Author and adjunct professor Joy Jordan-Lake recently received the 2009 Christy Award for excellence in Christian Fiction. The award was presented on July 11 at the tenth annual Christy Awards presentation in Denver, Colo. Jordan-Lake’s Blue Hole Back Home took home top honors in the First Novel category. It was also recently selected by Baylor University as the Common Book 2009, which will be read by more than 4,000 incoming freshmen. Each year The Christy Award invites publishers to submit novels written from a Christian worldview and copyrighted in the year preceding the awards. The novels are then read and evaluated against a 10-point criteria by a panel of seven judges composed of librarians, reviewers, academicians, literary critics and other qualified readers, none of whom have a direct affiliation with a publishing company.