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Christy Awards

Established in 1999 to acknowledge the value and impact of the novel of faith in contemporary culture.

The Christy Awards

First Novel (2001- )


WINNER:  Passing by Samaria by Sharon Ewell Foster


  • Refiner's Fire by Sylvia Bambola

  • Winter Passing by Cindy McCormick Martinusen

WINNER:  Ezekiel's Shadow by David Long


  • Go Down to Silence by Greg Belliveau

  • Sea of Glory by Ken Wales and David Poling

WINNER:  A Place Called Wiregrass by Michael Morris


  • Daughter of China by C. Hope Flinchbaugh

  • Yucatan Deep by Tom Morrisey

WINNER:  Welcome to Fred by Brad Whittington


  • Flabbergasted by Ray Blackston

  • The Yada Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson

WINNER:  The Mending String by Cliff Coon


  • The Dead Don't Dance by Charles Martin

  • There is a Wideness by Mark McAllister

WINNER:  This Heavy Silence by Nicole Mazzarella


  • Like a Watered Garden by Patti Hill

  • The Road Home by Vanessa Del Fabbro

WINNER:  Where Mercy Flows by Karen Harter


  • Watching the Tree Limbs by Mary DeMuth

  • William Henry is a Fine Name by Cathy Gohlke

WINNER:  The Stones Cry Out by Sibella Giorello


  • Auralia's Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet

  • Demon : a Memoir by Tosca Lee

WINNER:  Blue Hole Back Home by Joy Jordan-Lake


  • Rain Song by Alice J. Wisler

  • Safe at Home by Richard Doster


WINNER:  Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent


  • The Familiar Stranger by Christina Berry

  • Scared by Tom Davis

WINNER:  Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl


  • Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes

  • A Season of Miracles by Rusty Whitener

WINNER:  Words by Ginny Yttrup


  • An Eye for Glory by Karl Bacon

  • Southern Fried Sushi by Jennifer Rogers Spinola

WINNER:  Into the Free by Julie Cantrell


  • Tangled Ashes by Michèle Phoenix

  • Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green

WINNER:  Burning Sky by Lori Benton


  • A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr

  • Dear Mr. Knightly by Katherine Reay

WINNER:  Feast for Thieves by Marcus Brotherton


  • For Such a Time by Kate Breslin

  • House of Living Stones by Kate Schuermann

WINNER:  The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker


  • Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason

  • A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter

WINNER:  Stars in the Grass by Ann Marie Stewart


  • Counted with the Stars by Connilyn Cossette

  • Like a River from Its Course by Kelli Stuart

WINNER:  Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse


  • Freedom's Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli

  • The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

  • Turtles in the Road by Kaley Rhea and Rhonda Rhea

WINNER:  The Baggage Handler by David Rawlings


  • Engraved on the Heart by Tara Johnson

  • The Plum Blooms in Winter by Linda Thompson


WINNER:  A Long Time Comin' by Robin W. Pearson


  • The Means That Make Us Strangers by Christine Kindberg

  • Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

WINNER:  The Edge of Belonging by Amanda Cox


  • A Noble Calling by Rhona Weaver

  • Rain by Dana McNeely

  • Roots of Wood and Stone by Amanda Wen