“Beyond the Cross” by James Andrew Mitchell of Camden (Maine Authors Publishing) has been recognized as a finalist in the religious non-fiction category for the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

In his book, Mitchell introduces an alternative proposition to the established belief that Jesus died on the cross. Using both textual and visual evidence, Mitchell seeks to prove that Jesus survived his crucifixion and later moved to France with his wife Mary Magdalene and their children where he became the first bishop of Marseilles.

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is a not-for-profit book award for indie authors and independent publishers. In its eighth year of operation, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards recognizes and honors independently published books in more than 70 different categories. These awards are presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency.

For more information about Maine Authors Publishing or to order “Beyond the Cross,” visit maineauthorspublishing.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.