Seal of Approval

The purpose of the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval is to help Catholic bookstores and venues in their determination of the Catholicity of a work. This reassurance from a professional organization can assist authors in marketing and promoting their works. Books are also judged by their editorial integrity as well. Books that are not professionally edited or publication-ready are not eligible for the Seal of Approval.

Authors looking to reach a Catholic audience, but whose books do not qualify for an imprimatur (like fiction), or authors who do not have access to the process to get an Imprimatur, can submit their book for the SoA. It provides a tangible reassurance to readers and bookstore owners that the book does support Catholic beliefs and values; and in the case that it does not, it gives the author some useful feedback.

Readers can be assured that SoA books will not offend their faith and have a certain level of editorial quality.

Store owners can be assured that they can stock the book on their shelves, host the author for a signing, etc. without compromising their appearance or mission as a faithful Catholic apostolate.

Seal of Approval Recipients

2021 Seal of Approval recipients

  • Sister Aloysius Says “Pray, Pray, Pray”, Linda Etchison
  • My Queen, My Mother: A Living Novena, Marge Steinhage Fenelon
  • Wooly & the Good Shepherd, Elizabeth Fust
  • I’m a Saint in the Making, Lisa Hendey
  • Gus Busbi, Jim Sano
  • Giorgio’s Miracle, Laurie Schmitt
  • Miraculous! Mysteries for Kids, Kathryn Swegart
  • The Boy Who Knew, Corinna Turner
  • My Catholic Keepsake, Laura Franz
  • Treasures: Visible & Invisible, Catholic Teen Books
  • Anything But Groovy, Amanda Lauer
  • Forgiving Mother, Marge Fenelon

2020 Seal of Approval recipients

  • Catholic Prayers for Children, Hope Johnson
  • Love's Labour Started, Martina Parnelli
  • Panic, Corinna Turner
  • One More Dance with Grandma, Mary Lou Rosien
  • Shadow Stalker, T.M. Gaouette
  • Sister Aloysius Comes to Mercyville, Linda Etchison
  • The Arrow That Flies By Day, Bart Colli
  • The Saint Monica Club, Sherry Antonetti
  • 7 Nights and Eight Days, Patricia Asedegbega Nieto
  • eXtreme Blindside, Leslea Wahl
  • A Channel of Your Peace, Veronica Smallhorn
  • Come Back to Me, Carolyn Astfalk
  • Hidden Paths to the Creator, George Santamarina
  • A Scribe's Parchment, Timothy Neboyskey
  • God Made the Moonlight, Erin Broestl
  • Who Shall Wear the Wedding Veil, Martina Parnelli
  • Hiding in the Upper Room, Kelly Breaux
  • Celtic Knot by Ann Shortell
  • A Little Catholic's Book of Liturgical Colors by Theresa Kiser
  • Sister Aloysius Arrives at Our Lady of Sorrows by Linda Etchison
  • Saint Clare and Her Cat by Dessi Jackson
  • A Truly Raptor-ous Welcome by Corinna Turner
  • All in Good Time by Carolyn Astfalk
  • Father, Can You Teach Me How to Live? by Kathleen Paiva Alford
  • Ella's Promise by Ellen Gable Hrkach
  • Gifts: Visible & Invisible by Catholic Teen Books authors (Leslea D. Wahl, T.m. Gaouette, Theresa Linden, Susan Peek, Carolyn Astfalk, Katy Huth Jones, Corinna Turner, Cynthia Toney)
  • Moonchild Rising (Shadows of the Sun #1), Mina Ambrose
  • The Woman in the Trees, Theoni Bell
  • Firestarters, Theresa Linden
  • The Hungry Kitten's Tale, Elizabeth Fust
  • The Birds and the Bees, Neena Gaynor
  • For the Sake of His Sorrowful Passion, Meggie Kay Daly
  • Prompt Me to Pray, Monica McKonkey
  • Farmgirls Die in Cages, Corinna Turner
  • Sister Aloysius Gets Ready for the First Day of School, Linda Etchison

