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Recognizing the Year's Best Books for Better Living

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Living Now Book 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 some of the fastest-growing segments of book publishing today, and the Living Now Book Awards publicize the importance of these books to readers and their vitality in the marketplace.

Below you will the press release, followed by helpful links and blurbs. 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Celebrating Books that Heal the Mind, Body and Spirit:
2017 Living Now Book Awards Results Announced

Widespread geopolitical strife and the looming threat of nuclear war make “Peace on Earth” sound like an empty slogan, and each new devastating natural disaster makes “Save the Planet” seem like an unreachable goal. Where can we turn for encouragement and information about how to bring positive change to the world? 

Jenkins Group and IndependentPublisher.com are proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Living Now Book Awards, designed to recognize the year’s best world-changing books. For the ninth year, “books for better living” were chosen for their unique ability to enrich readers’ lives and promote global sustainability. This year’s contest resulted in an exceptionally impressive list of inspiring books, a testament to the dedication of authors and publishers today. 

104 gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded to books in 34 categories, ranging from cooking and coloring books to metaphysics and meditation. “This year’s medalists demonstrate how inspirational a good book can be,” says Awards Director Jim Barnes. “Books are a lifeline in a storm, giving readers solid, helpful information when they need it most.” 

Each year, special Living Now Awards are presented to books that stand out and impress the judges in the areas of Mind, Body and Spirit. This year’s Mind winner, The Power Brain: Five Steps to Upgrading Your Brain Operating System, by Ilchi Lee. describes why our minds and our brains have so much trouble cooperating. “Your mind must change first, but after that initial intellectual shift, your brain itself requires deliberate and prolonged training to truly change,” says Lee. “When you feel the difference between changing your mind and actually changing your brain, you’ll be on the way to self mastery.” 

For its thorough approach to the adage, “We Are What We Eat,” the Body award went to It Feels Good to Feel Good: Learn to Eliminate Toxins, Reverse Inflammation and Feel Great Again, by Cheryl Meyer, who says it’s not just toxic food – we also  need to eliminate toxic stress. “When stress is part of our daily life, our body gets out of whack. When it gets out of control, it causes damage, and that damage leads to physical problems. Finding ways to reframe stress in our lives is crucial to reversing inflammation and also to squelching the degeneration of our tissues and the diseases of aging.” 

Finally, for its Spirit-opening wisdom, judges chose When Thought Turns to Light: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Transformation, by Patrick Paul Garlinger, in which the author recommends practices of meditation and prayer to help us release negativity and to accept reality. “When you delegate your decisions to the Divine, you release attachment to the outcome and accept, fully and completely, everything in the present moment. By repeatedly accepting each present moment just as it is, the answers that you are seeking will present themselves without effort. Life then begins to flow, from one moment of gratitude, humility, and trust, to the next.”

 

To see the list of Living Now medalists, visit the results listing here. To see the Evergreen medalists, visit the results listing here.

 

The Living Now Awards are presented by Jenkins Group of Traverse City, Michigan, a book packaging and marketing firm dedicated to promoting books, as well as IndependentPublisher.com, a publication intended to promote the work of indie booksellers, publishers, and authors. The awards were created to 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 in English and intended for the North American market. 

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.

To view this press release as a PDF, click here

 

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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 2017 Living Now Book Awards!


PURCHASING MERCHANDISE

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:

2017 Living Now Awards results page: http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=2225

2016 Evergreen Medals page: http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=2226

2017 Living Now Award Bookstore, with direct links to the books' purchase sites: http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=2228

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

 

 
  


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