I’m thrilled to pass along the news that my most recent book, Living the Sacraments: Finding God at the Intersection of Heaven and Earth, has been awarded a Gold Medal in the Catholic category of the Illumination Book Awards!
The Illumination Book Awards are designed to honor the year’s best new titles written and published with a Christian worldview. Here’s how Loyola Press describes my book:
Too many Catholics view the sacraments as isolated rites of passage disconnected from daily living, hoops to jump through, rather than as gateways to fulfilling lives centered on a spiritual relationship with God. Such a misunderstanding distances Catholics from the heart of their spiritual vitality and renders the Church less relevant to their experience.
In his friendly, practical, and accessible style, best-selling author and master teacher Joe Paprocki opens up this critical aspect of Catholic life in Living the Sacraments. He presents the sacraments as a spiritual path. Their power and grace open our hearts to ongoing encounter with God. By inviting readers to delve into the mystery of God’s self-revelation through the sacraments, by teaching the essence of each sacrament without being overbearing, and by inviting readers to reflect the divine image of God, Paprocki shows us that the sacraments allow us to experience God’s presence in Church rites and through ordinary, tangible experiences. We can, and should, celebrate the sacraments—but we are transformed as we live them.
I’m particularly excited to be in the company of six other Loyola Press books that are also being honored by the Illumination Awards! Here’s the full list of Loyola Press winners:
Christian Living: Gold: God Isn’t Finished with Me Yet by Barbara Lee
Catholic: Gold: Living the Sacraments by Joe Paprocki; Bronze: On Hope by Pope Francis
Education: Gold: Loyola Kids Book of Catholic Signs & Symbols by Amy Welborn
Spirituality: Bronze: The Prayer List by Jane Knuth
Self-Help/Recovery: Gold: Make Today Matter by Chris Lowney
Keepsake/Gift/Specialty Bible: Gold: Sharing the Wisdom of Time by Pope Francis and Friends
Congratulations, Joe. You bested the Pope in your category! Keep on inviting others to experience God’s love in the Sacraments, and keep on encouraging your fellow catechists to do the same. Thank you for sharing your gifts of writing and catechesis with the world.
LOL, thanks, Christina!
That’s awesome and well deserved!
Thanks so much, Dianna!