The 2020 Golden Scroll and Christian Market Book Award winners

AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) announced the winners of the 2020 Golden Scroll and Christian Market Book Awards at their Virtual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, August 15, 2020. The awards were presented by Monica Schmelter, host of “Bridges,” a daily program on the Christian Television Network (CTN).

This is the 12th year that AWSA has presented the Golden Scroll Awards. The Golden Scroll Awards are open to all 600 members of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

Dr. Michelle Bengtson

The Golden Scrolls Book of the Year was awarded to Dr. Michelle Bengtson for “Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises” (Revell of Baker Publishing Group).

The Nonfiction Book of the Year Award was awarded to Pam Farrel, Jean E. Jones and Karla Dornacher for “Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament: A Creative Devotional Study Experience” (Harvest House Publishers).

The Novel of the Year Award was awarded to DiAnn Mills for “Fatal Strike” (Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.).

The Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year was awarded to two authors: Michelle Medlock Adams for “How Much Does God Love You” (WorthyKids) and Crystal Bowman for “Little Duckling’s Easter Prayers” (Zonderkids).

Second place for the Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year was also awarded to Michelle Medlock Adams for “Cuddle Up Prayers” (WorthyKids). Third place was awarded to Michelle Lazurek “The Best Gift of All” (Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.).

Donna Arlynn Frisinger

The Children’s Fiction Book of the Year was awarded to Donna Arlynn Frisinger for “Bink and Slinky’s Christmas Adventure” (Progressive Rising Phoenix Press).

Second place for the Children’s Fiction Book of the Year was awarded to Michelle Medlock Adams for “I Love You Bigger Than the Sky” (WorthyKids). Third place was awarded to Michele McCarthy for “Daddy and Me” (Redemption Press).

The Christian Education Book of the Year was awarded to Cynthia L. Simmons for “Pursuing Gold: A Historical & Critical Thinking Curriculum” (Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.).

Second place for the Christian Education Book of the Year was awarded to Pamela Christian for “Prepare for the Harvest! God’s Challenge to the Church Today” (Protocol, Ltd.).

The Bible Study Book of the Year was awarded for two books: Pam Farrel, Jean E. Jones and Karly Dornacher wrote “Discovering Joy in Philippians: A Creative Devotional Study Experience” (Harvest House Publishers), and Misty Phillip authored “The Struggle Is Real: But So Is God” (MistyPhillip.com).

Second place for the Bible Study Book of the Year was awarded to Jennifer Smith Lane for “Transformed: Eating and Body Image Renewal God’s Way” (Jennifer Sue Lane). Third place was awarded to Janet H. McHenry for “Stronger Every Day” (First Place for Health).

The Memoir of the Year was awarded for two books: Ginny Dent Brant wrote: “Unleash Your God-Given Healing: Eight Steps to Prevent and Survive Cancer” (WestBow Press), and Luann Mire, with Patti Richter, wrote “Signs of His Presence: Experiencing God’s Comfort in Times of Suffering” (Carpenter’s Son Publishing).

Second place for the Memoir of the Year was awarded to Lisa W. Smith and Thanh D. Boyer for “The Ground Kisser” (Kerysso Press). Third place was awarded to Paula Jauch for “Cross Addicted: Breaking Free from Family Trauma and Addiction” (Redemption Press).

Robin Luftig

The Christian Living Book of the Year was awarded to Robin Luftig for “God’s Best During Your Worst: Living Under His Umbrella” (Bold Vision Books).

Second place for the Christian Living Book of the Year was awarded to Tina Yeager for “Beautiful Warrior: Finding Victory Over the Lies Formed Against You” (New Hope Publishers). Third place was awarded to Lucinda Secrest McDowell for “Soul Strong: 7 Keys to a Vibrant Life” (New Hope Publishers).

The Devotional Book of the Year was awarded to Lucinda Secrest McDowell for “Life-Giving Choices: 60 Days to What Matters Most” (New Hope Publishers).

