Monday, May 2, 2011

Why God Matters receives Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award

Why God Matters: How to Recognize Him in Daily Life
by Karina Lumbert Fabian & Deacon Steven Lumbert
wins the Nonfiction/Christian Living category

ARCHBALD, PENNSYLVANIA – Tribute Books is proud to announce that our title Why God Matters: How to Recognize Him in Daily Life has received the 2011 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award in the Nonfiction/Christian Living category.

All readers of Christian books and all retailers selling Christian products were invited to vote for the Book of the Year. Over 3,600 votes were received for 72 books nominated by 48 publishers. The Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award honors books produced by small publishers for outstanding contribution to Christian life.

Readers and retailers were invited to vote for one book in each category online at www.ChristianBookAward.com. The award is offered in eight categories: Fiction, Biography, Christian Living, Relationships/Family, Bible Study/Theology, Children's Book (4-8 years), Children's Book (8-12 years), and Young Adult (12+ years). The winners of this award are determined solely by Christian retailers and readers' votes.

This is the fourth year the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award has been presented. This year the award has a new website at www.ChristianBookAward.com.

About Christian Small Publishers Association:
The Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award is sponsored by Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA). CSPA was established to represent and promote small publishers in the Christian marketplace. CSPA is a supplier member of CBA. Christian Small Publishers Association can be found online at www.ChristianPublishers.net.

About Why God Matters:
Many times one sees Roman Catholicism explained using either closely reasoned theology or an appeal to ancient writers of the Church. While both are legitimate approaches, the average reader looking to explore the faith is often left cold. In their collaboration, Why God Matters, Deacon Steven Lumbert and his daughter, Karina Lumbert Fabian, delineate the Catholic Faith as experienced by a pair of average, everyday people like the great majority who make up the 24 percent of Americans who share this religion.

In the stories of this pair, one see both ways people come to Catholicism, by birth (“cradle Catholics”) and by conversion. Their descriptions of their separate paths thankfully lack the religiosity of the all too common "and then a miracle takes place" school of religious experience. Rather than blasts of light, fiery swords, spiritual fistfights, and angelic choirs, theirs is the long religious slog of the everyday. The effort that one must put out each day in the long trek to Heaven.

What is Catholicism really like? One would be hard-put to find a better verbal painting of the faith so many call their own.

Visit the book’s web site at: www.WhyGodMatters.com.

$15.95, hardcover
$2.99-$4.99 eBook
ISBN: 9780982256534
5.5" x 8.5"
114 pp
2010

About Karina Lumbert Fabian
Karina Lumbert Fabian was born into the Catholic faith, but truly grew to love it as an adult. As a busy mother of four, she finds some of her strongest encounters with God's love happen in the ordinary events of the day-to-day. Karina started her writing career with diocesan newspapers but has settled into writing fun-filled fantasy and science fiction that nonetheless incorporates the principles of faith-filled living. Visit Karina’s web site at www.FabianSpace.com.

About Deacon Steven Lumbert
Deacon Steven Lumbert officially converted to Catholicism in 1988, but had been a "practicing" Catholic long before that. He met his lovely and loving wife, Socorro, while serving in Roosevelt Roads Naval Base in Puerto Rico, in 1966. They raised their daughters, Karina and Regina, in the faith. Steve spent 30 years as a Colorado State Trooper, but retired when God called him to the diaconate. Currently, he serves the Diocese of Pueblo as the Associate Director of Deacon Formation.

Published by Tribute Books: www.Tribute-Books.com. Please contact Tribute Books for author interviews, review copies, book artwork and any other requests at info@tribute-books.com.

To order 10 or more copies at a 40% discount, contact Tribute Books at info@tribute-books.com or phone (570) 876-2416.

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing the news!

    Blessings,
    Karina Fabian

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  2. I was so thrilled to hear of this. Congrats to Karina and her dad, along with Tribute Books for publishing such a wonderful book.

    Cheryl

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  3. Well, that's always an interesting question.

    During the Christmas season, books are the number one item purchased for Christmas presents. There are a number of factors that are involved in this interesting fact.



    There is always a big release of new books just before Christmas. This usually starts around the week before Thanksgiving. Of course this developed naturally as Christmas became more and more commercial.

    With Christmas becoming a celebration of retail shopping and buying, it was only natural that the advertising dollar increase for books during this time period, and it has, dramatically. This drives shoppers into the stores in droves. Sometimes, this is the only time some consumers will enter a bookstore.

    A book is always nice item to get at Christmas. Make no mistake, people hint for months about new books coming out so buyers know what to buy when they go into a book store.


    Publishing is also producing more and more interesting books that make it easy for shoppers to purchase gift items.

    Most new books can be returned.

    People do not think about giving used books as gifts for any occasion. It just seems "wrong" to many people to give a "used" item as a gift. I believe this to be as used books are something you find in thrift stores and flea markets and do not represent something that is nice.


    Used books also end up on the "very expensive" gift. This is because gift givers sometimes will purchase expensive first editions for gifts that are truly collectible or rare. What book reader, who loves Steinbeck would not want to get a first edition copy of Cannery Row for example. This is a very exciting gift.

    What I would suggest is if you are going to be buying books for any occasion is to check out used stores in the process of looking for new ones. The reason is that there is 16 billion used books floating around the world so it is possible to find something exciting and unexpected.

    Don't over look the possibility of buying "gift certificates" as part of your gift giving campaign. For the true book lover this is a fantastic deal as now they get to go on their own treasure hunt for the books they want. This is the next best thing to learning how to get books for free.

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  4. That is quite an honor, congratulations to Karina and her father.

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  5. Thanks Freda for your blog post. Your support means a lot to us! :)

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