Was America Founded as a Christian Nation: A Historical Introduction was one of the three finalists for the prestigious $50,000 George Washington Book Prize offered jointly by the C.V. Starr Center for the American Experience, Mount Vernon, and the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History.
Was America Founded as a Christian Nation did not win the prize (it went to Maya Jasanoff's excellent Liberty's Exiles), but I was flattered and humbled to have made the final cut. This was a big deal for me, Messiah College, and Westminster-John Knox Press. I think it was my editor Jana Riess who described it as a real "David and Goliath story."
Today the batch of finalists for the 2013 GW Book Prize were announced. They finalists are:
Stephen Brumwell, George Washington: Gentleman Warrior
Eliga H. Gould, Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire
Cynthia Kierner, Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and Times
Brian Steele, Thomas Jefferson and American Nationhood.
This year the jurors were Carol Berkin of Baruch College and CUNY Graduate Center, Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina of Dartmouth College, and Peter Onuf of the University of Virginia.
Congratulations and good luck to the finalists. I am sure that they will enjoy that reception and dinner at Mount Vernon in the Spring!