Author/Actor Bruce Marchiano Receives Gold Medallion Nomination

Author/Actor Bruce Marchiano was recently announced as a finalist for the 2005 ECPA Gold Medallion Award for his book Jesus Wept (Howard).
Marchiano, widely known as the “smiling Jesus” for his portrayal of Jesus in The Gospel According to Matthew (Visual Bible), explores the mind and heart of Jesus to answer the question that people have been asking for centuries: Where is God when I hurt? Drawing from the biblical story of Lazarus, Marchiano reminds the reader that even Jesus experienced grief and cried over the loss of his friend. Written as the result of Marchiano’s own two-year struggle with personal loss, anger and grief following 9/11, Jesus Wept reveals the profound truth that God is right there with you in the midst of your pain and is crying with you. His tears are for you.
“The book had hardly released and I was receiving tremendous testimonies,” comments Marchiano. “A teenage girl confined to a wheelchair writes, ‘Now, I understand that it wasn’t God doing this to me.’ A woman whose husband had just left her writes, ‘I was close to suicide yesterday, but now I know I’ll make it.’ I tell you, lines like those and the hearts and lives behind them—that’s what it’s all about.”
In addition to his role as Jesus in The Gospel According to Matthew, which has sold more than one million copies, Marchiano’s acting credits also include appearances on “Murder, She Wrote,” “Columbo,” “L.A. Law,” and “Days of Our Lives”. His previous books include In the Footsteps of Jesus and Jesus—Yesterday, Today and Forever, which were both ECPA Silver Medallion award winners.
A popular public speaker, Marchiano is the founder of Marchiano Ministries, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to drawing people to Jesus through a variety of initiatives, including Marchiano’s speaking ministry, SA (South Africa) Cares for Life, South African Crusades, Elanja Children’s Initiative as well as video, film, audio and print resources.
Award winners will be announced at the 28th Annual Gold Medallion Book Awards Banquet held in Denver in July.
Howard Publishing is a West Monroe, Louisiana–based Christian publishing company that publishes more than 45 gift-book, Christian-living and fiction titles each year.
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