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Christendom College history professor Dr. Christopher Shannon and theology professor Mary Stanford both garnered awards for their newest books at the annual Catholic Media Association Awards.

Christendom College history professor Dr. Christopher Shannon and theology professor Mary Stanford both garnered awards for their newest books at the annual Catholic Media Association Awards. Earning second place and third place respectively, their books both offered new insights on important aspects of the Catholic faith, resulting in rich texts that are impacting readers across the nation.

Shannon, who earned his Ph.D. from Yale, released his book, American Pilgrimage: A Historical Journey Through Catholic Life in a New World, in June of 2022. The work distinguishes itself from countless other histories of the Church in the United States, which often suffer from an excess of either scholarly detachment or popular triumphalism. American Pilgrimage seeks instead to draw on the best of current scholarship to tell the story of the Church. Since its release, its garnered much acclaim, with this award — second place in the category of Popular Presentation of the Catholic Faith — serving as the capstone to its critical reception.

Stanford’s book, The Obedience Paradox: Finding True Freedom in Marriage, has similarly earned acclaim since its release last year. The book is Stanford’s latest contribution to the ongoing debate over marriage in the twenty-first century, following on numerous articles, talks, and classes given on Pope Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Illuminating the subject by examining the relationship between husband and wife in marriage as an image of Christ’s relationship to the Church, Stanford’s The Obedience Paradox presents the sexual complementarity of husband and wife as an expression of gift, probing the meaning and power of receptivity in a relationship over the course of the book.

Her work earned her a third-place award from the Catholic Media Association, in the category of Marriage & Family Living.

The purpose of the Catholic Media Awards is to recognize the outstanding work of publishers, authors, and book editors that support the faith-filled life of Catholic readers. In past years, alumni and faculty of the college have earned numerous journalism awards from the Catholic Media Association for their work, including history professor Dr. Christopher Lane just last year for his work, Callings and Consequences.

Order Shannon’s book here.

Order Stanford’s book here.

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