Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

December 12, 2005

Whitworth Theology Professor's Book on Unanswered Prayer
Wins 2005 Gold Medallion Book Award

Whitworth Theology Professor Jerry Sittser's book When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer (2003, Zondervan) was recently named the recipient of a 2005 Gold Medallion Book Award. Given by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, the award recognizes Christian books of the highest quality based on excellence in content, literary quality, design and significance of contribution.

When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer plumbs the depths of the question of unanswered prayer, a question that is on the minds of most praying people, Sittser says. He wrote the book for those who have been disappointed by prayer and thus may be alienated from traditional religion or traditional religious answers.

The book was among hundreds of entries publishers submitted for the 2005 awards; of those, 100 books were chosen as finalists and 20 books, each representing a particular category, were selected as Gold Medallion winners. Sittser's book won the award in the Christian Living category, which recognizes publications that facilitate or model what it means to live as a Christian. A panel of judges comprising Christian retailers, authors and experts related to the category chose five finalists, from which they selected When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer to receive the award.

"Such an award reminds me of the wonderful opportunities I have been given," Sittser says. "It also reminds me of the need to provide literature that addresses the perennial religious questions, whether spoken or unspoken, that hover in our minds and demand our attention. I hope my book offers a measure of perspective, hope and encouragement to readers who have wondered why God does not seem to answer some of our best prayers."

The four runners-up in the Christian Living category are: The Five Love Languages for Singles, by Gary Chapman; God as He Longs for You to See Him, by Chip Ingram; Serious Times, by James Emery White; and In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart, by Ruth Graham with Stacy Mattingly.

The Gold Medallion Book Awards have been given annually since 1978. The 2005 awards were sponsored by Christianity Today International, Christianbook.com, and Puckett. To view a list of the award winners and finalists in the 20 categories, visit www.christianitytoday.com/special/goldmedallion#christianliving.

Sittser, who has taught at Whitworth since 1989, is currently writing a book on the history of Christian spirituality, which is slated for publication in 2007 by InterVarsity Press. The book, tentatively titled Water from a Deep Well, will address historical models of the spirituality of the early Christian martyrs, the desert fathers and mothers, pioneers missionaries, protestors and the Puritans, and the like.

In addition to When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer, Sittser is the author of A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss (1996, Zondervan), which is in its 19th paperback edition and has sold more than 250,000 copies. The book has been translated into more than a dozen languages and was recently released in a new edition that includes an epilogue and study questions. The book is used by small groups, book clubs, churches and synagogues, hospice chapters, seminaries, medical schools, and in college courses.

Sittser is also the author of The Will of God as a Way of Life (2000, Zondervan), which was recently released in a new edition; A Cautious Patriotism: The American Churches and the Second World War (1997, University of North Carolina Press); Loving across Our Differences (1994, Intervarsity Press), and The Adventure (1985, Intervarsity Press).

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Jerry Sittser, professor of religion, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4381 or gsittser@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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