The Christy Awards - Contemporary

The Christy Awards are given annually for the best in Christian Fiction.
Award Year Authors(s) Title
2012 Ann Tatlock Promises to Keep 11-year-old Rosalind finds 70-year-old Tillie on her front porch--again. Wanting to die in the place where she lived for half a century, Tillie continues leaving her senior living complex and finding her way "home." Annoyed at first, Rosalind's mother finally lets Tilly live with them. And when danger nears, Tillie selflessly determines to protect the family she has adopted as her own.
2012 Mindy Starns Clark, Leslie Gould The Amish Midwife Nurse-midwife Lexie travels to Pennsylvania Amish country to find her birth family, and learns to be a woman who can "let be" rather than control.
2011 Nancy Rue The Reluctant Prophet First in Nancy Rue's trilogy, this novel follows Allison Chamberlain as she finally discovers her true path: a Harley-riding prophet.
2011 Chris Fabry Almost Heaven Some people say Billy Altman has a heart of gold. Others say he's a bit odd. The truth is, they're all right. He's a hillbilly genius - a collector, a radio whiz - and he can make the mandolin sing. Billy has dreams, but things always seem to go wrong. Yet his life has not gone unnoticed. Malachi is an angel sent to observe and protect Billy. It's not his dream assignment, but slowly he begins to see that each step Billy takes is a note added to a beautiful song.
2010 Neta Jackson Who Do I Talk To? When her husband locks her out of their Chicago penthouse and disappears with her sons, Gabby is left homeless and stunned. Taking refuge at the women's shelter where she works, she tries to salvage the shattered pieces of her life. There, her friends--Lucy the bag lady and the women of the Yada Yada Prayer Group--offer their support.
2010 Lisa Samson The Passion of Mary-Margaret When Mary-Margaret Fischer met Jude Keller, the light-house keeper's son, she was studying at a convent school on a small island off Chesapeake Bay
2009 Marlo Schalesky Beyond the Night Maddie teeters between life and death. Her husband Paul begs her to remember their love, regain consciousness, and come home. She recalls pushing Paul away--just before their love found voice and just as her blindness stole her hopes and dreams. And then she remembers Paul's unselfish, undying love.
2009 Tracey Bateman You Had Me at Good-bye Dancy Ames loses her job and tries her hand at several new ones before deciding to risk everything on her writing career. . . and on new love.
2008 Charles Martin Chasing Fireflies When paramedics find a malnourished six-year-old boy near a burning car that holds a dead woman, they wonder who he is and why he won't talk. Chase, a small-town journalist, is assigned to cover the story and investigate the boy's identity. But will his search unearth long-buried emotions about his own history?
2008 Jan Karon Home to Holly Springs Lured by a mysterious note, recently retired Father Tim heads for his boyhood home of Holly Springs, Mississippi. But as memories flood his mind, he soon encounters a life-altering truth and receives a gift that could cost him everything.
2007 Jamie Langston Turner Winter Birds Through their simple gifts and kindness, Patrick and his wife Rachel present a beautiful portrait of the transforming power of love.
2007 Beverly Lewis The Brethren With the People forbidding her to see Ben, will Annie willfully return to her art or relent and join the church? Annie's People book 3.
2006 W. Dale Cramer Levi's Will Will flees his Amish community at the age of 19, leaving behind a pregnant girlfriend. He begins a new life, joining the Army and later marrying and having two sons. Unable to regain his father's respect, can Will learn that love, not work, will heal the past and give hope to his family's future?
2006 Vanessa Del Fabbro The Road to Home In her debut novel, Del Fabbro relates the story of the friendship that develops between two women--a friendship that sees them asking questions of themselves, uncovering new and sometimes uncomfortable personal truths, and learning to trust their faith as well as each other.
2005 No Award Given
2004 Lisa Samson Songbird
2003 Ann Tatlock All the Way Home A heart-wrenching story of two women and their rediscovery of a childhood friendship. Laced with soul-touching humor, "All the Way Home" is a moving portrayal of the vital importance of family and the bitter consequences of prejudice.
2002 Jamie Langston Turner A Garden to Keep Abby Landis' conversion is real, but will her new faith be strong enough to overcome a trial that goes to the heart of her life?
2001 Philip Gulley Home to Harmony In the fictional small town of Harmony, Indiana, Sam Gardner becomes the pastor of his hometown church, Harmony Friends Meeting. In this delightful, first-person book, Sam describes in a warm, down-home style the moving and humorous adventures he encounters his first year home to Harmony.
2001 Robert Whitlow The Trial A wealthy young college student is murdered in Dennison Springs, Georgia, and her male companion claims to have no memory of the crime. As attorney Kent McClain prepares for the young man's defense, he endures a personal trial that ultimately leads to self-forgiveness, divine grace, and a new chance at life.
2000 Jan Karon A New Song When Father Tim retires, he agrees to serve as interim minister of a small church on Whitecap Island. He and his wife, Cynthia, soon find that Whitecap has its own unforgettable characters: a church organist with a mysterious past; a lovelorn bachelor placing personal ads; a mother battling paralyzing depression.