ECPA's Rush To Press

Joel C. Rosenberg’s The Auschwitz Escape Wins Audiobook of the Year
in Inspirational Fiction Category

The First Hostage, the sequel to Rosenberg’s The Third Target,
will release 
January 12, 2016

Carol Stream, Ill.—The Audio Publishers Association (APA) recently announced that Tyndale House Publishers ( author Joel C. Rosenberg’s novel The Auschwitz Escape has been recognized as the best audiobook of the year in the Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction category at the association’s 20th Annual Audie Awards ( The audiobook, which was read by Christopher Lane, was released by Brilliance Publishing. Tyndale has also announced that The First Hostage, the sequel to Rosenberg’s The Third Target, will release on January 12, 2016.

“Thank you so much to my dear friends and colleagues at Tyndale House for publishing the original hardcover and paperback editions,” Rosenberg wrote on his blog at “Special thanks to Brilliance Audio and their stellar team for producing and distributing this award-winning audio edition, and to Christopher Lane for the great job he did reading the book.”

The Auschwitz Escape, which released in hardcover in March 2014 and in softcover in October 2014, became a New York Times bestseller and earned critical acclaim as it was recognized as a Christian Book Award finalist by the ECPA, as well as a finalist for the prestigious Goodreads Choice Awards. The book tells a historical fiction account of Jacob Weisz and his escape from the Auschwitz labor camp during World War II. While fiction, the story was based on a little-known story of four men who did escape Auschwitz.

Rosenberg (@joelcrosenberg) wrote about the book, “My hope is that many readers are drawn to learn more about the history of the Holocaust, and discover the inspirational power of this story of faith and courage in the face of terrible evil, a story that was inspired by real people and true events.”

Rosenberg is currently putting the finishing touches on a new novel, The First Hostage, which will release January 12, 2016. The book is the sequel to The Third Target, a fictional look at ISIS, which released in hardcover on January 6, 2015, and immediately became a New York Times bestseller. The softcover will release in October.

Joel C. Rosenberg is the New York Times bestselling author of ten novels—The Last JihadThe Last DaysThe Ezekiel OptionThe Copper ScrollDead HeatThe Twelfth ImamThe Tehran InitiativeDamascus Countdown, The Auschwitz Escape, and The Third Target—and five nonfiction books: EpicenterInside the RevolutionImplosionIsrael at War, and The Invested Life, with more than 3 million copies sold. He is also the founder of The Joshua Fund, a nonprofit educational and charitable organization to mobilize Christians to “bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus” with food, clothing, medical supplies, and other humanitarian relief. As a communications advisor, Joel has worked with a number of U.S. and Israeli leaders, including Steve Forbes, Rush Limbaugh, Natan Sharansky, and Benjamin Netanyahu. The son of a Jewish father and a Gentile mother, Joel is an evangelical Christian with a passion to make disciples of all nations and teach Bible prophecy. A graduate of Syracuse University with a BFA in filmmaking, he is married and lives with his family in Israel.

Tyndale House Publishers, founded in 1962, is the world’s largest privately held Christian publisher of books, Bibles, and digital media. Tyndale has published many New York Times bestsellers. The largest portion of its profit goes to the nonprofit Tyndale House Foundation, which makes grants to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world. Tyndale was founded to publish Living Letters, which later comprised part of The Living Bible, a contemporary paraphrase of the Bible that became a global publishing phenomenon. Tyndale now publishes the Holy Bible, New Living Translation (NLT), the translation of choice for millions of people.