So ForeWord magazine has nominated God Hides in Plain Sight as a finalist in the religion category for Book of the Year! If you look at the list of other finalists here, note that I’m competing against Pope Benedict XVI. I like my chances. Winners are announced in May.
The book has gotten some other good responses recently. Even though I feel very strongly about this idea of “sacramental living,” I was a little concerned about how some readers from Catholic and Orthodox traditions might view the book, since it was written by someone from an evangelical Protestant tradition that typically recognizes just two of the sacraments — baptism and communion. But at least one Catholic priest called it “a spiritual masterpiece” in his review in the North County Times newspaper. The entire review is here. Did he call the Pope’s book a masterpiece? I’m just saying.
The San Francisco Book Review said “Nelson is a strong writer, and his firm grasp of not only the importance of the sacraments, but also his insight into their meaning, created a book not only worth reading, but re-reading to continue to remind oneself about how to slow down and see the works of the Spirit as one goes about their life.” You can read the entire review here.
2 thoughts on “Competing With the Pope, While a Priest Says I’ve Written a Masterpiece”
Too cool! I’m sure you can easily beat the Pope, right? I’m going to have to borrow Judith’s copy to read your book for myself–someday when I don’t have 10 million items on my to-do list, and four classes going at the same time besides my own 4 kiddos to educate. Your book is definitely right up my alley as over the past ten years I’ve been studying (and weakly attempting to practice) the breadth and depth of liturgy and the sacramental life–and got to lead a contemplative retreat, too. 🙂
God’s blessings be upon you–hope you win!!! 🙂
Susanne (okay, okay, “Susie” to you)
I’d say you have enough going on in your life that my book can wait. Thanks for your encouragement! And believe me — all that you list regarding your own tasks are worth it, worth it, worth it.
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