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Lisa M. Hendey Honored with ACP Excellence in Publishing Award

May 31, 2012

Ave Maria Press is delighted to announce that A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms, by author Lisa M. Hendey, has won second place in the inspirational category of the 2012 Excellence in Publishing Awards. These awards are sponsored by the Association of Catholic Publishers and seek to recognize the best in Catholic publishing. The winners were announced earlier today at the 2012 Religious Booksellers Trade Exhibit in St. Charles, IL.

(The following is reprinted from the ACP press release)

Awards were given for books falling into six categories: General Interest, Inspirational, Prayer and Spirituality, Scripture, Theology, and Resources for Ministry. The "Book of the Year" was named from among the first-place finishers of the first six categories.

A complete list of the winners by category follows.

General Interest

  1. All Is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day by Jim Forest (Orbis Books)
  2. Wisdom for Living the Final Season by Kathy Kalina (Pauline Books & Media)
  3. Why Stay Catholic? by Michael Leach (Loyola Press)


  1. The Other Side of Chaos by Margaret Silf (Loyola Press)
  2. A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms by Lisa M. Hendey (Ave Maria Press)
  3. Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach by R. Scott Hurd (Pauline Books & Media)

Prayer & Spirituality

  1. The Mass in Scripture by Stephen Binz (Our Sunday Visitor)
  2. God in the Dark by Susan R. Pitchford (Liturgical Press)
  3. The Road to Eternal Life by Michael Casey (Liturgical Press)
  4. The Ignatian Adventure by Kevin O'Brien (Loyola Press)


  1. The Bible and Science by Vincent Smiles (Liturgical Press)
  2. Building Our House on Rock by Dennis Hamm, SJ (The Word Among Us Press)
  3. Numbers by Irene Nowell, OSB (Liturgical Press)


  1. Being About Borders by Michele Saracino (Liturgical Press)
  2. Efficacious Engagement by Kimberly Hope Belcher (Liturgical Press)
  3. Become What You Receive by John H. McKenna (Liturgy Training Publications)

Resources for Ministry

  1. I Will Remember You by Kimberly B. Schuler (Pauline Books & Media)
  2. Adaptive First Eucharist by David Rizzo, Mercedes McBride Rizzo, and Brendan Rizzo (Loyola Press)
  3. Practice Makes Catholic by Joseph Paprocki (Loyola Press)
  4. Living the Word by Dianne Bergant, CSA, and Rev. James A. Wallace, CSsR (World Library Publications)

To schedule interviews, contact Therese Brown at 410-988-2926 or at

The Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP), celebrating 25 years of service to the Catholic publishing field, 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 further the Catholic publishing industry, promote Catholic publishing and reading, and engage those they interact with including retailers, pastoral leaders, individual customers, and staff.

About Lisa M. Hendey

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder of and the bestselling author of The Handbook for Catholic MomsA Book of Saints for Catholic Moms, The Grace of Yes, and The Chime Travelers children’s fiction series. She serves as editor-at-large at Ave Maria Press. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs, including Catholic Mom TV and Making the Grade, a program aimed at promoting quality Catholic education. Lisa has additionally appeared on EWTN, CatholicTV and as a part of the Momnipotent DVD series. Hendey is a blogger on several sites and also serves as the technology contributor for the Son Rise Morning Show. Her articles have appeared in Catholic DigestNational Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor.

Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic new media topics. She has spoken at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, Catholic Marketing Network, the University of Dallas Ministry Conference, National Catholic Youth Conference, the Midwest Family Conference, and the National Council of Catholic Women. In 2013, she was selected as an Egan Journalism Fellow and traveled with Catholic Relief Services in Rwanda to write about the aftereffects of the Rwandan genocide on the eve of its twentieth anniversary. In early 2016, Hendey went to Columbia to see the work of CRS there. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, California.

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