ECPA Announces 2011 Christian Book Awards

May 3, 2011


The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association just bestowed its Christian Book of the Year Award to Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy : A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich by Eric Metaxas.  According to mostly glowing professional journal reviews, the 591 page biography sympathetically recounts Bonhoeffer’s life and his organization of the Confessing Church to oppose the Nazi regime and its co-optation of Germany’s churches.  Bonhoeffer was caught up in a plot to kill the Fuhrer and executed (thus becoming spy and martyr indeed, as the intriguing title points out).  This book needs no promotion here: Sno-Isle’s nine copies have a holds queue just under fifty.   My curiosity is piqued enough to join that queue. This will be an interesting experience after reading Lelyveld’s excellent and open-eyed new book about Gandhi, though I’m betting Metaxas’ is more in the way of a hagiography. 

What does have a few copies left on the shelf right now is one of ECPA’s fiction winners, Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry.  According to Publisher’s Weekly,

“Fabry’s story will surprise readers in the best possible way; plot twists unfold and unexpected character transformations occur throughout this tender story of a single gentle soul who chooses to live by faith despite hardship, failure, and disappointment.”

If you aren’t familiar with ECPA’s bestseller list, I recommend consulting it occasionally for titles that are sure to generate demand among a targeted market niche, even as they sometimes slip under the radar of secular reviewing sources.  If that niche is well-represented among the customers where you work, you can maybe get a good, proactive look at some of tomorrow’s RINCs (requests).

posted by Darren


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