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Winners announced in 2015 Christian Retailing’s Best awards

Contact: Jenny Rose Curtis
CR Best Awards Coordinator
Christian Retailing
(407) 333-0600, ext. 2625

Lake Mary, Fla. (June 30, 2015)—Winners of the 2015 Christian Retailing’s Best awards were announced Tuesday morning, June 30, at the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) in Orlando, Florida. B&H Publishing Group was the runaway winner with 20 awards this year, while Abingdon Press won seven awards and Lighthouse Christian Products won four.

Following a performance by soloist and violinist Jean Watson, the awards were presented at the Creative Pavilion stage at the Orange County Convention Center. Steve Strang, founder and CEO of Charisma Media, welcomed the guests, and Christine D. Johnson, editor of Christian Retailing magazine, the sponsor of Christian Retailing’s Best, emceed the awards.

Nominating companies submitted books, Bibles, gifts, DVDs and more in this year’s competition. In each category, three finalists were named, although some categories had more than three because of ties. Two categories—Christian Living: Spiritual Growth and Church and Culture—had two winners, one of them because of a tie.

Christian retailers, publishers, church store managers and volunteers—in short, anyone actively engaged in the Christian products industry—were eligible to vote. Voters were asked to judge the nominations on their impact, including their ability to speak to people’s hearts and evoke emotion; open people’s minds to new ways of thinking; and encourage and affirm Christlike living.

Introduced in 2001, the awards—formerly known as the Retailers Choice Awards—have been increasingly acknowledged as an important way of recognizing some of the most significant new, life-changing products in the Christian retail industry.

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Bibles: Children’s

The Big Picture Interactive Bible
B&H Editorial
B&H Publishing Group

Bibles: Devotional/Study

The Study Bible for Women
Rhonda Harrington Kelley, Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Holman Bibles staff
B&H Publishing Group

Bibles: General

Holman Study Bible, NKJV
Turquoise Leather Mother’s Edition
Holman Bibles staff
B&H Publishing Group



Devin Brown
Abingdon Press

Bible Reference/Study

Exalting Jesus in Exodus
Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series
Tony Merida
B&H Publishing Group


The Vinedresser’s Notebook: Spiritual Lessons in
Pruning, Waiting, Harvesting & Abundance
Judith Sutera
Abingdon Press

There’s a Crack in Your Armor
Perry Stone
Charisma House

Children’s Fiction

The Knight and the Firefly
Tara McClary Reeves and Amanda Jenkins
Illustrated by Daniel Fernandez
B&H Publishing Group
Children’s Nonfiction

For Such a Time as This
Angie Smith
Illustrated by Breezy Brookshire
B&H Publishing Group
Christian Living: Practical Life

Chasing God
Angie Smith
B&H Publishing Group

Christian Living: Spiritual Growth

Before Amen
Max Lucado
Thomas Nelson

Christian Living: Spiritual Growth

Recovering Redemption
Matt Chandler and Michael Snetzer
B&H Publishing Group

Church and Culture

Autopsy of a Deceased Church
Thom S. Rainer
B&H Publishing Group

Church and Culture

Undistorted God: Reclaiming Faith Despite the Cultural Noise
Ray Waddle
Abingdon Press


Portraits of Devotion
Beth Moore
B&H Publishing Group


Agents of the Apocalypse
Dr. David Jeremiah
Tyndale House Publishers


Truth Matters
Andreas J. Köstenberger, Darrell Bock and Josh Chatraw
B&H Publishing Group

Fiction: Amish

The River
Beverly Lewis
Bethany House (Baker Publishing Group)

Fiction: Contemporary

Mom’s Night Out
Tricia Goyer
B&H Publishing Group

Fiction: General

All My Belongings
Cynthia Ruchti
Abingdon Press

Fiction: Historical

Shadowed by Grace
Cara Putman
B&H Publishing Group

Fiction: Mystery and Suspense

The Auschwitz Escape
Joel C. Rosenberg
Tyndale House Publishers

First-Time Authors

For Such a Time
Kate Breslin
Bethany House (Baker Publishing Group)

Health and Fitness

Body & Soul
Bethany Hamilton with Dustin Dillberg

Nonfiction: Men

Beat God to the Punch
Eric Mason
B&H Publishing Group

Nonfiction: Women

The Best Yes
Lysa TerKeurst
Thomas Nelson


Prayers for People Who Say They Can’t Pray
Donna Schaper
Abingdon Press


The Underestimated Gospel
Jonathan Leeman, general editor
B&H Publishing Group


Raising a Princess
John Croyle
B&H Publishing Group

Social Issues

The Insanity of Obedience
Nik Ripken with Barry Stricker
B&H Publishing Group

Young Adult Fiction

The Princess Spy
Melanie Dickerson

Young Adult Nonfiction

True Love Project
Clayton & Sharie King
B&H Publishing Group



Big Faith Cherished Girl T-Shirt


Bless You Card
DaySpring Cards

General Gift Product

ABC’s of Faith Word Study Plaque
Lighthouse Christian Products

Gift Books

Man’s Best Hero: True Stories of Great American Dogs
Ace Collins
Abingdon Press


All Things Are Possible Ceramic Mug
Pattern of Praise Series
Lighthouse Christian Products


A Child Is Born Scriptured Nativity Set
Lighthouse Christian Products

Wall Décor

Believe Word Study Plaque
Lighthouse Christian Products



You and Me Forever: Marriage in the Light of Eternity
Francis Chan & Lisa Chan


The Love Dare
Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick
B&H Publishing Group

DVD: Book/Bible Study

Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World
Melissa Spoelstra
Abingdon Press

DVD: Movie

When Calls the Heart Series: Complete Season One
Word Films
Word Entertainment


Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong
Word Entertainment


Historia de la Pascua
Bristol Works
B&H Publishing Group