Monday, July 11, 2011

2011 Christy Award Winners Announced

The Christy Award winners were announced earlier this evening in Atlanta during the International Christian Retail Show. These awards are given annually in order to honor and promote excellence in Christian fiction.

I've read twelve of the finalists, and five of the winners and, while I might be a tad disappointed that my favorite (A Season of Miracles) didn't win, all the winners justly earned their victory.

Congratulations to the following finalists and *Winners:

Contemporary Romance
*SWORN TO PROTECT by DiAnn Mills (Tyndale House Publishers)
Blood Ransom by Lisa Harris (Zondervan)
Indivisible by Kristin Heitzmann (WaterBrook Press)

Contemporary Series
*THE RELUCTANT PROPHET by Nancy Rue (David C. Cook)
The Thorn by Beverly Lewis (Bethany House Publishers)
The Waiting by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Revell Books)

Contemporary Standalone
*ALMOST HEAVEN by Chris Fabry (Tyndale House Publishers)
Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner (WaterBrook Press)
A Season of Miracles by Rusty Whitener (Kregel Publications)

First Novel
*HEARTLESS by Anne Elisabeth Stengl (Bethany House Publishers)
Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes (Tyndale House Publishers)
A Season of Miracles by Rusty Whitener (Kregel Publications)

*WHILE WE'RE FAR APART by Lynn Austin (Bethany House Publishers)
Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther by Ginger Garrett (David C. Cook)
For Time & Eternity by Allison Pitman (Tyndale House Publishers)

Historical Romance
*THE GIRL IN THE GATEHOUSE by Julie Klassen (Bethany House Publishers)
She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell (Bethany House Publishers)
Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander (Bethany House Publishers)

*THE BISHOP by Steven James (Revell Books)
The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker (Center Street)
Predator by Terri Blackstock (Zondervan)

*TO DARKNESS FLED by Jill Williamson (Marcher Lord Press)
Konig's Fire by Marc Schooley (Marcher Lord Press)
The Last Christian by David Gregory (WaterBrook Press)

Young Adult
The Charlatan's Boy by Jonathan Rogers (WaterBrook Press)
The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson (Zondervan)


  1. Thanks for posting this here, Brenda. What a good line up of books and I've read quite a few as well. In the end, I don't know how they choose. Now I'll have to add more titles to my TBR list!

    And thanks to blogger for letting me post comments today!!!! What's up with that? LOL

  2. It is an excellent line up. I think I've only added one book to my to-read pile, though. I've read all the others that would be of interest to me.

    Blogger's been strange lately, hasn't it? Don't you wonder how many people have tried to comment but don't get through?