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Billy Graham's Nearing Home Named Christian Book of the Year

By Hannah Goodwyn Senior Producer - Since 1978, the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) has honored outstanding Christian books every year with their Christian Book Awards. This year, renowned evangelist Billy Graham received the awards' highest honor, the 2012 Christian Book of the Year award, for the first time for his book, Nearing Home (Thomas Nelson).

Other winning authors include Max Lucado (for his children's book, The Story for Children: A Storybook Bible), Dr. Henry Cloud and first-time author Mesu Andrews.

ECPA's 2012 Christian Book Award Winners

Christian Book of the Year

Nearing Home by Billy Graham Nearing Home by Billy Graham

In this moving narrative, Billy Graham once again takes up the pen not only to share his personal experience of growing older but also teach us some important lessons on how to view our time here on Earth. He says that the Bible makes it clear that God has a specific reason for keeping us here. So what is His purpose for these years, and how can we align our lives with it? How can we not only learn to cope with the fears and struggles and growing limitations we face but actually grow stronger inwardly in the midst of these difficulties?*


The Queen by Steven James The Queen by Steven James

While investigating a double homicide in an isolated northern Wisconsin town, FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers uncovers a high-tech conspiracy that twists through long-buried Cold War secrets and targets present-day tensions in the Middle East. In his most explosive thriller yet, bestselling author Steven James delivers a multi-layered storytelling tour de force that not only delivers pulse-pounding suspense but also deftly explores the rippling effects of the choices we make.*

New Author

Love Amid the Ashes by Mesu Andrews Love Amid the Ashes by Mesu Andrews

Through painstaking research and a writer's creative mind, Mesu Andrews weaves an emotional and stirring account of this well-known story told through the eyes of the women who loved him. Drawing together the account of Job with those of Esau's tribe and Jacob's daughter Dinah, Love Amid the Ashes breathes life, romance, and passion into the classic biblical story of suffering and steadfast faith.*


Close Enough to Hear God Breathe by Greg Paul Close Enough to Hear God Breathe by Greg Paul

In Close Enough to Hear God Breathe, readers encounter a rich message that recounts the story of a God who has been inviting all of humanity, and each individual, into his tender embrace since time began. Beautiful prose, powerful stories, and inventive teaching walk readers though this, the Bible's foremost narrative thread.*


The Law of Happiness by Dr. Henry Cloud The Law of Happiness by Dr. Henry Cloud

Drawing from the latest scientific and psychological research on the quest for happiness, The Law of Happiness reveals that the spiritual truths of the Bible hold the secrets to the happiness we desire. As Dr. Cloud unpacks these universal, eternal principles, he reveals that true happiness is not about circumstances, physical health, financial success, or even about the people in our lives. In other words, it's not about the factors that are frequently beyond our control. Rather, happiness is found in choosing to become the kind of people God created us to be.*

For a complete list of this year's winners, visit

*Book descriptions courtesy of ShopCBN.

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