Pope Francis wins first place with Dear Pope FrancisLoyola Press brings us a well-documented interaction between the pope and children from all corners of the world. Children are very curious beings. They rarely get the chance or platform to satisfy or express this curiosity. In the book titled Dear Pope Francis, the pope tries to quench their spiritual curiosity by answering their questions. The questions range from sweet and innocent to serious and heart breaking. The pope doesn’t ignore them but tries his best to answer their questions while educating them on God’s unconditional love.
The pope received 259 letters from 26 countries. Only 31 of them made the final cut to the book. The book was published by Loyola Press which is an apostolate of the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus. Loyola Press embraces the passion for helping people find God in all manner of things. It the tradition of excellent service by providing faith-filled content for children and adults. The book makes for an interesting read, and one can see why it won big in the Catholic Press Association 2017 Book Awards.
The Catholic Press Association has been involved in bringing together and serving the Catholic press for more than a century. It is the most recognized and vibrant groups of Catholic publications in the world. It has a member body of about 750 publication members and individual members in the association. The CPA Book Awards presents and recognizes the efforts of those who generate Catholic material to the general public.
Loyola Press took home some awards across several categories:
Always Discerning: An Ignition Spirituality for the New Millennium, written by Joseph A. Tetlow won first place in the spirituality category. The book comes with a soft cover and received glowing reviews from the Catholic Press Association.
Operating on Faith: A Painfully True Love Story, written by Matt Weber and clinched the first Place in the marriage category. The CPA writes – “…narrative reveals the beauty of the spirituality and theology of Catholic marriage in a style and genre young adults will find most appealing.”
A Church on the Move: 52 Ways to Get Mission and Mercy in Motion, written by Joe Paprocki. The book came in second place under the Pastoral Ministry category. The book is said to provide realistic strategies for one to live under Christ.
Taste and See: Experiencing the Goodness of God with Our Five Senses, written by Ginny Kubitz Moyer was ranked second in the popular presentation of catholic faith category. The book received good reviews, and the CPA said it was a reminder that, no matter the situation and or your emotional state, God is ever-present.
With God in America: The Spiritual Legacy of an Unlikely Jesuit, written by Walter J. Ciszek. This book was ranked third in the spirituality segment.
The 15-Minute Prayer Solution: How One Percent of Your Day Can Transform Your Life, by Gary Jansen. This was given an honorable mention as the CPA deemed it “A fine how-to for someone looking for a way to jump-start a prayer life.”
Dear Pope Francis, Thank you for sharing your wisdom. Your words comfort me so. I am reading your book, The Name of God is Mercy. I love you
— Eleanor (@HesitantWarrior) June 5, 2017