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ECPA names 59 books in 11 categories as the year’s best Christian books and Bibles

Four ties and expanded categories represent breadth and excellence produced this year in Christian publishing; with 23 publishers and 73 authors represented




(PHOENIX, ARIZ., March 31, 2017)The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) named today 59 Finalists for the 2017 Christian Book Award® program. These titles represent the industry’s best books and Bibles of the year in eleven categories, including the newly added categories of Faith & Culture, Biography & Memoir, Young People’s Literature, Ministry Resources, and Bible Study. These additions coincided with ECPA merging the Fiction category with The Christy Award™ program. Christian fiction finalists will be announced this fall.


“On behalf of ECPA and its members, I want to congratulate the authors and publishers who produced the59Christian Book Award® finalists for 2017,” said Stan Jantz, ECPA’s executive director. “These finalists emerged from a rigorous judging process and represent the best our industry produced this past year. Even more important is the impact these excellent books, Bibles, and resources are having on the church and wider culture.”


The Finalists of the 2017 Christian Book Award® program are:




Colors of Goodbye, September Vaudrey

Tyndale Momentum, 9781496408174


Courageous FaithCharles Stanley

Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, 9781501132698


Eight Women of FaithMichael A.G. Haykin

Crossway, 9781433548925


My Brother's Keeper: Christians Who Risked All to Protect Jewish Targets of the Nazi Holocaust, Rod Gragg
Center Street, a division of Hachette Nashville, 9781455566297


The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-JonesSteven J. Lawson

Reformation Trust Publishing (Ligonier), 9781567696387




Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414389349


Parenting: The 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your FamilyPaul David Tripp

Crossway, 9781433551932


Searching the ScripturesCharles R. Swindoll

Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414380650


Shaken, Tim Tebow

WaterBrook, 9780735289864


Zeal Without BurnoutChristopher Ash

The Good Book Company, 9781784980214



75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know, Terry Glaspey

Baker Books/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780801017100


BefriendScott Sauls

Tyndale House Publishers, 9781496400949


Impossible People: Christian Courage and the Struggle for the Soul of Civilization, Os Guinness

InterVarsity Press, 9780830844654


No God but One: Allah or Jesus?Nabeel Qureshi

Zondervan, 9780310522553


Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis, Stephan Bauman, Matthew Soerens, and Dr. Issam Smeir

Moody Publishers, 9780802414885


You Are What You Love, James K. A. Smith

Brazos Press/ Baker Publishing Group, 9781587433801



Christmas Love Letters from GodGlenys Nellist, Illlustrated by Rachel Clowes

Zondervan, 9780310748243


How Big is Love?Amy Parker, Illustrated by Breezy Brookshire

B&H Publishing Group, 9781433690426


Jonah and the FishDandi Daley Mackall, Illustrated by Lissy Marlin

Tyndale House Publishers, 9781496411204


Spark Story Bible Psalm Book: Prayers and Poems for Kids
Judy Beglau, Micha Boyett, Lisa Marie Brodsky Auter, Jennifer Grant, Carol Hegberg, Cathy M. Kolwey, Claudia Rosemary May, Cathy Skogen-Soldner, Michelle Van Loon, Edited by Naomi J Krueger, Illustrated by Peter Grosshauser

Sparkhouse Family, 9781506417684


Would a Worm Go on a Walk?Hannah C. Hall, Illustrated by Bill Bolton

WorthyKids/Ideals, 9780824956776



God and Me 52 Week Devotional for Girls Ages 10-12, Linda Washington, Jeannette Dall, and Kathy Widenhouse

