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Zondervan receives five ECPA Christian Book Awards®

HarperCollins Christian Publishing congratulates “The Daniel Plan” for winning
the 2015 Christian Book of the Year™ Award

Jolene Barto
Corporate Communications Associate
Tel:    (615) 902-1109

(Nashville, TN) At the ECPA Awards Banquet on May 5th in Murfreesboro, TN, Zondervan received a total of five 2015 ECPA Christian Book Awards®. Recognized with more awards than any other publisher, Zondervan also took the 2015 Christian Book of the Year™ award for “The Daniel Plan” by bestselling authors Rick Warren D. Min., Daniel Amen M.D., and Mark Hyman M.D. 

Zondervan’s four additional awards were: 

  • “NIV First-Century Study Bible” with notes by Kent Dobson; Bibles category 
  • “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity” by Nabeel Qureshi; Non-fiction and New Author categories 
  • “1, 2 and 3 John: Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament” by Karen H. Jobes; Bible Reference category 

According to the ECPA’s press release the awards “represent the best books in our industry, but in their variety they represent the transforming power of Christian content that impacts all of life.” 

“I’m so pleased that ‘The Daniel Plan’ has received such a significant honor,” said Annette Bourland, senior vice president and group publisher. “The entire Daniel Plan team is dedicated to helping people live balanced, healthy lives, so being recognized for this vision and effort in such a public way is a wonderful celebration of passion, dedication, and talent.” 

In addition to the Christian Book Awards®, the ECPA also recognized HarperCollins Christian Publishing for distinguished sales milestones with the Diamond, Gold and Platinum Sales Awards. Both Thomas Nelson and Zondervan titles were recognized for these sales accomplishments in the following categories: 

  • Diamond Awards (Over 10 million sold) – “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson); “Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo (Thomas Nelson) 
  • Platinum Awards (Over 1 million sold) – “The Story, NIV” (Zondervan) 
  • Gold Awards (Over 500,000 sold) – “Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids” by Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson); “Jesus Lives” by Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson); “Love Does” by Bob Goff (Thomas Nelson) 

“I am honored that HarperCollins Christian Publishing was so well represented in this year’s ECPA awards,” said Mark Schoenwald, president and CEO of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. “Our authors and their messages remain a central focus in our work each day.  The strength of these partnerships continues to grow and we are grateful for our supportive retailers for everything they do to help us fulfill our mission.” 

For more information on this year’s winners and finalists please go to

About HarperCollins Christian Publishing: The world’s leading Christian publisher, HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc., is comprised of the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan publishing groups.  The Company produces bestselling Bibles, inspirational books, academic resources, curriculum, audio and digital content for the Christian market space.  Also home to, the world’s largest Christian website, and, an online community dedicated to helping people grow in their faith. HarperCollins Christian Publishing is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in Grand Rapids, MI and Miami, FL.  For more information visit