The 2013 Illumination Awards are intended to celebrate and recognize the exemplary books produced by the ever-growing Christian branch of publishing and bookselling. A vast array of new titles is released from this thriving sector each year, bringing inspiration and answers to millions of readers exploring their faith.

“Our world is filled with anger and selfishness, and people are looking for something to have faith in, something beyond themselves,” says Awards Director Jim Barnes. “The Bible was the first ‘self-help’ book, filled with stories meant to show us how to live together in peace. These awards are dedicated to that spirit, and to books that help answer the simple question: ‘What Would Jesus Do?’”



A portion of the Illumination Awards entry fees will be donated to a worthy charitable organization to be chosen each year. This year, Jenkins Group has chosen Habitat for Humanity, “a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization building simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need.”

Yes, books can change the world – especially books about faith, love and spiritual joy. The list of Illumination Award-winning books will both inspire readers and further the sales and marketing efforts of authors and publishers for years to come. 

To learn more about the Illumination Book Awards, visit or contact Jim Barnes, Awards Director:; 1.800.644.0133 x1011



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Congratulations to all of this year's medalists in the 2013 Illumination Book Awards - "Shining a light on exemplary Christian books!"

This year's medals went to books from 24 U.S. states, Canada and Australia. The diversity of Christian publishing was also demonstated by the fact that winners came not only from long-established publishers, but also from small presses and self-published authors.

Here is the official results press release, and below that, important links for medalists.


For Immediate Release
1/14/14 - Traverse City, MI
"Shining a Light on Exemplary Christian Books"
Announcing the Medalists of the 2013 Illumination Book Awards

With all of the challenges we face today, from keeping our children safe to getting ahead in a sagging economy, it's not always easy to "keep the faith." Thankfully, books from the ever-growing branch of Christian publishing are bringing inspiration and answers to millions of readers. Jenkins Group, a Michigan-based book marketing firm, is proud to announce the medalists in their inaugural ILLUMINATION BOOK AWARDS contest, honoring the best books published during the past year with a Christian worldview.
Medals have been awarded in 16 different categories, covering everything from Bible Study and Devotional to family-oriented subjects like Education and Children’s Picture Books. See the complete list of results here:
"The Bible was the first ‘self-help’ book, filled with stories meant to show us how to live together in peace," says Awards Director Jim Barnes. "These awards are dedicated to that spirit, and to books that help answer the simple question: ‘What Would Jesus Do?’"
The diverse topics and styles of the medal-winning books reflect the diversity of Christianity today. As the Apostle Paul said, "From one man God made every nation of the human race, that they should inhabit the whole earth" (Acts 17:26). Of the 50 winning books, 45 of them came from 24 different U.S. States; two are from Canada and three from Australia.
The Christian Living category gold medalist, Groceries on a Saturday Morning: Confessions from Real-Life Christianity, was written by Joanne Beckman, the daughter of Chinese immigrants who grew up in rural Wisconsin as the "only ones in town who didn't own a Bible." Here's a quote from one of her essays about her transforming encounters with God, in this case after finding that her husband was infertile: "By entering so viscerally into our domestic drama, God underscored to me that (his) presence transforms all suffering and circumstance, indeed transforms us if we allow him to, then the need to blame loses its power."
The Devotional category gold medalist, Sitting with God: A Year of Spiritual Growth, was written by Allen C. Liles, who before becoming an ordained minister, was vice president of public relations for 7-Eleven Stores. The book includes 365 daily meditations he transcribed during a time of personal challenge. "I believe that any committed individual can form a deep and personal bond with God, the Father, and with the Spirit of the Christ that resides at the center of every human being," says Liles. Here's a quote from the entry for January 13: "The heart never lies. The mind can become arrogant and boastful, but deep in the heart of every human being rests his or her true self. I treasure the pure in heart."
The list of Illumination Award winners includes many such transforming and inspiring titles. To learn more about them or to contact any of the authors, visit the contest website HERE, the results page HERE, or contact awards director Jim Barnes by email at or by phone at 1-800-644-0133 x1011.
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“With the motto, ‘Shining a Light on Exemplary Christian Books,’ the Illumination Book Awards are intended to honor the best books published during the past year with a Christian worldview. Books have always been powerful tools for helping us understand Scripture and to explore various aspects of faith in a complicated world How does one choose the "winners" from the huge array of new titles released each year? The Illumination Book Awards are designed to "shine a light" on the best of them.