Joel Rosenberg’s novel The Third Target has been nominated for the 2016 Christian Book Award. The novel is one of 35 finalists for the annual honor by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).
The Third Target was published in January 2015, as the first in a new series of political thrillers by Rosenberg. The novel centers on J.B. Collins, a fictional New York Times foreign correspondent. Collins pursues rumors that ISIS has seized chemical weapons in Syria and is preparing to launch devastating attacks against the U.S., Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians; assassinate their leaders; and overthrow Jordan’s King Abdullah II. This plot sounds like it is out of today’s headlines, but remember that this was written in 2014 before ISIS was a household name.
The novel made the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today best-sellers lists last year, and hit #1 on the ECPA list of best-selling Christian novels.
“Our member publishers submitted more than 250 in seven categories in this year’s Christian Book Award® program,” said Stan Jantz, ECPA executive director, in a press release. “These outstanding finalists, selected by 72 independent judges, showcase the variety and power of the Christian publishers are producing.”
“Winners will be announced at the Industry’s Awards Celebration in Nashville, held the evening of May 3rd during the ECPA Leadership Summit,” noted the ECPA press release. “The announcement that night will coincide with a ‘social media blitz’ through Thunderclap that announces the winners, and launches a social media campaign to #ReadGoodBooks and share #MyFavoriteGoodBook. Last year’s campaign reached over half a million (520,909) with the news.”
In addition to being a bestselling author of ten novels, Joel Rosenberg is also the founder of The Joshua Fund, a nonprofit educational and charitable organization to mobilize Christians to “bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus” with food, clothing, medical supplies, and other humanitarian relief. He currently lives with his family in Israel.
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