During the 2017 Catholic Media Conference in Quebec City, the Catholic Press Association Book Awards were announced. Five books published by the University of Notre Dame Press books received first place, second place, and third place awards. The winners were announced during the Catholic Press Awards Banquet on June 23, 2017.
The Spirit, the Affections, and the Christian Tradition edited by Dale M. Coulter and Amos Yong was named 2017 Catholic Press Association Book Award, First Place in Spirituality: Hard Cover. The judges say, “Rare is the academic collection, with so many contributors, that coheres as a book. This one does, and a fine book it is.”
Tomáš Halík’s I Want You to Be: On the God of Love won the 2017 Catholic Press Association Book Award, First Place in Theology. The judges call this book, which embraces the possibility that ‘God approaches us more as a question than an answer,’ “a compelling text for uncertain times.”
The Shamrock and the Cross: Irish American Novelists Shape American Catholicism by Eileen P. Sullivan was named the 2017 Catholic Press Association Book Award, First Place in Immigration. “Well-written, intellectually satisfying, and free from polemics, Dr. Sullivan’s book deserves a wide readership,” write the judges.
Michael Plekon’s Uncommon Prayer: Prayer in Everyday Experience received the 2017 Catholic Press Association Book Award, Third Place in Prayer. The judges say, “This is a book about the way prayer pervades or can pervade all that we are and do. It offers rich examples from the lives of the saintly and ordinary including the author’s own experiences of life an prayer.”
Four Scraps of Bread by Magda Hollander-Lafon won the 2017 Catholic Press Association Book Award, Second Place in Ecumenism or Interfaith Relations. “This potent, deeply personal collection of graphic vignettes,” according to the judges, “each no longer than a page or two, stemming from the author’s Holocaust experience as a Hungarian Jew, speaks volumes. . . . . [Hollander-Lafon was] subsequently baptized in France.”