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Australian Christian Book of the Year

2021 SparkLit Awards Night

 

The 2021 Australian Christian Book of the Year, Young Australian Christian Writer and Australian Christian Teen Writer Awards will be announced and prizes presented during this year’s SparkLit Awards Night on Thursday 2 September. Join us to celebrate the courage and endeavour of our Christian writers!

 

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2021 Australian Christian Book of the Year Shortlist

 

The following ten titles have been shortlisted for the 2021 Australian Christian Book of the Year Award.

Shortlisted

Abundance

Andrew Lansdown

Cascade Books

9781725284579

Shortlisted

Being the Bad Guys

Stephen McAlpine

The Good Book Company

9781784985981

Shortlisted

The Good Sporting Life

Stephen Liggins

Matthias Media

9781925424645

Shortlisted

Healing Lives

Sue Williams

Pan Macmillan Australia

9781760982034

Shortlisted

How to Talk About Jesus (Without Being That Guy)

Sam Chan

Zondervan Reflective

9780310112693

Shortlisted

I Want to Fix Ears

Graeme Clark

ISCAST

9780645067101

Shortlisted

Jesus Through Muslim Eyes

Richard Shumack

SPCK

9780281081936

Shortlisted

Judging the Macquaries

John Harris

Acorn Press

9780647530412

Shortlisted

Talking Sex by the Book

Patricia Weerakoon

Youthworks Media

9781925879476

Shortlisted

Western Fundamentalism

Gordon Menzies

Gordon Menzies

9780648728504

Australian Christian Book of the Year Award Judges

Greg Clarke has a doctorate in modern literature and long experience in publishing, academia and Christian mission. He was Group CEO of Bible Society Australia from 2010 to 2019. Greg enjoys exploring the connections between Christianity and culture and is the author of the 2014 Australian Christian Book of the Year, The Great Bible Swindle. Greg and his family are members of St Mark’s Anglican Church in Darling Point, Sydney.

Stu Cameron is the CEO and Superintendent Minister of Wesley Mission. Stu qualified as an accountant and worked as a systems analyst before being ordained in the Uniting Church in 2004. He served for over 14 years as Lead Minister for Newlife Church in Queensland. Stu is an entrepreneur, advocate, popular speaker and long-suffering supporter of the Adelaide Crows. Stu and his wife Sue have two adult children and a spoiled dog called Splash.

Judith Nichols has four children and fourteen grandchildren. She has a doctorate in classics and ancient history and qualifications in theology, missiology, education and linguistics. Judith and her late husband Tony ministered together in Indonesia, with Indigenous Australians at Nungalinya College and trained missionary candidates. She coordinates women’s ministry at Dalkeith Anglican Church, Perth.

2020 Australian Christian Book of the Year puts Christianity on trial

For the Love of God: How the Church is Better and Worse Than You Ever imagined

Natasha Moore (with John Dickson, Simon Smart & Justine Toh)

Centre for Public Christianity

ISBN: 9780647530351

2020 Australian Christian Book of the Year Shortlist

 

The following nine titles were shortlisted for the 2020 Australian Christian Book of the Year Award.

Shortlisted

Attending to the National Soul

Stuart Piggin & Robert Linder

Monash University Publishing

9781925835366

Shortlisted

Is Jesus History?

John Dickson

The Good Book Company

9781784983659

Shortlisted

I Will Avenge

P. Howard Smith

Morning Star Publishing

9780648453789

Shortlisted

A Lot With a Little

Tim Costello

Hardie Grant Books

9781743795521

Shortlisted

Metanoia

Anna McGahan

Acorn Press

9780647519837

Shortlisted

Not Home Yet

Ian Smith

Crossway

9781433562778

Shortlisted

Science and Christianity

Chris Mulherin

Garratt Publishing

9781925073515

Shortlisted

A Short Book About Paul

Paul Barnett

Cascade Books

9781532665547

Shortlisted

Where to Start With Islam

Samuel Green

Matthias Media

9781925424607

2019 Australian Christian Book of the Year a radical revision of our history

The Fountain of Public Prosperity 

Stuart Piggin & Robert D. Linder

Monash University Publishing

ISBN (hardback): 9781925523461
ISBN (paperback): 9781925835403

The Fountain of Public Prosperity: Evangelical Christians in Australian History 1740–1914 by Stuart Piggin and Robert Linder is the 2019 Australian Christian Book of the Year.

 

It is a challenge for the historian to make visible that which has long been invisible. The contribution Evangelicals have made to Australia has not so much been lost as never found. Understanding the fountain from which our present prosperity flows is the first step in reimagining a future for Australia. Professors Piggin and Linder have devoted decades to unearthing the story of ‘Christlike citizenship’ in Australia. The result is a  gripping, deeply insightful and impressively researched contribution to Australian Christian history covering the eighteenth century through to World War I. The Fountain of Public Prosperity is a seminal work of national and international importance.

