ECPA's Rush To Press

Titles announced as “BEST OF THE YEAR”
in 11 categories.
SHAKEN by Tim Tebow is named
Christian Book of the Year®.

The 2017 winners of the Christian Book Award just announced...

Colorado Springs, CO., May 3, 2017 – The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) announced last night the winners of the 2017 Christian Book Awards® in 11 categories and the 2017 Christian Book of the Year®. The winning titles represent the best Christian book and Bible releases of the year. The 2017 Christian Book of the Year went to New York Times bestseller SHAKEN: Discovering your true identity in the midst of life’s storms (WaterBrook) by Tim Tebow, Heisman Trophy winner and two-time national champion.

Other winning titles include:  daily devotional A Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada (Zondervan) — who has written 50 books since her accident 50 years ago — and memoir Courageous Faith (Howard Books) by Charles Stanley, whose InTouch Ministries celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

“On behalf of ECPA, I want to congratulate the publishers and their authors recognized for being the best in their category,” said Stan Jantz, ECPA’s executive director. “Publishing books is a process that requires extraordinary effort and investment on the part of a team of publishing professionals. We honor tonight the quality they produce, yet we celebrate most the impact these winning titles will have on readers, the ultimate beneficiary of these outstanding books.”

The announcements were made at the ECPA Awards Celebration, held during the ECPA Leadership Summit in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The evening, hosted by radio host and author Chris Fabry, also bestowed Gold and Platinum awards to industry titles reaching 500,000 and 1 million in sales, and honored Dr. Melvin Banks, Sr. with the Kenneth N. Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award.


2017 Christian Book of the Year®
Shaken, Tim Tebow
WaterBrook, 9780735289864 

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Craig S. Keener, John H. Walton, Editors
Zondervan, 9780310431589

Bible Reference
A History of Western Philosophy and Theology, John M. Frame
P&R Publishing Company, 9781629950846

Bible Study
Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel, Ray Ortlund
Crossway, 9781433546877

Biography & Memoir
Courageous Faith, Charles Stanley
Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, 9781501132698

Jonah and the Fish, Dandi Daley Mackall,
Illlustrated by Lissy Marlin
Tyndale House Publishers, 9781496411204

Christian Living
Parenting: The 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family,
Paul David Tripp
Crossway, 9781433551932

Devotion & Gift
A Spectacle of Glory, Joni Eareckson Tada with Larry Libby
Zondervan, 9780310346777

Faith & Culture
75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know, Terry Glaspey
Baker Books/ Baker Publishing Group, 9780801017100

Ministry Resources
Leadership Mosaic: 5 Leadership Principles for Ministry and Everyday Life,
Daniel Montgomery with Jared Kennedy
Crossway, 9781433552557

New Author
Union with Christ, Rankin Wilbourne
David C Cook, 9781434709387

Young People’s Literature
Unblemished, Sara Ella
Thomas Nelson, 9780718081010

The evening’s news culminated in a social media campaign hitting over 660,000 accounts with the news of the winners and an invitation to #ReadGoodBooks that #FeedYourSoul.

The Christian Book Award winners will also be promoted in media campaigns through Christianity Today, and throughout multiple retail outlets including Amazon, Barnes & Noble,, Covenant Group, LifeWay Christian Stores, NetGalley, Parable Christian Stores, and the Signature Marketing Network.

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The Christian Book Award® program has recognized the absolute highest quality in Christian books since 1978. 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.  @CBAwards  #ChristianBookAwards

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: @ECPA

Media contacts:
Stan Jantz, ECPA Executive Director,, 480-966-3998
Cindy Carter, ECPA Awards & Recognition Manager,, 480-966-3998