ACP Announces Finalists for 2017 “Excellence in Publishing” Awards: Mercy, Faith, Peace Are Dominant Themes

BALTIMORE, MD — The Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) is pleased to announce the finalists for the Excellence in Publishing Awards. The goal of these awards is to recognize the best in Catholic publishing.

Awards will be given for books falling into eleven categories: Biography, Children’s Books, General Interest, Inspirational, Prayer and Spirituality, Resources for Liturgy, Resources for Ministry, Resources for Ministry—Programs, Scripture, Spanish, and Theology. A “Book of the Year” will be named from among the first-place finishers of the 11 categories.

Each category was judged by a three-person panel, which reviewed and evaluated the entries, reducing the number of finalists to six to eight titles, all of which will move on to the final round of judging. First, second, and third place winners will be announced in June.

Twenty-Third Publications has five finalists, in four categories:

General Interest

Walking Home Together (Michael Mercer)



The Beatitudes of Peace (John Dear);


People of God’s Mercy (Marci Alborghetti)


Prayer & Spirituality

Yearning for You, My God (James Torrens, S.J.)



Nuestra vida Catolica: El camino humano de la fe (El Credo) (Bill Huebsch)


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 help the Catholic publishing industry grow, promote Catholic publishing and reading, and engage those they interact with, including retailers, pastoral leaders, individual customers, and staff.


Twenty-Third Publications received two awards: Walking Home Together by Michael Mercer and Nuestra Vida Catolica: El Camino Humano de la Fe (El Credo) by Bill Huebsch.

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