I was so blessed to attend the Christy Awards this year. Dear Mr. Knightley was nominated and I’m not going to lie – that was super amazingly cool.
But what I found more wonderful, and yet not surprising, was the love every writer shared for both storytelling and Christ. The Christy Awards seek to honor the best in Christian fiction, “life changing” stories. And I contend that stories which honor Christ, seek him, unfold an aspect of God’s love, has those powerful seeds, those change agents, planted within it – and are indeed “life changing.”
There are a couple neat things they do at the Christy Awards. When the nominees walk across the stage to receive a medal, a judge’s description of the story is read. I’ve included those next to the winning books below. And they also read the first line –some of these are SO powerful. That caught me – especially Dragonwitch’s opener. Amazing.
Here are the categories, the winning titles and the judge’s comments:
Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish (Thomas Nelson, Harper Collins Christian Publishing)
“This was a brilliantly beautiful read! One of my top Christian fiction book reads ever!”
Dangerous Passage by Lisa Harris (Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group)
“An excellent example of what readers expect from this genre. Great pace.”
Take A Chance on Me by Susan May Warren (Tyndale House Publishers)
“I stayed up way too late a couple of nights because I could not put down.”
Harvest of Gold by Tessa Afshar (River North, from Moody Publishing)
“This was an excellent story in every way.”
Outlaw by Ted Dekker (Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Group USA)
“This novel has challenged me more than any other Christian novel I have read… phenomenal read.”
Dragonwitch by Anne Elisabeth Stengl (Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group)
“Very few book compel me to stop midway through and track down and buy the author’s backlist. Dragonwitch did.”
And the huge winner… First Novel, Historical and Book of the Year
Burning Sky by Lori Benton (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)
“What a stunning first novel.”
“Benton’s careful research is evident in this story. The social and emotional fall out of war and the price of forgiveness are beautifully interwoven”
God’s truth and rich imaginative storytelling – sometimes encapsulated in one beautiful opening sentence. Check out these books and enjoy the love affair!