This week started out with the huge news that World Vision President Rich Stearns’ book, The Hole in Our Gospel, won the 2010 Christian Book of the Year Award by ECPA in the Christian Life category. Said ECPA’s President Mark Kuyper: “We hope the honor of being named ‘Christian Book of the Year’ will help The Hole in Our Gospel mobilize even more Christians to care for the poor worldwide. In a year of unforgettable world disasters, including the devastating earthquake in Haiti, we are eager to encourage believers to take action for those in need.”
The Hole in Our Gospel is now out in paperback, by the way, and it contains 48 pages of new material, including photos of Rich’s travels (many by Jon Warren) and a comprehensive list of things you can do to answer God’s call by serving those in need.
More good news, from the Evangelical Press Association conference in Dallas, which Ryan Smith is attending: magazine awards! Rich Stearns scored again with a third-place award for his “From the President” column. Also, Jon Warren’s photography brought in first-place honors, as did Kari Costanza’s story, “Five Days of Hunger” (Summer 2009). James Addis also won third place for his strong reporting on “Taking Cover” (Autumn 2009).
I am blessed to work among such faith-filled, passionate people. They could really work anywhere, but they’re choosing to use their considerable skills on behalf of the poor.