The Christy Awards

The best in Christian fiction was honored at the 2013 Christy Awards

Christy AwardOn Monday night I had the honor of attending The 2013 Christy Awards in St. Louis.  The Christy’s honor the top novel in nine categories as selected by a large group of judges.  I thought I would share with you the winners of the awards as well as some pictures from the evening.




2013 Winners

Contemporary Romance:  The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann

Contemporary Series, Sequels, and Novellas:  You Don’t Know Me by Susan May Warren

Contemporary Standalone:  Not in the Heart by Chris Fabry

First Novel:  Into the Free by Julie Cantrell

Historical:  Flame of Resistance by Tracy Groot

Historical Romance:  Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden

Suspense:  Rare Earth by Davis Bunn

Visionary:  Soul’s Gate by James Rubart

Young Adult:  Child of the Mountain by Marilyn Sue Shank

For the first time this year, The Christy’s awarded a Book of the Year Winner.  I had the prilevedge of being asked to be a judge for this award.  It took me about 2.4 seconds to say “Yes!” when I was asked.  The winner was selected from the winning novels out of each genre.  So who was the winner?

Book of the Year Winner:  Into the Free by Julie Cantrell

If you have not had a chance to read this amazing novel, run, don’t walk, to your local LifeWay Christian Store to buy it.  And now for some pictures!


Of course I have to share dessert with you.  It was an oh-so yummy chocolate mousse with raspberry filling.  I seriously would have licked the plate had I not be sitting right next to Lynn Austin.

Me and Lynn

Speaking of Lynn Austin, here she is!  Lynn was inducted into the Christy Hall of Fame along with Karen Hancock.  Lynn is such a delightful lady and one of my favorite novelists.


The keynote speaker was Chip MacGregor of the MacGregory Litarary Agency.  And yes, that is a kilt he is wearing.  It was pretty awesome.

Jim RJames Rubart accepting his Christy Award for Soul’s Gate.  Probably one of the most creative novels I’ve read in a long time.  Check it out!

Susan MaySuper fun Susan May Warren won for her novel You Don’t Know Me.  I’m pretty sure she would be a hoot to hang out with.  Susan, call me!  Let’s do lunch!  Ha!

JulieJulie Cantrell accepts The Christy Award for Book of the Year for Into the Free.  I wish I could show you her face when she realized she won.  It was so fun!  Such a sweet girl and a talented writer.

Me and KatieHere I am with my really large name tag and Christy Award Nominee Katie Ganshert.  If you’re a fan of contemporary novelists like Karen Kingsbury or Susan May Warren, definitly check out Wildflowers from Winter and Wishing on Willows.

Me and JulieThe Book of the Year Winner, Julie Cantrell!  Oops… captured her with her eyes closed.  She was so humbled to win this award for her very first novel.  I’d say she’s got a great writing career ahead of her!

  • Ruth

    Yay for pictures! And that dessert — looks amazing!

    • Rachel McRae

      Yes, the dessert was quite lovely!

  • Katie Ganshert

    Rachel! Stop giving me reasons to love you! I wanted to lick the plate too! :-)

    Thanks so much for the shout out! Loved seeing you! And absolutely LOVED seeing Julie win those awards. So deserving. That woman has such a sweet, humble spirit and an INSANE talent for writing words.

    • Rachel McRae

      It was great seeing you as well! Totally agree with you on Julie… can’t wait to see what else she has up her sleeve!

  • Jolina Petersheim

    What a wonderful event! Loved the pictures especially. Julie’s such a beautiful person. So happy she won!