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WINNERS OF ANDREW MURRAY PRIZES 2019

The 2019 winners of the Andrew Murray Prize Fund prizes and awards have just been announced.

  • The Andrew Murray-Desmond Tutu Prize for general Christian publications in an official language of South Africa, is won by prof Jaap Durand for his work In Awesome Wonder: Faith and Doubt: A Continual Dynamic, published by Bible Media. According to the adjudicators the book fits this category excellently: “It rests on a strong theological basis, but is not presented as an academic theological work. One can sense the writer’s deep knowledge and appraisal of complex theological concepts and conversations, although he writes in simple and clear language. The book has a beautiful simplicity to it which becomes clear through the literary style used and well-chosen examples. The writer’s language is fresh and neatly organized, while the editing has been done with great care. Jaap Durand’s exemplary theological work over many year, finds special focus and concentration in this book”. The adjudicators were prof Robert Vosloo (Stellenbosch) and ms Bettina Wyngaard (an award-winning writer).
  • The Andrew Murray Prize for theological publications in Afrikaans, is won by prof JH (Amie) van Wyk for his work Augustinus, published by SunPress. The adjudicators write that the book shines light on one of the giants who has fundamentally influenced the entire life and way of thinking of hundreds of generations of people. “It’s so sad that so little can be heard and experienced in Afrikaans of this theologian and philosopher of Africa (!). The book helps the reader to understand much more of Augustine, it carefully sketches his sometimes stormy life in biographical detail and indicates the impact it had on his theology. Van Wyk’s ability to relay the theological questions which enveloped the early Christian church in an accessible way for contemporary readers, deserves special mention. This work distinguishes itself as one of the great theological contributions in Afrikaans the past three decades”. The adjudicators were proff Alphonso Groenewald, Nelus Niemand (both from Pretoria) and Koos Vorster (North West).  
  • The Desmond Tutu-Gerrit Brand Prize for debut in any official language of South Africa, is won by Siya Khumalo for his book You must be gay to know God, published by Kwêla. The adjudicators feel this book “indeed performed exemplary stylistic”. “The writer’s ability to lead his reader through language, is praiseworthy. He identifies himself as Christian, but nuances his identity as a ‘repressed Christian’, as a ‘questioner and believer’ who is in a struggle to integrate his homosexual orientation. While the book is about the search for sexual identity, the writer shifts creatively across to social and political commentary as he tells his own life story as a black (Zulu) South African. The text is original, topical, fresh, striking, honest and humane. A special contribution to the current discourse in church and society!” The adjudicators were prof Jaco Beyers (), ms Jeanne Els (writer) and mr Ashwin Thyssen (theological student, Stellenbosch).
  • This year, except for the prizes, three awards are made: The Andrew Murray award for Christian music goes to Zorada Themming, well-known organist of Stellenbosch. A Special Andrew Murray award goed to Charl-Johann Lingenfelder for his part in the film Kanarie, and another Special Andrew Murray award to Dana Snyman, writer of the one-hander Dominee Tienie on which the film by the same name is based.

The prize giving ceremony takes place on 24 May 2019 at Neethlingshof, Stellenbosch.

FRITS GAUM
Chairperson: Andrew Murray Prize Fund 

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