Acorn Press is delighted to inform you that two of its books won awards at the 2011 SPCK Australian Christian Book of the Year Awards in Melbourne.

Professor Ian Harper’s book, Economics For Life, won first prize in the awards, worth $2,500.

The late Bishop John Wilson’s book, Christianity Alongside Islam, won second prize, worth $1,000.

The chair of the Acorn Press board, the Rev’d Paul Arnott, said he was thrilled by the awards.

‘Both awards are a wonderful tribute to John Wilson’s passion for Australian Christian writing. John had the vision for Ian’s book, which is expertly crafted, and succeeds admirably in addressing a wide range of economic and faith issues in a country that often worships the almighty dollar.’

He said, ‘John’s own book on Christianity and Islam is beautifully written. It is the fruit of a decade’s reflection on the world’s two largest religious faiths and provides us with a rich picture of both Islam and Christianity, as they are laid alongside each other. There are many similarities and some striking contrasts.’