignite Creativity, Break Through With Imagination

Author: Ken Wytsma

Publisher: Moody Publishers

Designer: Jeff Miller, Faceout Studio


Conscience: What It Is, How to Train It, and Loving Those Who Differ

Authors: Andrew David Naselli and J. D. Crowley

Publisher: Crossway

Designer: Jeff Miller, Faceout Studio


J. I. Packer: An Evangelical Life

Author: Leland Ryken

Publisher: Crossway

Designer: Josh Dennis


Brazen: The Courage to Find the You That’s Been Hiding

Author: Leeana Tankersley

Publisher: Revell/ Baker Publishing Group

Designer: Connie Gabbert

Art Director: Cheryl Van Andel


Holman Rainbow Study Bible (NIV), Pierced Cross

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

Designer and Art Director: Jeff Godby

Print buyer: Steve Reynolds

Printer: R. R. Donnelley


A Very Different Christmas

Authors: Rico Tice and Nate Morgan Locke

Publisher: The Good Book Company

Designer and illustrator: André Parker


Street God

Author: Dimas Salaberrios

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

Designer: Mark Lane

Art Director: Stephen Vosloo


Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame

Author: Heather Davis Nelson

Publisher: Crossway

Designer: Connie Gabbert


The Radical Pursuit of Rest: Embracing the Productivity Trap

Author: John Koessler

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

Designer: David Fassett


Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus

Authors: Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk

Publisher: Zondervan

Designer: Milkglass Creative



“This industry produces not only life changing content but good art,” says ECPA executive director Stan Jantz.  “The Top Shelf program gives us opportunity to celebrate and enjoy beautiful book design – one of the great pleasures of owning a good book.  I encourage everyone to not just view the images of these 18 covers, but to hold them and appreciate their artistry.”


Winning book covers, along with judge comments, are featured at and in a print annual printed by Color House Graphics and distributed to the industry.  Contact ECPA for copies.


Program information, including judge bios and future submission information, can be found on the ECPA website. The submission period for the 2017 Top Shelf Design Awards will open in November 2016.




ECPA  | The Top Shelf Award program is managed by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) in order to recognize design excellence in the Christian publishing industry. The membership of ECPA is made up of Christian publishers and companies providing services to the Christian publishing industry. 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.  Through programs, events, communications, recognition and research, ECPA strengthens publishing communities within the industry.  The ECPA Design E-Community, PUBu Design training sessions, and Top Shelf Awards are among several ECPA-driven opportunities that designers have to network, stay informed, and be recognized within the industry. For more information on ECPA programs and membership, visit or contact us at


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As per Top Shelf program policy, if a judge’s work is submitted by the publisher to the program then that judge is recused from the judging process on that work, and the remaining judge scores are used.




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