Lynn Davis ’71 Austin
The Hope College Alumni Association will honor two alumnae during the annual Alumni Banquet on Saturday, April 28. The association will present Distinguished Alumni Awards to award-winning author Lynn Davis ’71 Austin (right) of Holland, Michigan, whose 24 books have sold a combined total of more than one million copies worldwide. Austin is the author of 23 novels and a memoir, Pilgrimage: My Journey to a Deeper Faith in the Land Where Jesus Walked. Her novels, some historical and some set in the present, address Christian themes, with the central message, as she has said, “that God loves us and He’ll never forsake us no matter how difficult life becomes.” Eight of her novels have won Christy Awards for excellence in Christian fiction, and she was named to the Christy Award Hall of Fame in 2013. Her seventh novel, Fire by Night, was one of only five inspirational novels chosen by Library Journal as a top pick of 2003; her 16th, All She Ever Wanted, received the same honor in 2005. In 2006, her novel Hidden Places was made into a movie that starred Shirley Jones for the Hallmark Channel.
The banquet is scheduled in conjunction with Alumni Weekend (April 27-28). Additional information about the weekend and more extensive biographical sketches of both alumni are featured online.