Second place for the Devotional Book of the Year was awarded to Leigh Ann Thomas for “Smack Dab in the Midlife Zone: Inspiration for Women in the Middle” (Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.). Third place was awarded to Karen Whiting for “52 Weekly Devotions for Families Called to Serve” (Rose Publishing).

The Inspirational Gift Book of the Year was awarded to Adria Wilkins for “The Joy Box Journal” (Ellie Claire Gifts).

Second place for the Inspirational Gift Book of the Year was awarded to Michelle Medlock Adams for “Encouraging Words for Mothers (Morning & Evening): Daily Devotions for a Mother’s Soul” (Barbour Books). Third place was awarded to Cynthia Cavanaugh for “She Writes for Him: Stories of Resilient Faith” (Romans8:28 Books: An Imprint of Redemption Press).

The Western Novel of the Year was awarded to Janet Chester Bly for “Beneath a Camperdown Elm” (Bly Books).

Jocelyn Green

The Historical Novel of the Year was awarded to Jocelyn Green for “Veiled in Smoke” (Bethany House Publishers).

Second place for the Historical Novel of the Year was also awarded to Jocelyn Green for “Between Two Shores” (also from Bethany House Publishers). Third place was awarded to Rebecca Price Janney for “Sweet, Sweet Spirit: One Woman’s Spiritual Journey to the Asbury College Revival” (Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.).

The Contemporary Novel of the Year was awarded to Kaley and Rhonda Rhea for “Off-Script & Over-Caffeinated: A Novel” (Bold Vision Books).

Second place for the Contemporary Novel of the Year was awarded to June Chapko for “Legacy’s Path” (Legacy Treasures). Third place was awarded to Deborah Raney for “Chasing Dreams” (Kregel Publications).

The Mystery/Suspense Novel of the Year was awarded to Carrie Stuart Parks for “Fragments of Fear” (Thomas Nelson).

Second place for the Mystery/Suspense Novel of the Year was awarded to Catherine Finger for “Capsized by Death” (Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.). Third place was awarded to Lori Altebaumer for “A Firm Place to Stand” (BookBaby).

The Arise Daily Writer of the Year was awarded to Sheri Schofield.

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

AWSA’s official magazine, “Leading Hearts,” won their seventh straight Evangelical Press Association Merit award. The “Leading Hearts” Columnist of the Year went to Saundra Dalton-Smith for her column, “Healthtracks.” Article of the Year went to Lisa Burns for “Breakthrough the Movie: Exclusive Interview with Pastor Jason Noble.”

The 2020 AWSA Member of the Year Award went to Edie Melson. Edie, an award-winning author of “Soul Care When You’re Weary,” directs the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and serves in several leadership roles in AWSA. AWSA founder Linda Evans Shepherd said, “Edie works tirelessly and gives selflessly for the cause of Christ.”

The Jennifer Kennedy Dean Award went to Janet Holm McHenry. Janet, also a best-selling prayer author, was a close friend and prayer partner of Jennifer’s. Janet continues in Jennifer’s tradition to teach prayer principles to readers.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Stormie Omartian, in honor of her life of excellence in

Stormie Omartian

serving the Lord. Her books on prayer, including “Power of a Praying Woman” and “Power of a Praying Wife,” have sold over 40 million copies.

AWSA, the sponsor of the Golden Scroll Awards Banquet, is an outreach of Right to the Heart Ministries and consists of over 600 top women authors who both publish and speak nationally.

See www.AWSA.com.

See past winners,  click HERE.

This is the first year to present the all-new Christian Market Book Awards. These awards are open to all authors who publish in the Christian market.

The Christian Market Novel of the Year was awarded to Anne Greene for “Shadow of the Dagger” (Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.).

Second place for the Christian Market Novel of the Year was awarded for two books: C. Kevin Thompson for “The Letters” (Mantle Rock Publishing LLC), and Buck Storm and Bill Perkins for “The List” (Compass Publishing). Third place was awarded to Jeanette Morris for “Her Shining Eyes: A Novel” (Bold Vision Books).

Lauren Crews

The Christian Market Nonfiction Book of the Year went to Lauren Crews for “Strength of a Woman: Why You are Proverbs 31” (Ascender Books).

