Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Stunning News

Dr. Jerry Falwell was laid to rest Tuesday. My husband and I will miss him.

Photo: Jerry bodysurfing the crowd at an LU basketball game.

On to brighter topics:

A few days ago, I received the following in an email from one of my Tyndale editors:

Dear Angie:

Just wanted you to know that we have some fun, fun news. You have not one, but TWO books as finalists for this year's Gold Medallion Award in fiction!!!

The Nativity Story and Magdalene are BOTH finalists . . .

I jotted back a quick reply, thanking her for letting me know, then I sat there and read her message again.

Then I pillowed my head in my arms on my desktop . . . and sobbed. Didn't stop until two worried mastiff noses worked their way to my face.

Why the tears? Hard to explain. I've been nominated before, but not in a while. I don't know . . . it just felt like God stooped down, threw his arms around me, and said, "I see your hard work. And you're doing okay."

That's why. Gratitude.

Especially when I skipped over to the ECPA web page and read the judging guidelines for this award: . It's not just the writing that judges consider, but also things like design, cover, title, and cover copy. So this nomination is not only an honor for me, but for the entire Tyndale team, without which these books wouldn't exist. I am only a happy team member.

God is good. All the time.



Nicole said...

Congratulations, Angie. His face is shining upon you.

Megan DiMaria said...

Congratulations, Angie. This honor couldn't have happened to a more deserving author(and Tyndale team)! What a lovly affirmation.

A prisoner of hope,

Kay said...

Wonderful, Angie! Congratulations!

And wonderful photo.

terri gillespie said...

Oh, Angie! Congratulations and I'm joining you in tears. Forgive my indulgance here, but both of these books depict your great love for the Jewish people and your perseverance to bring authentic Jewish characters to print. I'm proud of you, my mentor, my friend.


oh amanda said...

Congratulations! You deserve it!

Karen said...

A long-overdue honor for a gifted novelist, teacher, aspiring theologian.... Take time to enjoy it! Have a great trip to Spain.

jan said...

you are a well deserved recipient for this honor! congratulations!

Deborah Raney said...

Angie, I'm so happy for you. Warmest congrats!


Accidental Poet said...

So pleased for you, Angie.

Ruth said...

Congratulations, Angie...those nominations are very well deserved!


Patti Goldbach said...

Having read both books and thoroughly enjoying each, I can only say "Well deserved!"

Your last two sentences brought a bit of nostalgia this morning. I never see or hear those two sentences without thinking of Keith Scott. Even now when I hear the first I automatically answer, "All the time."

Catherine said...

Thanks for allowing us to share in your joy and gratitude. Your blog is a window into your life and in this entry you opened the door, inviting us a little bit closer.
Praising God with you as He is glorified through your work.

lisa said...

Congratulations, Ange! Make sure you take time to celebrate!

Cindy said...

I read both books and loved them, Angie. Kudos to you and Tyndale for a well-deserved honor!

Ernie W. said...

Congratulations. Well deserved.

relevantgirl said...

Congratulations, Angie!

{Karla} said...

wow! Congrats