The Worst Book Cover in Religious Publishing Awards 2011

Religion Bulletin would like to open nominations for
The Worst Book Cover in Religious Publishing Awards 2011.

You have until December 31, 2011 to nominate a book. Nominations are open to any persons, for any book published since January 1, 2010 and not previously accepted as a nomination. You may either nominate a book for our supreme award, The Worst Book Cover in Religious Publishing, or for one of the specialist categories:

  • The Worst Book Cover in Academic Religious Publishing Award
  • The Most Unethical Book Cover in Religious Publishing Award

This is the second year of these awards – and competition already appears to be fierce. Here are the nominations we have already received:

First up is Doyle Grimes’ There’s Power Inside of a Woman (Dorrance Publishing, 2010). The artwork portrays a man getting distracted by the (demonic) power inside of a woman, but fortunately being pulled away by a second scantily-clad figure (Jesus), whose groin the man reaches out towards:

Doyle Grimes - There's Power Inside of a Woman

Doyle Grimes - There's Power Inside of a Woman

Chapter One (“Women Have Great Power to Influence Men”) opens with the following observation: “There are a lot of saved and unsaved women in this world who don’t have any idea of how much power that they have inside of them. Women are very persuasive, and have the power of leading men into doing a lot of foolish things.”

Now that seems hard to beat, but Howard Graham’s The Monsters Are Coming… And Some are Already Here (Xlibris, 2011) does its level best:

Howard Graham - The Monsters Are Coming… And Some are Already Here

Howard Graham - The Monsters Are Coming… And Some are Already Here

The Monsters Are Coming adds to the bourgeoning genre of Watcher-Fallen Angel-Nephilim-Giant fiction, and is based – albeit loosely - on a heady mix of Old Testament and Enochic motifs.

Betty Wiseman’s contribution to the Awards this year is a book somewhat innocently entitled Bounce the Balls & They will Come: A Coach’s Passion for the Great Commission (New Hope Publishers, 2011).

Betty Wiseman - Bounce the Balls and They Will Come: A Coach's Passion for the Great Commission

Betty Wiseman - Bounce the Balls and They Will Come: A Coach's Passion for the Great Commission

That one speaks for itself.

Trevor and Edith Fraser, in Saving Marriage by Applying Biblical Wisdom (WinePress Publishing, 2011), might not have made the wisest choice in illustrating their (biblical) method to save marriage - a clenched fist:

Trevor and Edith Fraser - Saving Marriage by Applying Biblical Wisdom

Trevor and Edith Fraser - Saving Marriage by Applying Biblical Wisdom

Louise Barrett Derr’s Experiencing Bible Science: A Lab Book for the Young at Heart (WestBow Press , 2011) provides divinely inspired scientific guidance on almost every scientific topic, from animal classifications (“beasts”, “cattle”, “creeping things”) to genetics (the difference between humans and giants):

Louise Barrett Derr - Experiencing Bible Science: A Lab Book for the Young at Heart
Louise Barrett Derr – Experiencing Bible Science: A Lab Book for the Young at Heart

We can’t entirely blame Louise Barrett Derr for the book cover design, however, for, as Derr explains, “[The Holy Spirit] often woke me at 5:00 AM and led me through the entire process of creating this book, giving instructions for every page.”

Nothing sells like sexism, and the Rupert Murdoch-owned Zondervan Publishers knows this well when it released The Precious Princess Bible (2010):

Zondervan - Precious Princess Bible

Zondervan - Precious Princess Bible

As the blurb for The Precious Princess Bible says, “The twelve colorful tip-in pages will delight little girls with Bible verses that assure her she is God’s precious princess, describe the characteristics of a princess, and list the princesses and queens mentioned in the Bible.” Publishing a range of girls’ and boys’ bibles, Zondervan has the bible to fit the identity politics of every consumer.

Please get your own nominations in by December 31 by submitting them in the comments section below!

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11 Responses to The Worst Book Cover in Religious Publishing Awards 2011

  1. jim says:

    i cant send any in- because ive just shot myself in the head

  2. Kate says:

    The Worst Book Cover in Religious Publishing
    Check out The Action Bible (Cook Communications Ministries, 2010), edited by Doug Mauss and illustrated by Sergio Cariello. My favorite chapter titles are “Wife Swap” (based on Genesis 29), “Chariots of Fire” (based on 2 Kings 2:1-18), “Eat Your Vegetables” (based on Daniel 1), and “A Fishy Story” (based on Jonah). This text was awarded the Best Children’s Christian Book of the Year by ECPA – Evangelical Christian Publishers Association in May of 2011.
    Permalink: http://amzn.com/0781444993

  3. Here is my submission:

    http://www.amazon.com/Manga-Messiah-Tyndale/dp/1414316801

    I found this in the ‘Early Church’ (or whatever it is called) section at Barnes and Noble.

    • Deane Galbraith says:

      Early Church manga, huh? Nice facial hair on Jesus.

      The blurb says it’s “edgy”. Use of that word is a surefire indication that it is anything but.

      Thank you for your nomination.

      The Action Bible

  4. Cris says:

    Great stuff here! How about this lascivious entry: “Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God”

    The cover has in/out or up/down arrows as signifiers of something….

    http://www.parable.com/i.Crazy-Love-Overwhelmed-by-a-Relentless-God-Chan-Francis.9781434768513#

  5. Cris says:

    Another entry: “Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food”

    The cover has woman, bent over and suggestively hidden, whose face is buried in a box resembling an old-timey fridge. The cravings run deep.

    http://www.parable.com/i.Made-to-Crave-Satisfying-Your-Deepest-Desire-with-God-Not-Fo.9780310293262#

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  7. Yohan John Kunnenkeril says:

    Nice

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