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HarperCollins Christian Publishing Wins Five Book Awards
from Christianity Today

Zondervan and Thomas Nelson titles named
Book of the Year in three categories

Contact:   Casey Harrell
Director, Corporate Communications
tel:    615-902-1109

(Nashville, TN) December 16, 2016—HarperCollins Christian Publishing is honored to have both its publishing groups, Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, recognized in five categories of Christianity Today’s 2017 Book Awards, which were announced on December 14. Each year Christianity Today chooses titles in 12 categories representing the books “most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture.”

Matt Reynolds, associate editor at Christianity Today, selected titles for the 2017 awards that pay homage to Martin Luther and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. “Luther’s prolific pen and publishing genius helped mold evangelicals into a ‘people of the book,’ in more ways than one. These awards are just one small way of keeping the legacy alive,” Reynolds explains.

The following Zondervan titles were recognized:

  • Saving the Saved: How Jesus Saves Us from Try-Harder Christianity into Performance-Free Love by Bryan Loritts – Award of Merit (Christian Living/Discipleship)
  • How to Preach and Teach the Old Testament for All Its Worth by Christopher J. H. Wright – Book of the Year (The Church/Pastoral Leadership)
  • Kierkegaard: A Single Life by Stephen Backhouse – Book of the Year (History/Biography)
  • Unashamed: Drop the Baggage, Pick up Your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny by Christine Caine – Award of Merit (CT Women)

Thomas Nelson’s The Confessions of X by Suzanne Wolfe won Book of the Year for Fiction.

“We are pleased to have these titles recognized as influential texts in Christian culture,” says Mark Schoenwald, president and CEO of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. “Our publishing teams and authors worked together to create quality content and products that help further the message of the gospel. It’s an honor to have their efforts and talent acknowledged by Christianity Today.

To read the full 2017 Book of the Year Awards announcement from Christianity Today, please click here.

For more information on Saving the SavedHow to Preach and Teach the Old Testament for All Its WorthKierkegaard, and Unashamed, please visit

For more information on The Confessions of X, please visit

About HarperCollins Christian Publishing: The world’s leading Christian publisher, HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc., comprises both Thomas Nelson and Zondervan publishing groups in addition to Olive Tree Bible Software.  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 the U.S., Mexico and Brazil.  For more information visit