July 10, 2001 (RNS) -- The best-selling book, "The Prayer of Jabez" has been named the 2001 Charles "Kip" Jordon Christian Book of the Year by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.

The award was announced during the 24th Annual Gold Medallion Book Awards Banquet on Saturday (July 7) in Atlanta, site of the CBA International Convention, the annual meeting of members of the Christian retail industry.

The book, by Bruce H. Wilkinson, is published by Multnomah Publishers of Sisters, Ore., and focuses on a prayer in the Old Testament book of 1 Chronicles.

Bill Bright, the president of Campus Crusade for Christ International, was presented with the Gold Medallion Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gold Medallion Awards were presented to winners in 20 categories:

Bibles: "Zondervan NASB Study Bible" (Zondervan); Bible Study: "Just Give Me Jesus" by Anne Graham Lotz (Word Publishing); Biography/Autobiography: "Amazing Faith" by Michael Richardson (WaterBrook Press); Christian Education: "What's So Amazing About Grace: ZondervanGroupware" by Philip Yancey (Zondervan). Christian Living: "The Prayer of Jabez" by Bruce H. Wilkinson (Multnomah Publishers); Christian Ministry: "The Guardian System" by David Middlebrook (Creation House Publishers); Christianity and Society: "The Wedge of Truth" by Phillip E. Johnson (InterVarsity Press); Devotional: "Night Light" by James and Shirley Dobson (Multnomah Publishers). Elementary Children: "A Faith to Grown on" by John MacArthur (Tommy
Nelson); Family and Parenting: "The Five Love Languages of Teenagers" by Gary Chapman (Moody Press); Fiction: "Paul: A Novel" by Walter Wangerin (Zondervan); Gift Book/Poetry: "The Wonder of It All" by Steve Terrill (New Leaf Press); Inspirational: "He Chose the Nails" by Max Lucado (Word Publishing); Marriage: "A Marriage Without Regrets" by Kay Arthur (Harvest House Publishers). Missions/Evangelism: "The Case for Faith" by Lee Strobel (Zondervan); Preschool Children: "Mad Maddie Maxwell" by Stacie Maslyn (Zonderkidz); Reference Works/Commentaries: "Dictionary of New Testament Background" by Craig A. Evans and Stanley E. Porter; Spanish: "Mas Que Maravilloso" by Leslie Thompson (Editorial Unilit); Theology/Doctrine: "Resurrection" by Hank Hanegraaff (Word Publishing); Youth: "Extreme Faith" by Tim Baker (Thomas Nelson Publishers).
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