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Finalists announced for 2017 Christian Book
Award® program

  • ECPA names 59 books in 11 categories as the year’s best Christian books and Bibles
  • Four ties and expanded categories represent breadth and excellence produced this year in Christian publishing; with 23 publishers and 73 authors represented

Christian Book Award Finalists

(PHOENIX, ARIZ., March 31, 2017) The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) named today 59 Finalists for the 2017 Christian Book Award® program.  These titles represent the industry’s best books and Bibles of the year in eleven categories, including the newly added categories of Faith & Culture, Biography & Memoir, Young People’s Literature, Ministry Resources, and Bible Study.  These additions coincided with ECPA merging the Fiction category with The Christy Award™ program. Christian fiction finalists will be announced this fall.

“On behalf of ECPA and its members, I want to congratulate the authors and publishers who produced the 59 Christian Book Award® finalists for 2017,” said Stan Jantz, ECPA’s executive director. “These finalists emerged from a rigorous judging process and represent the best our industry produced this past year. Even more important is the impact these excellent books, Bibles, and resources are having on the church and wider culture.”



Colors of Goodbye, September Vaudrey
Tyndale Momentum, 9781496408174

Courageous Faith, Charles Stanley
Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, 9781501132698

Eight Women of Faith, Michael A.G. Haykin
Crossway, 9781433548925

My Brother’s Keeper: Christians Who Risked All to Protect Jewish Targets of the Nazi Holocaust, Rod Gragg
Center Street, a division of Hachette Nashville , 9781455566297

The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Steven J. Lawson
Reformation Trust Publishing (Ligonier), 9781567696387


HappinessRandy Alcorn
Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414389349 

Parenting: The 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your FamilyPaul David Tripp,
Crossway, 9781433551932

Searching the ScripturesCharles R. Swindoll
Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414380650

Shaken, Tim Tebow
WaterBrook, 9780735289864

Zeal Without BurnoutChristopher Ash
The Good Book Company, 9781784980214


75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know, Terry Glaspey
Baker Books/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780801017100

BefriendScott Sauls
Tyndale House Publishers, 9781496400949

Impossible People: Christian Courage and the Struggle for the Soul of Civilization, Os Guinness
InterVarsity Press, 9780830844654

No God but One: Allah or Jesus?Nabeel Qureshi
Zondervan, 9780310522553

Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis, Stephan Bauman, Matthew Soerens, and Dr. Issam Smeir
Moody Publishers, 9780802414885

You Are What You LoveJames K. A. Smith
Brazos Press/ Baker Publishing Group, 9781587433801


Christmas Love Letters from GodGlenys Nellist, Illlustrated by Rachel Clowes
Zondervan, 9780310748243

How Big is Love?Amy Parker, Illustrated by Breezy Brookshire
B&H Publishing Group, 9781433690426

Jonah and the FishDandi Daley Mackall, Illustrated by Lissy Marlin
Tyndale House Publishers, 9781496411204

Spark Story Bible Psalm Book: Prayers and Poems for Kids
Judy Beglau, Micha Boyett, Lisa Marie Brodsky Auter, Jennifer Grant, Carol Hegberg, Cathy M. Kolwey, Claudia Rosemary May, Cathy Skogen-Soldner, Michelle Van Loon, Edited by Naomi J Krueger, Illustrated by Peter Grosshauser
Sparkhouse Family, 9781506417684

Would a Worm Go on a Walk?Hannah C. Hall, Illustrated by Bill Bolton
WorthyKids/Ideals, 9780824956776


God and Me 52 Week Devotional for Girls Ages 10-12, Linda Washington, Jeannette Dall, and Kathy Widenhouse
Rose Publishing, 9781584111788

The Golden BraidMelanie Dickerson
Thomas Nelson, 9780718026264

Kingstone Bible TrilogyRandy Alcorn, Ben Avery, Art Ayris
Kingstone, 9781613281949

The Purpose Driven Life Devotional for Kids, Rick Warren
Zondervan, 9780310750468

UnblemishedSara Ella
Thomas Nelson, 9780718081010

You’re God’s Girl!Wynter Pitts
Harvest House Publishers, 9780736967365

You’re Worth It for GirlsSheila Walsh
Harvest House Publishers, 9780736963879


31 Verses to Write on Your HeartLiz Curtis Higgs
WaterBrook, 9781601428912

A Spectacle of GloryJoni Eareckson Tada with Larry Libby
Zondervan, 9780310346777

