Andrew Murray Prize

THE 2024 ANDREW MURRAY-DESMOND TUTU PRIZE FOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN PUBLICATIONS IN AN OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF SOUTH AFRICA

The winner is Tributes to Albert Nolan: Reluctant Prophet edited by Mike Deeb, Philippe Denis and Mark James and published by University of Johannesburg Press.

This impressive book with 72 articles by a number of different authors shines a light on the life, faith and writing of Albert Nolan as pastor, priest, prophet and political activist. “The contributors’ differing perspectives ultimately offer a comprehensive view of a life’s journey for our time, and a freeing message of Christ to act fairly in today’s world. It is the connection of theological insight with concrete issues of justice within the community, with a call to action which makes this book and Nolan’s life relevant in every context. This work has the potential to initiate conversation about Christians’ image of God, not only in South Africa, but worldwide, given the tendency towards “inwards” forms of nationalism.

The judges are Miranda Pillay, Nontando Hadebe and Fanie Snyman.

THE 2024 JAAP DURAND-DENISE ACKERMANN AWARD FOR UNITY, RECONCILIATION AND JUSTICE

This award goes to the organisation “Betereinders”. Betereinders endeavours to  combat poverty, especially amongst black people, as well as assist Afrikaners to be part of the greater inclusive South Africa. Betereinders is an independent not for profit organization. It is associated with the Fontainebleau Community Church, but maintains clear boundaries.

It assists with discipleship, travel within South Africa to serve, and attempts to reach involve people who are “exhausted” by the church.

THE 2024 DESMOND TUTU-GERRIT BRAND PRIZE FOR DEBUT WORK IN AN OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF SOUTH AFRICA

Rooiletterkind (Naledi) by Sandy Schoeman is the winner of the debut prize. This book sheds light on the process and consequences of adoption, as well as the dynamics of being a mother and family relationships. “The author evokes empathy in the reader, and takes you on a journey that starts with her yearning for children of her own, her prayer and her faith that lead to fulfillment, but not in the way that she initially hoped for.

Her story is told honestly, compassionately and without pretense.

The judges are Anzil Kulsen, Lizelle de Bruin and Lisel Joubert.

THE 2023 ANDREW MURRAY FAK AWARD FOR CHRISTIAN MUSIC

Johan Vorster’s “Christmas carol” receives this award. kykNET wanted to return to the Bible story about Jesus Christ’s birth with their Christmas musical of 2022. The play closes with a song by one of the most respected Afrikaans songwriters, Johan Vorster. With little time at his disposal, he wrote a beautiful song that focuses on families – a message about being together and hope. The Andrew Murray FAK Award recognizes this contemporary Christmas carol composer.

ANDREW MURRAY 2024 PRIZE FOR THEOLOGICAL BOOKS IN AFRIKAANS

The winner is Daniël J Louw for his work “Daar is méér: Mymeringe oor die spiritualiteit van skoonheid, sin, siel en sterflikheid.” The book is described as an autobiographic travelogue through an imaginary landscape and metaverse, published by Naledi. The panel of judges is of the opinion that the author risked exploring complex themes, including God’s presence in cyberspace or the metaverse, God in suffering, life after death, as well as a unique softer image of God as developed through conversations with Old Testament wisdom and even Egyptian concepts of god.

“This work is unique and magisterial in its scope. At a time where more people are seeking sense and meaning and finding it in unusual places, this work offers the reader a rich understanding and many possibilities to find sense and meaning. This does not imply that everything has to run smoothly, but that even within the chaos of life beauty can be found. The author speaks from the heart, yet constantly dwells on the highways and byways of thought, the human brain. It is clear that extensive research was done in this book, resulting in 699 pages of pure reading pleasure.

The judges are Nelus Niemandt, Maatje van der Westhuizen and Julian Jansen.

THE 2024 CLF ELISE TEMPELHOFF AWARD FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION AND JUSTICE

This award, sponsored by Christelike Lektuurfonds, is made to Lizelle de Bruin. She is an experienced radio producer, presenter and director of Wordwise Media and has shown exceptional commitment to the promotion of environmental awareness.

One of her remarkable contributions is her role as presenter of the programme “Binnekamer” on RSG, a Christian Lifestyle programme that investigate topical issues such as green theology, practical recycling advice, vegetable gardens,hiking trails, the balance of nature and plantlife in the Bible.

Over the last decade she consistently included ecological themes in her interviews, thereby ensuring that ecology and sensitivity to the environment is at the fore of public awareness.

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