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HarperCollins Christian Publishing wins
Book of the Year at 2016 Christy Awards

Thomas Nelson and Zondervan authors take home
four Christy Awards and three INSPY Awards

(Nashville, TN) July 7, 2016—HarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP) congratulates Thomas Nelson fiction author Jim Rubart on winning Book of the Year at the 2016 Christy Awards for his novel, “The Five Times I Met Myself.” The Christy Advisory Board presented the awards online on June 27, 2016 at

The Thomas Nelson and Zondervan fiction team received a combined three additional Christy Awards for their contributions to various genres of Christian fiction.

  • “The Wedding Chapel” by Rachel Hauck (Zondervan) in Contemporary Fiction
  • “Twisted Innocence” by Terri Blackstock (Zondervan) in Suspense Fiction
  • “The Five Times I Met Myself” by Jim Rubart (Thomas Nelson) in Speculative Fiction

Vice president and publisher for Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction, Daisy Hutton commented, “The Christy Awards recognize excellence throughout the Christian fiction industry, and it is an honor to have three of our authors represented across diverse genres. Jim, Rachel, and Terri are compelling storytellers, and we are grateful for an opportunity to recognize their tireless dedication writing stories that glorify Jesus Christ.”

Additionally, the company was well represented at the 2016 INSPY Awards.  On June 29, 2016, the Advisory Board announced the winners online at, and the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan fiction teams, as well as the Zonderkidz children’s and YA publishing division, received a combined three award recognitions.

The following titles won their category:

  • “The Dandelion Field” by Kathryn Springer (Zondervan) for Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense
  • “The Bones Will Speak” by Carrie Stuart Parks (Thomas Nelson) for Suspense
  • “An Uncertain Choice” by Jody Hedlund (Zondervan) for Literature for Young Adults

“Having our book recognized by the INSPY Advisory Board represents the special relationship we have with the blogging community, and we are honored to have the opportunity to celebrate Jody’s outstanding contribution to young adult literature,” says Annette Bourland, senior-vice president and publisher for Zonderkidz and Zondervan YA.

According to the INSPYs website, the awards are “organized and judged by book bloggers who have considerable experience and knowledge of books published for both the CBA markets and the general market.” The bloggers choose titles they feel represent “the very best of faith inspired literature being published today.”

Visit and to learn more about this year’s award recipients.

About HarperCollins Christian Publishing: The world’s leading Christian publisher, HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc., is comprised of the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan publishing groups.  The Company produces bestselling Bibles, inspirational books, academic resources, curriculum, audio and digital content for the Christian market space.  Also home to, the world’s largest Christian website, and, an online community dedicated to helping people grow in their faith. HarperCollins Christian Publishing is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in Grand Rapids, MI and Miami, FL.  For more information visit