Tyndale professors and alumni win annual Word Awards

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

This year, Dr. David Sherbino, Tyndale Seminary Professor of Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry; Dr. Leonard Hjalmarson, Adjunct Professor; and two Tyndale alumni received Word Awards at the annual Word Guild event. The Word Awards honour the best of Canadian Christian writing in multiple categories. Dr. Hjalmarson received two awards: the 2014 Grace Irwin Prize and the Word Award for the Academic book category. The Grace Irwin Award is Canada’s leading literary award for writers who are Christian. His winning entry was No Home Like Place: A Christian Theology of Place (Createspace 2014), which addresses questions such as “Are there ‘sacred places’?”, “What is it that God loves about place?”, “Can architecture contribute to our ability to engage in a place?” and more.

Two Tyndale alumni also received Word Awards. Fern Boldt [MDiv 1997] won the Young Adult category for her novel Blemished Heart, and Aloma Jonkers’ [MTS 2011] non-fiction short piece “Theodicy – How God is Vindicated”, won her a Word Award. This essay was originally written for one of her Tyndale courses.

Dr. David Sherbino received the Word Award in the Instructional category for his book Living, Dying, Living Forever (Castle Quay Books, 2014). In his acceptance speech, Dr. Sherbino said, “I am grateful to the Word Guild for this honour and recognition and to my publisher Castle Quay for their diligent work. The book Living, Dying, Living Forever explores your relationship with God and with others—the two things that will last forever. I trust this will bring hope in the midst of the struggles and challenges of life."

In a culture fascinated by death, there is a need to explore this topic from a Christian perspective. To fill this need, Dr. Sherbino designed Living, Dying, Living Forever as a workbook that explores issues such as living, dying and relationships. It includes practical exercises that delve into these issues on a personal level. Dr. Sherbino wrote the book to help those who are near the end of their lives and those who wish to live life to the fullest.

Dr. Sherbino will teach a course on “Spiritual Care of Dying & Grieving” in the Winter 2016 semester. For more information and to register, click here: http://www.tyndale.ca/registrar/registration


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