Book on suf­fer­ing wins award at CRE cer­e­mony

The Church of England - - News - By Amaris Cole

THE WIN­NERS of the Speak­ing Vol­umes Chris­tian Book Awards were an­nounced this week at the 30th In­ter­na­tional Chris­tian Re­sources Ex­hi­bi­tion.

Sharon Dir­ckx won the adult cat­e­gory award, with ‘Why?’, while Andy Robb stole the chil­dren’s cat­e­gory prize with his book, ‘Pro­fes­sor Bum­ble­brain’s Bonkers Book on Para­bles’.

The au­thors were pre­sented with the highly cov­eted prized by Songs of Praise pre­sen­ter Pam Rhodes, win­ning £1,000 and a framed cer­tifi­cate.

Af­ter be­ing short­listed by a panel of ex­perts, the two win­ning writ­ers were those that ranked high­est in the pub­lic vote.

Sharon says she is de­lighted for the recog­ni­tion of her book, which tack­les the oft-re­peated ques­tion about suf­fer­ing and helps the reader make sense of a hurt­ing world.

“My book is about tak­ing away the road blocks to Je­sus,” she ex­plained.

Andy too was ex­cited to re­ceive the award in the chil­dren’s cat­e­gory as the Pro­fes­sor Bum­ble­brain’s Bonkers book se­ries is specif­i­cally writ­ten to make Je­sus’ teach­ing di­gestible to all chil­dren.

Paula Re­nouf, Di­rec­tor of Speak­ing Vol­umes, the scheme that or­gan­ises and spon­sors the awards, said: “Sharon and Andy won’t be able to re­tire to the Ital­ian Riviera with their prize money but it might help cre­ate an op­por­tu­nity for some breath­ing space be­fore they work on an­other mas­ter­piece!”

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