The Braun Book Awards

After careful review and significant deliberation, Word Alive Press is thrilled to announce the winning manuscripts for our 2023 Braun Book Awards!


2023 Non-Fiction Winner
David Kitz and Dr. Ed Hird, The Elisha Code and the Coming Revival

"We are thrilled to receive this award. The award serves as a validation of the truths found in The Elisha Code and the Coming Revival. Together, let’s discover and walk in those truths for the glory of Jesus." — David Kitz and Dr. Ed Hird

2023 Fiction Winner
Jordan Hageman, The Storywriter

“What an incredible shock (of the good kind) to find out that The Storywriter is the winner of the 2023 Braun Book Awards! I am so excited for more people to discover this quirky, heart-felt story, and I hope they fall in love with it just as much as I have.” — Jordan Hageman

Congratulations to David, Ed, and Jordan!

We would also like to celebrate the authors of the following exceptional manuscripts that made our shortlists and longlists:

Non-Fiction Shortlist:
Erin Heather Evans, Unlikely Grace: How the Beatitudes Took Me from a Mess to “Amen”
Jennifer Burne-House, Musical Notes
Liberty Brears, Letting Go: The Surrendered Widow
Craig Docksteader, To Shift a Nation: How the Body of Christ Can Effectively Promote Change in Canada

Fiction Shortlist:
Kim Bergsma, Humphrey's Motel
Beverley Hopwood, Worth the Cost?
Debora Renaud, The Precipice Gate
Jack Taylor, The Persian Prince and the Han Princess
Ethan Hildebrand, The Man from Nowhere
Griselda Hill, Tails of the Travelling Bag

Non-Fiction Longlist:
Zdenka Slama, For the Record: That You May Believe
Sarah Jane Coombs, The Spinning Mind of a Volunteer Youth Leader
Stephanie Kauffman, Choices, Changes, and Challenges

Fiction Longlist:
Pearl Fredericksen, Something I Haven't Told You
Brenda Savella, Chaff on the Wind



We are humbled by the calibre of Christian writing in Canada and truly grateful for the opportunity to review each and every manuscript. Participants who requested feedback can expect to receive that via email in the coming weeks.

Thank you again to everyone who participated and made this an exceptional year.