The book is a powerful story of hope for those who may be ailing with physical or spiritual challenges.
CHICAGO, IL (Mar. 28, 2017) – Loyola Press today announced that author and Harvard-educated humorist Matt Weber has won a Christopher Award for his book Operating on Faith (Loyola Press, 2016), a real-life account of Weber’s bout with spiritual uncertainty following a health crisis. The Christopher Awards are presented annually to films, TV broadcast and cable network programs, and books for adults and children that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.”
Operating on Faith chronicles Weber and his wife, Nell, as a newly married couple, overcoming obstacles after a medical emergency results in a third of Weber’s stomach being removed. His painful and slow recovery are not how they planned to spend their first year of marriage. The book is a love story, an illustration of Weber’s struggles with faith, and a powerful story of hope for everyone who’s ever had their plans and expectations upset by life’s events.
“Loyola Press congratulates Matt for receiving this tremendous honor,” said Tom McGrath, Director of Trade Book Development for Loyola Press. “Matt has the ability to talk about his life in a way that helps others take a deeper look at their own lives. From Matt I’ve learned that when life makes us vulnerable, love helps us find our way.”
“I’m honored to be recognized by the Christopher Awards,” said Weber. “This book is dedicated to my wife, Nell, who lived up to our wedding vows and stayed by my side, literally though sickness and health. Our story is an example of how faith can still flourish in the depths of doubt and in the darkest of times. Love still exists.”
Called the “voice of a new generation of Catholics” by CBS News, Weber published his first book, Fearing the Stigmata, in 2012 (Loyola Press). The book explored the challenges and joys of young Catholics living out their faith. In addition to his work as an author, Weber is host of the popular CatholicTV Network series, “The Lens,” which examines trending digital and social topics from a faith perspective. Outside of his work to make the Catholic faith accessible and relevant to today’s generation, Weber also directs digital communications strategy for the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In winning a Christopher Award, Weber follows in the footsteps of his sister, author Kerry Weber, who won the award for her book Mercy in the City in 2015 (Loyola Press, 2014).
Launched in 1949, the Christopher Awards acknowledge the far-reaching influence and role of media in shaping culture. Nominees are reviewed by media professionals and members of the Christopher’s staff with expertise in film, TV, and book publishing. The 2017 Christopher Award winners will be honored during a ceremony on May 16, 2017 in New York City.