9th August, 2013

Ann Fogarty's story of how she came through the flames of the Ash Wednesday bushfireswas named the 2013 Australian Book of the Year at an awards ceremony in Melbourne last night.

Forged with Flames: A True Story of Courage and Survival, by Ann Fogarty and Anne Crawford, won the award at the Australian Christian Literature Awards held at St Alfred's Anglican Church in North Blackburn.

Second prize went to Driven by Purpose: Charities that Make the Difference by Stephen Judd, Anne Robinson & Felicity Errington while in third place was Roland Ashby's A Faith to Live By: What an Intelligent, Compassionate and Authentic Christian Faith Looks Like.

Matthew Pullar won the Young Australian Christian Writer Award for Imperceptible Arms: A Memoir in Poems while Alex Chi won the Australian Christian Teen Writer Award with Hello God...It"s Me.

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- DAVID ADAMS