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Thomas Nelson wins six 2019 Christy Awards®, including Book of the Year


(Nashville, Tenn.) November 8, 2019 — Thomas Nelson is pleased to congratulate all five of its fiction authors who received Christy Awards, including Patti Callahan for taking home the Christy Award’s top honor – Book of the Year for her novel Becoming Mrs. Lewis. The awards were presented by the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association (ECPA) at the 20th annual Christy Award gala held at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN on November 6, 2019.

In addition to Patti Callahan’s Book of the Year honor, Thomas Nelson fiction author and five-time Christy Awardee, James Rubart, was inducted into the Christy Award Hall of Fame for his contribution to the craft.

Four other Thomas Nelson authors were recognized for their excellence in specific genres of Christian fiction, picking up Christy Awards in various categories.

  • The Baggage Handler by David Rawlings in First Novel
  • Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan in Historical Fiction (Tie)
  • With this Pledge by Tamera Alexander in Historical Romance (Tie)
  • Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock in Short Form
  • The Warrior Maiden by Melanie Dickerson in Young Adult

“The Christy Awards celebrate and recognize excellence in the Christian fiction industry, and we are thrilled to see so many of our authors honored this year,” said Amanda Bostic, publisher for Thomas Nelson fiction. “Patti, James, Terri, Tamera, Melanie, and David are all talented storytellers who are using their gifts to spread hope and light into the world. We could not be more proud to publish them.”

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About Thomas Nelson: Thomas Nelson is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information visit

Casey Harrell, Sr. Director, Corporate Communications, 615.902.1109