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ECPA Names 65 Finalists for the 2020 Christian Book Awards®

Industry celebrates the year’s best Christian books and Bibles at a time when the world most needs messages of hope and truth

Bestselling author of The Power of a Praying® series, STORMIE OMARTIAN, to deliver prayer for the world and for the industry during online broadcast of winners ceremony on May 5th

(TEMPE, ARIZ., March 31, 2020) The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) named today 65 finalists from 26 publishers in 12 categories for the 2020 Christian Book Award® program.  There were ties in five categories.

The Christian Book Award® winners in each category, along with the 2020 Christian Book of the Year®, will be announced in a special online 30-minute broadcast of the ECPA Awards Celebration on May 5, 2020 at 1 pm central time.  The original awards event was scheduled during the ECPA Leadership Summit in Nashville, which was postponed due to the current COVID-19 crisis.

The online awards broadcast will feature Pinnacle Award recipient and bestselling author of The Power of a Praying® series, STORMIE OMARTIAN, who will deliver a specially-written prayer for our world and for the industry in this time of crisis. Stormie has been writing and publishing prayers since 1994 when she published The Power of a Praying® Parent with Harvest House Publishers.  Since then, she has published 20 books in the series, leading a global prayer movement with more than 31 million sold.

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“It will be incredible for us all to pray with Stormie at this critical moment in history and in our industry,” states ECPA president and CEO Stan Jantz.

“More than ever, it’s important to celebrate and publicize the outstanding books and Bibles produced by ECPA publishers. The church and our nation are looking for hope, and that’s what these books represent.  We congratulate all the finalist authors and publishers for this year’s program!”

The Finalists of the 2020 Christian Book Award® program in each category are:


  • It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, written and narrated by Lysa TerKeurst, produced by Gabe Wicks/Harper Collins Christian, published by Thomas Nelson, 9781400210947
  • Jesus in Me, written and narrated by Anne Graham Lotz, produced by Penguin Random House Audio, published by Multnomah, 9780593150610
  • Palau, Paul J. Pastor, narrated by Cástulo Guerra, produced by Gabe Wicks/Harper Collins Christian, published by Zondervan, 9780310354079
  • Voice Only Audio Bible – New King James Version, narrated by Simon Bubb, produced by David Angus/Harper Collins Christian, published by Thomas Nelson, 9780785223832
  • Wurmbrand: Tortured for Christ – The Complete Story, The Voice of the Martyrs, narrated by Michael Beck, produced by ONE Audiobooks, published by David C Cook, 9781434712332

BIBLES (tie)

  • CSB Ancient Faith Study Bible, Holman Bible Staff , B&H Publishing Group, 9781535940474
  • CSB He Reads Truth Bible, Amanda Bible Williams and Raechel Myers (Editors), B&H Publishing Group, 9781535935036
  • ESV Prayer Bible, Crossway, 9781433564512
  • NIrV The Illustrated Holy Bible for Kids, Zondervan, 9780310765790
  • NLT Life Application Study Bible, Third Edition, Tyndale House Publishers, 9781496439284
  • NLT Filament Bible: The Print+Digital Bible, Tyndale House Publishers, 9781496436313


  • A Proverb a Day in Biblical Hebrew, Jonathan G. Kline, Hendrickson Publishers, 9781683072430
  • Introducing Evangelical Theology, Daniel J. Treier, Baker Academic/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780801097690
  • The Theology of Benedict XVI: A Protestant Appreciation, Tim Perry (Editor) , Lexham Press, 9781683593461
  • Zondervan Essential Companion to Christian History, Stephen Backhouse, Zondervan, 9780310599487
  • Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Romans, Frank Thielman and Clinton Arnold (General Editors), Zondervan, 9780310104032


  • Core 52, Mark E. Moore, WaterBrook, 9780525653257
  • Daniel: Faith Enduring through Adversity, Jon Nielson, P&R Publishing Company, 9781629956794
  • Final Word: Why We Need the Bible, John MacArthur, Reformation Trust Publishing, 9781642891263
  • The Jesus Who Surprises, Dee Brestin, Multnomah, 9780735291805
  • Jonah: Grace for Sinners and Saints, Iain Duguid, New Growth Press, 9781948130653
  • The Logic of God, Ravi Zacharias, Zondervan, 9780310454038


  • Becoming C. S. Lewis: A Biography of Young Jack Lewis (1898-1918), Harry Lee Poe, Crossway, 9781433562730
  • Devotedly: The Personal Letters and Love Story of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot,Valerie Elliot Shepard, B&H Publishing Group, 9781433651564
  • God’s Hostage, Andrew Brunson with Craig Borlase, Baker Books/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780801094873
  • Metanoia: A Memoir of a Body, Born Again, Anna McGahan, Acorn Press, an imprint of Bible Society Australia, 9780647519837
  • What Is a Girl Worth?, Rachael Denhollander, Tyndale House Publishers, 9781496441331
  • What They Meant for Evil: How a Lost Girl of Sudan Found Healing, Peace, and Purpose in the Midst of Suffering, Rebecca Deng with Ginger Kolbaba, FaithWords, a division of Hachette Book Group USA, 9781546017226


