The 2020 Christian Book Award Winners

The 2020 Christian Book Award Winners

Back in April, the 2020 Christian Book Award finalists were announced, which you can read about in our blog post here. As of this week, the winners in each category have been announced, so we will be highlighting the award winners below. The winners were announced during a live webcast of the ECPA Awards Celebration since the event could not be held in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The live webcast concluded with bestselling author Stormie Omartian praying for the global publishing industry amidst these unprecedented times due to COVID-19.

Here is the full list of winners in each category:

The 2020 Christian Book of the Year

  • Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament by Mark Vroegop
    • Exploring how the Bible—through the psalms of lament and the book of Lamentations—gives voice to our pain, this book invites us to grieve, struggle, and tap into the rich reservoir of grace and mercy God offers in the darkest moments of our lives.


  • Palau: A Life on Fire by Luis Palau by Paul J. Pastor, narrated by Cástulo Guerra, produced by Gabe Wicks/ HarperCollins Christian
    • This collection of guiding principles from one of the most respected evangelists of our day, Luis Palau, will spark in you a fiery faith to live out the good news of Jesus Christ.

Bibles (Tie)

  • CSB Ancient Faith Study Bible by Holman Bible Staff
    • Features study notes and commentary from the writings of the church fathers of the second through fifth centuries to help you understand and apply their rich, biblical insights to your life, for preparation to teach or for Bible studies.
  • NLT Life Application Study Bible, Third Edition (Tyndale House Publishers)
    • With a fresh two-color interior design and meaningfully updated study notes and features, this Bible will help you understand God’s Word better than ever.

Bible Reference Works

  • Introducing Evangelical Theology by Daniel Treier
    • This textbook offers students a biblically rich, creedally structured, ecumenically evangelical, and ethically engaged introduction to Christian theology.

Bible Study

  • The Logic of God by Ravi Zacharias
    • Apologist Ravi Zacharias offers 52 readings that explain how and why Christianity, the Bible, and God are still relevant, vital, and life-changing for us today.

Biography & Memoir


  • Laugh and Learn Bible for Kids by Phil Vischer
    • Each story is vividly illustrated, takes just five minutes to read, and includes a family connection to encourage family Bible study and help readers learn, talk, and pray together!

Christian Living

  • Untangling Emotions by J. Alasdair Groves and Winston T. Smith
    • Exploring how God designed emotions for our good, this book shows us how to properly engage with our emotions so we can better understand what they reveal about our hearts and handle them wisely in everyday moments.

Devotion & Gift

Faith & Culture

  • Free to Believe by Luke Goodrich
    • A leading religious freedom attorney helps people of faith understand religious liberty in our rapidly changing culture—why it matters, how it is threatened, and how to respond with confidence and grace.

Ministry Resources

  • The Care of Souls: Cultivating a Pastor’s Heart by Harold L. Senkbeil
    • Harold Senkbail helps remind pastors of the essential calling of the ministry: preaching and living out the Word of God while orienting others in the same direction.

New Author

Young People’s Literature

  • Kirby McCook and the Jesus Chronicles by Stephen Arterburn and M.N. Brotherton
    • Bible stories laced with middle-grade humor help teach kids that Jesus has been part of the story from the beginning and can be found throughout the Bible, from Genesis through Revelation.
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