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Priscilla Shirer’s FERVENT named “2016 Christian Book of the Year”


May 18th

Priscilla Shirer’s FERVENT named “2016 Christian Book of the Year”
Book inspired by WAR ROOM movie surpasses 500,000 copies sold and celebrates 33 straight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list
NASHVILLE, TN – May 18, 2016 – B&H Publishing Group is proud to announce that Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer has been named the 2016 Christian Book of the Year by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Fervent has also surpassed 500,000 copies sold and has spent 33 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list to date.
Across the nation, women are using Fervent in powerful ways. From using the prayer cards featured in the back of the book to start their own War Rooms in their homes, to making Fervent the focus of their book clubs or Bible studies, women are embracing the need for powerful, intentional prayer.
FerventFervent is a hands-on, knees-down, don’t-give-up action guide to practical purposeful praying. Shirer brings her role from the film into the real lives of today’s women, addressing the topics that affect them the most: renewing their passion, refocusing their identity, negotiating family strife, dealing with relentless regrets, navigating impossible schedules, succeeding against temptation, weathering their worst fears, uprooting bitterness, and more.
“We are humbled by the recognition from the ECPA, as this particular award is intended to recognize content that is both of the highest caliber and deepest reach into the lives of readers,” said Jennifer Lyell, trade book publisher for B&H. “Neither of these markers would be possible without God’s goodness and provision or Priscilla Shirer’s faithfulness, all of which leaves us humbled and grateful. It is our prayer that the Lord will continue to work through Fervent to call us all to serious, specific, and strategic prayer.”
Earlier this year, Fervent was named 2016 Book of the Year at Family Christian Stores and will continue to be promoted during the year in bookstores. In addition to the impact of Fervent, Shirer has ventured into writing a new adventure series for middle readers, The Prince Warriors, which launched in April. The book has already made an extensive impact as the top new juvenile book in the May ECPA bestsellers list. The Prince Warriors will be a three book series with book two releasing later in 2016. Learn more at
WAR ROOM is the fifth film from Alex and Stephen Kendrick (Fireproof, Courageous, Facing the Giants, Flywheel) and it debuted in theaters in August 2015 from Sony Pictures Entertainment’s TriStar Pictures. It is a compelling faith drama that explores the power prayer can have on marriages, parenting, careers, friendships and every other area of life. The film quickly rose to be the #1 movie in America during its second week at the box office. WAR ROOM is now available on DVD and hit #1 on sales charts.
The film features New York Times best-selling author and Bible teacher Priscilla Shirer in her film debut. The cast also includes director Alex Kendrick (Moms’ Night Out, Courageous), T.C. Stallings (Courageous), and comedian Michael Jr. WAR ROOM introduces film newcomers Karen Abercrombie as Miss Clara and Alena Pitts as Danielle, and features a cameo by renowned speaker and best-selling B&H Publishing Group author Beth Moore in her first acting role.
WAR ROOM was directed by Alex Kendrick and produced by Stephen Kendrick and Gary Wheeler. Written by Alex & Stephen Kendrick, WAR ROOM was filmed in and around Charlotte, N.C. AFFIRM Films and Provident Films partnered with the Kendricks on the film.
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