Casey Francis
Director of Corporate Communications
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(Nashville, Tenn.) July 25, 2012– At the 2012 International Christian Retail Show, Thomas Nelson, Inc. the world’s largest Christian publisher, was awarded four 2012 Christian Retailer’s Choice Awards.

With more than 300 products nominated, industry retailers chose four unique Thomas Nelson titles to receive this prestigious award. This year, the Company’s titles were: “Heaven is for Real For Kids” by Todd and Sonja Burpo, children’s non-fiction “Nearing Home” by Billy Graham, Christian living: spiritual growth; the marketing/promotion campaign “KJV400”; and “The Lightkeeper’s Ball” by Colleen Coble, fiction: historical romance.

“The Thomas Nelson fiction team is delighted that Colleen Coble’s work has been recognized by retailers through this award. Colleen is more than a Thomas Nelson author; she is a part of our family, having celebrated her 10th anniversary with us this summer,” noted Daisy Hutton, vice president and publisher for Thomas Nelson’s fiction division. Hutton added, “We greatly appreciate the support that retailers have given to Colleen throughout her career, and we join her in celebrating this achievement.”

According to last week’s “Christian Retailing” press release, retailer’s judged the nominees based on the books and/or campaigns ability to open hearts and minds while provoking emotion and affirming Christian living. The chosen titles were also selected based on the life-changing impact they have on their customers.

“We are continually thrilled by the support we have received from our retailers,” said David Moberg, vice president and group publisher. “Thomas Nelson will continue to create strong relationships between writers, publishers, and retailers.” For additional information on any of Thomas Nelson’s Retailers Choice Awards winners, please visit

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Thomas Nelson, Inc. is the world’s largest Christian publisher. The Company provides multiple formats of Bibles, inspirational books and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Live Event Management, Inc., a Thomas Nelson company, is the nation’s leading producer of Christian live events. Thomas Nelson is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information, please visit