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: “Saved by Beauty,” by Brother Michael O'Neill McGrath, OSFS; Forward by Robert Ellsberg; Edited by Christine Krzystofczyk (World Library Publications).Second Place: “Journey to the Heart,” by Kim Nataraja (Orbis Books).Third Place: “The Chapels of Notre Dame,” by Lawrence Cunningham; Photography: Matt Cashore (University of Notre Dame Press).Spirituality: Soft CoverFirst Place: “Eternal Consciousness,” by John S. Dunne (University of Notre Dame Press).Second Place: “Genius Born of Anguish: The Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen,” by Michael W. Higgins & Kevin Burns (Paulist Press).Third Place: “Saints As They Really Are: Voices of Holiness in Our Time,” by Michael Plekon (University of Notre Dame Press).Spirituality: Hard CoverFirst Place: “Messages of Glory: The Narrative Art of Roman Catholicism,” by Robert A. Flischel, Joe Simon, Jay Yocis, Anne Husted Burleigh, Rev. Christopher Armstrong, Monsignor William Cleves and Margo Warminski (David-Flischel Enterprises).Second Place: “A World of Prayer,” by Rosalind Bradley (Orbis Books).Third Place: “A Rhythm of Life: The Monastic Way,” by Brother Victor-Antoine D'Avila-Latourrette (Liguori Publications).TheologyFirst Place: “If These Walls Could Talk,” by Maureen H. O’Connell (Liturgical Press).Second Place: “Balthasar: A (Very) Critical Introduction,” by Karen Kilby (William B. Eerdmans).Third Place: “Dust Bound for Heaven: Explorations in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas,” by Reinhard Hutter (William B. Eerdmans).ScriptureFirst Place: “First Corinthians,” by Pheme Perkins (Baker Academic).Second Place: “God's Saving Grace: A Pauline Theology,” by Frank J. Matera (William B. Eerdmans).Third Place: “Jesus of Nazareth: What He Wanted, Who He Was,” by Gerhard Lohfink (Liturgical Press).LiturgyFirst Place: “Liturgy: The Illustrated History,” by Keith F. Pecklers (Paulist Press).Second Place: “Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity: Ritual, Visual, and Theological Dimensions,” by Robin M. Jensen (Baker Academic).Third Place: “Hunger and You Fed me, Homilies and Reflections for Cycle C,” by Deacon Jim Knipper, editor, featuring James Martin, SJ, and Richard Rohr, OFM (Clear Vision Publishing).Pastoral ministryFirst Place: “Embracing the End of Life: Help for Those Who Accompany the Dying,” by Michelle O'Rourke and Eugene Dufour (Novalis).Second Place: “Nourishing the Spirit,” by James D. Whitehead, Evelyn Eaton Whitehead (Orbis Books).Third Place: “My Neighbor's Faith,” by Jennifer Howe Peace, Or N. Rose, Gregory Mobley (Orbis Books).Professional BooksFirst Place: “God's Mission and PostModern Culture,” by John C. Sivalon, MM (Orbis Books).Second Place: “The Inner Life of Priests,” by Gerard J. McGlone, SJ, and Len Sperry (Liturgical Press).Third Place: “Same Call, Different Men,” by Mary L. Gautier, Paul M. Peri, Rev. Stephen J. Fichter (Liturgical Press).Design and ProductionFirst Place: “Notre Dame's Happy Returns,” by Brian O'Conchubhair, Susan Mullen Guibert; Photography: Matt Cashore (University of Notre Dame Press).Second Place: “A Call to Vision: A Jesuit’s Perspective on the World,” by Don Doll, SJ (Magis Productions, Creighton University Press).Third Place: “Journey to the Heart,” by Kim Nataraja (Orbis Books).Children's BooksFirst Place: “Mary's Song,” by Lee Bennett Hopkins, author; Stephen Alcorn, Illustrator (William B. Eerdmans).Second Place: “I Wasn't Dead When I Wrote This,” by Lisa-Marie Calderone-Stewart (Loyola Press).Third Place: “Forever You: A Book About Your Soul and Body,” by Nicolle Lataiff; Illustrated by Mary Rojas (Pauline Books & Media).First Time Author of a BookFirst Place: “The Infertility Companion for Catholics,” by Angelique Ruhi-Lopez and Carmen Santamaria (Ave Maria Press).Second Place: “Living Celibacy: Healthy Pathways for Priests,” by Gerdnio Sonny Manuel, SJ (Paulist Press).Third Place: “What's So Funny About Faith,” by Jake Martin, SJ (Loyola Press).Family Life First Place: “Getting the Marriage Conversation Right,” by William B. May (Emmaus Road Publishing).Second