Christian fiction

Great Reads: 2010 Christy Award Winners


If you’re looking for some great Christian fiction to help fill long summer days, Christy Award nominees are a great starting point.

The Christy Awards are given each year during the International Christian Retail Show, and honor books in 9 Christian fiction categories. The 2010 winners were announced over the weekend, and I was glad to hear that some of my favorite stories (and authors) won. Here’s the list of nominees, with the winners for each category in bold. Congratulations to everyone!

Contemporary Romance

Breach of Trust by DiAnn Mills (Tyndale House Publishers) 

How Sweet It Is by Alice J. Wisler (Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group) 

Stand-In Groom by Kaye Dacus (Barbour Publishing)


Contemporary Series, Sequels, and Novellas

 Who Do I Talk To? by Neta Jackson (Thomas Nelson)

The Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)

Daisy Chain by Mary DeMuth (Zondervan)


Contemporary Standalone

June Bug by Chris Fabry (Tyndale House Publishers)

The Passion of Mary-Margaret by Lisa Samson (Thomas Nelson)

Veiled Freedom by Jeanette Windle (Tyndale House Publishers)


First Novel

The Familiar Stranger by Christina Berry (Moody Publishers)

Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent (Tyndale House Publishers)

Scared by Tom Davis (David C. Cook)



A Flickering Light by Jane Kirkpatrick (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)

Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin (Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)

The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey (Revell Books: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)


Historical Romance*

*The Historical Romance Category includes four finalists due to a tie in scoring.

Beyond This Moment by Tamera Alexander (Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)

A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist (Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)

The Inheritance by Tamera Alexander (Thomas Nelson)

The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen (Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)



Intervention by Terri Blackstock (Zondervan)

Lost Mission by Athol Dickson (Howard Books: a Division of Simon & Schuster)

The Night Watchman by Mark Mynheir (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)



By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson (Marcher Lord Press)

The Enclave by Karen Hancock (Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Valley of the Shadow by Tom Pawlik (Tyndale House Publishers)


Young Adult

Beautiful by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma (Thomas Nelson)

The Blue Umbrella by Mike Mason (David C. Cook)

North! Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)

If you’d like to read back-cover blurbs for the winners, check out the official press release from the Christy Awards. You can also visit the Christy Award website for more information on the awards and past winners. I’ve read several of these books and thoroughly enjoyed them. Looks like I have some more good reads to add my wish list, though!