Christian Book Award
For Youth
2008 - 2009





2009 Children &Youth Winner

For Young Men Only: A Guy's Guide to the Alien Gender by Jeff Feldhahn and Eric Rice  YA 248.8 FEL

“Guys, in your hands you hold a treasure–a book where young women honestly tell you what they want, need, and desire. I learned a lot, even after nearly fifty years of trying to figure women out. If you listen to what they’re telling you, you’ll avoid a mountain of confusion, anger, and heartache. If you don’t…you might be a fool.”
–Jeff Foxworthy

“Turn off your iPod and cell phone, grab this book, and delve into the secret thoughts of hundreds of young women boiled down into eight simple, fresh chapters. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.”
–Colin Creel, author of Crossroads: Navigating your Calling and Career and Perspectives: A Spiritual Life Guide for Twentysomethings

“For Young Men Only is for any guy who has thought Is it just me? when it comes to relating to girls. Jeff and Eric slice through the beautiful and elaborate female mind and lay down a path that is clear and direct.”
–Dr. Joe White, president of Kanakuk Kamps

“When you buy something electronic, it always includes a user’s guide. Sometimes you read it, sometimes you don’t. This book is a user’s guide for teen guys as they learn how to relate to girls. Jeff and Eric have covered almost everything you need to know. And they’ve done it in a way that’s really easy to follow. I think you ought to read it.”
–Dr. Robert Wolgemuth, best-selling author of The Most Important Year in a Man’s Life and Dad’s Bible

“Two thumbs up for FYMO! It’s a great read for every young man–including the ones who are certain they already know everything about women. Maybe it should be required reading. Good job, Jeff and Eric.”
–Kendra Smiley, conference speaker and author of Do Your Kids a Favor…Love Your Spouse

2009 Children and Youth Nominees

Guys Like Girls Who…  by Chad Eastham

Every girl has wondered how they need to act or what they need to do to get a certain boy's attention. Now they can know!

Chad Eastham will encourage girls to be confident in who they are and Whose they are. Girls need to know that they are treasures to be adored and that how she feels about herself is how guys will treat her.

Chapter titles add fun and interest to this life-altering message. Guys Like Girls Who . . .

Wear Jeans (comfortable with who they are and Whose they are)
Know the Future (understand there is a 96% chance this is not the boy they will marry so don't act like they are)
Leave Us Alone (have their own hobbies)
Can Spell (can say "no")
Eat Tofu (live a healthy lifestyle)

Lies Young Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh  YA 248.8 DEM

You have been lied to! Have you been deceived? Through a nationwide survey and in-depth discussion groups, Nancy and Dannah have listened carefully to the heart of your generation. And here are some things they've heard: -"I know God should be the only thing that satisfies, but if it could be Him and my friends, then I could be happy." -"It seems like I have been struggling with depression forever. I always feel like I am not good enough." - "I tell myself that I don't really listen to the song lyrics, but once I hear a song a few times and start thinking about what they're saying I realize that it's too late. It's already stuck in my head." -"For me, the whole wife and mom thing is overrated. It isn't cool to want a husband and a family."Maybe you can identify. Trying to listen to the right voices can be difficult. This book has been written by friends who will help you find the Truth. Maybe your heart is telling you that some things in your life are way off course. Certain habits and relationships have left you confused and lonely. This is not the way it's supposed to be.In this book, Nancy and Dannah expose 25 of the lies most commonly believed by your generation. They share real-life accounts from some of the young women they interviewed, along with honest stories about how they've overcome lies they believed themselves. They get down in the trenches of the battle with you. Best of all, they'll show you how to be set free by the Truth.

Mean: A Pocket Bible Study & Journal by Hayley DiMarco

Be free of mean! Mean girls are everywhere, and there's nothing you can do about it. Or is there? God's Word can give you the peace and healing you're looking for. With this Pocket Bible Study & Journal you can feed yourself truths that help you •get the meaning of mean •take the "me" out of mean •bury the mean and live the love When it comes to problems with mean, you're not alone! If you have a mean girl in your life, this study is for you. Watch Hayley introduce each week of the study at! Hungry Planet and PB&J--feeding your appetite for truth.

