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ACTA Authors Win 5 Catholic Press Association Book Awards




The Catholic Press Association announced, Friday June 22, its 2012 Book Award Winners during a banquet held at the Catholic Media Conference. ACTA took home 5 awards in the categories of: "First Time Author," "Family Life," "History," and "Gender Issues." Congratulations to all our winners!


  • Susan Dehn Matthews took Second Place in the "First Time Author" category with No Longer Silent: The Empowerment of Women in the Gospels. The judges said: "Beautifully presented, No Longer Silent presents meditations expanding on the possible thoughts and feelings of many of the women in the Gospels who have few or no words to speak in the canonical text. This would be a fine book to use either as a subject for individual contemplation or group discussion."
  • Susan Dehn Matthews also took Third Place in the "Gender Issues" category with No Longer Silent: The Empowerment of the Women in the Gospels. The judges said: "We are nourished by the author’s invitation to imagine the voices of the women in the Gospels, many of whom do not even have a name. To assist in this imagining she offers Scripture, personal essays, and inviting questions for personal reflection. The format works and the care taken in the interior design enhances the meditative feel and use."       


  • Karen Eifler took Third Place in the "First Time Author" category with A Month of Mondays. The judges said: "This collection of sometimes funny, often poignant episodes in the life of a Catholic school teacher reminds us of why education, and Catholic education in particular, is a vocation and not just a job. A great gift for a teacher in your life."


  • Brian Doyle took Third Place in the "Family Life" category with Grace Notes. The judges said: "Brian Doyle is a gifted writer who has used his enviable skill to release the inner light that shines through daily realities. The reader will be touched by his stories and become more aware that life is filled with grace."  




  • Carol DeChant took Second Place in the "History" category with Great American Catholic Eulogies. The judges said: "A unique collection of 50 famous American Catholic eulogies as delivered by well-known figures over the years, mostly as In Memoriam printed tributes. Covers the broad expanse of the American Catholic experience: history, religion, politics, sports, ethnicity, entertainment, social justice, men and women."

These books and more are available
at bookstores nationwide
or directly from ACTA Publications 
at (800) 397 - 2282,




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