Second place for the Christian Market Nonfiction Book of the Year was awarded to Rhonda Robinson for “FreeFall: Holding onto Faith When the Unthinkable Strikes” (New Hope Publishers). Third place was awarded to Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett for “They Call Me Mom: 52 Encouraging Devotions for Every Moment” (Kregel Academic & Professional).

The Christian Market Children’s Book of the Year was awarded to Michelle Medlock Adams for “I Love You Bigger than the Sky” (WorthyKids).

Michelle Medlock Adams

Second place for the Christian Market Children’s Book of the Year was awarded to Amy Houts for “God’s Protection Covers Me” (Beaming Books). Third place was also awarded to Michelle Medlock Adams for “How Much Does God Love You” (WorthyKids).

The Christian Market Book of the Year was awarded to Luann Mire, with Patti Richter, for “Signs of His Presence: Experiencing God’s Comfort in Times of Suffering” (Carpenter’s Son Publishing).

Monica Schmelter and Linda Evans Shepherd, author and AWSA founder, presented the awards and recording artist Cheri Keaggy performed a parody by Martha Bolton.

For more info, please contact Linda Evans Shepherd at LindaReply@gmail.com or 303-772-2035

Golden Scroll Awards Hall of Fame

 

The Golden Scroll Awards Hall of Fame 2009-2017

AWSA announces the 2017 Golden Scroll Lifetime Achievement Award.

Murfreesboro, TN AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) announced the winner of the 2017 Golden Scroll Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening banquet of the Munce Group’s Fall Christian Product Expo at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Honored for his lifetime of excellence of ministering the word of God, the Golden Scroll Lifetime Achievement Award went to Dr. Charles Stanley, 84, the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta, the two time President of the Southern Baptist Convention, the best-selling author of forty books and the founder of In Touch Ministries with television and radio shows as well as the In Touch devotional magazine discipling millions around the globe.

Linda Evans Shepherd, the founder of AWSA presented the award. Shepherd asked those gathered, “What is Dr. Stanley’s secret? In his personal biography, he explains that he models his ministry according to this message from Paul to the Ephesians, ‘Life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about God’s mighty kindness and love.’”

To the applause of the audience, Dr. Stanley later quipped, “I’m not finished yet!”  He also shared how a Christian retailer had helped him purchase a leather-bound, Thompson Chain Reference Bible when he was a young man, ready to enter seminary.  He said, “Little did this Christian retailer know the impact this Bible would have on my life and ministry.”

Dr. Stanley went on to praise Christian booksellers of the Munce Group for being on the front lines as they served God.

Linda Evans Shepherd shared, “It was wonderful to present our award to a man who has impacted millions for Christ. It was a joy to see Christian authors and booksellers give tribute to this great man who has done so much for the Kingdom of God.” For more information about AWSA see www.AWSA.com.

 

 

2017 Golden Scroll Industry and Book Awards Announced at the Hilton Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati

AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) announced the winners of the 2017 Golden Scroll Awards at the Golden Scroll Banquet, Tuesday, June 27th at the Hilton Plaza Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Honored for outstanding ministry partnerships with their authors, the Golden Scroll Publisher of the Year Award went to Kregel Publishers. AWSA author Letitia Suk says of Kregel, “I’m proud to have Kregel’s name on my book and so grateful for their support and investment in me.”

Stephen Barcliff was named the winner of the Golden Scroll Non-Fiction Editor of the Year Award. Letitia Suk said, “Steve is sharp and smart about business, but always has time for his authors.”

The Fiction Editor of the Year was awarded to Lisa McCaskill of Pelican Book Group. AWSA author Robin Bayne said, “Lisa put a lot of dedicated effort into the re-release of my novel. She made the entire experience a breeze.”

The Golden Scroll Nonfiction Book of the Year Award went to Lynn Eib for Peace in the Face of Cancer from Tyndale House Publishers. The judges remarked, “A comforting, practical book about living with cancer by a survivor with a long time ministry to patients.”

