REBECCA ST. JAMES is taking "time out" in the month of July-a sabbatical time she has carved from her busy schedule annually over the last three years of almost non-stop international music tours, speaking engagements, and the writing of best selling music and books.
Rebecca's latest book, SHE TEEN, released in 2005 by Tyndale has been accorded the honor of being a top finalist at this week's Evangelical Christian Publishers Association ‘2006 Christian Book Awards,' being presented tonight in Denver. A relevant handbook for today's teen, Rebecca's book received sweeping national attention on its' release for its' unique high gloss "bookzine" format and uncompromising standards on ‘safe, healthy, and empowered' living for teen girls through the life application of biblical principals.
Formerly the Gold Medallion Award, the nod from ECPA is Christian publishing's highest honor.
Rebecca finds herself in the Book of the Year running in the category of books for Children/Youth -sharing the honor of the nomination in that category with more seasoned writers such as Jim George, and Max Lucado.
Noted Cheryl Kerwin, Marketing Manager of Tyndale House Publishers: "This is the most prestigious award you can win in the Christian book industry. To have SHE TEEN chosen as one of five titles nominated out of all the titles submitted, is a tremendous compliment to the book's value and to the work of Rebecca and her co-author, Lynda Hunter Bjorklund."
"I'm very surprised and encouraged," noted Rebecca in learning of the accolades bestowed on her as an author. "In writing the book, it was my hope that it would be well received and become a practical tool for teen girls struggling with the pressures of the culture. To be recognized by ECPA for this effort is both very humbling and re-affirming to a young author."
"Re-affirming" was exactly the description as well for Rebecca's appearance in June in Holland at the annual EO Youth Day-which attracted a crowd of more than 32,000 concert-goers for her headlining performance at the Gelredome Stadium near Amsterdam. She became the first artist to be re-invited for a third performance at EO (previous performances were in 1998 and 2000) for a 2006 return that was televised live on national TV throughout Belgium and the Netherlands to an audience of more than 1 million viewers.
Noted Tim Dik, Music Director of EO: "Rebecca's concert was extremely well received-she and EO are a perfect match! She is a lovely person and great artist-I am looking for every opportunity to work her her again in the near future."
In the near future for Rebecca is a well deserved month off - time to listen for the still small voice that will give her further direction on where the exciting journey of music and books may take her next.
Resource RSJ online: www.rsjames.com
Author: Jackie Monaghan
Date: 18 July 2006