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The 2021 Golden Award Winners

AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) announced the winners of the 2021 Golden Scroll Awards at the Golden Scroll Banquet, Sunday, August 15, at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri. Awards were presented by Linda Evans Shepherd, founder and CEO of AWSA, best-selling authors and international speakers Carol Kent, Dawn Scott Damon, and Rhonda Rhea.

Linda Evans Shepherd presents Babbie Mason 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award

This is the 13th year that AWSA has presented the Golden Scroll Awards which were open to the nearly 800 members of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

Martha Bolton was named AWSA member of the Year. The Jennifer Kennedy Dean Award went to Karen Porter. 

Karen Porter wins 2021 Jennifer Kennedy Dean Award

Two-time Dove-award winning recording artist and author Babbie Mason was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

The Golden Scroll Awards included the Book of the Year was awarded to Carol and Gene Kent and Cindy and David Lambert for “Staying Power: Building a Stronger Marriage When Life Sends Its Worst” (Revell).

Linda Evans Shepherd presents Gene and Carol Kent with 2021 Book of the Year.

The Nonfiction Book of the Year Award went to Janell Rardon for “Stronger Every Day: 9 Tools for an Emotionally Healthy You” (Revell).

Janell Rardon Nonfiction Book of the Year

The Novel of the Year Award went to Lisa Betz for “Death and a Crocodile” (Crosslink Publishing).

The Children’s Book of the Year was awarded to Crystal Bowman and Douglas Groothuis, illustrated by Robert Sauber, for “I Love You to the Stars: When Grandma Forgets, Love Remembers” (Kregel).

The GS Children’s Book of the Year Crystal Bowman

The Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year was awarded to Michelle Nietert and Lynn Cowell for “Loved and Cherished: 100 Devotionals for Girls” (ZonderKidz).

Michelle Nietert wins the GS Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year

Second place for Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year went to Tama Fortner (illustrated by Wazza Pink) for “Christmas is Coming!” (BH Kids).

The Children’s Fiction Book of the Year was awarded to Michele McCarthy for “Aunt Ida Clare” (Elk Lake Publishing).

Michele McCarthy wins GS Children’s Fiction Book of the Year.

Second place for Children’s Fiction Book of the Year went to Michelle Lazurek for “Mommy, Am I Strong?” (Bowker). Third place went to Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley (illustrated by Anna Kubaszewska) for “My Arms Will Hold You Tight” (Tyndale Kids).

The Christian Education Book of the Year was awarded to DiAnn Mills for “Exploring the Art of Character” (Bold Vision Books).

Second place for Christian Educational Book of the Year went to Linda Gilden and Linda Goldfarb for “Linked for Couples” (Bold Vision Books). Third place went to Karen Porter for “Amplify: Secrets for Successful Speaking” (Bold Vision Books).

The Christian Living Book of the Year went to Michelle Rayburn with commentary by Phil Rayburn for “Classic Marriage: Staying in Love as Your Odometer Climbs” (Faith Creative Life Books).

Second place for Christian Living Book of the Year went to Margot Starbuck for “The Grown Woman’s Guide to Online Dating: Lessons Learned While Swiping Right, Snapping Selfies, and Analyzing Emojis” (Thomas Nelson). Third place went to Lynn Eib for “When Grief and God Meet: Comfort and Courage for Your Journey” (Tyndale Publishers).

The Bible Study Book of the Year was awarded to Carol Tetzlaff for “Ezra Unleashing the Power of Praise: A 7 Week Bible Study” (Redemption Press).

Second place for Bible Study Book of the Year went to Joyce Ainsworth and June Chapko for “Count it All Joy: Wellness and Health, A Study in James” (Joyce Ainsworth and June Chapko). Third place went to Stephanie Pavalantos for “Jewels of Hebrews” (Mt. Zion Ridge Press).

The Memoir of the Year was awarded to Martha Bolton and Linda Hope for “Dear Bob: Bob Hope’s Wartime Correspondence with the G.I.s of World War II” (University Press of Mississippi).

Second place for Memoir of the Year went to Annie Farris for “That One Person: The True Story of a God Appointed Stranger Who Saved the Life of a Little Girl with Her Love” (Crosslink Publishing). Third place went to Jeanette Windle and Abe Cruz for “Forever Faith: The Abe Cruz Story, Mindset of Champions” (Forever Faith Press).

The Inspirational Gift Book of the Year was awarded to Mary Potter Kenyon for “Called to Be Creative” (Familius).

Second place for Inspirational Gift Book of the Year went to Cynthia Cavanaugh, editor, for “She Writes for Him: Black Voices of Wisdom” (Redemption Press). Third place went to Cynthia Cavanaugh, editor, for “She Writes for Him: Stories of Living Hope” (Redemption Press).

The Devotional Book of the Year went to Grace Fox “Finding Hope in Crisis: Devotions for Calm in the Chaos” (Aspire Press).

Second place for Devotional Book of the Year was a tie with Karen Whiting for “Growing a Mother’s Heart: Devotions of Faith, Hope, and Love from Mothers Past, Present, and Future” (AMG Publishers) and Kathy Collard and Larry Miller for “God’s Intriguing Questions: 60 New Testament Devotions Revealing Jesus’ Nature” (Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.). 

Third place was also a tie with Carla Wicks for “That Still Small Whisper” (Motivation Champs Publishing) and Kathy Howard for “Deep Rooted: Growing Through the Gospel of Mark” (Bold Vision Books).

The Mystery/Suspense Novel of the Year was awarded to Lynette Eason for “Acceptable Risk” (Baker).

