A World of Books that Matter

Robert Ellsberg


It is a pleasure to recognize another two authors honored this month by the Association of Catholic Publishers (“Excellence in Publishing Awards”): Elizabeth Johnson received a First Place Award in Theology for her edited volume, The Strength of Her Witness: Jesus Christ in the Global Voices of Women. Jim Forest (in his third award of the season) received a Third Place in General Interest for The Root of War is Fear: Thomas Merton’s Advice to Peacemakers.

Such recognition from our publishing peers affords an opportunity to say “Thank you”—words that are more than an expression of courtesy. According to the editors of our new book The Way of Gratitude, “When spoken with a grateful heart . . . ‘Thank you’ is a beat that reverberates through space, ricochets off stars, and absorbs the fire of the sun as it warms our hearts and the hearts of those who hear it. Thankfulness, appreciation, gratitude—these are modes of being that guarantee us joy.”

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