See below for the list of 2021 finalists in the RELIGION category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Register to attend the virtual award ceremony (May 11-14, 2021) to learn which book wins Gold.

The Blessed Life: That No One Really Wants
2021 Finalist

Author: Troy Dobbs

Publisher: Tristan Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 978-1-939881-20-5

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Troy Dobbs confronts the wildly popular prosperity gospel—that God promises health and wealth—which has gained a foothold in the world today.  He unpacks the profound message from Jesus that will make you think and rethink, and maybe even change your mind, about what a blessed life really means.

Freedom in the Fight: Daily Reflections for Recovery
2021 Finalist

Author: Scott Abrams, M.D.

Publisher: Tristan Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 978-1-939881-19-9

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Freedom in the Fight is a 365-day devotional meant to challenge and encourage us on our daily walk. Drawing from personal experience with drug addiction, Scott writes on faith and recovery, relating those topics to the common struggles we all share that rob us of joy, peace and authentic life.

Tales of the Holy Mysticat: Jewish Wisdom Stories by a Feline Mystic
2021 Finalist

Author: Rachel Adler

Publisher: Banot Press

ISBN: 978-0-9763050-1-9

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This engaging book, interspersed with cleverly drawn black-and-white illustrations, is a guide to Jewish literacy, using the behaviors of esteemed feminist theologian Rabbi Rachel Adler’s most peculiar cat to lead readers on a journey through thousands of years of Jewish thought, history, and practices.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the RELIGION category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

Wisdom to Heal the Earth: Meditations on the Teachings of the Rebbe Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson
2020 Gold Winner

Author: Tzvi Freeman

Publisher: / Ezra Press

ISBN: 978-0-8266-9003-6

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Wisdom to Heal the Earth is a revolutionary new look at Tikun Olam from the perspective of “the most influential rabbi in modern history,” — the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson.

The 21: A Journey into the Land of Coptic Martyrs
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Martin Mosebach

Publisher: Plough Publishing House

ISBN: 978-0-8748683-9-5

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Behind a gruesome ISIS video lies the story of the men in orange and the faith community that formed these unlikely modern-day saints and heroes.

Jewish Living Simply Explained: Based on the Teaching of the Rebbes of Chabad
2020 Silver Winner

Authors: Rabbi Zalman Goldstein and Rabbi Michoel A. Seligson

Publisher: The Jewish Learning Group

ISBN: 978-1-891283-29-0

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Written in a simple, easy-to-understand language, this book summarizes core teachings that explain and inspire Jewish faith and observance. It will engage, educate, and inspire readers from all backgrounds.

Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective & Higher Purpose
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Sarah Bowen

Publisher: Monkfish Book Publishing Company

ISBN: 978-1-948626-04-0

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Mining the world’s philosophical, scientific, and wisdom traditions, Spiritual Rebel offers 21 days of unconventional practices to help readers deepen their unique life purpose.

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