Ada, MI (November 3, 2021)
On Thursday, October 28, the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) announced the 2021 Christy Award winners in a virtual gala. Four Baker Publishing Group authors were recipients of this prestigious award, including Amanda Cox, whose debut novel, The Edge of Belonging, won both the 2021 Christy Award for Book of the Year and the First Novel Award. ECPA said, “This is the third time in the award’s history that a debut novel was named Book of the Year.”

Becky Wade received her fourth Christy Award in the Contemporary Romance category for Stay with Me. Wade has been a recipient of the Christy Award in the same category in 2019, 2018, and 2017 and won the 2018 Book of the Year Award for her novel True to You.

Christina Suzann Nelson received a Christy Award in the General Fiction category for The Way It Should Be.

Roseanna M. White also won a Christy Award in the Historical Romance category for her novel A Portrait of Loyalty.

ECPA President Jeff Crosby stated, “I add my voice of commendation to all of the finalists and winners, and to Amanda Cox for her first novel named as the 2021 Christy Book of the Year. In partnership with their publishers, the following writers are exemplars for the Christian fiction genre.”

The Christy Awards were established in 1999 as a way to honor excellence, imagination, and creativity for works of fiction written from a Christian worldview. ECPA assumed administration and ownership of the Christy Awards in 2017 and continues to work toward growing the unique opportunity of fiction in the Christian publishing industry.


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Christina Suzann Nelson writes stories featuring women who survive circumstances in order to live lives closer to God's calling. She focuses on changing legacies from dysfunction to hope. She's honored to be a member of the steering committee for Every Child, Benton and Linn County, where she has the opportunity to influence the lives of families and children in the foster care system. Christina is a member of Oregon Christian Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers. She attends conferences and workshops throughout the year including the national ACFW conference, and within ACFW, she has served as the northwest zone director. Christina lives in Oregon's gorgeous Willamette Valley with her husband, and their four children. The family owns a small farm where the kids raise animals as 4H projects.