Living Now Books Awards 2014 Press Page




2014 Living Now Book Award Winners Inspire Better Living and Family Togetherness

(Traverse City, MI - Sept 16, 2014) Jenkins Group is proud to announce the winners of the Living Now Book Awards, presented each year to honor "Books for Better Living." We celebrate these awards as a reminder about the importance of protecting our planet Earth, and of the role book authors and publishers can play in supporting a more thoughtful, "green" approach to living.

The Living Now Book Award medals 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 awards recognize the excellence of newly published books in lifestyle categories from cooking and fitness to parenting and spirituality. In all, 117 gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded in 38 categories, chosen from 519 total entries.

See the entire list of Living Now medalists at http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1852

"These books can help people sort out the difficult issues in our fast-changing world," said Awards Director Jim Barnes. "With all the challenges of raising children today, including the current controversy about the line between discipline and child abuse, good books are necessary to inform ourselves and our loved ones so we can grow as individuals and as families."

In the Parenting category gold medalist, The Big Disconnect (Harper), author Catherine Steiner-Adair, EdD, sets the tone by asking parents who feel their children are constantly "plugged in" and "tuning them out" to look in the mirror: "More worrisome to me are the ways in which parents are checking out of family time, disappearing themselves and offering that behavior as a model for their children." She goes on to lay out a practical guide for families in our digital age, helping them develop "a family philosophy about using (technology) that reflects and supports the family's values and well-being."

Two of our Living Now medalists offer alternatives to the tech-driven family disconnect. Bronze medalist Jeff Alt urges you to Get Your Kids Hiking (Beaufort Books). "Introducing your child to a sport that can serve as a relaxation and thinking tool, while providing them with an inexpensive way to stay both mentally and physically healthy, is worth every step." Bronze medalists Hadley and Delaney, authors of the Twice As Good Cookbook for Kids (Twice As Good Productions) find their own adventures in the family kitchen. "For as long as we can remember, the kitchen as always been the loudest and most interesting room in the house. It seems like someone in our family is always making something delicious or creating something surprising." It's not surprising to learn the 8-year-old twin girls also star in a PBS cooking show filmed in the family's Florida home.

Other Living Now award-winners advise that we must take care of our own minds and our bodies before we can help others. "A mother who takes the time out to soothe her mind, body and spirit will replenish her energy," says Leonie Percy, self-published silver medal-winning author of Mother Om. "It will enable her to deal with the challenges the rest of the day brings." Silver medalist John Shufeldt, MD, recommends exercising the mind with books. His Ingredients of Young Outliers (Outlier Publishing) offers numerous tips for young people, but this one caught our book judges' attention: "The books I've read over the course of my life have inspired, challenged, and provided countless hours of entertainment and education. What's in your library says much about who you are today and who you'll become in the future."

Yes, books can inspire young minds and books can 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. It's the spirit of helping others learn and grow that matters, and that spirit is what the Living Now Book Awards are all about.

See the entire list of Living Now medalists at http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1852

To learn more about the Living Now Book Awards or to find out more about any of the award-winning books and authors, contact Jim Barnes, Awards Director - jimb@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 2014 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: http://www.jenkinsgroupinc.com/store/index.php?p=catalog&parent=47&pg=1

•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

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Other helpful links:

2014 Living Now Awards results page: http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1852

2014 Evergreen Medals page:

Amazon.com 2014 Living Now Award Winners Page, with direct links to the books at Amazon.com: http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1860

Living Now Medalist information one-pager:

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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