New Seminary's faculty member, Dr. Theodore Richards was honored recently with not one, but two awards for his writing. Homebound Publishing announced within weeks of each other that Cosmosophia was awarded the Nautilus Gold Medal and that The Crucifixion won the IPPY Bronze Medal.
“Theodore Richards is a unique and gifted social activist, one with a well nourished brain as well as a conscience. His commitment to inner city youth wounded as so many are by a culture that prefers consumption to compassion and preaches couchpotatoitism over creativity, he has spent years bringing alive the potential of young people in finding their in-depth selves and their place in our amazing universe. In a previous generation someone of Theodore’s depth and integrity might have worked out his vocation in a monastery. In our time, he finds his way in the urban world of struggle and promise, despair and hope. He is a philosopher-activist who listens deeply and walks his talk. What he is learning is worth our all listening to.”
Cosmosophia: Cosmology, Mysticism and the Birth of a New Myth is a guide for all those who are learning to connect to their inner wisdom. There is no wonder that this book won the Nautilus Gold Medal, an award shared by such notable authors as Deepak Chopra, Barbara Kingsolver, Mathew Fox, Eckhart Tolle and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The Crucifixion is "a modern American myth," which takes readers on a journey through the Deep South and into urban America. This epic journey reflects both Old and New Testament stories, but creates a new, modern perspective from which the reader may relate.
"I was moved emotionally by The Crucifixion. …In today’s rapidly changing world, the ability of individuals, families, and communities to live with hope and purpose is essential, but according to my observations, too rare," said author, Wayne Gustafson, (Community of Promise: The Untold Story of Moses). "The characters demonstrate how ordinary people can live extraordinary lives that exude the power to transform those around them.”
The IPPY Bronze Medal is an Independent Publishers award, which is given yearly.
Congratulations, Dr. Ted!
Written by Ord. Linda M. Rhinehart Neas