We’re delighted to be offering an award once again at the Christian Resources Together (CRT) Retreat, the annual gathering of publishers, retailers, authors and other industry professionals this September.

This is our third year of being involved, and Amy and I have been encouraged by how many of you join in and vote for your favourite.

Last year’s winners were Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton for their book Hope When it Hurts. Readers who voted for this title told us it was “heart-warming, relatable and challenging” and said reading it was like the authors sitting down next to them and really understanding what they were going through.

Once again Amy and I have gone back through the last 12 months and listed all the books we have featured on our book club pages and elsewhere through interviews and articles. Then comes the task of carefully going through the titles and whittling the list down to feature the ones we felt got a good response and created the most interest.

It’s now down to you to vote for your favourite! Voting closes on 25 July, so please study our shortlist and send in your votes.


  • You can vote for up to two books from our shortlist, but you must include a review of around 100 words for each title you are voting for
  • Please ensure you send the book title(s) – we don’t need author and publisher details, as we have those – together with your review(s) and contact details, including a full postal address
  • You can vote via our Woman Alive Book Club on Facebook or e-mail your vote to bookawards@cpo.org.uk (in either case, please ensure you include Woman Alive Readers’ Choice Award in the subject line). Alternatively you can post your vote to Woman Alive Readers' Choice Award, CPO, 1 Easting Close, Worthing, West Sussex BN14 8HQ.
  • The closing date for entries is 25 July 2019.
  • The winning title and the two runners up will be announced at the CRT Retreat on Tuesday 17 September and will be published in our November issue.


All eligible votes will be entered into a prize draw and the first name to be selected after voting closes will win a one-year free subscription to Woman Alive or a 12-month extension if you are already a subscriber.

We also have FIVE runner-up prizes. These attractive mugs featuring the verse “Be still and know that I am God” are from CPO’s latest collection of resources to help local churches communicate the good news of the Gospel. They cost £4.95 and are available to order from www.cpo.org.uk or call 01903 263354 and quote ref no Y5903MGD.


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