Foreword’s 2013 Book of the Year Award Finalists Announced

National magazine selects SHELTERED IN THE HEART: SPIRITUALITY IN DEEP FRIENDSHIP by Gunilla Norris in its search for the best indie books of 2013.

Today, Foreword Reviews, the only review magazine solely dedicated to discovering new indie books, announced the finalists for its 16th Annual Book of the Year Awards. Each year, Foreword shines a light on a small group of indie authors and publishers whose groundbreaking work stands out from the crowd. Foreword’s awards are more than just a shiny sticker on the front of a book; they help connect the best indie books to readers eager to discover new stories written by previously unknown authors.

SHELTERED IN THE HEART: SPIRITUALITY IN DEEP FRIENDSHIP by Gunilla Norris is a finalist for the 2013 Book of the Year Awards in the Mind, Body, Spirit category. In the next two months, a panel of over 100 librarians and booksellers will determine the winners of these prestigious awards. A celebration of the winners will take place during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas on Friday, June 27 at 6 p.m. with awards in over 60 categories, cash prizes for the best in fiction and nonfiction, and widespread recognition.

Here is the complete list of Foreword Reviews’ 2013 Book of the Year Award Finalists.

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Gunilla Norris_webAbout the Author: Gunilla Norris’ parents were world travelers in the Swedish diplomatic corps and so she grew up essentially in three places—Argentina, Sweden and the United States. As a child she was given a rich exposure to different languages and cultures.

She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.S. from Bridgeport University in the field of human development. She is a mother and a grandmother. She has been a psychotherapist in private practice for more than thirty years and has felt privileged to accompany many people on their journeys to growth and healing. Her special love has been teaching meditation and leading contemplative workshops of many kinds.

As a writer Gunilla has published eleven children’s books, one book of poetry and six books on spirituality including: Being HomeBecoming BreadInviting Silence, A Mystic Garden and Simple Ways.

Reflecting on her success thus far she comments, “When I published Being Home in 1991 I did not know that I had begun a series of books on what I now call household spirituality, or the practice of spiritual awareness in the most mundane and simple of circumstances. Together these books seem to me to be like a crystal with many facets. They are part of one thing and yet shed light from different perspectives on the humblest of our day-to-day tasks. It has always been my understanding that when we are really present in our daily activities, our lives become more luminous, filled with love and grace.”