NASHVILLE (BP) — B&H Publishing Group dominated the 2015 Christian Retailing’s Best Awards, bringing home more honors than any other publisher.
B&H at LifeWay Christian Resources claimed 20 awards, more than anyone has won in a single year since the awards program began in 2001. Winning products included Thom Rainer’s “Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive” and other major releases such as “The Study Bible for Women,” “The Big Picture Interactive Bible” for children, Beth Moore’s “Portraits of Devotion,” and Angie Smith’s “Chasing God.”
“I am so excited and so proud of B&H,” said LifeWay President Thom S. Rainer. “They have come so far the last few years.”
The awards demonstrate the success of B&H’s new strategy of publishing fewer titles each year and focusing more intently on each release, said Jennifer Lyell, B&H Trade Book publisher. The shift began in 2012, and this year represents the first full year of the new strategy in releases, she said.
The awards were presented June 30 at the International Christian Retail Show in Orlando. Those in the Christian products industry are asked to vote on nominated products, evaluating their ability to speak to people’s hearts and evoke emotions; open people’s minds to new ways of thinking; and encourage and affirm Christlike living.
“This particular award system is driven by the votes of those who are closest to the end consumer, working in retail stores, and reflects ministry impact seen by retailers,” Lyell said. “We are so proud of our authors and their faithfulness, and encouraged by all of our internal and external partners that made this possible.”
List of categories and B&H’s winning products for 2015:
— Children’s Bibles: “The Big Picture Interactive Bible”
— Devotional/study Bibles: “The Study Bible for Women”
— General Bibles: “Holman Study Bible, NKJV,” turquoise leather mother’s edition
— Bible reference/study books: “Exalting Jesus in Exodus (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series),” by Tony Merida
— Children’s fiction: “The Knight and the Firefly,” by Tara McClary Reeves and Amanda Jenkins, illustrated by Daniel Fernandez
— Children’s nonfiction: “For Such a Time as This,” by Angie Smith, illustrated by Breezy Brookshire
— Christian living, practical life: “Chasing God,” by Angie Smith
— Christian living, spiritual growth: “Recovering Redemption,” by Matt Chandler and Michael Snetzer
— Church and culture: “Autopsy of a Deceased Church,” by Thom S. Rainer
— Devotionals: “Portraits of Devotion,” by Beth Moore
— Evangelism: “Truth Matters,” by Andreas J. Köstenberger, Darrell Bock, and Josh Chatraw
— Contemporary fiction: “Moms’ Night Out,” by Tricia Goyer
— Historical fiction: “Shadowed by Grace,” by Cara Putman
— Men’s nonfiction: “Beat God to the Punch,” by Eric Mason
— Reformed: “The Underestimated Gospel,” Jonathan Leeman, general editor
— Relationships: “Raising a Princess,” by John Croyle
— Social issues: “The Insanity of Obedience,” by Nik Ripken with Barry Stricker
— Young adult nonfiction: “True Love Project,” by Clayton and Sharie King
— Backlist: “The Love Dare,” by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick
— Spanish DVD: “Historia de la Pascua”
Christian Retailing is a journal for Christian products for Christian and church bookstores.