Book penned by Houlton native earns faith award

HOULTON, Maine — The 2018 Illumination Book Awards contest has recognized “Wheels of Wisdom” by Tim and Debbie Bishop with the bronze medal in the devotional category.

Awards director Amy Shamroe said, “The Illumination Awards medalists offer real connections to God through personal experience, thoughtful reflections, and joy in their faith. Our awards shine a light on the books that enrich and inspire today’s Christians.”

“We’re thrilled,” Houlton native Tim Bishop said. “We placed in a category with two books published by HarperCollins, which has much more money to invest in projects than we have. Sarah Young and Christine Caine wrote those books and tied for the gold medal. They are luminaries who have achieved monumental success in connecting people to God. Young’s ‘Jesus Calling’ has sold over 20 million copies. We’re in good company.”

“Wheels of Wisdom: Life Lessons for the Restless Spirit” captures fifty-two “aha moments” from the Bishops’ bicycling adventures across America. It challenges readers to apply the principles those stories teach. The book, with tagline “Inspiration for Your Own Adventure,” won the 2017 National Indie Excellence Award for Inspiration and the gold medal in the Christian Devotional genre of the 2017 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards contest.

“We hope people benefit from and enjoy our book, but we never thought it would win three awards,” Debbie Bishop said. “It makes me wonder what God is up to. Thank you again to our selfless contributors. Some of them we didn’t even know until they dropped into our path as we put this book together.”

The Bishops were first-time newlyweds at the age of 52 and have since toured over 11,000 miles throughout America without the aid of support vehicles. In 2013, they released “Two Are Better: Midlife Newlyweds Bicycle Coast to Coast.”

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