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NavPress title and author named finalist for
2022 Christian Book Award

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—April 8, 2022—NavPress is pleased to announce that Embracing the New Samaria: Opening Our Eyes to Our Multiethnic Future, written by Alejandro Mandes, has been named a finalist in the Faith & Culture category for the 2022 Christian Book Awards. The Christian Book Award honors excellence in Bibles and Christian books.

According to their website, “The Christian Book Award® program recognizes the highest quality in Christian books and Bibles and is among the oldest and most prestigious awards program in the religious publishing industry. Presented annually to the finest in Christian publishing since 1978, the Christian Book Award® program honors the ‘best of the year’ in 12 categories.”

On April 7, 2022, the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) announced the finalists for the 2022 Christian Book Awards. NavPress author Alejandro Mandes and his title have been included as finalists as follows:

Faith & Culture

Embracing the New Samaria: Opening Our Eyes to Our Multiethnic Future, Alejandro Mandes, NavPress, 978-1-64158-434-0

In response to this significant honor, NavPress Publisher David Zimmerman shared, “We’re so excited for Alex to be given this recognition. His book reflects a long-held and hard-fought passion for the church in our time to reflect the eternal vision of God: that every tribe, tongue, and nation come together in true worship and authentic community.”

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The Christian Book Award® program has recognized the absolute highest quality in Christian books since 1978, when it was called the Gold Medallion Award. 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.

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:

The NavPress mission is to advance the calling of The Navigators by bringing biblically rooted, culturally relevant, and highly practical products to people who want to know and love Christ more deeply. Through The Message Bible and other insightful resources, NavPress seeks to bring positive spiritual movement to peoples’ lives. In January 2014, NavPress entered into an alliance with Tyndale House Publishers to strengthen and better position NavPress and its rich content for the future. NavPress provides books and other content that bring spiritual impact, life transformation, and help lead in the mission of making disciples.

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