While I was in New Orleans last week, we received word about two awards that we received by a fairly new organization, The Illumination Book Awards, whose tag line is "Shining a Light on Exemplary Christian Books."
They present two kinds of awards. The first is what most organizations that give publishing awards do: they only give awards to books published in the past year. The Illumination Book Awards do this as well. Brother Mickey McGrath's book, Go to Joseph, won a bronze medal in the "Devotional Books" category.
The second type of award is quite interesting, their "Enduring Light medals," described on their web site:
"As most book award contests recognize only titles released during the previous calendar year or two, we’ve created the Enduring Light medals to reward exemplary Christian-themed books published since the year 2000. These medals are presented to books with enduring messages in five categories: Christian Thought; Devotional; Inspirational; Christian Fiction; and Christian Children’s Book."
It was with great delight that we were notified that Mickey McGrath's Saved by Beauty: A Spiritual Journey with Dorothy Day, won the gold medal in the "Devotional Books" category.
I was with Brother Mickey last week in New Orleans, as we were both speaking at the Gulf Coast Faith Formation Conference. It was wonderful to able to share the good news with him. If you have never heard him speak, you should definitely try to attend either the upcoming Mid-Atlantic Congress in Baltimore, or the LA Religious Education Congress in Anaheim; he'll be speaking at both.
Congratulations to Brother Mickey McGrath and to our fine staff here who worked with Mickey in the design and editing of both books. Have I told you lately that I love working at World Library Publications? Have I told you lately how proud I am of the staff here and our authors, artists, and composers?
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.