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ACP Announces Finalists in the 2018 Excellence in Publishing Awards

Tuesday, April 3, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Therese Brown
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BALTIMORE, MD — The Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) is pleased to announce the finalists for the Excellence in Publishing Awards. The goal of these awards is to recognize the best in Catholic publishing.

Awards will be given for books falling into 10 categories: Biography, Children’s Books, General Interest, Inspirational, Prayer and Spirituality, Resources for Liturgy, Resources for Ministry, Scripture, Spanish, and Theology. A “Book of the Year” will be named from among the first-place finishers of the 10 categories.

“Some of the more interesting themes this year revolve around hurt and healing,” noted Therese Brown, ACP’s executive director, "while others tackle religious pluralism and understanding our fellow believers."

Three publishers produced 26 of the 61 finalists: Ave Maria Press (6), Liturgical Press (14), and Our Sunday Visitor (6).

Each category was judged by a three-person panel, which reviewed and evaluated the entries, reducing the number of finalists to 6-9 titles, all of which will move on to the final round of judging. First, second, and third place winners will be announced in June.

The finalists by category are:


All the Pope's Saints: The Jesuits Who Shaped Pope Francis (Our Sunday Visitor); At Play in the Lion's Den (Orbis Books); Daniel Rudd (Liturgical Press); Father Solanus Casey, Revised and Updated (Our Sunday Visitor); The Gospel in Gerard Manley Hopkins (Plough Publishing); i am through you so I (Paulist Press); St. Clare of Assisi: Light from the Cloister (TAN Books); Shahbaz Bhatti (Liturgical Press); You Carried Me: A Daughter's Memoir (Plough Publishing)

Children’s Books

Brigid and the Butter (Pauline Books and Media); How to Be a Hero (Pauline Books and Media); Leo's Gift (Loyola Press); Loyola Kids Book of Bible Stories (Loyola Press); Noel: An Unforgettable Night! (Paulist Press); Saint Clare of Assisi: Runaway Rich Girl (Pauline Books and Media); The Star above the Stable (Saint Mary's Press)

General Interest

Balancing Faith & Work (RENEW International); Catholicism and Citizenship (Liturgical Press); Finding Jesus among Muslims (Liturgical Press); Tuned In: The Power of Pressing Pause and Listening (Our Sunday Visitor); Why I Am Catholic (and You Should Be Too) (Ave Maria Press)


Holy Desperation (Loyola Press); Lift Up Your Heart (Ave Maria Press); Littlest Suffering Souls: Children Whose Short Lives Point Us to Christ (TAN Books); Miracle in Motion: Living a Purposeful Life (Paulist Press); On Hope (Loyola Press); Seeing Haloes (Liturgical Press); Think Right, Live Well: Daily Reflections with Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (Our Sunday Visitor)

Prayer & Spirituality

Awakening Love (Pauline Books and Media); I Want to See: What the Story of Blind Bartimaeus Teaches Us About Fear, Surrender and Walking the Path to Joy (Twenty-Third Publications); In All Seasons, For All Reasons (Liturgical Press); Prayer Seeds (Ave Maria Press); Praying As Living Reminders (Clear Faith Publishing); The Reckless Way of Love (Plough Publishing); Vesper Time (Orbis Books)

Resources for Liturgy

For All the Saints (World Library Publications); Guide for Altar Servers (Liguori Publications); Light in the Darkness (Liturgical Press); Living Liturgy: Spirituality, Celebration, and Catechesis for Sundays and Solemnities Year B (2018) (Liturgical Press)

Resources for Ministry

A Pastor's Toolbox 2 (Liturgical Press); Fruitful Discipleship: Living the Mission of Jesus in the Church and the World (Our Sunday Visitor); Hurting in the Church: A Way Forward for Wounded Catholics (Our Sunday Visitor); Liturgical Catechesis in the 21st Century: A School of Discipleship (Liturgy Training Publications); The Way of Catechesis (Ave Maria Press); Transcending Generations (Liturgical Press); With the Smell of the Sheep (Orbis Books)


Ephesians (Liturgical Press); God's Spousal Love (Threshold Bible Study series) (Twenty-Third Publications); Jesus Approaches (Loyola Press); Missionary Discipleship (Threshold Bible Study series) (Twenty-Third Publications); New Collegeville Bible Commentary: One-Volume Edition (Liturgical Press); Sacred Strangers (Liturgical Press)


El Credo (Ave Maria Press); Interculturalismo y catequesis: Guia del catequista para responder a la diversidad cultural (Twenty-Third Publications); La Confirmación De Los Católicos Adultos (World Library Publications); Manual de los Sacramentos (Liguori Publications)


Creation, God, and Humanity: Engaging the Mystery of Suffering within the Sacred Cosmos (Paulist Press); God Is Not Nice (Ave Maria Press); One in Christ (Liturgical Press); The Joy of Religious Pluralism (Orbis Books)

A brief explanation of each category follows.  Books in the “Biography” category must be about Catholics whose work has made a valuable contribution to the Church and the world on a local level or a universal level. “Children’s Books” are for ages up 18. These titles may provide instruction on specific aspects or general information about the Catholic faith, the Church, or Catholicism.

Books in the “General Interest” category include Church history, collections of essays by theologians or important Catholic thinkers. The “Inspirational” book category focuses on devotional, spiritual, and meditation books and books on saints, holy people, and stories related to people living their faith. “Prayer and Spirituality” are books centered on prayer or spiritual reflection, and include any theme for organizing and presenting such content.

“Resources for Liturgy” covers any book that serves as a formation and preparation tools in parish or school ministry for sacrament preparation, liturgy, and worship. Examples include liturgical ministry guidebooks, lector training resources, and sacramental preparation.

“Resources for Ministry” includes any book that is not part of a ministry program that serves as a faith formation tool in parish ministry for sacrament preparation, catechesis (other than basal programs), adult faith formation, and for use in enrichment programs.

The category of “Scripture” includes books about Scripture, whether scholarly treatments of particular books or collections of books of the Bible. Bibles are excluded from this category. “Spanish” includes books from any awards category (inspiration, biography, prayer and spirituality, etc.) originally published in Spanish for the U.S. market. “Theology” includes books on the topic of Catholic theology, whether scholarly monographs or more popular treatments of theological aspects of Catholic teaching on, for example, the sacraments, the nature of the Church.

The Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) is a membership organization of Catholic publishers, those who provide services to Catholic publishers, and individuals who work with Catholic publishers. The ACP provides opportunities for members to further the Catholic publishing industry, promote Catholic publishing and reading, and engage those they interact with, including retailers, pastoral leaders, individual customers, and staff.

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