WordServe News July 2020

As usual, some great things have been happening this month at WordServe Literary!

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

New Releases

Congratulations to Sarah Varland and Love Inspired for the August 1st release of Alaskan Showdown.

What she uncovers sheds light on a cold case…and can put her in a grave.

After finding the body of a missing hiker in her small Alaska town, search-and-rescue dog handler Adriana Steele becomes the target of a serial killer thought to have been inactive for decades. Now Adriana’s determined to help Officer Levi Wicks catch the murderer. But with the cold case heating up…the jaded officer is all that stands between her and death.

Congratulations to Kate Hurley and Harvest House Published for the release of the new expanded version of Getting Naked Later: Making Sense of the Unexpected Single Life. 

Will I always be lonely if I end up alone?

You thought you’d be married by now, but you’re not. Even though your friends in relationships love to tell you that singleness is a gift, this gift comes with its share of fear, grief, and still-to-be-answered prayers.

Life coach and singer-songwriter Kate Hurley has been there, and now she encourages you to open yourself to new opportunities and relationships of all varieties. Getting Naked Later will help you…

  • find family in your friends, church, and community
  • stop viewing the pursuit of a partner as a formula that demands a solution
  • hand over control of your life to God, finding peace in the knowledge that He has a plan for you

You don’t need to give up on romance, but you also don’t need to live on standby, expecting someone else to give your life meaning. Learn how to stop waiting and start embracing your life—right where you are.

This is an expanded edition of the previously released book Cupid is a Procrastinator.

This is a first for our agency…a book’s release with the author still in a war zone. Grateful to Ryan Hendrickson for his continued service as a civilian contractor, even after a 20-year career in 3 branches of the military, including the Green Beret’s where he was awarded the Silver Star for Valor, as well as several Purple Hearts (and other medals). Here he is holding a copy of his just-released book in Afghanistan. Salute!!!

 

Congratulations to Ryan Hendrickson for the release of The Tip of the Spear: The Incredible Story of an Injured Green Beret’s Return to Battle.  This is inspiring true story of a US Special Forces soldier who was medically retired after stepping on an IED, and his incredible return to active duty.

Sergeant First Class (SFC) Ryan Hendrickson is a brave, determined, and courageous soldier — a Green Beret clearing the way for his twelve-man team while conducting combat operations against the Taliban. As the “tip of the spear,” his role is to ensure the route taken by U.S. and Afghan troops are free of IEDs — improvised explosive devices. Many soldiers do not survive their last step; those who do often lose at least one limb.

While rescuing an Afghan soldier outside a mud-hut compound in 2010 — knowing that he was in “uncleared” territory — Ryan stepped on an IED with his right foot. The device exploded, leaving his foot dangling at the end of his leg.

American soldiers losing a limb is an all-too-common occurrence. But what makes Ryan’s story different is that after undergoing two dozen surgeries and a tortuous rehabilitation, he was medically retired but fought to return to active duty. Multiple skin grafts to his leg and right foot successfully reattached his lower leg, and he was aided in his recovery by wearing a new prosthetic device known as an IDEO (Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis). Once he passed a series of crucial physical tests, Ryan was able to rejoin the Green Berets within a year and physically perform his duties, redeploying to Afghanistan in March 2012.

In 2016, he volunteered to return to Afghanistan with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group. During a firefight with the Taliban, he risked his life under heavy enemy fire to rescue three Afghan soldiers cut off from friendly forces and return the bodies of two dead Afghan soldiers under the ethos that “no one gets left behind.” For his heroic efforts on the battlefield, SFC Ryan Hendrickson was awarded a Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest award for valor.

An engaging and harrowing account, Tip of the Spear tells the amazing story of one Green Beret’s indomitable spirit.

Congratulations to Rick Johnson and Revell for the release of How to Understand the Man you Love.

Men are fairly simple creatures with fairly simple needs. Yet women often find themselves frustrated trying to understand those needs in order to improve their marriages. Relationship expert Rick Johnson ends the guessing game, giving women an open and honest look inside the world of a man’s needs and helping them understand how best to use their influence to have a satisfying and exciting relationship.

Congratulations to Pierce Brantley and David C. Cook for the release of Calling: Awaken to the Purpose of Your Work.

Men today long for a calling but often settle for the next best thing: a job. They aspire for a higher purpose but still have bills to pay and family to support. But what if men could find their calling in the work they are already doing?

In his new book Calling: Awaken to the Purpose of Your Work, author Pierce Brantley uses practical language and shares actionable steps to show men how to redefine the purpose of their work and discover what it means to have a “called career.”

Brantley shows men they can find a meaningful connection with God in the work they are doing right now. Men were designed for this partnership, and once they embrace it they will be awakened to the true purpose of their work—not just a career but a calling.

Contracts

Bradley Caffee signed with Mountain Brook Ink a three-book deal for “The Chase Runner” Series to be released in 2021 and 2022.