Secrets Young Women Keep by Dr. Jill Hubbard

Reveals top secrets, practical insights , dreams, and struggles of young women.

Every young woman has a secret! In The Secrets Young Women Keep, clinical psycologist and New Life Live radio co-host, Dr. Jill Hubbard reveals the top 25 secrets kept by young women, why they keep them, and how they can live more honest, God-honoring lives. It is only through understanding faith that the tremendous power these secrets hold over precious young lives can be broken. Includes true stories of young women as they deal with topics such as:

Love, dating, and relationships
Abuse, drugs, and addictions
Superficial beauty, eating disorders, and cutting
Depression, deception, and family history

Starlight Animal Rescue #1: Runaway by Dandi Mack YA CHRISTIAN MAC

I've run away seven times--never once to anything, just away from. Maybe that's why they call me a "runaway," and not a "run-to."

Meet 16-year-old Dakota Brown. She used to love all things "horse" until she lost everything, including hope. The minute she sets foot on her foster parents' farm--Starlight Animal Rescue--she plans her escape. But can an "impossible" horse named Blackfire and this quirky collection of animal lovers be the home she's always dreamed of?

Starlight Animal Rescue: Where problem horses are trained and loved, where abandoned dogs become heroes, where stray cats become loyal companions. And where people with nowhere to fit in find a place to belong.

2008 Children &Youth Winner

Teen Virtue: Confidential by Vicki Courtney YA 248.8 COU
Following up her best-selling editions of TeenVirtue and TeenVirtue 2, Vicki Courtney’s TeenVirtue Confidential takes an even more interactive direction than before by offering God-focused answers to real questions sent in from teenage girls. The main topics here are: The Future, Guys, Body Development and Sex, and Faith.
Some featured articles in this bright and fun magazine-styled book series include “Your Top 10 Questions for Guys . . . and Their Answers,” “Your #1 Question for God,” ““Words of Wisdom from College Women,” “Quiz: Are You a Cell-Mannered Girl?,” and “Sex Questions . . . We Have the Answers.”

2008 Children and Youth Nominees

Scars That Wound: Scars that Heal by Jan Kern YA
In Scars That Wound: Scars That heal, you'll walk alongside Jackie, whose arms are marked with reminders of the painful journey she thought she had to take alone. Self-injury is inflicted to deal with stressful situations or traumatic memories; to temporarily ease fears, loneliness, and anxiety; or even as a coping mechanism to turn to again and again. There is a way out of this world of pain. Jesus truly cares-his scars prove it. He's waiting to help heal your wounds and the wounds of the people you care about.

My Adopted Child, There’s No One Like You Dr. Kevin Leman and Kevin Leman II   J Picture Book  LEM
Every child is special. And every child deserves to be recognized for what makes him or her unique. Now birth order guru, Dr. Kevin Leman, and his artist son, Kevin Leman II, offer parents the perfect way to tell their adopted child just how wonderful he or she is. A read-to-me children's picture book, My Adopted Child, There's No One Like You conveys love, acceptance, and a sense of individuality to adopted children. The combination of Dr. Kevin Leman's trademark humor and his talented son's artwork makes this book a wonderful gift.

Read and Share Bible by Gwen Ellis  J 220.9 ELL
It is big and bright with lots of page-turning learning about the Word of God.
The Read and Share Bible is unique in its format and solid in Bible teaching. Packed with 200 stories that are simple re-tellings, the gigantic message of God's love and care is sure to win the hearts of little ones and give them a strong Bible foundation to guide their lives. With over 400 pieces of art, this Bible Storybook is highly interactive as it encourages Scripture Memory and reinforces comprehension with quick activities for parents and kids.
Stories include Noah, David, Joseph, Abraham, Paul, and Christ as well as many other timeless Biblical characters and lessons.

