The INSPY Advisory Board is pleased to announce the 2018 INSPY Award winners. Recognizing the need for a new kind of book award, the Inspy Awards was created by bloggers to discover and highlight the very best in literature that grapples with expressions of the Christian faith. The 2018 awards season covers books published from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

The following books have been awarded INSPYs in their categories:

Contemporary Romance / Romantic Suspense
True to You by Becky Wade | Bethany House
RELATED: Becky Wade—Romantic At Heart

Debut Novel
Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano | Revell
RELATED: Joanna Davidson Politano—Learning From Vineyards

General Fiction
A Trail of Crumbs: A Novel of the Great Depression by Susie Finkbeiner | Kregel Publications
RELATED: Historical Q&A: Susie Finkbeiner (A Song of Home)

Historical Romance
Many Sparrows by Lori Benton | Waterbrook Press
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Literature for Young People
Unraveling by Sara Ella | Thomas Nelson (Harper Collins)
RELATED: YA Q&A: Sara Ella (Unblemished)

Mystery & Thriller
Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks | Thomas Nelson (Harper Collins)
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Speculative Fiction
The Divide by Jolina Petersheim | Tyndale
RELATED: Speculative Q&A: Jolina Petersheim (The Alliance)

The INSPYs were created by bloggers to discover and highlight the very best in literature that grapples with expressions of the Christian faith. We feel nothing compares to excellent faith driven fiction, but it can be difficult to weed through the multitude of books published each year in both the Christian marketplace and the general market to find the very best of them. We found ourselves longing for a way to really bring attention to the books that inspire and move us.

What makes the INSPYs unique among award programs is that we invite nominations from both the Christian booksellers’ domain and the general marketplace. The INSPYs are not about conforming to expectations, they are about faith and literary excellence. Additionally, this program is organized and judged by book bloggers who have considerable experience and knowledge of books published for both the CBA markets and the general market. It is our sincere hope that the INSPYs will serve readers in their search for the very best of faith inspired literature being published today.

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About The Author

Jolina Petersheim is the bestselling author of several books including The Outcast, which Library Journal called "outstanding . . . fresh and inspirational" in a starred review and named one of the best books of 2013. She and her husband share the same unique Amish and Mennonite heritage that originated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but they now live in the mountains of Tennessee with their two young daughters.