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Purpose-Driven Wins ECPA Book of the Year

Jul 1, 2004

Rick Warren’s The Purpose-Driven Life has won the prestigious Book of the Year award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).

This year 471 books from 58 publishers were entered into the Gold Medallion Awards competition, which is judged by a panel that includes bookstore owners, managers, buyers, editors and book reviewers.

The judges selected five finalists in each category, and then a second round of judging determined the winners in each category.

Established in 1978, the Gold Medallion Book Awards recognize books for excellence in content, literary quality, design, and significance of contribution. Winners in each category of the 2004 competition include:

Book of the Year:

The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren


Revolve: The Complete New Testament (NCV)

Reference Work:

Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview By J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig


Thr3e by Ted Dekker


In the Presence of My Enemies by Gracia Burnham and Dean Merrill


Old Testament Theology by John Goldingay


Pierced by the Word by John Piper


Next Door Savior by Max Lucado

Christian Living:

The Trouble with Jesus by Joseph Stowell

Christianity and Society:

Being the Body by Charles Colson and Ellen Vaughn

Missions and Evangelism:

Permission Evangelism by Michael Simpson

Christian Ministry:

The Emotionally Healthy Church by Peter Scazzero with Warren Bird

Christian Education:

Foundations by Kay Warren and Tom Holladay

Preschool Children:

The Mess Detectives: The Slobfather from Big Idea Books

Elementary Children:

Hymns for a Kid’s Heart by Joni Eareckson Tada and Bobbie Wolgemuth


Boom: A Guy’s Guide to Growing Up by Michael Ross


Covenant Marriage by Gary Chapman

Family and Parenting:

Preparing Your Son for Every Man’s Battle By Stephen Arteburn and Fred Stoeker with Mike Yorkey

Gift Book:

Think About These Things by Ric Ergenbright

Bible Study:

Experiencing the Heart of Jesus by Max Lucado