Blog: National Award For Whispers In The Wilderness - April 10, 2018

Book by Estes Park author recognizedas best inspirational book of the year

Estes Park, Colorado— Whispers in the Wilderness, a new book by local photographer and author ErikStensland hasbeen recognized as the best inspirational book of the year by the Independent BookPublishers Association at their 30th annual award ceremony last week in Austin,Texas. It received the IBPABenjamin Franklin Award™ in theInspirational Book category. This is regarded as one of the highest national honors for indiepublishers and self-published authors.

"This year's list of IBPA BenjmainFranklin Award™ winners rest at the pinnacle of professional independentpublishing. These are the best ofthe best," said IBPA CEO Angela Bole. "This is important because inthe end it’s not just about publishing; it’s about publishing well. Becoming anIBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ winner showcases a publisher’s commitment toprofessional standards and high-quality book content and production."

Whispers in the Wilderness is a hardcoverbook that explores the longings and feelings that are stirred by thenatural world and suggests that these longings mark the trailhead of thejourney to wholeness. Through short daily reflections on wilderness paired withstunning photographs from Rocky Mountain National Park, author and photographerErik Stensland encourages us to go deeper within ourselves and discover therean overlooked path that leads to healing.

This is Erik's second book to win aBenjamin Franklin Award. In 2015 his book Wild Light: A Celebration of Rocky Mountain National Parwasalso a winner. He has written several other books such as, Photographing Rocky Mountain National Park, Memories of Rocky Mountain National Park, and Getting Started in Landscape Photography.Additionally, Erik produces cards, calendars and a variety of other products,although he is most known for his fine art photographic prints which he sellsout of his gallery: "Images of Rocky Mountain National Park" behindBond Park in downtown Estes Park.

Hisbooks can be found at the Images of RMNP gallery, at Macdonald Book Shop, TheRocky Mountain Conservancy bookstores, The Estes Park Museum, Peaks Hallmark,the Tattered Cover, the Boulder Bookstore, through and at numerousother locations.