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Grand Rapids, MI (April 29, 2010) – In the list of finalists for the Christy Awards, announced earlier today, Baker Publishing Group received the most nods of any other publisher with seven finalists.  The group also dominated the Historical category with two of the three spots and the Historical Romance category with three of four spots, due to a tie in the category.


The Baker Publishing Group finalists on this year’s list are:

  • The Enclave by Karen Hancock (ISBN: 978-0-7642-0328-2, $14.99, Bethany House), Visionary

  • Beyond This Moment by Tamera Alexander (ISBN: 978-0-7642-0390-9, $13.99, Bethany House), Historical Romance

  • A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist (ISBN: 978-0-7642-0407-4, $14.99, Bethany House), Historical Romance

  • The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen (978-0-7642-0707-5, $14.99, Bethany House), Historical Romance

  • Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin (ISBN: 978-0-7642-0496-8, $13.99, Bethany House), Historical

  • The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey (ISBN: 978-0-8007-3336-0, $13.99, Revell), Historical

  • How Sweet It Is by Alice J. Wisler (ISBN: 978-0-7642-0478-4, $13.99, Bethany House), Contemporary Romance

“I’m grateful and honored that the Christy Awards have chosen to recognize these authors and titles. We’ve always been appreciative of the role they take in setting a high bar in Christian fiction,” said Dwight Baker, president of Baker Publishing Group.


Established in 1999, the Christy Awards were created to “nurture and encourage creativity and quality in the writing and publishing of fiction written from a Christian worldview.”


Titles are nominated in seven categories and each category of novels is then read and evaluated against a ten-point criteria by a panel of judges. This year’s award winners will be announced on June 26, 2010 at a ceremony before the International Christian Retail Show, held in St. Louis.


Baker Publishing Group publishes high-quality writings that represent historic Christianity and serve the diverse interests and concerns of evangelical readers. Founded in 1939, today Baker Publishing Group is composed of six divisions, each reflecting a unique segment of Christian publishing. These divisions are Bethany House Publishers, Revell, Baker Books, Baker Academic, Chosen Books, and Brazos Press. Baker Publishing Group is also the exclusive publisher of GOD’S WORD® Translation (GW). Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Baker Publishing Group is one of the world’s largest publishers of Christian books. For more information, please visit