On March 28, the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) announced the finalists for the Christian Book Awards that will be handed out on April 30 in Chicago, Illinois. There are 40 finalists in seven categories, which includes the debut of the New Author category.
All of the nominated titles, both fiction and non-fiction, can be purchased at northern California Christian retailers like the following stores.
- Kingdom Come Books & Gifts – 2514 San Antonia Avenue – Carmel
- Heaven’s Gate Christian Bookstore – 341 Clovis Avenue – Clovis
- Vine and Branches Christian Store – 110 West Oak Street – Lodi
To see a full list of all categories and all finalists, visit Christian Book Expo.
Freedom’s Stand by Jeanette Windle (Tyndale, May 2011) Jamil, a former jihadist living in Afghanistan; Amy, a relief worker who is disturbed by the changes in her organization; Steve, a Special Forces veteran. All of their lives will be changed when religious freedom becomes a matter of life and death.
Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs (WaterBrook Press, March 2011) Set in 18th-century Scotland, this is the story of Elisabeth Kerr and her mother-in-law, Marjory Kerr. Their husbands and sons dead and buried, they must now depend on a distant cousin for survival.
The Queen by Steven James (Revell, Baker Publishing Group, September 2011) Book 5 in the Bowers Files, Patrick Bowers is in northern Wisconsin to investigate a double homicide. He soon discovers a connection to the Cold War and current Middle East conflicts.
The Reluctant Prophet by Nancy Rue (David C. Cook, October 2010 ) Allison Chamberlain is forty-two and what most would consider a ‘pew-sitter.’ Then she feels a divine nudge to buy a Harley and set off to wherever the road takes her, letting others know about Jesus along the way.
The Touch by Randall Wallace (Tyndale, August 2011) Andrew Jones was once a brilliant surgeon, but then the unthinkable happened. He was unable to save his fiance at the scene of a car accident and he gave up trying to save anyone. When he is approached to test a new surgical tool, he must decide whether to try again or accept that he has lost ‘the touch’ forever.
Horse Dreams by Dandi Daley Mackall (Tyndale, August 2011) This is the first title in a series about Ellie James, a fourth grader with a great imagination. All she dreams about is owning a horse and winning at horse shows. Will her dreams ever come true?
My First Hands-On Bible by Group Publishing and Tyndale House (Tyndale, July 2011) Using the New Living Translation for the text, this bible designed for children ages 3 and up, includes activities to reinforce the biblical lessons.
Ronnie Wilson’s Gift by Francis Chan and Jim Madsen (David C. Cook, March 2011) For ages 4 and up, this is the story of a little boy who wants to give Jesus a gift and learns that when he does good deeds for others, he is giving Jesus a gift.
The Story Bible edited by Edward A. Engelbrecht and Gail Pawletz (Concordia Publishing, June 2011) Realistic images fill this book published for children ages 2 and up. Both New and Old Testaments that focus on Jesus as the Christ are included.
The Story for Children, a Storybook Bible by Max Lucado, Randy Frazee, Karen Davis Hill and Fausto Bianchi (Zonderkidz, June 2011) Written for children ages 4 and up, this bible book for children includesd 48 stories that teach about the love and majesty of God the Father and the gift of His son, Jesus.
New Author Category
The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson (Zondervan, October 2010) This is a reworking of the fairytale, Sleeping Beauty, with a decidely spiritual focus. Written for readers ages 15 and up, this story is full of drama, surprise and Old-World charm.
Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie Davis and Beth Clark (Howard Books, 2011) The incredible true story of a high school senior who took a short mission trip to Uganda and ended up changing all of a her life plans and goals for what she felt was a calling from God.
Love Amid the Ashes by Mesu Andrews (Revell, March 2011) The classic Bible tale of Job and all that he had, lost and received in reward for his committment to God is fictionalized and told through the eyes of the women in his life.
Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus by Kyle Idleman (Zondervan, May 2011) A book that will cause readers to reexamine their relationship with the God of the universe. Are you a follower or merely a fan?
Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber (Thomas Nelson, August 2011) The memoir of a woman who received a full scholarship to do graduate at Oxford and learned about God along the way.
The World-Tilting Gospel: Embracing a Biblical Worldview and Hanging on Tight by Dan Phillips (Kregel, 2011) A call for believers to become like the first-century church and make a radical difference in the lives of those around them.
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