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Luther and Katharina Wins 2016 ECPA Book Award

Colorado Springs, Colo. (May 6, 2016) – WaterBrook is proud to announce that Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion (WaterBrook, October 6, 2015) by Jody Hedlund has won the Evangelical Christian Publisher’s Association (ECPA) 2016 Christian Book Award in the “Fiction” category. The 2016 Christian Book Award winners were named at the ECPA’s 2016 Awards Celebration on May 3rd during the ECPA Leadership Summit hosted in Nashville, Tenn.

In Luther and Katharina, bestselling author Hedlund, chronicles the true love story between former nun, Katharina von Bora and the great reformer of the faith, Martin Luther. As an expert in the historical fiction genre, her work shines a light on female figures that have, for far too long, remained unknown and hidden in the annals of history.

Luther and Katharina also honors the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation set for October 31, 2017 and the growing interest in the life of Martin Luther.

Luther and Katharina has been featured by numerous media outlets, including Romantic Times, CBA Retailing & Resources, Homecoming Magazine and ShelfLife (Lifeway). Hedlund has authored more than a dozen books, including Captured by Love, Rebellious Heart, and A Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award and INSPYs Award. Her newest book, Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace, will release on September 20th.

The ECPA recognized 35 finalists in seven categories for the 2016 Christian Book Awards, honoring Christian publishing’s best books and Bible releases of the year. Seven winners were selected, one from each of the following categories: Bibles, Bible Reference, Children, Fiction, Inspiration, New Author, Non-fiction, and the 2016 Christian Book of the Year.

The Christian Book Awards, established in 1978 as the Gold Medallion Book Awards by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, recognize the absolute highest quality in Christian books. Based on excellence in content, literary quality, design, and impact, the Christian Book Awards are the oldest and among the most prestigious in the religious publishing industry. Christian Book Award finalists and winners receive recognition and support throughout multiple retail and media outlets.

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