Second place for the Mystery/Suspense Novel of the Year went to Carrie Stuart Parks for “Relative Silence” (Thomas Nelson). Third place went to Lynette Eason for “Collateral Damage” (Baker).

The Contemporary Novel of the Year was awarded to Deborah Maxey for “The Endling: A Novel” (Firefly Southern Fiction).

Deborah Maxey won the Contemporary Novel of the Year.

Second place for Contemporary Novel of the Year went to Deborah Raney for “Finding Wings” (Kregel Publications). Third place went to Carol Stratton for “Deep End of the Lake” (LPC Books).

The Historical Novel of the Year was awarded to Rebecca Price Janney for “Easton at the Pass” (Elk Lake Publishing).

Second place for Historical Novel of the Year went to Jocelyn Green for “Shadows of the White City (Bethany House Publishers). Third place went to Starr Ayers for “For the Love of Emma” (Mountain Brook Ink).

The Romance Novel of the Year was awarded to Sandra P. Aldrich for “Embracing Eden: Zetta’s Granddaughter Returns Home” (Bold Words, Inc.).

Second place for Romance Novel of the Year went to Konnie K. Viner for “Amaryllis Journey” (Redemption Press).

The Novella of the Year was awarded to Deborah Raney for “Making Room at the Inn” (Barbour).

The Arise Daily Writer of the Year was awarded to Patti Richter.

AWSA’s official magazine, “Leading Hearts,” won their seventh straight Evangelical Press Association Merit award. The “Leading Hearts” Columnist of the Year went to Edie Melson. Feature Article of the Year went to Michelle S. Lazurek for her article, “Arise to Contentment.”

The 2021 graduating Certified AWSA Coaches were recognized: Michelle Bengtson, Patricia Durgin, Debora Coty, Michelle Lazurek, and Janet McHenry 

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

The Christian Market Book of the Year was awarded to Martha Bolton with Linda Hope for “Dear Bob: Bob Hope’s Wartime Correspondence with the G.I.s of World War II” (University Press of Mississippi).

The Christian Market Christian Living Book of the Year was awarded to Carol and Gene Kent, Cindy and David Lambert for “Staying Power: Building a Stronger Marriage When Life Sends Its Worst” (Revell).

The Christian Market Devotional of the Year was awarded to Rachel Dodge “The Anne of Green Gables Devotional: A Chapter-by-Chapter Companion for Kindred Spirits” (Barbour Books).

The Christian Market Memoir of the Year was awarded to Abe Cruz and Jeanette Windle for “Forever Faith: The Abe Cruz Story, Mindset of Champions” (Forever Faith Press).

Abe Cruz and Jeanette Windle win CM Memoir of the Year

The Christian Market Children’s Book of the Year was awarded to Michelle Medlock Adams, illustrated by Mernie Gallagher-Cole for “Cuddle-Up Prayers” (Worthy Kids).

Michelle Medlock Adams won the CM Children’s Book of the Year

The Christian Market Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year was awarded to Michelle Nietert and Lynn Cowell for “Loved and Cherished: 100 Devotionals for Girls” (Zonderkidz).

Second place for the Christian Market Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year went to Tim Shorey, illustrated by Dan Lee, for “An ABC Prayer to Jesus: Praise for Hearts Both Young and Old” (Redemption Press).

The Christian Market Children’s Fiction Book of the Year was awarded to Jill Roman Lord for “Dream Big, My Precious One” (WorthyKids).

Second place for the Christian Market Children’s Fiction Book of the Year was a tie with Crystal Bowman and Douglas Groothuis, illustrated by Robert Sauber, for “I Love You to the Stars: When Grandma Forgets, Love Remembers” (Kregel) and Michele McCarthy, illustrated by Kerri-Jean Malmsten, for “Aunt Ida Clare” (Elk Lake Publishing). Third place went to Jill Roman Lord, illustrated by Sarah Demonteverde, for “You’re More Than a Sprout” (BH Kids).

The Christian Market Nonfiction Book of the Year was awarded to Michelle Rayburn with Commentary by Phil Rayburn for “Classic Marriage: Staying in Love as Your Odometer Climbs” (Faith Creative Life Books).

Second place for the Christian Market Nonfiction Book of the Year was a tie with Lynn Eib for “When God and Grief Meet: Comfort and Courage for Your Journey” (Tyndale Publishers) and Julie Lavender for “365 Ways to Love Your Child: Turning Little Moments into Lasting Memories” (Revell). Third place went to Sheryl Giesbrecht Turner for “Unraveling the Lie-Knot: Finding Freedom from the Tangles of Discouragement, Deception, and Depression” (Freedom in Christ Ministries International).

Julie Lavender wins CM 2nd Place Tie for Nonfiction Book of the Year.

The Christian Market Novel of the Year was a tie. Cindy K. Sproles wrote “What Momma Left Behind” (Baker Revell), and Deborah Maxey wrote “The Endling: A Novel” (Firefly Southern Fiction).

Second place for the Christian Market Novel of the Year was awarded to Susan Miura for “Surviving Carmelita” (CrossRiver Media). Third place went to Billie Fulton, illustrated by John Fulton, for “Just a Moment: Changes a Life Forever” (Elk 

A parody, written by Martha Bolton, was performed by Babbie Mason, Rhonda Rhea and Karen Porter. Cynthia Ruchti delivered the keynote address.AWSA, the sponsor of the Golden Scroll Awards Banquet, is an outreach of Right to the Heart Ministries and consists of nearly 800 top women authors who both publish and speak nationally. See www.AWSA.com.

Congratulations Winners!

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