2017 Illumination Awards Gold Medalist


2017 Illumination Awards Medalists

Talking Back to the Bible – Gold Medal Winner

Shining a Light on Exemplary Christian Books

4th Annual Awards

Jenkins Group is proud to announce the winners of the Fourth Annual Illumination Book Awards. The awards are designed to honor and bring increased recognition to the year’s best new titles written and published with a Christian worldview.

Illumination Book Awards are given in 20 categories. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded in each category.


GOLD: Talking Back to the Bible: A Historian’s Approach to Bible Study, by Edward G. Simmons (Dorrance Publishing)

SILVER: Redeemed for a Reason, by Amy Garner (Westbow Press)

BRONZE: Awake! Sleeping Giant: A Call to Arise to the Truth of Victorious Living, by Rosalie Gregory (Olive Orchard Press)

“Talking Back to the Bible can be a unique and useful tool in Christian education.” – Rev. Dr. Benjamin T. Jordan, Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University, Retired Elder United Methodist Church

“This is truly a remarkable text that has reminded me not to limit how we approach the various ways in which we study the Bible. I would recommend this book to anyone who has doubts about faith and life while on this journey we all walk.” – Rev. Shon Peppers, Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, GA

“In working through the book I have enjoyed it and found it helpful with some new lenses to use in looking at the biblical narratives.” – Rev. Dr. J. Colin Harris, Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, Mercer University

“Talking Back to the Bible, is the most honest account of a spiritual journey that I have ever read.” – Dr. Andrea Croce Birch, Dean, College of Fine Arts and Humanities, Professor of Philosophy, Brenau University