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Zondervan Wins 2016 ECPA Christian Book Award® for
‘Case for Grace’ by Lee Strobel

HarperCollins Christian Publishing congratulates all seventeen titles
from Thomas Nelson and Zondervan on outstanding achievements

(Nashville, Tenn.) May 5, 2016—Zondervan will take home this year’s Non-Fiction ECPA Christian Book Award, for the second consecutive year.  At the awards celebration on May 3rd in Nashville, Tenn. Case for Grace (February 2015) by Lee Strobel was recognized and awarded the honor.  Including Tuesday night’s award, HarperCollins Christian Publishing now represents more than 200 titles that have been recognized as, “the finest inChristian publishing,” by the ECPA.

Vice-president and publisher for Zondervan, David Morris commented, “This is Lee Strobel at his best as an investigative journalist revealing truth about the power of faith. The Case for Grace is a book of stories that will have you standing on your feet and cheering for the real-life evidence of God’s saving and transforming grace in our lives today.  We are thrilled for our author to be recognized for his great work.”

Between both Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, HarperCollins Christian Publishing had ten additional titles to be named finalists in the 2016 awards:

  • The Entitlement Cure by John Townsend (Zondervan) – Non-Fiction
  • Where I Am by Billy Graham (Thomas Nelson) – Non-Fiction
  • Coming Clean by Seth Haines (Zondervan) – New Author
  • Miracle on Voodoo Mountain by Megan Boudreaux (Thomas Nelson) – New Author
  • Through the Eyes of a Lion by Levi Lusko (Thomas Nelson) – New Author
  • The Case for Hope: Looking Ahead with Confidence and Courage by Lee Strobel (Zondervan)  – Inspiration
  • Every Day in His Presence by Charles Stanley (Thomas Nelson) – Inspiration
  • Lucado Treasury of Bedtime Prayers by Max and Denalyn Lucado, Illustrated by Lisa Alderson (Tommy Nelson) – Children
  • NIV Zondervan Study Bible with general editor D.A. Carson (Zondervan) – Bibles
  • A Theology of Mark’s Gospel: Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God by David E. Garland (Zondervan) – Bible Reference

In addition, the ECPA recognized industry leading titles with Gold and Platinum Awards for achieving 500,000 and one million in sales, respectively.  The Thomas Nelson and Zondervan title recipients for these achievements were as follows:

  • Gold Awards: Let the Journey Begin by Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson); Really Wooly® Bedtime Prayers (Thomas Nelson)
  • Platinum Awards: God’s Promises for Graduates by Jack Countryman (Thomas Nelson); Hope for Each Day by Billy Graham (Thomas Nelson); The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones (Zondervan); Jesus Today by Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson)

“Seventeen titles being recognized is incredible!” said president and CEO of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Mark Schoenwald.  “What a great testament it is to the work our authors, publishers and retailers do each day. It is also astonishing to realize that since 1978, we have had more than two-hundred Christian Book Award winners between Thomas Nelson and Zondervan.  What an honorable legacy these publishing groups have built, and I am eager to watch them continue to pave the way for the future of Christian publishing.  Congratulations!”

According to the Christian Book Expo website, “The Christian Book Awards recognize excellence in Christian books and are among the oldest and most prestigious awards in Christian publishing.  Each year, the finalist and winners are announced in Non-Fiction, New Author, Inspiration, Fiction, Children, Bibles and Bible Reference….”

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About HarperCollins Christian Publishing: The world’s leading Christian publisher, HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc., comprises both Thomas Nelson and Zondervan publishing groups in addition to Olive Tree Bible Software.  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 the U.S., Mexico and Brazil.  For more information visit