Two Judson Press books named Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalists

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 5/31/19)—Judson Press is pleased to announce that “Black Millennials & the Church: Meet Me Where I Am” and “Justice for Rizpah’s Children: Radical Responses to Childhood Poverty” have been recognized as finalists in the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

A finalist in the African American Category, “Black Millennials & the Church: Meet Me Where I Am” (2018) offers a unique mix of humor, illustrations and findings based on a nationwide research study of black young adults. The practical resource provides a profile of black millennials that will help churches continue to effectively attract and make disciples of this emerging generation. Drawing on the biblical narrative of Matthew 14, in which Jesus invites Peter to meet him on the water, this book includes specific ministry principles and programming proposals for use in the local congregation. It was written by Joshua L. Mitchell, M.Div., D.Min., minister to youth and college students at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Houston, Texas.

“Justice for Rizpah’s Children: Radical Responses to Childhood Poverty” (2019) was a finalist in the Social Issues Category. The book seeks to move readers beyond awareness to intentional engagement in effecting justice in response to the challenge of childhood poverty in the United States. Featuring the voices of parents, grandparents, caregivers and children, each chapter highlights community organizations whose diverse efforts are focused on alleviating the impact of poverty in America. It was authored by Marilyn P. Turner-Triplett, M.Div., D.Min., American Baptist Home Mission Societies director of Healing and Transforming Communities, which includes the Rizpah’s Children ministry that she founded.

“Receiving the Indie Award finalist designation is quite a recognition for these authors and will raise awareness of their significant contributions to readers and leaders seeking to change the world in the name of Jesus Christ,” says Laura Alden, publisher of Judson Press.

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest international book awards program for independent authors and publishers. In its 13th year, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books in more than 70 categories. The 2019 awards program was open to fiction and nonfiction books from independent authors and publishers worldwide released in or with a copyright year of 2017, 2018 or 2019.

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency.

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Founded in 1824, Judson Press is a publishing ministry of American Baptist Home Mission Societies, American Baptist Churches USA. It is committed to producing Christ-centered leadership resources for the transformation of individuals, congregations, communities and cultures.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies partners with American Baptists to promote Christian faith, cultivate Christ-centered leaders and disciples, and bring healing and transformation to communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with approximately 5,000 congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.