Place: “Catholic and Newly Married,” by Kathy and Steve Beirne (ACTA Publications).Third Place: “Build Your House Upon Rock: A Bible Study for Catholics Preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage,” by Nancy Humes (Emmaus Road Publishing).History First Place: “Latin Catholicism: Transformation in America's Largest Church,” by Timothy Matovina (Princeton University Press).Second Place: “History of the World Christian Movement, Volume II Modern Christianity from 1545-1800,” by Dale T. Irvin, Scott W. Sundquist (Orbis Books).Third Place: “Were the Popes Against the Jews? Tracking the Myths,” Confronting the Ideologies, by Justus George Lawler (William B. Eerdmans).Biography First Place: “Redeeming the Past,” by Father Michael Lapsley with Stephen Karakashian (Orbis Books).Second Place: “Leonardo and The Last Supper,” by Ross King (Walker Books).Third Place: “The Pope and I,” by Jerzy Kluger (Orbis Books).Gender IssuesFirst Place: “She Who Imagines,” by Laurie Cassidy and Maureen H. O'Connell (Liturgical Press).Second Place: “Woman-Killing in Juarez,” by Rafael Luevano (Orbis Books).Third Place: “The Catholic Girl's Survival Guide for the Single Years: The Nuts and Bolts of Staying Sane and Happy While Waiting for Mr. Right,” by Emily Stimpston (Emmaus Road Publishing).Best Book by a Small PublisherFirst Place: “Eli's Reach: On the Value of Human Life and the Power of Prayer,” by Chad Judice (Acadian House Publishing).Second Place: “Hunger and You Fed me, Homilies and Reflections for Cycle C,” by Deacon Jim Knipper, editor, featuring James Martin, SJ, and Richard Rohr, OFM (Clear Vision Publishing).Third Place: “Reading God's Handwriting: Poems,” by Philip C. Kolin (Kaufmann Publishing).Catholic Social TeachingFirst Place: “Option for the Poor and for the Earth,” by Donal Dorr (Orbis Books).Second Place: “Gandhi and the Unspeakable,” by James W. Douglass (Orbis Books).Third Place: “Kinship Across Borders: A Christian Ethic of Immigration,” by Kristin E. Heyer (Georgetown University Press).Faith & ScienceFirst Place: “In the Beginning Was the Spirit,” by Diarmuid O' Murchu (Orbis Books).Second Place: “Vast Universe,” by Thomas F. O'Mera, OP (Liturgical Press).Third Place: “God and Evolution? Science Meets Faith,” by Dr. Gerard M. Verschuuren (Pauline Books and Media).50th Anniversary of Vatican IIFirst Place: “My Journal of the Council,” by Yves Congar, OP (Liturgical Press).Second Place: “Vatican II: 50 Personal Stories,” by William Madges & Michael J. Daley (Orbis Books).Third Place: “After Vatican II: Trajectories and Hermenutics,” by James L. Heft (William B. Eerdmans).The Year of FaithFirst Place: “Christian Spirituality for Seekers,” by Roger Haight (Orbis Books).Second Place: “Friends in Christ,” by Brother John of Taize (Orbis Books).Third Place: “Along the Way Lessons for an Authentic Journey of Faith,” by Randy Hain (Liguori Publications).Faithful CitizenshipFirst Place: “Law's Virtues: Fostering Autonomy and Solidarity in American Society,” by Cathleen Kaveny (Georgetown University Press).Second Place: “Seek First the Kingdom,” by Cardinal Donald Wuerl (Our Sunday Visitor).Third Place: “The Gospel of Rutba,” by Greg Barrett (Orbis Books).THE PUBLISHERSAcadian House Publishing, Lafayette, LAACTA Publications, Chicago, IL Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, INBaker Academic, Ada, MIClear Vision Publishing, Manalpan, NJDavid-Flischel Enterprises, Cincinnati, OHEmmaus Road Publishing, Steubenville, OHGeorgetown University Press, Washington, DCKaufmann Publishing, St. Simons Island, GALiguori Publications, Liguori, MOLiturgical Press, Collegeville, MNLoyola Press, Chicago, ILMagis Productions, Creighton University Press, Omaha, NENovalis, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaOrbis Books, Maryknoll, NYOur Sunday Visitor, Huntington, INPauline Books & Media, Boston, MAPaulist Press, Mahwah, NJPrinceton University Press, Princeton, NJUniversity of Notre Dame Press, Notre Dame, INWalker Books, New York, NYWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids, MIWorld Library Publications, Franklin Park, IL