Christy Award Winners

Complete list of Christy Award Winners and Nominees

The Christy Award was created by several publishers of Christian fiction for novels of excellence in Christian fiction and to nurture and encourage creativity and quality in the writing and publishing of fiction written from a Christian worldview.


"Books are a refuge, a sort of cloistral refuge, from the vulgarities of the actual world" —Walter Pater.

2013 Winners
Literary Genre Author Title
First Novel Julie Cantrell (David C Cook) Into the Free
Series Susan May Warren You Don't Know Me
Historical Romance Elizabeth Camden Against the Tide
Historical Fiction Tracy Groot Flame of Resistance
Romance Kristen Heitzmann The Breath of Dawn
Suspense Davis Bunn Rare Earth
Visionary James L. Rubart Soul's Gate
Young Adult Marilyn Sue Shank Child of the Mountain
Contemporary Standalone Chris Fabry Not in the Heart
2012 Winners
Literary Genre Author Title
First Novel Karl Bacon An Eye for Glory
Series Mindy Starns Clark and
Leslie Gould
The Amish Midwife
Historical Romance Tamera Alexander A Lasting Impression
Historical Fiction Allison Pittman Forsaking All Others
Romance Susan May Warren My Foolish Heart
Suspense Brandilyn Collins Over the Edge
Visionary James L. Rubart The Chair
Young Adult Heather Munn and
Lydia Munn
How Huge the Night
Contemporary Standalone Gina Holmes Dry as Rain
2011 Winners
First Novel Anne Elisabeth Stengl Heartless
Series Nancy Rue The Reluctant Prophet
Historical Romance Julie Klassen Sworn to Protect
Historical Fiction Lynn Austin While We’re Far Apart
Romance Lynn Austinue DiAnn Mills
Supense Steven James The Bishop
Visionary Jill Williamson To Darkness Fled
Young Adult Nancy Rue Motorcycles, Sushi, and One Strange Book
Contemporary Standalone Chris Fabry Almost Heaven
2010 Winners
Literary Genre Author Title
First Novel Jennifer Erin Valent Fireflies in December
Series Neta Jackson Who Do I Talk Too?
Historical Romance Tamera Alexander Beyond This Moment
Historical Fiction Lynn Austin Though Waters Roar
Romance DiAnn Mills Breach of Trust
Suspense Athol Dickson Lost Mission
Visionary Jill Williamson By Darkness Hid
Young Adult Andrew Peterson North! Or Be Eaten
Contemporary Standalone Lisa Samson The Passion of Mary-Margaret
2009 Winners
Literary Genre Author Title
First Novel Joy Jordan-Lake Blue Hole Back Home
Series Lewis Beverly You Had Me at Goodbye: a Novel
Historical Romance Tamera Alexander From a Distance
Historical Fiction Lynn Austin Until We Reach Home
Romance Marlo Schalesky Beyond the Night
Suspense Steven James The Rook
Visionary Tom Pawlik Vanish
Young Adult Cathy Gohlke I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires
Contemporary Standalone Chris Fabry Dogwood
2008 Winners
Literary Genre Author Title
First Novel Sibella Giorello The Stones Cry Out
Series Jan Karon Home to Holly Springs
"Chick Lit" Shelly Beach Hallie's Heart
Historical Fiction Lynn Austin A Proper Pursuit
Romance Tamera Alexander Remembered
Suspense Athol Dickson The Cure
Visionary Stephen R. Lawhead Scarlet
Young Adult Lisa Samson Hollywood Nobody
Contemporary Standalone Charles Martin Chasing Fireflies
2007 Winners
Literary Genre Author Title
Novels Turner, Jamie Langston Winter Birds
Series Lewis Beverly The Bretheren
"Chick Lit" Gunn, Robin Jones Sisterchicks in Gondolas!
Historical Fiction Groot, Tracy Madman
Romance Gist, Deeanne The Measure of a Lady
Suspense Downs, Tim Plague MakerWhere Mercy Flows
First Novel Harter, Karen
Young Adult Gohlke, Cathy William Henry is a Fine Name
2006 Winners
Novels Cramer, W. Dale Levi's Will
Sequels Del Fabbro, Vanessa The Road to Home
Historical Fiction Higgs, Liz Curtis Whence Came a Prince
Romance Roth, Philip A Bride Most Begrudging
Suspense Dickson, Athol River Rising
Visionary Hancock, Karen Shadow Over Kiriath
First Novel Mazzarella, Nicole This Heavy Silence
2005 Winners
Novels Cramer, W. Dale Bad Ground
Boyle, T. Coraghessan World's End

Wiley, Richard Soldiers in Hiding

Taylor, Peter Hillsman Old Forest and Other Stories

Wolff, Tobias Barracks Thief

Wideman, John Edgar Sent for You Yesterday

Olson, Toby Seaview

Bradley, David The Chaneysville Incident

Abish, Walter How German Is It?