Steve Arterburn signed a 6-book deal with Salem Publishers. Titles include: Understanding and Loving Your Pot-Smoking Child, Understanding and Loving Your ADHD Child, Understanding and Loving Your Child as a Single Parent, Understanding and Loving Your Child Through College, Understanding and Loving Your Child in a Screen Saturated World, and Understanding and Loving Your Bonus Children: Rethinking Your Approach as a Blended Family.

David Dusek signed with Fidelis Publishing, LLC for The Manhood Battle: Tactics to Biblical Manhood Learned from the 7th Cavalry in Vietnam to be released late summer 2021.

David Stoop signed with Revell for Don’t Die Before You’re Dead to be released in the fall of 2021.

Jessica Hooten Wilson signed a two-book deal with BrazosPress for The Scandalous Holy and How to Read Like a Christian to be released in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

New Clients

Diane Peterson, Lavender Vroman, Josh Kemble, Candy Mariballi, Michelle Krol, Shelley Kinder, and Jess Lewis signed with WordServe in July.  Welcome!

 

What We’re Celebrating

Congratulations to Jamie Sumner for the Kirkus Starred Review for Tune It Out. Read all about it here: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/jamie-sumner/tune-it-out/

 

 

 

Congratulations to Katie Powner for the Starred Review from Library Journal for her debut novel, The Sowing Season (Bethany, October 2020). Read what they’re saying here: https://www.libraryjournal.com/?reviewDetail=the-sowing-season

 

 

Congratulations to Mary Davis for being a finalist in the Will Rogers Medallion Awards in the Western Romance category for The Daughter’s Predicament (Quilting Circle Book 2)

 

 

 

Congratulations to Sarah M. Carlson for the great article on Fox News featuring her book In the Dark of War: A CIA Officer’s Account of the U.S. Evacuation from Libya. Check out the article here: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/quietly-ferocious-cia-officer-libya-daniel-hoffman.

 

 

Congratulations to Cara Whitney for her beautiful book Unbridled Faith: 100 Devotions from the Horse Farm surpassing 100,000 books sold! Well Done!

WordServe News June 2020

As usual, some great things have been happening this month at WordServe Literary!

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

New Releases

Congratulations to Diane Carlson Evans and Bob Welch for the Release of Healing Wounds: A Vietnam War Combat Nurse’s 10-Year Fight to Win Women a Place of Honor in Washington, D.C. 

What is the price of honor? It took ten years for Vietnam War nurse Diane Carlson Evans to answer that question—and the answer was a heavy one.

In 1983, when Evans came up with the vision for the first-ever memorial on the National Mall to honor women who’d worn a military uniform, she wouldn’t be deterred. She remembered not only her sister veterans, but also the hundreds of young wounded men she had cared for, as she expressed during a Congressional hearing in Washington, D.C.: “Women didn’t have to enter military service, but we stepped up to serve believing we belonged with our brothers-in-arms and now we belong with them at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. If they belong there, we belong there. We were there for them then. We mattered.”

In the end, those wounded soldiers who had survived proved to be there for their sisters-in-arms, joining their fight for honor in Evans’ journey of combating unforeseen bureaucratic obstacles and facing mean-spirited opposition. Her impassioned story of serving in Vietnam is a crucial backstory to her fight to honor the women she served beside. She details the gritty and high-intensity experience of being a nurse in the midst of combat and becomes an unlikely hero who ultimately serves her country again as a formidable force in her daunting quest for honor and justice.

YoungReadersCongratulations to Cara Whitney on the release of Unbridled Faith Devotions for Young Readers.

Calling all fillies, colts, and ponies! An adaptation of Cara Whitney’s popular devotional for adults, Unbridled Faith Devotions for Young Readers for ages 8-12 is filled with beautiful photos of horses, farms, and countryside that will inspire your young horse fans in their faith. Cara’s charming stories from life on a horse farm offer kids a unique opportunity to grow in their faith as they learn from one of God’s most majestic creatures.

Unbridled Faith Devotions for Young Readers is great for:

  • Young readers, ages 8-12, beginning to learn more about their Christian faith and to embark on their spiritual growth journey.
  • Children to read on their own. Each devotional features a Scripture, short reflection or story from Cara, and a prayer prompt.
  • Tweens who love horses and animals.
  • Families familiar with Unbridled Faith since content aligns with adult edition.

Young readers will appreciate the youthful full-color design and intriguing photography, including some from Cara’s own horse farm. Horse lovers everywhere will enjoy reading about these wonderfully caring, complex animals and what they teach us about prayerpersistence, and identity in Christ. You’ll appreciate how Cara’s words show tweens how to look for God’s grace in everyday moments and engage their faith in a new way.

 

Contracts

Steve Arterburn and Stonecroft President Naomi Overton are teaming up on Every Woman’s Study Bible with Tyndale.