Blessings for WomenSusie Larson
Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780764218422

GraceRandy Alcorn
Harvest House Publishers, 9780736967464

Live Original DevotionalSadie Robertson
Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, 9781501126512


A Woman’s Place, Katelyn Beaty
Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, 9781476794099

Keeping Your Kids on God’s SideNatasha Crain
Harvest House Publishers, 9780736965088

Riley Unlikely, Riley Banks-Snyder
Zondervan, Riley Banks-Snyder, 9780310347873

Unblemished, Sara Ella
Thomas Nelson, 9780718081010

Union With ChristRankin Wilbourne
David C Cook, 9781434709387


The Complete Jewish Study Bible
Hendrickson Publishers, Messianic Jewish Publishers & Resources, 9781619708679

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study BibleCraig S. Keener, John H. Walton, Editors
Zondervan, 9780310431589

Girls Life Application Study Bible, NLT
Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414397788

Hidden in My Heart Scripture Memory Bible, NLT
Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414381671

Inspire Bible NLT: The Bible for Creative Journaling
Tyndale House Publishers, 9781496413741


A History of Western Philosophy and TheologyJohn M. Frame
P&R Publishing Company, 9781629950846

Biblical Authority after Babel, Kevin J. Vanhoozer
Brazos Press/ Baker Publishing Group, 9781587433931

Genesis (The Story of God Bible Commentary), Tremper Longman III
Zondervan, 9780310496076

The Mind of the Spirit, Craig S. Keener
Baker Academic/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780801097768

New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic
Martin Davie, Tim Grass, Stephen R. Holmes, John McDowell and T. A. Noble
InterVarsity Press, 9780830824557


Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say
Adam Hamilton
Abingdon Press, 9781501813870

Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel, Ray Ortlund
Crossway, 9781433546877

Messed Up Men of the Bible, Tina Samples & Dave Samples
Kregel Publications, 9780825443831

Saving the Bible From Ourselves: Learning to Read and Live the Bible WellGlenn Paauw
InterVarsity Press, 9780830851249

Word Writers: PhilippiansDenise J. Hughes
Harvest House Publishers, 9780736968478


Adoptive Youth MinistryChap Clark
Baker Academic/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780801049705

Leadership Mosaic: 5 Leadership Principles for Ministry and Everyday Life
Daniel Montgomery with Jared Kennedy
Crossway, 9781433552557

Teaching the Next Generations, Terry Linhart
Baker Academic/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780801097614

Who Moved My Pulpit?, Thom S. Rainer
B&H Publishing Group, 9781433643873

The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters, Sinclair B. Ferguson
Crossway, 9781433548000

The Worship Pastor: A Call to Ministry for Worship Leaders and TeamsZac Hicks
Zondervan, 9780310525196

The Christian Book Award® winners in each category, plus the 2017 Christian Book of the Year®, will be named May 2nd at the ECPA Awards Celebration held during the ECPA Leadership Summit in Colorado Springs.

The announcements will coincide with a social media blitz through Thunderclap.  Through a quick sign-up, participants allow Thunderclap to send a one-time-only post to their followers on May 2nd, resulting in a huge blitz of awareness for the Christian Book Awards® and #GoodBooks that #FeedYourSoul. Last year’s campaign reached over half a million with this important campaign.

Anyone with a Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr account is invited to join the one-time campaign at

Christian Book Award finalists and winners will also be promoted through multiple retail and media outlets including media sponsor Christianity Today and the following retailers: Amazon, Barnes&Noble,, Covenant Group, LifeWay Christian Stores, Parable Christian Stores, and the Signature Marketing Network.

To learn more, visit

>> View the 2017 Finalists
>> Join the Thunderclap social media campaign
>> Register for the ECPA Leadership Summit (includes Awards Celebration)
>> Purchase Awards Celebration Dessert tickets (if not already attending Leadership Summit)

The Christian Book Award® program has recognized the absolute highest quality in Christian books since 1978. 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. #ChristianBookAwards

The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) is an international non-profit trade organization comprised of member companies that are involved in the publishing and distribution of Christian content worldwide. Since 1974, ECPA has strengthened Christian publishing by building networking, information, and advocacy opportunities within the industry and throughout multiple channels so that our members can more effectively produce and deliver transformational Christian content. For more information about ECPA:  @ECPA

Media contacts:
Stan Jantz, ECPA Executive Director,, 480-966-3998
Cindy Carter, ECPA Awards & Recognition Manager,, 480-966-3998

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