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At the annual Catholic Media Convention in late June, the Catholic Press Association presented its awards to books judged superior in various categories. This week, The Tidings presents those books which earned first, second and third place honors, with publishers listed in parentheses.Popular Presentation of the Catholic FaithFirst Place: “Why Stay Catholic,” Michael Leach (Loyola Press).Second Place: “The Emerging Catholic Church,” Tom Roberts (Orbis).Third Place: “Practice Makes Catholic,” Joe Paprocki (Loyola Press).Spirituality: Soft CoverFirst: “Gustavo Gutierrez: Spiritual Writings,” Selected by Daniel G. Groody (Orbis).Second: “The Finding God in the Dark II: Taking the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius to the Movies,” John Pungente, SJ, and Monty Williams, SJ (Novalis).Third: “Why Stay Catholic,” Michael Leach (Loyola Press).Spirituality: Hard CoverFirst: “Between Heaven and Mirth,” James Martin, SJ (Harper-One).Second: “The Monastery of the Heart,” Joan Chittister (Bluebridge).Third: “Praying with the Earth,” John Philip Newell (Wm. B. Eerdmans).TheologyFirst: “The Cross and the Lynching Tree,” James H. Cone (Orbis).Second: “The Analogy of Being: Invention of the Antichrist or the Wisdom of God?” Thomas Joseph White (Wm. B. Eerdmans).Third: “Christianity in Evolution: An Exploration,” Jack Mahoney (Georgetown University Press).ScriptureFirst: “Prophetic JESUS, Prophetic CHURCH: The Challenge of Luke-Acts to Contemporary Christians,” Luke Timothy Johnson (Wm. B. Eerdmans).Second: “Readings from the Edges: The Bible & People on the Move,” Jean-Pierre Ruiz (Orbis).Third: “The Bible in Medieval Tradition: The Letter to the Galatians,” Ian Christopher Levy (Wm. B. Eerdmans).LiturgyFirst: “Pastoral Companion to the Roman Missal,” Rev. Paul Turner (World Library).Second: “Living the Liturgy,” Joe Paprocki & Fr. Dominic Grassi (Loyola Press).Third: “Daily Mass Intercessions,” Bryan M. Cones (World Library).Pastoral ministryFirst: “The Church and the New Media,” Brandon Vogt (Our Sunday Visitor Publishing).Second: “To Tell the Sacred Tale,” Janet K. Ruffing, RSM (Crossroad).Third: “In the Spirit of St. Francis & the Sultan,” George Dardess, Marvin L. Krier Mich (Orbis).Professional BooksFirst: “Pastoral Companion to the Roman Missal,” Rev. Paul Turner (World Library).Second: “The Enemies of Excellence: 7 Reasons Why We Sabotage Success,” Greg Salciccioli (Crossroad).Third: “The Pope and The CEO,” Andreas Widmer (Emmaus Road).EducationFirst: “The Challenge and Spirituality of Catholic Social Teaching,” Marvin L. Krier Mich (Orbis).Second: “The World As It Could Be,” Thomas B. Williams (Crossroad).Third: “Catholic Social Learning: Educating the Faith That Does Justice,” Roger Bergman (Fordham University Press).Design and ProductionFirst: “The Roman Missal Deluxe Edition,” Mike Novak, editor; Kathy Ade & Denise Durand, typesetting (World Library).Second: “All Is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day,” Jim Forest (Orbis).Third: “Sinner: The Catholic Guy’s Funny, Feeble Attempts to Be a Faithful Catholic,” Lino Rulli (Servant).Children's BooksFirst: “Images of God for Young Children,” Marie-Hélèn Delval (Wm. B. Eerdmans).Second: “Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha,” Anne E. Neuberger; illustrated by Kevin Davidson (Novalis).Third: “The Ten Marys and the Angel Gabriel,” Aurora Magni; illustrated by Francesca Vignaga (Paulist Press).First Time Author of a BookFirst: “The Emerging Catholic Church,” Tom Roberts (Orbis).Second: “No Longer Silent: The Empowerment of Women in the Gospels,” Susan Dehn Matthews (ACTA).Third: “A Month of Mondays,” Karen Eifler, forward by Patrick Hannon, CSC (ACTA).Family Life First: “Moments of Grace: Days of a Faith-Filled Dreamer,” Christopher de Vinck (Paulist Press).Second: “Aging is a Family Affair,” Mary Ann Massey (Crossroad).Third: “Grace Notes,” Brian Doyle (ACTA).History First: “The Catholic Studies Reader,” James T. Fisher and Margaret McGuinness (Fordham University Press).Second: “Great American Catholic Eulogies,” Carol DeChant (ACTA).Third: “Witness of the Body: The Past, Present and Future of Christian Martyrdom,” Michael L. Budde & Karen Scott (Wm. B. Eerdmans).Biography First: “All Is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day,” Jim Forest (Orbis).Second: “On the Threshold of the Future,” Claudette LaVerdiere (Orbis).Third: “The Heart of a Priest,” Paul LaPorte, Fr. Edwin Thome (Mission Communications).Gender IssuesFirst: “Prophets In Their Own Country,” Sandra M. Schneiders (Orbis).Second: “Women & Catholicism: Gender, Communion, and Authority,” Phyllis Zagano (Palgrave Macmillan).Third: “No Longer Silent,” Susan Dehn Matthews (ACTA).Best Book by a Small PublisherFirst: “The Monastery of the Heart,” Joan Chittister (Bluebridge).Second: “Ordinary and Extraordinary Means of Conserving Life,” Daniel A. Cronin (National Catholic Bioethics Center).Third: “God Moments II: Recognizing the Fruits of the Holy Spirit,” Michele Elena Bondi (Joseph Karl Publishing).Social ConcernsFirst: “Migrations of the Holy,” William T. Cavanaugh (Wm. B. Eerdmans).Second: “The World as It Could Be,” Thomas B. Williams (Crossroad). Third: “The Social Mission of the U.S. Catholic Church,” Charles Curran, Georgetown University Press).Faith & ScienceFirst: “Environmental Science and Theology in Dialogue,” Russell A. Butkus, Steven A. Kolmes (Orbis).Second: “Bioethics Matters,” Moira McQueen (Novalis).Third: “The Emergent Christ,” Ilia Delio (Orbis).THE PUBLISHERSACTA Publications, Chicago, IL Bluebridge, Katonah, NYCrossroad Publishing, Chestnut Ridge, NYEmmaus Road Publishing, Steubenville, OHFordham University Press, Bronx, NYGeorgetown University Press, Washington, DCHarper-One, San Francisco, CAJoseph Karl Publishing, Rochester, MNLoyola Press, Chicago, ILMission Communications, Traverse City, MINational Catholic Bioethics Center, Philadelphia, PANovalis, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaOrbis Books, Maryknoll, NYOur Sunday Visitor Publishing, Huntington, INPalgrave Macmillan, New York, NYPaulist Press, Mahwah, NJRandom House, New York, NYSt. Anthony Messenger Press, Cincinnati, OHServant Books, Cincinnati, OHWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids, MIWorld Library Publications, Franklin Park, IL

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