Silver Scroll Merit Awards for Nonfiction went to Edie Melson for While My Child is Away from Worthy Inspired, Margot Starbuck and David King for Overplayed from Herald Press and Joy Schneider for How to Keep Grief from Stealing Your Destiny from Water of Life Unlimited.

The Golden Scroll Novel of the Year Award went to Cynthia Ruchti for Song of Silence from Abingdon Press. The judges described Ruchti’s novel as, “A stunning, beautiful, poetic, touching read.”

Golden Scroll Merit Awards for Fiction were also awarded to Martha Bolton for The Home Game from FaithHappenings Publishers, Lynette Eason for Without Warning from Revell and Edie Melson for Alone from Prism Book Group.

Silver Scroll Merit Awards for Fiction went to DiAnn Mills for Deadly Encounter from Tyndale House Publishers, Marilyn Turk for The Gilded Curse from Heritage Beacon Fiction and Lynette Eason for Moving Target from Revell.

The Golden Scroll Children’s Book of the Year was awarded to Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley for Our Daily Bread for Preschoolers from Discovery House. The judges remarked, “This is an excellent book for teaching children ages 6 to 10 more about God.” The Golden Scroll Merit Award for Children’s Book of the Year went to Jeanne Dennis and Sheila Seifert for Bible Kid Adventures: Stories of Danger and Courage from Tyndale House Publishers.

AWSA’s official magazine, Leading Hearts, won their third straight Evangelical Press Association Merit award and honored their columnists including Pam Farrel, Michelle S. Cox, Rhonda Rhea, Penelope Carlevato, Saundra Dalton, Sharon Elliot, Kathy Collard Miller, Karen Porter, Karen Whiting and Cynthia Simmons.

The 2017 AWSA Member of the Year Award went to Suzanne Kuhn. AWSA founder Linda Evans Shepherd said, “Suzanne has so many hard-earned insights and gifts regarding building an author’s platform and she never hesitates to share her knowledge with her AWSA sisters.”

The Beyond Me Award went to Karynthia Phillips, a medical professional, who not only works with high-risk pregnancies in the prison population but works with women audiences through her mentoring, writing and speaking. The prestigious 2017 Impact Award was presented to Carol Kent. Shepherd says of Kent, “Carol has served the Lord through both tragedy and pain, and made such a difference for the cause of Christ.”

Carol Kent served as the keynote speaker and recording artist, Ginny Owens, performed the special music. AWSA President Karen Porter served as emcee. Authors Carol Kent and Linda Evans Shepherd presented the awards and AWSA member Jeanne Dennis performed a parody written by Martha Bolton dedicated to editors and publishers.

AWSA, the sponsor of the Golden Scroll Awards Banquet, is an outreach of Right to the Heart Ministries and consists of over 500 top ICRS women authors who both publish and speak nationally. See www.AWSA.com.

 

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See the 2016 winners, click HERE.

See the 2015 winners, click HERE.

See the 2014 winners, click HERE.

See the 2013 winners, click HERE.

See the 2012 winners, click HERE.

See the 2011 winners, click HERE.

See the 2010 winners, click HERE.

See the 2009 winners, click HERE.

AWSA Conference News!

AWSA 2016 Member of Year - Cynthia Simmons getting hugged by Pam Christian

AWSA 2016 Member of Year – Cynthia Simmons gets a hug from Pam Christian at Spring Golden Scroll Banquet at CBA.

We are getting ready to head back to Cincinnati – to the Hilton Plaza Hotel for the 2017 AWSA Conference, Sunday, June 25 through Tuesday, June 27.  CBA starts Wednesday, June 25.  To read more about our conference, click HERE.

Learn more about out 2017 Golden Scroll Awards Banquet, click HERE.

To see who won the 2016 Golden Scroll Awards, click HERE.

We are heading back to Murfreesboro, TN for a RETREAT at Munce in September 16-17, so save the dates.  More info soon.

Blessings,

Linda

AWSA @ Fall Retreat at CPE in Murfreesboro

AWSA @ Fall Retreat at CPE in Murfreesboro