2015 Living Now Medalist and Press Page

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Living Now Book Awards! Here is the offical results press release, and below that important links for medalists.



2015 Living Now Book Award Winners Promote Tolerance and Forgiveness
(Traverse City, MI - Sept 9, 2015)  Jenkins Group is proud to announce the winners of the seventh annual Living Now Book Awards, presented each year to honor "Books for Better Living." The awards are presented by Jenkins Group of Traverse City, Michigan, a book packaging and marketing firm dedicated to promoting books that enrich readers' lives in wholesome, Earth-friendly ways.
The Living Now Awards recognize the excellence of newly published books in a wide range of lifestyle categories, from cooking to spirituality. In all, 113 gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded in 35 categories, chosen from 530 total entries. See the entire list of Living Now medalists at  http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1974
"These award-winning books inspire people to be more tolerant and forgiving," said Awards Director Jim Barnes. " In a world filled with racial injustice and religious intolerance, millions of people are living in fear and lacking the basics of a safe, happy life. Good books are a weapon against ignorance."
In this year's Evergreen Medal for World Peace winner, The Book of Forgiving (HarperOne), the Archbishop Desmond Tutu says, "My heart has been broken a thousand times over at the cruelty and suffering I have seen human beings unjustly and mercilessly inflict upon one another. Yet still I know and believe that forgiveness is always called for, and reconciliation is always possible...But I also know that it only possible if this peace begins with each of us."
The gold medalist in the Health & Wellness category, Food Guilt No More (Tell Me) expands on the theme that forgiveness begins within ourselves, even when related to dieting and the food we eat. "When we put negative energy and emotion into our food, this energy shows up in our bodies as negative moods, low energy, and low self-esteem," says author Lindsey Smith. "Enter each relationship with food in a state of love, gratitude, and appreciation. Your food will not only digest better, but you will feel better about eating it." 
Yes, books can inspire, inform, and change peoples' lives. Throughout history, books truly have been "changing the world, one book at a time," and they continue to do so today, whether in the form of a tattered paperback or an interactive ebook on an iPad. The spirit of helping others learn and grow is what the Living Now Book Award-winning books are all about.
To learn more about the Living Now Book Awards or to find out more about any of the winning books and authors, contact Jim Barnes, Awards Director - jimb (at) bookpublishing.com
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About the Living Now Awards

The Living Now Book Awards celebrate the innovation and creativity of newly published books that enhance the quality of our lives, from cooking and fitness to relationships and mature living. The awards are open to all books written in English and intended for the North American market. The gold, silver and bronze medalists in this year’s Living Now Book Awards offer a list of books representing the fastest-growing segments of book publishing today, and the Living Now Book Awards help demonstrate the importance of these books to readers and their vitality in the marketplace. The awards are presented by Jenkins Group of Traverse City, Michigan. Jenkins Group has been involved in book packaging, marketing and distribution since 1988, and is dedicated to promoting books that improve readers’ lives, bring families together, and make the world a safer, healthier place.

Congratulations to all medalists in the 2015 Living Now Book Awards!


You may purchase extra seals, certificates, medals, and electronic versions of the medal artwork at the Living Now Awards merchandise page: 


•Seals are available in rolls of 250 and 1000
•You may order additional certificates with customized wording.
•Hi-res versions of the seal artwork are available for reproducing on book covers and promotional materials

Other helpful links:

2015 Results Program:

2015 Living Now Awards results page: http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1974

2015 Evergreen Medals page:

2015 Living Now Award Winners Page, with direct links to the books at Amazon.com: http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1976

Basic Living Now logo artwork: http://www.independentpublisher.com/LNSepia.jpg

Living Now medal artwork – low res for Web use:


Evergreen Medal artwork - low res for Web use:





Living Now Awards blurbs:

“The Living Now Book Awards recognize books that help readers help themselves, to learn about enriching their lives in wholesome, Earth-friendly ways. Lifestyle publishing categories such as home, health, family and personal development are the fastest-growing segments of book publishing today, and the Living Now Book Awards help demonstrate the importance of these books to readers and their vitality in the marketplace.”

“Books are an important tool for gaining knowledge about life-improvement goals, and the Living Now Book Award results announcement is a must-read list for helping us achieve those goals.”

“Authors and publishers all over the planet are helping readers sense the need to slow down, see and feel the natural world around them, and to find balance in their lives. The Living Now Book Awards are intended to recognize and promote newly-published lifestyle books that help us keep ourselves, our families, and the Earth healthy – today, and for future generations.”

Books for Better Living!

Candidates for the Living Now Book Awards are books written and designed to help improve and enhance our lives through creative ideas, inspiring advice and time-saving tips. These awards are conducted in the same spirit as Earth Day, which for 40 years has celebrated taking care of Planet Earth. Great books can help us take better care of ourselves, our communities, and the world around us.

Thank you for your support of the Living Now Awards and congratulations on your great work!

Jim Barnes, Awards Director - jimb@bookpublishing.com