Professor’s Book Wins Book Of The Year Award

May 17, 2000

WACO, Texas — Family Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide, by Baylor University professor Diana Garland, has been named the 2000 Book of the Year by the Academy of Parish Clergy. The award was given at the academy’s annual conference May 9-11 at Princeton Theological Seminary.

The award is given to the best book published for parish ministry in the previous year.

In addition to the Book of the Year award, Garland’s book was selected as the number one book in the academy’s Top 10 Books for Parish Ministry. Desmond Tutu’s book, No Future Without Forgiveness, was ranked second on the list.

“I am greatly honored that the academy views my work as a significant contribution to the life of the church,” Garland said.

Garland serves as professor of social work and director of the Center for Family and Community Ministries at Baylor. She is the author, co-author or editor of 14 books, including Precious in His Sight: A Guide to Child Advocacy, Family Ministry, Life-changing Events for Youth and Families and Church Social Work. Additionally, she has published more than 40 professional articles and is currently the editor of the Journal of Family Ministry. She also serves on the review board of the journals Religion and Abuse and Christianity and Social Work.

Garland is a past recipient of the Association of Couples for Marriage Enrichment Special Recognition Award for Distinguished Contributions and Research in Marriage Enrichment and the Jack Otis Whistleblower Award presented by the National Association of Social Workers. In 1994, she was awarded the Volunteers of America National Volunteer Service Award.

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