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Schaap named in Christianity Today Book Awards 2004

May 21, 2004

James Calvin Schaap's book, Touches the Sky has been presented an Award of Merit in the fiction category of the Christianity Today 2004 annual book awards, announced on May 13.

This year 349 book nominations were made from 45 publishers to Christianity Today for their annual book awards. Christianity Today staff then selected the top five finalists in 11 categories, after which panels of judges (one panel for each category) selected their top choice in each category, along with a runner-up who received an Award of Merit.

"Significant books can stir discussion and contribute to the fund of knowledge with detail, depth, and scope that is beyond the reach of magazine journalism," said Christianity Today editor David Neff. “It is a joy to point our readers to these groundbreaking resources from the past year.” The 22 titles selected this year “bring understanding to people, events, and ideas that shape evangelical life, thought, and mission.”

Schaap’s book, Touches the Sky, was the only novel cited for recognition in this year’s awards. An English professor at Dordt College, Schaap is the author of more than 20 books, including his novels Romey’s Place, The Secrets of Barneveld Calvary, Home Free and In the Silence There Are Ghosts.

His work has been awarded five top Evangelical Press Association fiction awards and four Associated Church Press Awards. He was also among the authors selected this year for inclusion in the book “The Best Christian Writing 2004.”

The winner in the fiction category this year was A Bearer Of Divine Revelation by Lawrence Dorr (Eerdmans). This collection of 15 stories follows a central character through episodes reflecting Dorr's own eventful life as a Hungarian holocaust survivor.

Copies of Touches the Sky are available at the Dordt College Bookstore (712-722-6420), True Vine in Sioux Center, or on web retailers.

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