2019 Seal of Approval recipients

  • A is for Ambrose, Maureen Valvassori
  • Cinder Alia, Karen Ullo
  • Drive!, Corinna Turner
  • Breach!, Corinna Turner
  • The Father’s Son, Jim Sano
  • Belt of Truth, Theresa Linden
  • The Other Side of Easter, Beth Gully
  • For Eden’s Sake, T.M. Gaouette
  • Finding Hope on Vegas, Michelle Davis
  • The Scholar’s Challenge, Julian Bauer
  • Prisoners of War, Sarah Gracia
  • A Love Such as Heaven Intended, Amanda Lauer
  • Trust in Love, Gerri Bauer
  • Waiting with Elmer, Deanna Klingel
  • Tortured Soul, Theresa Linden
  • Bound, Vijaya Bodach
  • Martyrs, Kathryn Swegart
  • A Boy for All Seasons, but a Man?, Thomas Caffrey
  • The Catholic Working Mom's Guide to Life, JoAnna Wahlund
  • Charlotte's Honor (Great War Great Love #2), Ellen Gable
  • Fight for Liberty, Theresa Linden
  • Guarding Aaron, TM Gaouette
  • When Headlines Hurt, William Schmitt
  • The Seige of Reginald Hill, Corinna Turner
  • Poppa, C. K. McKenna
  • Heavenly Hosts, Kathryn Swegart
  • Roland West, Outcast, Theresa Linden
  • A Life Decision, Laurie Lamb
  • Sitting Like a Saint, Greg Bottaro
  • Unveiling and Conquering Adultery, E. Guevara
  • The River of Life, Diana Tabbaa
  • Know Thyself: The Imperfectionist's Guide to Sorting Your Stuff, Lisa Hess
  • Sharing Your Catholic Faith Story, Nancy Ward
  • The Hidden Legacy, Carrie Sue Barnes
  • The Rainbow with Dull Colors, Jessica Johnston
  • Where You Lead, Leslea Wahl
  • Three Last Things or The Hounding of Carl Jarrold, Soulless Assassin, Corinna Turner

2018 Seal of Approval recipients

  • Mandy Lamb and the Full Moon, Corinna Turner
  • Testing Liberty, Theresa Linden
  • The Execution of Jesus Christ, Dr. Mark Kubala
  • Be: The Journey of Rol, Ric Colegrove
  • A Christmas Story with St. Joseph, Geri Guadagno
  • Perilous Days, Kathyrn Swegart
  • Secrets to Successful Financial Planning, Dan Gallagher
  • A Printer's Choice, Bill Patenaude
  • Chasing Liberty, Theresa Linden
  • The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch, T.M. Gaouette
  • Brothers, Corinna Turner
  • My Hand in Yours, Our Hands in His, Kimberly Cook
  • Secrets: Visible & Invisible, Theresa Linden, T.M. Gaouette, Cynthia Toney, Susan Peek, Leslea D. Wahl, Corinna Turner, and Carolyn Perpetua Astfalk
  • The Fisherman's Bride, Catherine Magia
  • Survival Sacrifices, Theresa Alt
  • Our Lady of Fatima Graphic Novel, Samuel Estrada
  • The Other Side of Freedom, Cynthia Toney
  • Julia's Gifts, Ellen Gable
  • Standing Strong, Theresa Linden
  • Bead by Bead: The Scriptural Rosary, Meggie K. Daly
  • Turning in Circles, Michelle Buckman
  • Paul's Prayers, Susan Anderson
  • Saving Faith, T.M. Gaouette
  • Eugenios, Julian Bauer
  • How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church, Kevin Lowry
  • Freeing Tanner Rose, T.M. Gaouette
  • Comic Con Christianity, Jennifer Perry
  • Anyone But Him, Theresa Linden
  • A Life Such as Heaven Intended, Amanda Lauer
  • Elfling, Corinna Turner
  • The Mindful Catholic, Gregory Bottero
  • In God’s Hands, Maureen Cummings
  • Molly McBride and the Party Invitation, Jeanie Egolf

2017 Seal of Approval recipients

  • Playing By Heart, Carmela Martino
  • Fatima: The Apparition that Changed the World, Jean Heimann
  • The Light, Jacqueline Brown
  • The King's Prey, Susan Peek
  • Spokes, Deanna Klingel
  • Dying for Compassion, Dr. Barbara Golder
  • My Brother's Keeper, Bill Kassell
  • On Angel's Wings, Rosemary Kuhn
  • Roses for the Most High, Ron Smith
  • Rightfully Ours, Carolyn Perpetua Astfalk
  • Molly McBride and the Plaid Jumper, Jeanie Egolf
  • Heads Bowed, Lisa Mladinich
  • Joy-Filled Broken Heart, Mary Lou Rosien
  • Margo's Notebook & Diary, Corinna Turner
  • Seven Riddles to Nowhere, Amy Cattapan
  • Ornamental Graces, Carolyn Perpetua Astfalk
  • Someday, Corinna Turner
  • 6 Dates to Disaster, Cynthia Toney
  • An Unexpected Role, Leslea D. Wahl
  • Crusader King, Susan Peek
  • In the Footsteps of St. Therese, Teresita Ong
  • Battle for His Soul, Theresa Linden
  • Broken Brain, Fortified Faith, Virginia Pillars

Recipients by Year

2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009


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Meet the SOA Committee

  • Ellen Gable Hrkach, Online Training Coordinator (Interim Chair)
  • Patrice Fagnant MacArthur, Author Coordinator
  • Carolyn Astfalk, Evaluator Coordinator
  • Barb Szyszkiewicz, Forms Coordinator
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