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Retailers Choice Awards 2011 winners announced Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Tuesday, 26 April 2011 10:56 AM America/New_York

Christian retailers across the country have chosen the winning products in the 11th annual Retailers Choice Awards, sponsored by Christian Retailing magazine. Among a record 350-plus nominations in 39 categories, 41 winners were voted as best of the year.

Tyndale House Publishers and Thomas Nelson tied for the most wins, with eight each. Tyndale had 10 finalists and Thomas Nelson 25 finalists in the running.

Sarah Young’s devotional writing fared well with two wins: Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids (Children’s Nonfiction) and Jesus Calling: Deluxe Edition in Backlist, both from Thomas Nelson.

Best-selling author and pastor David Platt won the Audio award for Radical (christianaudio) and a Christian Living: Spiritual Growth award for Radical (WaterBrook Multnomah). Beth Moore’s So Long, Insecurity was tops in Women’s Nonfiction, while the Spanish version won in the Spanish category.

Other standouts included Bonhoeffer, a best-seller of critical acclaim by Eric Metaxas (Thomas Nelson), Forgotten God Study Resource by Francis Chan (David C. Cook) and The Action Bible by Doug Mauss, general editor, and Sergio Cariello, an illustrator of DC Comics and Marvel Comics fame (David C. Cook).

Introduced in 2001, the Retailers Choice Awards have been increasingly acknowledged as an important way of recognizing some of the most significant new life-changing products in the Christian retail industry.

Retailers were asked to judge nominations on the impact they have had on staff and customers, including their ability to:

  • speak to people’s hearts and evoke emotion
  • open people’s minds to new ways of thinking
  • encourage and affirm Christ-like living.

Finalists were announced in early April, prior to the presentation of the awards Tuesday, April 26, at Retailing ReBoot 2011, held April 26-28 at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando, Fla. For more information on the event, go to


Bibles (Devotional & Study)

The MacArthur Study Bible, ESV

Dr. John MacArthur



Bibles (General)

NIV Giant Print Compact Bible



Children’s Bibles

The Action Bible

Doug Mauss, gen. ed.

Sergio Cariello, illustrator

David C. Cook



David Platt





Eric Metaxas

Thomas Nelson


Bible Reference/Study

The New How to Study Your Bible

Kay Arthur, David Arthur, Pete De Lacy

Harvest House Publishers



Everyone’s Guide to Demons & Spiritual Warfare

Ron Phillips

Charisma House


Children’s Fiction

Letters to God

Patrick and Heather Doughtie

Tammie Lyon, illustrator

Zonderkidz (Zondervan)

Children’s Nonfiction

Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids

Sarah Young

Adapted by Tamara Fortner

Thomas Nelson


Christian Education

Instant Bible Lessons for Preschoolers: God Helps Me

Pamela J. Kuhn

Rainbow Publishers/Legacy Press


Christian Living: Practical Life

Bringing Up Girls

Dr. James Dobson

Tyndale House Publishers


Christian Living: Spiritual Growth

Heaven Is for Real

Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

Thomas Nelson

Christian Living: Spiritual Growth


David Platt

WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group

Church & Culture

Transformational Church

Ed Stetzer & Thom S. Rainer

B&H Publishing Group



Good Morning, Lord

Sheila Walsh

Thomas Nelson



Can America Survive?

John Hagee

Howard Books



The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask

Mark Mittelberg

Tyndale House Publishers


Fiction (Contemporary Romance)

Lydia’s Charm

Wanda E. Brunstetter

Barbour Publishing


Fiction (General)

Her Mother’s Hope

Francine Rivers

Tyndale House Publishers


Fiction (Historical Romance)

Here Burns My Candle

Liz Curtis Higgs

WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group


Fiction (Mystery & Suspense)

The Twelfth Imam

Joel C. Rosenberg

Tyndale House Publishers


First-Time Authors

The Devil in Pew Number Seven

Rebecca Nichols Alonzo with Bob DeMoss

Tyndale House Publishers


Health and Fitness

Eat This and Live! for Kids

Don Colbert, M.D.

Siloam (Charisma House)



The Power of a Praying Life

Stormie Omartian

Harvest House Publishers



Jesus: The Only Way to God

John Piper

Baker Books (Baker Publishing Group)



Love and Respect for a Lifetime

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Thomas Nelson

Social Issues

Life in the Balance

Joni Eareckson Tada & Friends

Regal (Gospel Light)


Women’s Nonfiction

So Long, Insecurity

Beth Moore

Tyndale House Publishers



Devotions for the God Girl

Hayley DiMarco

Revell (Baker Publishing Group)


General Gift Product

Weapons of Our Warfare T-shirt



Gift Book

The Butterfly Effect

Andy Andrews

Thomas Nelson


Gift Book

You Changed My Life

Max Lucado

Thomas Nelson


Wall Décor

Full Armor of God Sculpture Plaque #11707

Moments of Faith

Lighthouse Christian Products Co.



Jesus Calling: Deluxe Edition

Sarah Young

Thomas Nelson


Children’s Media

In the Beginning

What’s in the Bible? #1

Phil Vischer

Tyndale House Publishers

Curriculum (Nontraditional)

The Reason for God

Timothy Keller



Curriculum (VBS)

SonQuest Rainforest VBS Super Starter Kit

Gospel Light


DVD/Video: Book/Bible Study

Forgotten God Study Resource

Francis Chan

David C. Cook


DVD/Video: Movie & Comedy


Tim Hawkins

Crown Entertainment


Marketing/Promotion Campaign

DayMaker Gift Rack Program

Barbour Publishing



Hasta Luego, Inseguridad

Beth Moore

Tyndale House Publishers


Of the retailers who completed the ballot, six were selected for the prize of hundreds of dollars' worth of the nominated products, and one was chosen to receive an Amazon Kindle e-reader. The winning stores also were announced at Retailing ReBoot.

Winner of Kindle:

Kevin Stern

Dallas Theological Seminary Book Center


Winners of products:

Bill Mead

Christian Words & Works

Lufkin, Texas


Peggy Shearon


Nashville, Tenn.


Rachel Savage

The Chapel Store

West Melbourne, Fla.


Davina Fabritiis

The Chapel Store

West Melbourne, Fla.


Geni Hulsey

Tallowood Book Shop

Houston, Texas


Rachel Billings

The Lighthouse Christian Book and Gift Store

Salina, Kan.


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