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Grand Rapids, Mich., May 1, 2012—Zondervan has announced that two books, The Story for Children, a Storybook Bible by Max Lucado, Randy Frazee and Karen Davis Hill and the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, edited by Glen G. Scorgie, won Christian Book Awards during a ceremony on Monday, April 30, during ECPA’s annual Executive Leadership Summit near Chicago. The Christian Book Awards have been presented annually since 1978, and honor the highest quality titles in Bibles, Bible Reference, Non-Fiction, Fiction, Children, Inspiration, and New Author.

The Story for Children, a Storybook Bible by Max Lucado, Randy Frazee and Karen Davis Hill won the Christian Book Award in the Children category. The book, Max Lucado’s first storybook Bible, includes 48 pivotal stories that show how God has a grand and glorious vision, beginning with Creation and ending with the promise of Jesus’ return. Each story is personalized with God’s Message and accompanied by vibrant illustrations from accomplished artist Fausto Bianch. This storybook Bible, designed for children ages 4 and up, is part of the church-wide campaign for The Story, which has sold nearly 1.5 million copies across the product line with over 2,000 churches participating in the campaign.

The Story for Children is a core title in The Story church campaign and we are thrilled it has won this important award,” noted Annette Bourland Senior Vice President and Publisher, Trade and Kidz at Zondervan. “The success of this storybook Bible and The Story as a whole is something we are very proud of.”

Dictionary of Christian Spirituality edited by Glen G. Scorgie won the Christian Book Award in the Bible Reference and Study category. This reference work provides readers with a global, biographical, historical, topical, and biblical understanding of the origins, development, and contemporary expressions of Christian spirituality. The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality is a unique and valuable resource for pastors, church and ministry leaders, mentors, counselors, teachers and scholars.

"The Christian Book Award—together with the recognition by the award’s many retail and media partners—is an honor and thrill for Zondervan," remarked Paul E. Engle, SVP and Publisher, Church, Curriculum, Academic & Reference Resources. "It certainly speaks to the incredible work accomplished by general editor Glen G. Scorgie; associate editors Simon Chan, Gordon T. Smith, and James D. Smith III; and more than 200 contributors."

Zondervan has won more Christian Book Awards in the Bible Reference & Study category than any other publisher since the category was created in 2006.

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Zondervan, a HarperCollins company, is a world leader in Christian communications and a leading Christian publishing brand. For more than 75 years, Zondervan has delivered transformational Christian experiences through general and academic resources by influential leaders and emerging voices, and been honored with more Christian Book Awards than any other publisher. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., with additional offices in Miami, Zondervan publishes its bestselling Bibles, books, audio, video, curriculum, software, and digital products through its Zondervan, Zonderkidz and Editorial Vida brands. Zondervan resources are sold worldwide through retail stores, online, and by Zondervan ChurchSource, and are translated into nearly 200 languages in more than 60 countries. Visit Zondervan on the Internet at