Lay Author’s Work Gains Top Industry Honors for Adventist Review
Associated Church Press awards note articles, graphic design, illustrations
Two lay members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church who published articles in Adventist Review magazine in 2012 each received one of the Christian world’s top publishing prizes: Awards of Excellence from the Associated Church Press, an industry group. A total of 11 awards were presented to Adventist Review and Adventist World writers, staff and designers for work published last year, during ACP’s convention awards banquet on April 4, 2013, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Herbert Blomstedt, a Seventh-day Adventist and Conductor Laureate of the San Francisco Symphony, received an Award of Excellence for his 2012 Adventist Review cover feature, “Present Truth in Music.” Blomstedt’s composition won the top honor in the category: “Theological Reflection, Long Format.”
In the article, taken from an address Blomstedt gave when receiving a Charles E. Weniger Award for Excellence at the Loma Linda University Church, the maestro speaks of the lifelong quest for truth: “Our aim should not be to ‘possess the truth,’ because that is really impossible. Our knowledge will always remain in part (1 Cor. 13:12). The all-important thing is that we are ‘possessed by the truth,’ searching for the truth, being constantly on our way, with Jesus as our supreme example.”
Sudha Khristmukti, an Adventist writing from Gujarat, India, also received an ACP Award of Excellence in the category “Personal Experience/First-person account, short format,” for her March 15, 2012 article, "Burdens to Carry."
Recounting her visits to a slum community, Khristmukti found a spiritual lesson: "I bicycled back to my home, humbled and truly grateful; I had to be. I realized I hadn’t been properly thankful to God for all that He had given me. ... The best way I can show my gratitude is to keep returning to help carry their burdens. It’s my religious duty."
Bryan Gray’s May 10, 2012 cover design for “Women and their Words,” a story by Adventist Review’s Gina Wahlen, assistant to the editor, received an Award of Excellence in the magazine cover category. Gray, who is employed by the Review and Herald Publishing Association in Hagerstown, Maryland, serves as Art Director for Adventist Review magazine.
Gray also received an Award of Merit in the “Magazine Design, Entire Issue” category for his work on the May 24, 2012 Adventist Review issue devoted to Summer activities.
Assistant editor Kimberly Luste Maran, won an Award of Merit in the “Reporting and Writing: In-Depth Coverage: Magazine” category for her June 14, 2012 Adventist Review cover story "Shut In and Left Out," while Dever Design, the graphics firm that supports Adventist World’s design efforts, received an Award of Merit for their work in designing a feature story for that publication.
An Honorable Mention went to Maran, coordinating editor Stephen Chavez, and Dever Design for redesign work on Adventist World magazine. Honorable mentions were also presented to associate editor Lael Caesar and news editor Mark A. Kellner in the “Biographical Profile” category for their separate 2012 Adventist Review cover stories, and to Willie E. Hucks II, for a long-format devotional article. Hucks is also an associate editor of Ministry magazine, which received several ACP awards at the event.
KidsView, the monthly Adventist Review supplement for younger readers, and delsigner Merle Poirier received an Honorable Mention in the “Newsletter Design – Entire Issue” category. In all, Adventist Review and Adventist World received 11 awards from the ACP.
Other Seventh-day Adventist publications receiving notice from the ACP were the Journal of Adventist Education and the Canadian Adventist Messenger. The Associated Church Press, founded in 1916, is the oldest association of Christian publications in the United States.


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