Sigmund Brouwer’s novel Thief of Glory was honored with two Christy Awards on Monday, June 29, 2015, during the International Christian Retail Show in Orlando, Florida. Thief of Glory was named “Book of the Year” and “Best Historical Romance.” Brouwer’s WWII novel, set in the Dutch East Indies, is inspired by his family’s experience during Japan’s invasion of Indonesia.
Publishers Weekly wrote: “The finalists this year were the most diverse ever in terms of publisher representation, and the judges noted that the quality of writing was strong,” said Donna Kehoe, executive director of the Christy Awards. “They commented that the Book of the Year, Sigmund Brouwer’s Thief of Glory, set a new standard for writing merit.”
In addition, Katie Ganshert’s novel “A Broken Kind of Beautiful” was recognized as “Best Contemporary Romance.” In this southern-based love story, Ganshert explores the complex question of “What is beauty?”
The Christy Awards, named after Catherine Marshall’s classic character Christy, recognizes excellence in writing Christian fiction.