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See below for the list of 2021 finalists in the INSPIRATIONAL category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Register to attend the virtual award ceremony (May 11-14, 2021) to learn which book wins Gold.


See below for the list of 2022 winners in the INSPIRATIONAL category, for books with a copyright date of 2021.

The Journey Beyond: Learning to Live Beautifully in a Troubled World
2022 Gold Winner

Author: Erik Stensland

Publisher: Rocky Trail Press

ISBN: 978-1-970099-99-7

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How do we live healthy and meaningful lives in a divided and angry world? Professional photographer and author Erik Stensland invites us to explore this question through a series of daily meditations, illustrated with his stunning photos. This book is an invitation to reconnect with nature, ourselves, and with each other.

Boldly Into the Darkness: Living with Loss, Growing with Grief & Holding On to Happiness
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Autumn Toelle-Jackson

Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-63489-357-2

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In Boldly into the Darkness, Autumn Toelle-Jackson examines all the lessons and outcomes of her life story with aching intimacy and insight. The result is a portrait of healing so complete, it transcends the traditional survivor narrative and enters new territory, a bold light shining where before was only darkness.

The Impossible Mile: The Power in Living Life One Step at a Time
2022 Silver Winner

Authors: Johnny Agar, Becki Agar

Publisher: Dexterity

ISBN: 978-1-947297-37-1

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The incredible story of Johnny Agar, born with cerebral palsy and told he would never walk, overcoming the odds to compete in Ironman triathlons. Featured on ESPN, The Today Show, and more, Johnny delivers a moving memoir that is a testament to the power of family, faith, and extraordinary courage.


See below for the list of 2021 winners in the INSPIRATIONAL category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

HumanKind: Changing the World One Small Act At a Time
2021 Gold Winner

Author: Brad Aronson

Publisher: LifeTree Media

ISBN: 9781928055631

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This heartwarming, feel-good book is filled with true stories about how one small deed can make a world of difference.

Big Wild Love: The Unstoppable Power of Letting Go
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Jill Sherer Murray

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 978-1-63152-852-1

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If you’re stuck in an unfulfilling relationship, worried you’re destined to be alone, and need to let go, this smart, funny, and heartfelt tome lights the path forward. Based on Murray’s viral TEDx Talk, it’ll give you the tools and inspiration to let go for the healthy, happy love you deserve.

She is Me: How Women Will Save the World
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Lori Sokol, PhD.

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 978-1-63152-715-9

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In She Is Me, Lori Sokol, PhD, introduces readers to thirty diverse women who are utilizing traits long been considered soft and weak in patriarchal cultures to successfully create change. Through interviews with leaders like Gloria Steinem, Billie Jean King, and others, readers will witness how these women are actually transforming lives, securing our planet, and saving the world.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the INSPIRATIONAL category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

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Through a Sober Lens: A Photographer's Journey
2020 Gold Winner

Author: Michael Blanchard

Publisher: Genevieve Press

ISBN: 978-0-578-49159-2

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An inspiring blend of photography and writing that chronicles the author’s journey to sobriety and emergence into a new life of creativity and meaning.

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Bethany, God, and Me: Hope in the Midst of Heartbreak
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Bonnie Bolander

Publisher: Bound by Hope Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-7337580-0-0

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Bonnie's transparency will draw you in to sympathize with her immense loss, only to suddenly find yourself basking in the warmth of God's tender care.

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Piloting Your Life: Take the Controls and Be The Pilot in Your Own Life
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Terri Hanson Mead

Publisher: Class Bravo Ventures

ISBN: 978-1-0864719-2-2

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The go-to guide for midlife women based on the author’s personal stories and extensive research interwoven with the stories of over thirty diverse women.

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The Power of Love: A Transformed Heart Changes the World
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Fran Grace, Ph.D.

Publisher: Inner Pathway Publishing

ISBN: 978-7323185-0-2

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An inspiring chronicle of life-changing encounters, personal transformation and a vision of love that transcends the everyday definition.

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