2019 ACP Award Nominees

Clear Faith Publishing is honored to announce that two of its authors and books were honored as finalists by the Association of Catholic Publishers.

“Come, Lord Jesus, Come” by David Haas was named finalist in the Prayer category, and “From No to Yes” by Rev. William A. Bausch was named finalists in the Resources for Liturgy category for the Excellence in Publishing awards.

We congratulate our authors and are grateful for this recognition of their work by the ACP.

No to Yes

Come, Lord Jesus, Come!

Unchained’s Author Nancy Vericker LIVE on the Megyn Kelly TODAY Show

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The opioid crisis is one of the most significant societal and health care issues that the United States has ever known; it is an epidemic that cuts across society. Ruining some lives and taking other lives, opioid addiction is ripping through our country like a consuming blaze.

Joe and Nancy Vericker and their children were a close-knit family living in Scarsdale, NY. They spent a great deal of time together and pursued a variety of interests. Then the fabric of their lives began to unravel as they experienced an unexpected turn in their son JP’s life – he became an addict. The Veirckers tried everything to help, heal, and save their son, and eventually through the grace of forgiveness and truth, things turned around. Once homeless and hopelessly addicted to drugs and alcohol, JP is now eight years sober and co-founder of a substance abuse treatment program. His mother Nancy is a youth minister and spiritual director.  Once desperate for solutions, today they are using their experiences to help others.

In their new book “Unchained, Our Family’s Addiction Mess is our Message” from Clear Faith Publishing, JP and his mother Nancy lay out what tore them apart, and what brought them back together. It is a riveting account of one family’s descent into chaos and despair, followed by their ascent to healing and hope. Fresh from an interview on Megyn Kelly Today, Nancy is ready to hit the road promoting the important work of healing the addiction epidemic, one family at a time.

Watch “Unchained” Author Nancy Vericker Featured on the Megyn Kelly TODAY Show:

Catholic Press Association Book Awards for 2017

Clear Faith Publishing is honored to announce that two of its authors and books were honored as recipients of the Catholic Press Association Book Awards for 2017.

In the category “Best Book from a Small Publisher”, Bro. Mickey McGrath’s graphic and inspirational book of Salesian wisdom “Be Who You Are, The Spirit of Saint Francis de Sales in Words and Illuminations” was awarded First Place award.

David Haas’ book, “My Heart is Ready, Psalm-Poems for Prayer and Proclamation” was awarded Second Place in the same category of “Best Book from a Small Publisher” and also was recognized with a Second Place award in the “Prayer” category. “My Heart is Ready” uses the psalms as an anchor for prayer, worship, and reflection.

We offer congratulations and blessings for Bro. Mickey and David Haas, and are delighted to collaborate with them. We are thankful to the CPA for this recognition!

My Heart Is Ready: ACP 3rd Place Winner

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Dear Pope Francis from Loyola Press 2017 Book of the Year
Models of Grace, Mercy, Faith Primary Focus of 2017 Winners

BALTIMORE, MD — The Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Excellence in Publishing Awards which recognize the best in Catholic publishing.
“As we look at the 2017 winners, we cannot underestimate the hunger on the part of readers to explore the grace, mercy, and faith that Pope Francis champions,” stated Therese Brown, executive director of the Association of Catholic Publishers. “The desire is deeply rooted, and publishers are responding with works in every category, for every age, to satisfy this hunger.”
The 2017 “Book of the Year” is Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World from Loyola Press, currently #24 in Christian Children’s Books at Amazon. “The questions are both thought-provoking and interesting, and Pope Francis illustrates his respect and care for children in his answers,” commented one of the judges. The “Book of the Year” is selected from among the first-place finishers.
Ave Maria Press and Liturgical Press tied with 5 total awards each. A total of 12 different publishers received honors. Ave Maria Press received 2 first place awards, and Liturgical Press had 1. Books from 14 different publishers were represented across the 11 categories.
The reading public also recognizes the quality of these titles through their purchasing patterns as measured by Amazon. Of the 31 awardees, 17 are in the top 1000 sales of an Amazon book subcategory. Of those, 13 are in the top 500, and of those, 6 are in the top 100, led by A Single Bead from Pauline Books and Media at #9 in Teen books (Emotions & Feelings).
The following titles are the 2017 winners of the “Excellence in Publishing Awards” by category.

