Five wins for HarperCollins Christian Publishing

The Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Publishing Groups Continue to Inspire

ECPAwinnerHarperCollins Christian Publishing won a total of five awards at the 2013 ECPA’s annual Executive Leadership Summit.   “Jesus Today” by Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson) won 2013 Christian Book of the Year, making this the fifth year a Thomas Nelson title was honored with the prestigious award.

Additional titles to win a 2013 Christian Book Award include:

  • “Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Acts” by Eckhard J. Schnabel (Zondervan) in Bible Reference;
  • “Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing” by Sally Lloyd-Jones (ZonderKidz) in Inspirational.
  • “Anything” by Jennie Allen (Thomas Nelson) in New Author;
  • “Grace” by Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson) in Non-fiction.

“The Christian Book Awards is always a gratifying experience,” said Mark Schoenwald, president and CEO of HarperCollins Christian Publishing.  “Acknowledging all of the year’s nominees reminds us of our purpose as Christian publishers.  I am proud of all Thomas Nelson and Zondervan nominees and am honored to lead these exceptional publishing groups.  Five products, recognized as the industry’s best, exemplify the dedication of our talented authors and hard-working publishing teams to inspire the world with content that honors God.”

According to a release from ECPA, the awards “recognize the absolute highest quality in Christian books.  Based on excellence in content, literary quality, design and impact…the most prestigious in the religious publishing industry.”

Annette Bourland, senior vice president and publisher of Zondervan books commented, “The entire team at Zondervan is thrilled with these honors. Our authors deserve much of the credit as they are the reason our products make an impact in this world.  We congratulate all of the nominees on their hard work as well.”

“We are honored to work with authors who continuously encourage and inspire,” said David Moberg, senior vice president and group publisher for Thomas Nelson books.   “We are especially excited to publish both new voices in the market and those who continue a legacy of excellence.”

About HarperCollins Christian Publishing: HarperCollins Christian Publishing is comprised of both Thomas Nelson Inc. and Zondervan. The two publishing groups provide bestselling Bibles, inspirational books, academic resources, curriculum, audio and digital content, including, and live events for the Christian market space. HarperCollins Christian Publishing is committed to inspiring the world with content that honors God. For more information please visit


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