For Immediate Release

(Brighton, Michigan — January 18, 2021)

A Little Less Burden; A Little More Delight

Local Author Recognized for Best Independently Published Book

Local author Justin Rossow received the 2020 BIBA® Award for the best independently published book in the Christian category. His book Delight! Discipleship as the Adventure of Loving and Being Loved aims to “relieve the burden of being a Christian with the joy of being a follower.” After a year like 2020, we could all use a little less burden and a little more delight.

According to the Best Indie Book Award™ website, the international competition is open to any English book published after 2016 by an individual or by a micro-publisher; large publishing houses need not apply. Each submission goes through a rigorous vetting process and awards are granted in several categories.

“I’m so thankful for the recognition,” Rossow remarks. “Holding onto any kind of faith is difficult. Facing brokenness in yourself and in your world can be crushing. And I firmly believe following Jesus is supposed to be the most beautiful, challenging, difficult, rewarding, and delightful thing you have ever been a part of.”

Rossow graduated from Concordia, Ann Arbor in ’94 and served congregations in Missouri, Texas, and Michigan, most recently as Senior Pastor at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Ann Arbor until 2019, when he decided to pursue a career in writing for publication. That adventure led to the founding of Next Step Press and the release of seven different resources over the course of 12 months, including three “hymn journals” that each became Amazon #1 New Releases, along with his award-winning book on delight.

The message of Delight! is simple: You bring God joy. And God intends the feeling to be mutual. As one reviewer puts it: “In a deeply reflective and devotional way, Rossow puts delight back on the agenda of the theology of Christian life.” Delight! is available in paperback and Kindle editions. An audio book is scheduled for release in 2021.

If you could use a little less burden and a little more delight in your life right now, go online to The best independently published Christian book of 2020 offers real hope in a difficult time.


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