Biography
1. The Lion of Münster: The Bishop Who Roared Against the Nazis by Fr. Daniel Utrecht (Saint Benedict Press)
2. Edith Stein by Marian Maskulak, CPS (Paulist Press)
3. Joseph Bernardin by Steven P. Millies (Liturgical Press)
Children’s Books
1. Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World by Pope Francis (Loyola Press)
2. A Single Bead by Stephanie Engelman (Pauline Books and Media)
3. 32 Days: A Story of Faith and Courage by Ellen Lucey Prozeller (Pauline Books and Media)
General Interest
1. One Ordinary Sunday by Paula Huston (Ave Maria Press)
2. Walking Home Together by Michael Mercer (Twenty-Third Publications)
3. The Root of War Is Fear by Jim Forest (Orbis Books)
Inspirational
1. Remembering God’s Mercy by Dawn Eden (Ave Maria Press)
2. Little Sins Mean a Lot by Elizabeth Scalia (Our Sunday Visitor)
3. Blessed Among Us by Robert Ellsberg (Liturgical Press)
Prayer and Spirituality
1. Faith: Practices, Models and Sources of the Spirit by Walter Kasper (Paulist Press)
2. Learning the Language of the Soul by Andrew D. Mayes (Liturgical Press)
3. My Heart Is Ready by David Haas (Clear Faith Publishing)
Resources for Liturgy
1. Three Great Days by Jeremy Helmes (Liturgical Press)
2. One Love, A Pastoral Guide to The Order of Celebrating Matrimony by Paul Turner (Liturgical Press)
3. Of Poets, Prophets, and Preachers by Joseph J. Juknialis (World Library Publications)
Resources for Ministry
1. When We Visit Jesus in Prison by Chaplain Dale S. Recinella (ACTA Publications)
2. Redeeming Conflict by Ann M. Garrido (Ave Maria Press)
3. To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach by Jared Dees (Ave Maria Press)
Resources for Ministry (Programs)
1. Doors of Mercy: Exploring God’s Covenant with You by Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, STD (Saint Benedict Press)
2. Joined by Grace by John Bosio and Teri Bosio (Ave Maria Press)
3. Luke: The Gospel of Mercy by Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, STD and Paul Thigpen, PhD (Saint Benedict Press)
Scripture
1. Bringing the Gospel of John to Life by George Martin (Our Sunday Visitor)
Spanish
1. Querido Papa Francisco: El Papa responde a las cartas de niños de todo el mundo by Pope Francis (Loyola Press)
2. Sean mis testigos: Formacion par la Nueva Evagelizacion by Kathia and Andres Arango (RENEW International)
3. Nuestra Vida Catolica: El Camino Humano de la Fe (El Credo) by Bill Huebsch (Twenty-Third Publications)
Theology
1. The Strength of Her Witness by Elizabeth A. Johnson (Orbis Books)
2. A Commentary on Laudato Si by Kevin W. Irwin (Paulist Press)
3. The Fellowship of the Beatific Vision: Chaucer on Overcoming Tyranny and Becoming Ourselves by Norm Klassen (Cascade Books (Wipf and Stock))

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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To schedule interviews, contact Therese Brown at 410-988-2926 or at tbrown@catholicpublishers.org.

Illumination Book Awards 2017

Each year the Jenkins Group, confers the Annual Illumination Book Awards. The goal is to draw attention to new titles with a Christian perspective. They look at a diverse group of publications and authors from around the world, from publishers large and small.

This year we were honored to learn that “Be Who You Are: The Spirit of St. Francis de Sales in Words and Illuminations” from Bro. Mickey McGrath, OSFS was selected. This book won in the Keepsake/Gift/Specialty Bible category.

Congratulations to all the winning authors, especially Bro. Mickey!