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Sheila Walsh devotional wins ECPA Christian Book Award®

Ada, Mich. (May 11, 2021)—On Thursday, May 6, the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) announced the winners of the 2021 Christian Book Awards. Baker Books author Sheila Walsh was named the winner in the Young People’s Literature category for her book Praying Girls Devotional (Baker Books; ISBN 9781540900678; Ebook ISBN 9781493426850; $16.99).

The Praying Girls Devotional, which was created after the success of Sheila’s book Praying Women, invites young girls to experience the incredible power of prayer through a 60-day devotional that will help shape their hearts and grow their faith.

Sheila Walsh is a powerful communicator, Bible teacher, and bestselling author with more than 5 million books sold. She is the author of It’s Okay Not to Be OkayPraying Women, and the award-winning Gigi, God’s Little Princess. She is cohost of LIFE Today with James and Betty Robison, with more than 100 million potential viewers each day. Walsh is a popular speaker and Bible teacher around the world. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Barry, and their two pups, Tink and Maggie. They have one son, Christian, who is in graduate school. You can find her at

Editorial director of Baker Books, Rebekah Guzman, stated, “We are thrilled to be partnered with Sheila and to see her work recognized in this significant way.”

In addition to the Christian Book Awards, ECPA also featured industry honors and sales milestones. The 40-Day Sugar Fast (Baker Books; ISBN 9780801094576; Ebook ISBN 9781493419272; $14.99) by Wendy Speake and The Manual to Manhood (Revell; ISBN 9780800722296; Ebook ISBN 9781441234575; $15.99) by Jonathan Catherman were recipients of the Bronze Award, with over 100,000 copies sold.

Since 1978, the Christian Book Award program has recognized the highest quality of Christian books and is the oldest and most prestigious award in the religious publishing industry. This year, ECPA announced the winners in twelve categories based on their excellence in content, literary quality, design, and impact. ECPA president, Stan Jantz, said, “Congratulations to all the winning authors and their publishers for producing these outstanding titles. In a year of uncertainty and turmoil, readers turned in record numbers to Christian books.” For a complete list of winners, please visit

Baker Books has a vision for building up the body of Christ through books that are relevant, intelligent, and engaging. We publish titles for lay Christians on topics such as discipleship, apologetics, spirituality, relationships, marriage, parenting, and the intersection of Christianity and culture. We also publish books and ministry resources for pastors and church leaders, concentrating on topics such as preaching, worship, pastoral ministries, counseling, biblical reference, and leadership.

Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, publishes books that help bring the Christian faith to everyday life. Whether through fiction, Christian living, self-help, marriage, family, or youth books, each Revell publication reflects relevance, integrity, and excellence.

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