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On July 17, Guideposts magazine, in conjunction with the East Metro Atlanta Christian Writers Conference, presented its “Elizabeth Sherrill Lifetime Achievement Award” to Dr. Dennis E. Hensley. Hensley is director of the Taylor University professional writing major and the author of 51 books and more than 3,000 published magazine and newspaper articles.


The Sherrill Award is named in honor of Elizabeth Sherrill, former contributing editor of Guideposts and co-author of numerous best-selling Christian books, including The Hiding Place with Corrie ten Boom, The Cross and the Switchblade with David Wilkerson, and God’s Smuggler with Brother Andrew. Sherrill, now 88, said from her retirement home, “Dennis Hensley has inspired millions of people globally with his teaching and writing. A dynamic orator and brilliant author, Dennis has long been recognized as a master communicator, amazing audiences everywhere he speaks.”

Dennis E. Hensley holds four university degrees in communications, including a Ph.D. in English from Ball State University. He is the author of eight textbooks on writing, including How to Write What You Love and Make a Living at It(Random House) and Teach Yourself Grammar and Style in 24 Hours (Macmillan Publishers). He is a columnist and contributing editor with Writer’s Journal and Advanced Christian Writer. He has been a guest professor or writer in residence at more than 60 colleges and universities, including Oxford University and Regent University. He and his wife Rose have been married for 37 years and have two grown children and two granddaughters.

“I’m deeply appreciative of this great honor,” said Dr. Hensley at the banquet ceremony held in his honor in Atlanta. “I will continue to write and teach in ways that I trust will be noble reflections on this marvelous award.”

The Elizabeth Sherrill Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to Christian communicators who have made outstanding contributions globally as both a writer and an orator/teacher.

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