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WILMORE, KY— Christianity Today recently recognized two Asbury alumnae for their outstanding writing.

ctalumni07.jpgFormulating a list of books from the last 50 years that have altered the way American evangelicals pray, gather, talk and reach out, Christianity Today recognized Rosalind Rinker’s ’45 book, Prayer: Conversing with God, as the most influential book in the last 50 years.

According to Christianity Today, Rinker based her book on the promise found in Matthew 18:20 which says, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them.” Rinker taught her audience of nearly one million that prayer was more than a series of formal speeches, but rather a conversation with God. At the time of this publication, this was a revolutionary idea. Today evangelicals assume that casual, colloquial, intimate prayer is the most authentic way to pray. Rinker received the “A Award,” the College’s top alumni honor in 1975. She passed away in 2002.

Nicole McQuade ’97 Mazzarella’s book, This Heavy Silence, was recognized as the best fiction of 2006.

This year, 37 publishers nominated 240 titles. The Christianity Today staff selected the top books in each category, and then panels of judges voted. Mazzarella’s book was one of 22 nominated titles that bring understanding to people, events and ideas that shape evangelical life, thought and mission. Her book was then selected as the best in her category. Mazzarella currently teaches creative writing at Wheaton College.