The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) just announced that our Word of Promise audio bible won the “Book of the Year” award for 2008. Wayne Hastings, Senior Vice President and Group Publisher for our Bible & Reference Group, accepted the award at the Christian Book Awards, held in Orlando, Florida, at the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS).
The amazing thing is that it is the first time in the 30-year history of the award that it went to a non-book. Think about it. First, it’s an audio Bible, rather than a traditional print book. Second, it’s a Bible rather than a book. This is fascinating. What does it mean for the future of publishing?
Personally, I think that this proves the Bible is more relevant than ever. We live in desperate times. People are seeking hope. They want a transcendent perspective. They want something that connects them to ultimate reality. Something that gives meaning to the events of their lives.
I am so proud of Wayne and our whole Bible team. This is a break-through in every sense of that word. It is so significant that even USA Today reported on it.
If you want to sample the Word of Promise, you can do so here. Enjoy! It is an auditory feast.