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Christian Library Book of the Year winners announced

Winners of the 'Ultimate Christian Library Book 2012' titles were announced at Christian Resources Exhibition International this week by guest presenter David Winter ...

Winners of the 'Ultimate Christian Library Book 2012' titles were announced at Christian Resources Exhibition International this week by guest presenter David Winter.
 
The Adult category winner was Faith Under Fire by Canon Andrew White (right) with the Children's title going to The Lion Classic Bible written by Andrea Skevington (below), illustrated by Sophy Williams.
 
Both Andrew and Andrea were delighted at winning the award and with £1000 prize money. Their books were clear winners in each category and attracted a large number of public votes.

Faith Under Fire documents the incredible stress of being a leader of a Christian community in war-ravaged Baghdad. Despite deep heartache there is much joy and peace ‘that only God can give’. The Lion Classic Bible unfolds the story of the Bible for young readers and shows God's enduring Love for his people.
 
Andrew White, popularly known as the ‘Vicar of Baghdad’, won the award in 2006 with Searching for Hope. He said of the 2012 award. "This is about my 16th award but is the most important because my wife and adopted daughter are with me today."
 
Andrea (left, seated) equally valued the award saying how important it was to be reaching beyond the Christian audience. She appreciated the recognition, not just of her book but all the books on the shortlist.
 
David Winter said: "Words are crucial and ideas should remain free" and encouraged visitors to pray that Christian books will continue to be placed into libraries. Hundreds of churches buy new Christian books at half price and give them to their local library or school via www.speakingvolumes.org.uk.

The award-winning titles as well as the shortlisted books will be in the new catalogue for 2013.

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