2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year a lively and revealing contribution to the debate about the role of faith in Australian life

The Bible in Australia

Meredith Lake

NewSouth Publishing

ISBN 9781742235714

In The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History, Meredith Lake gives an arresting and comprehensive account of how preachers, suffragists, unionists, politicians, writers, painters, musicians, immigrants and Indigenous peoples have used the Bible to shape Australian history and culture. Scripture arrived tattooed on the bodies of convicts aboard the First Fleet and, in the hands of Indigenous Christians, has nourished movements for justice, for land rights, and for recognition and reconciliation. Lake shows that Australia has been neither a secular society nor a Christian nation. At every level the Bible has been held to be everything from a resented imposition to the word of God. However, even while Bible reading and biblical literacy decline, the Bible is an indelible part of our story. This is a history of national importance and an insight into Australian culture.

2017 Australian Christian Book of the Year an irresistible treasury of Indigenous storytelling

Our Mob, God’s Story

Edited by Louise Sherman and Christobel Mattingley

Bible Society Australia

ISBN 9780647519585

In Our Mob, God’s Story, sixty-six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from the city and the bush tell the story of the wonderful things God has done for their people. They paint in a dazzling variety of styles and write with uncommon wisdom and generosity. These artists share their vision of Jesus in order to bring us together as brothers and sisters. This inspiring book demonstrates what the recent census recorded: that Christian faith is more evident and alive in indigenous communities than in the dominant settler society. It is time for quiet appreciation and deep listening. Beautiful, confident and irresistible.

Is your book a candidate for the 2022 Australian Christian Book of the Year Award?

 

The Australian Christian Book of the Year Award is given annually to an original book written by an Australian citizen. The award recognises and encourages excellence in Australian Christian writing.

 

Entries close 31 March 2022.

 

Download conditions and entry form here.

Award criteria

 

The Australian Christian Book of the Year Award is given annually to an original book written by an Australian citizen. The award recognises and encourages excellence in Australian Christian writing. The ACBOY Award carries a prize of $3,000 for the author, and a framed certificate for the author and publisher.

 

Entries are judged with an eye to the:
Original nature of the work.
Literary style, including suitability for the target audience.
Design, layout, cover, text and illustrations.
Contribution that the book makes in meeting a need for Christian writing in the Australian situation and in the Australian market.

 

Entries are read and judged by a panel selected by the SparkLit Council.

 

Entry form and conditions

 

Download entry form here.

 

Results

 

2020 Australian Christian Book of the Year
For the Love of God: How the Church is Better and Worse Than You Ever Imagined by Natasha Moore with John Dickson, Simon Smart & Justine Toh (Centre for Public Christianity)
Open 2020 awards results and judges’ comments.

 

2019 Australian Christian Book of the Year
The Fountain of Public Prosperity: Evangelical Christians in Australian History 1740–1914 by Stuart Piggin & Robert D. Linder (Monash University Publishing)
Open 2019 awards results and judges’ comments.

 

2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year
The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History by Meredith Lake (NewSouth Publishing)
Open 2018 awards results and judges’ comments.

 

2017 Australian Christian Book of the Year
Our Mob, God’s Story: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists Share their Faith edited by Louise Sherman & Christobel Mattingley (Bible Society Australia)
Open 2017 awards results and judges’ comments.

 

2016 Australian Christian Book of the Year
Child Arise! The Courage to Stand by Jane Dowling (David Lovell Publishing)
Open 2016 awards results and judges’ comments.

 

2015 Australian Christian Book of the Year
Captains of the Soul by Michael Gladwin (Big Sky Publishing)
Open 2015 awards results and judges’ comments.

 

2014 Australian Christian Book of the Year
Winner. The Great Bible Swindle by Greg Clarke (Bible Society Australia)
Open 2014 awards results and judges’ comments.

 

2013 Australian Christian Book of the Year
Forged with Flames by Ann Fogarty (Wild Dingo Press)
Open 2013 awards results and judges’ comments.

 

2012 Australian Christian Book of the Year
Gumbuli of Ngukurr: Aboriginal Elder in Arnhem Land by Murray Seiffert (Acorn Press)
Open 2012 awards results and judges’ comments.

 

2011 Australian Christian Book of the Year
Economics for Life by Ian Harper (Acorn Press)
Open 2011 awards results and judges’ comments.

 

2010 Australian Christian Book of the Year
Losing My Religion by Tom Frame (UNSW Press)
Open 2010 awards results and judges’ comments.

 

2009 Australian Christian Book of the Year
No Ordinary View by Naomi Reed (Ark House Press)
Open 2009 awards results and judges’ comments.