The 2020 Christian Book Awards, presented by the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association (ECPA), took place virtually on Tuesday, May 5. The honors recognize the best in Christian publishing and are normally held during the ECPA Leadership Summit, an event that was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Winners were announced during a live webcast, and Crossway took three of the top awards. Mark Vroegop’s Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace won both the Christian Book of the Year as well as the new author award, while Crossway authors J. Alasdair Groves and Winston T. Smith won in the Christian living category with Untangling Emotions.
Also taking three Christian Book Awards was Zondervan. Palau: A Life on Fire by Paul Pastor won in the audio category, while Ruth Schwenk and Karen Ehman won the devotion and gift award with Settle My Soul: 100 Quiet Moments to Meet with Jesus. Zondervan also claimed a winner in the Bible study category for The Logic of God by Ravi Zacharias.
Tyndale and B&H each had two winners. Tyndale authors Stephen Arterburn and M.N. Brotherton won the young people's literature award with Kirby McCook and the Jesus Chronicles, while B&H claimed the biography and memoir category with Devotedly: The Personal Letters and Love Story of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot by Valerie Elliot Shepard. The two houses tied for the Bible award (CSB Ancient Faith Study Bible by Holman Bible staff and NLT Life Application Study Bible, Third Edition).
A poignant win came to Multnomah in the faith and culture category with Free to Believe by attorney Luke Goodrich. The book argues for the protection all religious practices as well as the rights of dissenters. In its review, PW calls Free to Believe a “lucid exploration of American religious freedoms.”
For a complete list of winners, click here.