Friday, April 30, 2010

2010 Christy Award Finalists Announced

Each year, Christy Awards are given to writers whose novel has demonstrated excellence in Christian fiction. I look forward to reading this list every year, hoping to see my favorite books, and wondering which ones I've missed reading.

I'm pleased to see that the nominees include a number of books I reviewed over the past year, several of which are on my all-time favorite reads list. To revisit those reviews, just click on the title: Daisy Chain by Mary DeMuth, The Passion of Mary-Margaret by Lisa Samson, The Familiar Stranger by Christina Berry, Scared by Tom Davis. Two additional finalists, June Bug (a modern day retelling of Les Miserables) by Chris Fabry and Fireflies in December (poignantly portrays the horror of prejudice in the 1930's) by Jennifer Erin Valent are on my all-time favorite reads list. (see my Highly Recommend Reading list in the sidebar)

Of course, there are always a few additional titles I believe are worthy of a Christy: White Picket Fences by Susan Meissner is a story that peeks beyond the pristine fences of a normal family and finds that fences only mask the truth, and The Frontiersman's Daughter by Laura Frantz.

So, if you love to read and are looking for the novel that goes deeper, that's willing to challenge you and provoke thinking, then check out the Christy Awards.

For a complete list of finalists, visit Inkspirational Messages.


  1. Brenda, Just knowing you think my book is worth mentioning means a tremendous amount to me. It's an honor to even be listed on the same page with Susan M., one of my favorites, also. Bless you for your thoughtfulness. And heartfelt congrats to all the nominees!

  2. Laura, I wholeheartedly believe that The Frontiersman's Daughter was deserving of finaling in the Christy's. It melds musical prose, complex characters, & engaging storyline, all my favorite novel ingredients.

    And Susan Meissner is one of my favorite authors as well. I've always enjoyed her work, but in her 2 recent novels, (White Picket Fences & The Shape of Mercy) she has shown tremendous growth in her writing ability. Those books go beyond telling a good story and really speak to the heart.

    Thanks for stopping by, Laura!