Mark Kuyper, President and CEO, ECPA

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Phoenix, AZ, 03/29/10 – The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) has announced the finalists for the 2010 Christian Book Awards.  Presented annually to the finest in Christian publishing since 1978, the Christian Book Awards honors titles in six categories – Bibles, Bible Reference & Study, Christian Life, Fiction, Children & Youth, and Inspiration & Gift.  The winner in each category will be announced at the Industry Awards banquet held Monday, May 3, during ECPA’s annual Executive Leadership Summit in Nashville, TN.  One title will be selected from among all finalists to receive the top honor: 2010 Christian Book of the Year

The Christian Book Awards selects five finalists in each category based on both editorial excellence and category-specific criteria. This year, 226 entries (published in the last year) were submitted by 33 ECPA member publishers for review and scoring by a total of 72 judges.

The 2010 Christian Book Awards finalists are as follows:


  • The American Patriot’s Bible, NKJV, Richard Lee, Editor, Thomas Nelson, 9781418541538

  • Chronological Study Bible, NKJV, Thomas Nelson, 9780718020682

  • Glo, Immersion Digital, Zondervan, 9780981990200

  • Stewardship Study Bible, NIV, Zondervan, 9780310948483

  • The Word of Promise® Audio Bible, NKJV, Thomas Nelson, 9780718024130


Bible Reference & Study

  • A Visual Guide to Bible Events, James Martin, John Beck and David Hansen, Baker Books/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780801012853

  • The New Moody Atlas of the Bible, Barry J. Beitzel, Moody Publishers, 9780802404411

  • Pastoring Men, Patrick Morley, Moody Publishers, 9780802475534

  • Peoples of the New Testament World: An Illustrated Guide, William A. Simmons, Hendrickson Publishers, 9781565638778

  • The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Merril C. Tenney and Moisés Silva, Zondervan, 9780310241362

Children & Youth  (six finalists listed due to tie)

  • A Young Woman’s Guide to Making Right Choices, Elizabeth George, Harvest House Publishers, 9780736921077

  • B4UD8- Before You Date, Hayley and Michael DiMarco, Revell/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780800733087

  • Sweet Dreams Princess: God’s Little Princess Bedtime Bible Stories, Devotions, & Prayers, Sheila Walsh, Tommy Nelson, 9781400312979

  • Jesus Is Alive: Evidence for the Resurrection Children’s Edition, Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell, Regal Books, 9780830747863

  • Take Your Best Shot, Austin Gutwein with Todd Hillard, Tommy Nelson, 9781400315154

  • Wild Cat, Dandi Daley Mackall, Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414312705


Christian Life  

  • The Hole in Our Gospel, Richard Stearns, Thomas Nelson, 9780785229186

  • If God Is Good, Randy Alcorn, WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, 9781601421326

  • Inside the Revolution, Joel Rosenberg, Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414319315

  • The Pilgrim’s Progress: From this World to That Which Is to Come, John Bunyan, Crossway Books & Bibles, 9781433506994

  • The Principle of the Path, Andy Stanley, Thomas Nelson, 9780849920608


Fiction    (seven finalists listed due to tie)

  • Blood Bayou, Karen Young, Howard Books, 9781416587507

  • The Centurion’s Wife, Davis Bunn and Janette Oke, Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780764205149

  • Healing Waters, Stephen Arterburn and Nancy Rue, Thomas Nelson, 9781595544315

  • June Bug, Chris Fabry, Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414319568

  • Michal, Jill Eileen Smith, Revell/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780800733209

  • Veiled Freedom, Jeanette Windle, Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414314754

  • Watch Over Me, Christa Parrish, Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780764205545

Inspiration & Gift 

  • Amish Peace, Suzanne Woods Fisher, Revell/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780800733384

  • Fresh Grounded Faith, Jennifer Rothschild, Harvest House Publishers, 9780736925754

  • Grace Notes, Philip Yancey, Zondervan, 9780310287728

  • He Was Crucified, Gerard J. Stanley, Concordia Publishing House, 9780758613158

  • Look Unto Me, Jim Reimann, Zondervan, 9780310283874

ECPA is partnering with Christianity Today Inc. (CTi) to promote the winning titles to its consumer base.  ECPA has also confirmed support from national retail outlets to create in-store and consumer promotions to build awareness of the Christian Book Awards

“We have a terrific selection of Christian Book Awards finalists this year, representing a broad base of genres and topics. ECPA will continue to be aggressive in presenting the award-winners to media, bookstores and consumers, enhancing the value of this honor for these finest titles of the year.” says ECPA’s President Mark Kuyper.

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. To view finalists, and for more information, go to


The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) is an international non-profit trade organization, comprised of nearly 200 member companies worldwide, representing a combined revenue of nearly $2 billion. Founded in 1974, ECPA is dedicated to serving the Christian publishing industry through equipping its members through cutting-edge technology, meaningful data, dynamic educational opportunity and unprecedented access to markets. For more information about ECPA, contact us at: 480-966-3998 phone, 9633 South 48th Street, Stuite 140, Phoenix, Arizona 85044,


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