2011 Shortlists

The INSPY Advisory Board is pleased to announce the shortlists for the 2011 INSPY Awards. We thank you for your enthusiastic nominations of books and again acknowledge the difficulties in narrowing the field with so many quality nominations.

Creative Nonfiction

Little Princes by Conor Grennan, William Morrow, January, 2011

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, Zondervan, January, 2011

Passport Through Darkness by Kimberly L. Smith, David C Cook, January, 2011

The Waiting Place by Eileen Button, Thomas Nelson, June, 2011

The World is Bigger Now by Euna Lee & Lisa Dickey, Broadway, September, 2010


City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell, Henry Holt & Co, September, 2010

The Blackberry Bush by David Housholder, Summerside Press, June, 2011

The Reluctant Prophet by Nancy Rue, David C Cook, October, 2010

Wolves Among Us by Ginger Garrett, David C Cook, April, 2011

Words by Ginny Yttrup, B&H Publishing, February, 2011


Back on Murder by J. Mark Bertrand, Bethany House, July, 2010

Darkness Follows by Mike Dellosso, Realms, May, 2011

Digitalis by Ronie Kendig, Barbour, January, 2011

Over the Edge by Brandilyn Collins, B&H Publishing, May, 2011

The Bishop by Steven James, Revell, August, 2010


A Heart Most Worthy by Siri Mitchell, Bethany House, March, 2011

A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman, Revell, September, 2010

The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund, Bethany House, October, 2010

Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander, Bethany House, September, 2010

Yesterday’s Tomorrow by Catherine West, Oak Tara, March, 2011

Speculative Fiction

Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Bethany House, July, 2010

The Charlatan’s Boy by Jonathan Rogers, Waterbrook Press, October, 2010

The Falling Away by T. L. Hines, Thomas Nelson, September, 2010

The Resurrection by Mike Duran, Realms, February, 2011

The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead, Thomas Nelson, August, 2010

Literature for Young People

A Girl Named Mister by Nikki Grimes, Zondervan, August, 2010

Losing Faith by Denise Jaden, Simon Pulse, September, 2010

Saint Training by Elizabeth Fixmer, Zondervan, August, 2010

The Fences Between Us by Kirby Larson, Scholastic, September, 2010

The Truth of the Matter by Andrew Klavan, Thomas Nelson, September, 2010


  1. Congratulations to the nominees. What a great list.

  2. WOW! What an awesome list. CONGRATULATIONS, everyone!

  3. How exciting! Thank you so much for the nomination! I am truly honored to be considered amongst such great company!! Congratulations to everyone!

  4. I’m honored to be included among such great mystery/thriller writers . . . I’ve been called a lot of things and “Mark” is usually right up there at the top, but my name is Mike 🙂

  5. we are so sorry about that mike! it has been corrected!

  6. Not a problem at all, Deb. I think I must look like a Mark. I get called that a lot.

  7. So exciting!

  8. Wow — what an honor! Thank you for this nomination and for all of the work all of you do in promoting faith in fiction.

  9. HOLY COW!!! What a way to wind up a week — with a 33-year wedding anniversary, a first grand baby and an INSPY final — WHOO-HOO!!! Talk about being in high cotton!!

    I am SO thrilled and honored to be listed among SO many great authors and forever grateful for the INSPY board and judges who put in all the long hours to provide such a quality contest. I am BLESSED beyond words … of course, you notice it didn’t render me speechless … but close!! 🙂

    Thank you again for this incredible honor!


  10. I’m so surprised and honored to be on this short list. And among so many friends and folks I’ve admired from afar. Blessings, everyone!
    Nancy Rue


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