Wait Until Then by Randy Alcorn  J 248.8 ALC
A story of promise about Nathan and his grandfather and their shared love of baseball. It uses the form of story to teach children about heaven, following Jesus, and waiting until we see lost loved ones again.

2008 Fiction Winner

In Search of Eden by Linda Nichols Christian NIC
In Search of Eden is an enthralling story of a young woman desperately searching for her child and the circumstances she found her mother endured as a child and later as an adult. The story is heartbreaking at times, but it is also a story of finding peace, happiness and acceptance. I enjoyed reading this work by Linda Nichols and recommend it highly to others who enjoy Christian novels. This story is definitely a five star. It will tug at the heartstrings of mothers everywhere.

2008 Fiction Nominees

Between Sundays by Karen Kingsbury Christian KIN
Football season becomes a time of realization that lifes most important victories are won off the field. A star running back with much to learn, a younger player with much to give, and a woman with a heart for underprivileged kidsthrown together into a time of self-discovery and a new awareness of the things that matter most.

Chasing Fireflies by Charles Martin Christian MAR
They have one summer to find what was lost long ago.

"Never settle for less than the truth," she told him.
But when you don't even know your real name, the truth gets a little complicated. It can nestle so close to home it's hard to see. It can even flourish inside a lie. And as Chase Walker discovered, learning the truth about who you are can be as elusive--and as magical--as chasing fireflies on a summer night.

A haunting story about fishing, baseball, home cooking, and other matters of life and death...from the author of The Dead Don't Dance and When Crickets Cry

Deception by Randy Alcorn Christian ALC
A jumbled mess of lies and secrets find Ollie Chandler investigating a perplexing, dangerous murder mystery. Bristling with tension and suspicion, Deception will take you to heaven and hell...and back again.

Quaker Summer by Lisa Samson Christian SAM
Every year I think there must be more to life, and every year, despite a new car or a trip to a new land, new milestones and triumphs in my son's life, or a redone deck, a pool, a spa, or entertainment system, I take stock and think once again, I was made for more than this. But I love my stuff.
Heather Curridge is coming unhinged. And people are starting to notice. What's wrong with a woman who has everything--a mansion on a lake, a loving son, a heart-surgeon husband, and soapstone countertops--yet still feels miserable inside?
Yet when Heather spends the summer with two ancient Quaker sisters and a crusty nun in a downtown homeless shelter, she suddenly finds herself at a crossroads.
Sometimes you have to go a little bit crazy to find the life you were meant to live.

Summer of Light by W. Dale Cramer Christian CRA
As its title would suggest, Cramer's fourth novel is lighter and less gritty than its critically acclaimed predecessors (Levi's Will; Bad Ground), but it is a thoughtful and engaging read. When ironworker Mick Brannigan loses his construction job, he becomes a stay-at-home dad to his three children. Especially troublesome is four-year-old Dylan, who may have sensory integration dysfunction (and is in trouble for such things as licking the day-care teacher's ankle because he likes the texture of pantyhose on his tongue). The Brannigans' Georgia neighbors include a snobbish, wealthy couple and the contrasting Hap Harrelson, a grizzled fix-it man in unbuttoned overalls who is accompanied by a pack of beagles. A handless, homeless man (who faintly echoes a messianic character in Cramer's debut novel, Sutter's Cross) serves as sort of a supernatural figure. Layne Brannigan, a paralegal, is a strong woman figure for faith fiction, both nurturing of her family and talented in her profession. Cramer allows Mick to be reasonably competent but thoroughly male in his parenting style, and Mick's discovery of his creative talent for photography is an uplifting addition. Although the plot feels pieced together and Cramer occasionally narrates instead of letting the story unfold, the enjoyable cast of characters will keep the reader interested.