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2012 Christian Book Award Finalists Announced

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ECPA Announces 2012 Christian Book Award Finalists

Debut of ‘New Author’ category yields six finalists in fiction and nonfiction works

Ties in four categories result in record 40 finalists from 16 publishing houses

CONTACT:  Mark Kuyper, President and CEO, ECPA
480-966-3998 ext. 210,

03/28/12, Phoenix, AZ -- The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) is pleased to announce 40 finalists in seven categories for the 2012 Christian Book Awards, representing Christian publishing’s finest books and Bibles of the year. The debut of the "New Author” category resulted in six finalists from both fiction and nonfiction, and represents a new opportunity of exposure for new voices in Christian publishing. One new author title, "Kisses from Katie” also appeared on the New York Times bestseller list in the past year.

In addition, judging results in the Non-Fiction category yielded a three-way tie for a total of seven finalists in that category. Other ties were in Inspiration, New Author and Bible Reference. "This year’s 40 finalists and five ties, represent the strength and quality of content our industry continues to produce, in both seasoned and new voices and from small, mid-sized and large publishing houses,” stated ECPA President Mark Kuyper. "We congratulate each author and the 16 publishers represented on this list!”

The 2012 Christian Book Award finalists are:

Category: BIBLES

  • ESV Student Study Bible (Crossway) 9781433523045
  • KJV400 Study Bible (Thomas Nelson) 9781418545352
  • NIV Student Bible, Tim Stafford, Philip Yancey (Zondervan) 9780310437246
  • NLT Parallel Study Bible (Tyndale House Publishers) 9781414339252
  • NKJV Evidence Bible, Commentary by Ray Comfort (Bridge Logos Publishers) 9780882705255


  • Acts, Derek Thomas (P&R Publishing Group) 9781596380486
  • The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook, J. Daniel Hays and J. Scott Duvall (Baker Books/ Baker Publishing Group) 9780801012969
  • Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, Glen G. Scorgie (Zondervan) 9780310290667
  • Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?, C. John Collins (Crossway) 9781433524257
  • Galatians, Ephesians: Reformation Commentary on Scripture Series, Gerald L. Bray, Editor (InterVarsity Press) 9780830829736
  • Operation World, Jason Mandryk (Biblica/ InterVarsity Press) 9780830857234

Category: CHILDREN

  • Horse Dreams, Dandi Daley Mackall (Tyndale House Publishers) 9781414339160
  • My First Hands-On Bible, Group Publishing and Tyndale House Publishers (Tyndale House Publishers) 9781414348308
  • Ronnie Wilson’s Gift, Francis Chan (David C Cook) 9780781404778
  • The Story Bible, Edited by Edward A. Engelbrecht and Gail E. Pawlitz (Concordia Publishing House) 9780758619020
  • The Story for Children, A Storybook Bible, Max Lucado, Randy Frazee, and Karen Davis Hill (Zonderkidz) 9780310719755

Category: FICTION

  • Freedom’s Stand, Jeanette Windle (Tyndale House Publishers) 9781414314761
  • Mine Is the Night, Liz Curtis Higgs (WaterBrook Press) 9781400070022
  • The Queen, Steven James (Revell/ Baker Publishing Group) 9780800733032
  • The Reluctant Prophet, Nancy Rue (David C Cook) 9781434764966
  • The Touch, Randall Wallace (Tyndale House Publishers) 9781414343662


  • Hope for Your Heart, June Hunt (Crossway) 9781433503979
  • The Law of Happiness, Dr. Henry Cloud (Howard Books) 9781439176993
  • Live Loved, Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson) 9781404190061
  • Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God, Marty Machowski (New Growth Press) 9781935273813
  • The Love and Respect Experience, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs (Thomas Nelson) 9780849948176
  • The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge, Tony Dungy with Nathan Whitaker (Tyndale House Publishers) 9781414348285

Category: NEW AUTHOR

  • The Healer’s Apprentice, Melanie Dickerson (Zondervan) 9780310721437
  • Kisses from Katie, Katie Davis (Howard Books) 9781451612066
  • Love Amid the Ashes, Mesu Andrews (Revell/ Baker Publishing Group) 9780800734077
  • Not a Fan, Kyle Idleman (Zondervan) 9780310331933
  • Surprised by Oxford, Carolyn Weber (Thomas Nelson) 9780849946110
  • The World-Tilting Gospel: Embracing a Biblical Worldview & Hanging on Tight, Dan Phillips (Kregel Publications) 9780825439087


  • Close Enough to Hear God Breathe, Greg Paul (Thomas Nelson) 9781400203000
  • Jesus + Nothing = Everything, Tullian Tchividjian (Crossway) 9781433507786
  • Nearing Home, Billy Graham (Thomas Nelson) 9780849948329
  • The Resolution for Men, Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick (B&H Publishing Group) 9781433671227
  • Sanctuary of the Soul: Journey into Meditative Prayer, Richard J. Foster (InterVarsity Press) 9780830835553
  • What Women Fear, Angie Smith (B&H Publishing Group) 9780805464290
  • What's It Like to Be Married to Me, Linda Dillow (David C Cook) 9781434700568

One title from each category will be chosen as the Christian Book Award winner. In addition, one title will be chosen among all the finalists to receive the highest honor of 2012 Christian Book of the Year. These winners will be announced at the upcoming ECPA Awards Banquet held April 30 in Chicago in conjunction with the ECPA Executive Leadership Summit held at The Stonegate in Hoffman Estates. Tickets are being sold separately for the Awards event. For more information, contact Cindy Carter.

The Christian Book Awards, established in 1978 as the Gold Medallion Book Awards by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, recognize the absolute highest quality in Christian books. Based on excellence in content, literary quality, design and impact, the Christian Book Awards are the oldest and among the most prestigious in the religious publishing industry. For more information, visit

For more information on the finalists, visit

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