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 11 categories: Biography, Children's Books, General Interest, Inspirational, Prayer and Spirituality, Resources for Liturgy, Resources for Ministry, Resources for Ministry-Programs, Scripture, Spanish, and Theology. A "Book of the Year" will be named from among the first-place finishers of the 11 categories.
"The themes of mercy, faith, and peace are woven through many of this year's finalists," noted Therese Brown, ACP's executive director. "Some are deep explorations of their presence while others address their absence."
Three publishers produced 27 of the 63 finalists: Ave Maria Press (12), Liturgical Press (9), and Liguori Publications (6).
Each category was judged by a three-person panel, which reviewed and evaluated the entries, reducing the number of finalists to 6-8 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:
Prayer & Spirituality
Resources for Liturgy
Resources for Ministry
Resources for Ministry-Programs
A Commentary on Laudato Si
(Paulist Press); A Ministry of Discernment (Liturgical Press); The Fellowship of the Beatific Vision: Chaucer on Overcoming Tyranny and Becoming Ourselves (Cascade Books (Wipf and Stock)); The Strength of Her Witness (Orbis Books); Vatican I and Vatican II (Liturgical Press)
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. Programs for marriage preparation or children's RCIC are under the category of "Resources for Ministry-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.