ECPA's Rush To Press2014 Christian Book Award® winning titles reflect new evangelical scholarship while spurring glimpses of Grace at work


  • Christian Book of the Year™ goes to “mercifully short book” about serious endemic threat to our souls – “Crazy Busy”
  • Christian Book Award® winning titles represent new and enlightening scholarship on Judas, C.S. Lewis, New Testament and biblical studies
  • World Vision president Richard Stearns and wife Renee take top “Inspiration” accolade for global glimpses of grace
  • Children’s winner spurs community-wide projects for the needy
  • New Author winner and national news correspondent poignantly reports on overcoming painful past in new memoir

COLORADO SPRINGS, Col., April 28, 2014 —The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) announced seven category winners for the 2014 Christian Book Award® program, honoring Christian publishing’s best book and Bible releases of the year. The announcements were made amongst Christian publishing leaders at the ECPA Awards & Anniversary banquet on April 28 at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, held opening night of the ECPA Leadership Summit.

The industry’s highest book honor, the 2014 Christian Book of the Year™, bestowed upon one title from all finalists according to overall impact in the marketplace, was announced as Crossway’s Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung.

The 2014 Christian Book Award® program winners are:


Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem
Kevin DeYoung, Crossway, 9781433533389
A crazy busy life is not what God intended when Jesus came to give us life to the full…. DeYoung’s solutions move beyond the practical to the theological.
Media contact: Janni Firestone, 630-868-6073


The MacArthur Study Bible NIV
John MacArthur, General Editor, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 9781401677404
Containing John MacArthur’s 20,000 study notes and resources, no other study Bible does such a thorough job of explaining the historical context and meaning of the text.
Media Contact: Amy Stambaugh,, 615-902-2232


Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (2nd Edition
Joel B. Green, Jeannine K. Brown, Nicholas Perrin, InterVarsity Press, 9780830824564
Staple resource now completely updated with new content, accounting for the “sea of change in gospel studies that has occurred in the last two decades.”
Media Contact: Alisse Wissman,, 630-734-4059


The Sparkle Box
Jill Hardie, illustrated by Christine Kornacki
Ideals Publications, A Guideposts Company 9780824956479
Presents a simple yet powerful story that transforms Christmas, family traditions, and communities.
Media Contact: Peggy Schaefer,, 615-781-1452


Iscariot: A Novel of Judas
Tosca Lee, Howard Books, A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 9781451683769
Historical research from ancient Israel and the life of Judas in a human and emotional story that will leave readers asking, ‘Would I have done the same?’
Media Contact: Bonnie MacIsaac,, 615-873-2091


He Walks Among Us: Encounters with Christ in a Broken World
Richard and Renee StearnsThomas Nelson Publishers, 9781400321865
“The scores of people featured in this book invited us into their homes and lives, sharing their most intimate stories and believing they counted for something.”
Media Contact: Katie Powell, 615-804-9244


Falling Into PlaceHattie Kauffman
Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 9780801015380
Kauffman turns her reporter’s eye on her own life, fearlessly examining both pain and promise.
Media Contact: Brianna DeWitt, Publicist of Baker Books,


C.S. Lewis – A Life
Alister McGrath Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414339351
McGrath offers a new, lucid, unsentimental yet sympathetic portrait of the complicated life of C.S. Lewis in a biography that is truly an enjoyable read.
Media Contact: Maggie Rowe,, 630-784-5333

The Christian Book Award® program, established in 1978 as the Gold Medallion Book Awards by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, recognizes the absolute highest quality in Christian books. 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.

Christian Book Award® program finalists and winners receive recognition and support throughout multiple retail and media outlets, including Christianity Today, BookShout,, Cokesbury, Family Christian, Lifeway Christian Stores, Mardel Christian Stores, Munce Group, Parable Christian Stores, Crossings, Innovative/Signature Websites, NetGalley, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Christian Book Award® media partner Christianity Today will feature the winning titles in online and print ads starting May 2 and scheduled throughout the year.

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ECPA Media Contact: Mark Kuyper, ECPA President/CEO, 480-966-3998,


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