  • Far From Home, Sarah Parker Rubio, Tyndale House Publishers, 9781496436733
  • God Gave Us the Bible, Lisa Tawn Bergren, WaterBrook, 9780735291904
  • Just In Case You Ever Wonder, Max Lucado, Zondervan, 9780718075385
  • Laugh and Learn Bible for Kids, Phil Vischer, Minno Kids, 9781546011958
  • Nothing: Nothing Can Separate You From God’s Love!, Natalee Creech, illustrated by Joseph Cowman, WorthyKids, a division of Hachette Book Group USA, 9780824957032


  • Faith for Exiles, David Kinnaman and Mark Matlock, Baker Books/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780801013157
  • Fearfully and Wonderfully, Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancey, InterVarsity Press, 9780830845705
  • Giving Is the Good Life, Randy Alcorn, Tyndale House Publishers, 9781496425935
  • Rhythms of Renewal, Rebekah Lyons, Zondervan, 9780310356141
  • Suffering is Never for Nothing, Elisabeth Elliot, B&H Publishing Group, 9781535914154
  • Untangling Emotions, J. Alasdair Groves and Winston T. Smith, Crossway, 9781433557828


  • A Place at the Table, Kelly Minter with Regina Pinto, B&H Publishing Group, 9781535941136
  • Bulletproof Marriage, Adam Davis & Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, BroadStreet Publishing Group, 9781424557592
  • Made to Create with All My Heart and Soul, Lauren Duncan, Tyndale House Publishers, 9781496431271
  • The One Year Book of Amazing Stories, Robert Petterson, Tyndale House Publishers, 9781496424013
  • Settle My Soul: 100 Quiet Moments to Meet with Jesus, Ruth Schwenk and Karen Ehman, Zondervan, 9780310095408


  • Between Life and Death: A Gospel-Centered Guide to End-of-Life Medical Care, Kathryn Butler, MD, Crossway, 9781433561016
  • Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion, Rebecca McLaughlin, Crossway, 9781433564239
  • Free to Believe, Luke Goodrich, WaterBrook, 9780525652908
  • In Search of the Common Good, Jake Meador, InterVarsity Press, 9780830845545
  • Shrewd Samaritan: Faith, Economics, and the Road to Loving our Global Neighbor, Bruce Wydick, Thomas Nelson, 9780785221524


  • Advocates, Dhati Lewis, B&H Publishing Group, 9781535934671
  • The Care of Souls: Cultivating a Pastor’s Heart, Harold L. Senkbeil, Lexham Press, 9781683593010
  • Ministry with the Forgotten, Kenneth L. Carder, Abingdon Press, 9781501880247
  • Servant of All: Reframing Greatness and Leadership through the Teachings of Jesus, Ralph E. Enlow Jr., Lexham Press, 9781683592976
  • Unlikely Converts: Improbable Stories of Faith and What They Teach Us About Evangelism, Randy Newman, Kregel Publications, 9780825445637


  • Can We Trust the Gospels?, Peter J. Williams, Crossway, 9781433552953
  • The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism, Jemar Tisby, Zondervan, 9780310597261
  • The Common Rule, Justin Whitmel Earley, InterVarsity Press, 9780830845606
  • Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion,Rebecca McLaughlin, Crossway, 9781433564239
  • Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament, Mark Vroegop, Crossway, 9781433561481


  • BibleForce Devotional: The First Heroes Devotional, Tama Fortner, Thomas Nelson, 9781400212637
  • I Am Yours, Wynter Pitts, Harvest House Publishers, 9780736976268
  • Kirby McCook and the Jesus Chronicles, Stephen Arterburn and M.N. Brotherton, Tyndale House Publishers, 9781496429773
  • Lies Girls Believe, Dannah Gresh, Moody Publishers,  9780802414472
  • 100 Extraordinary Stories for Courageous Girls: Unforgettable Tales of Women of Faith, Jean Fischer, Barbour Publishing, 9781683227489
  • Show Up for Your Life, Chrystal Evans Hurst, Zondervan, 9780310766834

The Christian Book Award finalists and winners will be promoted through multiple retail and media outlets, including a suite of ads through media sponsor Christianity Today.  Retail partners include Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ChristianBook, LifeWay, Mardel, NetGalley, Parable Christian Stores, and the Signature Marketing Network.

Faceout Studio will design the presentation for the online broadcast of the Awards Ceremony, held May 5th at 1 pm central, featuring renown prayer author Stormie Omartian.