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 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 compromizing their appearance or mission as a faithful Catholic apostolate.

Seal of Approval Recipients

2018 Seal of Approval recipients

  • 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 of Award

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


Read and vote in our CWG Seal of Approval list on

Virtue Works

Seal of Approval books are automatically qualified for inclusion at Virtue Works Media!

Catholic Reads

Seal of Approval books are automatically qualified for inclusion on!

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
Site design by On Fire Media