Christian Writers Awarded
Writers from a wide range of Canadian churches won awards from The Word Guild, a national writers’ association, in June. The annual Word Awards drew more than 285 entries published last year across 31 categories. Winners were
presented with cash prizes at a gala event in Mississauga, Ont., on June 12.
This year’s $5,000 Grace Irwin book award went to Sheila Wray Gre-goire of Belleville, Ont., for The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex (published by
Zondervan, reviewed in the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of Faith Today).
Faith Today articles among the winners included Karen Stiller’s “
Hemorrhaging Faith: Why They’re Leaving” (long feature category), “Canadian
Women are International Leaders” co-written by Faith Today senior editors
Karen Stiller and Bill Fledderus (short feature), and “The Life of Peter Penner (1929-2011)” by Richard Erlendson (profile/human interest).
Several authors were multiple winners.
Lawrence Brice of Port Rowan, Ont., took home the top prize in the
instructional book and apologet-ics/evangelism categories for
Confident Faith: In a World That Wants
to Believe (Deep River Books).
Margaret Terry of Burlington,
Ont., won for Dear Deb: A Woman
With Cancer, A Friend With Secrets
and the Letters That Became Their
Miracle (Thomas Nelson, reviewed
in the May/June 2013 issue of Faith
Today) in both the general market
and life stories categories, and was
also awarded for an article she wrote.
A complete list of winners is available at www.
PHo To: www.BrInGI TonCommunICATIonS.Com
Afterward 200 writers, editors, agents and
publishers met in Guelph, Ont., for three days for Canada’s largest Christian writers’
conference, also held by The Word Guild.
a conversational style, “with
the sincere wish that by sharing the lessons I have learned,
you will find your journey
a bit easier.” Yet the book is
decidedly professional, both
in format and content. It will
add purpose and motivation
to any career, whether you are
changing direction or not.
3D Success is chock full of
real-life challenges and practical suggestions. It portrays
a strong work ethic and promotes positive attitude and
integrity, also stressing the
importance of maintaining
mental, physical, emotional
and spiritual health to be successful.
If I were to describe it in one
word, I would choose “
encouraging.” I recommend it to anyone who needs a career boost,
whether in transition or not.
–Janice L. Dick
green shoots Out
of Dry ground:
growing a new
Future for the
Church in Canada
Editor: John P. Bowen
Wipf and stock, 2013.
304 pages. $35
in Mid life
Author: linda Wegner
Word Alive Press, 2012.
130 pages. $14
From cover to cover this book is a success, offer- ing positive insights and
suggestions to people between
the ages of 45 and 64 who are
considering creating their own
businesses or recreating their
The author writes from per-
quotes from various sources
and closing with Lessons I’ve
worth having comes
easy”) and Some-
thing to Think About
(“How do I want
to be remembered
when my life is end-