April 5, 2017

For Immediate Release
Association of Catholic Publishers
ACP Announces Finalists
for 2017 "Excellence in Publishing Awards"

Mercy, Faith, Peace Are Dominant Themes
Press Release in Word Format 
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:
Edith Stein (Paulist Press); Joseph Bernardin (Liturgical Press); The Berrigan Letters (Orbis Books); The Lion of Münster: The Bishop Who Roared Against the Nazis (Saint Benedict Press)
Children's Books
32 Days: A Story of Faith and Courage (Pauline Books and Media); A Single Bead (Pauline Books and Media); Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World (Loyola Press); Momma, Momma, Who Made the Stars? (Lulu Publishing); Mother Theresa: A Life of Love (Liguori Publications); Treachery and Truth: A Story of Sinners, Servants, and Saints (Pauline Books and Media)
General Interest
Cleansed: A Catholic Guide to Freedom from Porn (Pauline Books and Media); I Believe (Orbis Books); One Ordinary Sunday (Ave Maria Press); Red, White, Blue, and Catholic (Liguori Publications); The Complete Encyclicals, Bulls, and Apostolic Exhortations (Vol. 1) (Ave Maria Press); The Root of War Is Fear (Orbis Books); Walking Home Together (Twenty-Third Publications)
Be Who You Are (Clear Faith Publishing); Beatitudes of Peace (Twenty-Third Publications); Blessed Among Us (Liturgical Press); Divine Mercy for Moms (Ave Maria Press); Little Sins Mean a Lot (Our Sunday Visitor); People of God's Mercy (Twenty-Third Publications); Remembering God's Mercy (Ave Maria Press); Twelve Little Ways to Change Your World (Ave Maria Press)
Prayer & Spirituality
Faith (Paulist Press); Learning the Language of the Soul (Liturgical Press); Manual for Marian Devotion (Saint Benedict Press); My Heart Is Ready (Clear Faith Publishing); Taste and See: Experiencing the Goodness of God with Our Five Senses (Loyola Press); The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion (Ave Maria Press); Yearning for You, My God (Twenty-Third Publications)
Resources for Liturgy
Of Poets, Prophets, and Preachers (World Library Publications); One Love (Liturgical Press); The Order of Celebrating Matrimony, Second Edition (Liturgical Press); Three Great Days (Liturgical Press)
Resources for Ministry
Called to Community: The Life Jesus Wants for His People (Plough Publishing); Great Catholic Parishes (Ave Maria Press); Redeeming Conflict (Ave Maria Press); To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach (Ave Maria Press); When We Visit Jesus in Prison (ACTA Publications); Witness: Learning to Tell the Stories of Grace that Illuminate Our Lives (Ave Maria Press)
Resources for Ministry-Programs
Children of Light: Precatechumenate Sessions for Children and Families (World Library Publications); Doors of Mercy: Exploring God's Covenant with You (Saint Benedict Press); Joined by Grace (Ave Maria Press); Journey of Faith for Adults (Liguori Publications); Journey of Faith for Teens (Liguori Publications); Luke: The Gospel of Mercy (Saint Benedict Press)
Bringing the Gospel of John to Life (Our Sunday Visitor); Mercy (Liturgical Press); The Holy Spirit: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics (Our Sunday Visitor)
Fusion en la fe: Edicion para escuela primaria (Our Sunday Visitor); Jornada de fe para adolescents (Liguori Publications); Jornada de fe para adultos (Liguori Publications); Ministerio hispano (Ave Maria Press); Nuestra vida Catolica: El camino humano de la fe (El Credo) (Twenty-Third Publications); Querido Papa Francisco: El Papa responde a las cartas de niños de todo el mundo (Loyola Press); Sean mis testigos: Formacion par la Nueva Evagelizacion (RENEW International)
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.
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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