The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association and Christian Retailing magazine have narrowed down the year's best Christian reads from the hundreds of titles that came out over the past year.
Both groups recently announced the finalists for their year's best book awards, which Christian Retailing said are a "way of recognizing some of the most significant new life-changing products in the Christian retail industry."
Christian Retailing's nominated products were judged on their impact on consumers and were evaluated on the way they affirmed Christ-like living, spoke to hearts, and opened minds
ECPA, meanwhile, took into account both editorial and sales accomplishments in its judging. The 2009 award winner, the ESV Study Bible, had sold over 180,000 copies five months prior to being named Christian Book of the Year. The study Bible was produced by a group of 95 Bible scholars.
"We have a terrific selection of Christian Book Awards finalists this year, representing a broad base of genres and topics," reported ECPA President Mark Kuyper, whose association has partnered with Christianity Today Inc. and national retail outlets to promote the award winners to consumers.
"ECPA will continue to be aggressive in presenting the award-winners to media, bookstores and consumers, enhancing the value of this honor for these finest titles of the year," he added.
Winners of the ECPA awards and Christian Retailing's will be announced at their respective upcoming conferences.
The 2010 Retailers Choice Awards will be given out during Christian Retailing's The Gathering, scheduled for April 21-23 in Louisville. A week and a half later, category winners for ECPA's 2010 Christian Book Awards will be announced at the Executive Leadership Summit in Nashville.