Rose Publishing, 9781584111788


The Golden BraidMelanie Dickerson

Thomas Nelson, 9780718026264


Kingstone Bible TrilogyRandy Alcorn, Ben Avery, Art Ayris

Kingstone, 9781613281949


The Purpose Driven Life Devotional for Kids, Rick Warren

Zondervan, 9780310750468


UnblemishedSara Ella

Thomas Nelson, 9780718081010


You’re God’s Girl!, Wynter Pitts

Harvest House Publishers, 9780736967365


You’re Worth It for GirlsSheila Walsh

Harvest House Publishers, 9780736963879



31 Verses to Write on Your Heart, Liz Curtis Higgs

WaterBrook, 9781601428912


A Spectacle of GloryJoni Eareckson Tada with Larry Libby

Zondervan, 9780310346777


Blessings for WomenSusie Larson

Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780764218422


GraceRandy Alcorn

Harvest House Publishers, 9780736967464


Live Original DevotionalSadie Robertson

Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, 9781501126512



A Woman’s PlaceKatelyn Beaty

Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, 9781476794099


Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side, Natasha Crain

Harvest House Publishers, 9780736965088


Riley Unlikely, Riley Banks-Snyder

Zondervan,Riley Banks-Snyder, 9780310347873


UnblemishedSara Ella

Thomas Nelson, 9780718081010


Union With ChristRankin Wilbourne

David C Cook, 9781434709387



The Complete Jewish Study Bible

Hendrickson Publishers, Messianic Jewish Publishers & Resources, 9781619708679


NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study BibleCraig S. Keener, John H. Walton, Editors

Zondervan, 9780310431589


Girls Life Application Study Bible, NLT

Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414397788


Hidden in My Heart Scripture Memory Bible, NLT

Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414381671


Inspire Bible NLT: The Bible for Creative Journaling

Tyndale House Publishers, 9781496413741



A History of Western Philosophy and TheologyJohn M. Frame

P&R Publishing Company, 9781629950846


Biblical Authority after BabelKevin J. Vanhoozer

Brazos Press/ Baker Publishing Group, 9781587433931


Genesis (The Story of God Bible Commentary)Tremper Longman III

Zondervan, 9780310496076


The Mind of the SpiritCraig S. Keener

Baker Academic/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780801097768


New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic
Martin Davie, Tim Grass, Stephen R. Holmes, John McDowell and T. A. Noble

InterVarsity Press, 9780830824557



Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn't Say
Adam Hamilton

Abingdon Press, 9781501813870


Marriage and the Mystery of the GospelRay Ortlund

Crossway, 9781433546877


Messed Up Men of the BibleTina Samples & Dave Samples

Kregel Publications,9780825443831


Saving the Bible From Ourselves: Learning to Read and Live the Bible WellGlenn Paauw

InterVarsity Press, 9780830851249


Word Writers: PhilippiansDenise J. Hughes

Harvest House Publishers, 9780736968478



Adoptive Youth MinistryChap Clark

Baker Academic/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780801049705


Leadership Mosaic: 5 Leadership Principles for Ministry and Everyday Life, Daniel Montgomery with Jared Kennedy

Crossway, 9781433552557


Teaching the Next Generations, Terry Linhart

Baker Academic/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780801097614


Who Moved My Pulpit?Thom S. Rainer

B&H Publishing Group, 9781433643873


The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters
Sinclair B. Ferguson

Crossway, 9781433548000


The Worship Pastor: A Call to Ministry for Worship Leaders and TeamsZac Hicks

Zondervan, 9780310525196



The Christian Book Award® winners in each category, plus the 2017 Christian Book of the Year®, will be named May 2nd at the ECPA Awards Celebration held during the ECPA Leadership Summit in Colorado Springs.


The announcements will coincide with a social media blitz throughThunderclap.Through a quick sign-up, participants allow Thunderclap to send a one-time-only post to their followers on May 2nd, resulting in a huge blitz of awareness for the Christian Book Awards® and #GoodBooks that #FeedYourSoul. Last year’s campaign reached overhalf a million with this important campaign.


Anyone with a Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr account is invited to join the

one-time campaign at


Christian Book Award finalists and winners will also be promoted through multiple retail and media outlets including media sponsor Christianity Today and the following retailers: AmazonBarnes&NobleChristianBook.comCovenant GroupLifeWay Christian StoresParable Christian Stores, and the Signature Marketing Network.


To learn more, visit


>>View the 2017 Finalists

>>Join the Thunderclap social media campaign

>>Register for the ECPA Leadership Summit (includes Awards Celebration)

>>Purchase Awards Celebration Dessert tickets (if not already attending Leadership Summit)





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. @CBAwards #ChristianBookAwards


The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) is an international non-profit trade organization comprised of member companies that are involved in the publishing and distribution of Christian content worldwide. Since 1974, ECPA has strengthened Christian publishing by building networking, information, and advocacy opportunities within the industry and throughout multiple channels so that our members can more effectively produce and deliver transformational Christian content. For more information about ECPA: @ECPA


Media contacts:

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

Cindy Carter, ECPA Awards & Recognition Manager,, 480-966-3998



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