Jim Burns signed a two-book contract with Zondervan for Have Serious Fun: and 12 Other Lessons I Learned While Confronted with My own Mortality, and Doing Life in the Empty Nest.

Rick Johnson, Sunset Parenting (parenting your grandchild) with Salem Publishing.

Glaser and Weiss signed with Salem Publishing for Treading Boldly.

Ron Archer signed with Oskie Roar Entertainment LLC for What Belief Can Do.

Carrie Rogers-Whitehead signed with Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. for The 3Ms of Fearless Digital Parenting to be release late 2021.

Katie Powner signed with Bethany for A Light on the Mountain to be released Autumn 2021.

 

New Clients

Stonecroft Ministries, Inc. (Beth Fitch), Laura Stack, Katy Epling, Bruce Thompson, Shannon Evans, Chris Lassiter, signed with WordServe in June.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

And the winner is…Congratulations to Stephen Arterburn and M.N. Brotherton for being Christian Book Award’s 2020 Young Literature Winner for Kirby McCook and the Jesus Chronicles.

 

 

Congratulations to Sarah Jackson for The House that Love Built’s starred review from Publisher’s Weekly! Read all about it HERE.

WordServe News May 2020

As usual, some great things have been happening this month at WordServe Literary!

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

New Releases

Congratulations to Sarah M. Carlson for the release of In the Dark of War: A CIA Officer’s Inside Account of the U.S. Evacuation from Lybia.

A CIA officer’s inside account of how Libya’s descent into rampant violence precipitated the harrowing overland evacuation of the entire U.S. Mission from Tripoli after being trapped in the city for weeks.

Most of the world is aware of the tragic events surrounding the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. Most are also aware of the resulting political controversy in Washington. But few know what happened next in Libya. While said controversy in Washington subsided, the volatility in Libya escalated—threatening the brave men and women who remained behind to continue the U.S. mission.

In this dramatic retelling of dangerous attacks threatening the U.S. mission in Tripoli, Libya—less than two years after Benghazi—American valor and courage prevailed. The U.S. personnel and intrepid operators stood fast as militias clashed, suicide bombers attacked, and numerous threats and kidnappings closed in on their location. In the midst of it all, the intelligence and determination of one woman with unwavering faith played a pivotal role in saving them all…

Contracts

C.E. Avriett signed with Regnery for Saddle Up: Under the Southern Cross, They Fought: Elite, Lethal, Masters of the Night. Four WWII Marine Raiders Share Stories of their Four Short-lived, Legendary Raider Battalions.

New Clients

Lyndsey Medford, Jeff Schulte, Shari Medina, Karissa Tunis, Christy Bauman signed with WordServe in May.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

And the winner is…Congratulations to Stephen Arterburn and M.N. Brotherton for being Christian Book Award’s 2020 Young Literature Winner for Kirby McCook and the Jesus Chronicles.

 

 

Congratulations to Sarah Jackson for The House that Love Built’s starred review from Publisher’s Weekly! Read all about it HERE.

WordServe News April 2020

As usual, some great things have been happening this month at WordServe Literary!

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

New Releases

Congratulations to Sarah Varland for the Large-Print release of Alaskan Mountain Murder.

The only man she can trust to save her…is her son’s secret father!

Searching for her missing aunt in remote Alaska, Cassie Hawkins and her little boy are thrust into a killer’s sights. Now their only safe harbor is Jake Stone, the man she loved and left…but never told about their son. With the mountain trails hiding deadly mysteries, can Jake guard the woman he’s always loved—and the child he didn’t know he had?

Congratulations to Herman Mendoza and Bethany House Publishers for the May 5 release of Shifting Shadows: How a New York Drug Lord Found Freedom in the Last Place He Expected. 

Herman Mendoza built his kingdom in Queens, New York. He made a fortune selling cocaine with his brothers up and down the Eastern Seaboard. He had apartments around the city for his mistresses and a home in the Poconos for his beautiful nuclear family. But when he and his brothers were busted in a large-scale crackdown, his kingdom crumbled. Ready to kill himself rather than live behind bars, Herman instead came face-to-face with the all-consuming love of God. He would never be the same.

Today, Herman shares his story at every opportunity, knowing that it may play a part in someone else’s journey into a relationship with Jesus. An engaging and fast-paced read, Shifting Shadows offers hope to those in despair, and shows all of us the lengths to which God will go to bring a troubled soul home. Also available in Spanish as Sombras cambiantes.

Contracts

Lillian Somner, DO, signed with Kensington Publishing Corp. for Herbal Medicine for Mental Health to be released late winter 2021.

Jesse L. Nelson signed with Kregel for How to Preach Life-Changing
Sermons: Six Steps to Developing and Delivering Biblical Messages to be released in early 2022.

Stephen Arterburn signed with Tyndale House Ministries for The One Year Bible for Men to be released in early 2021.

Misty Arterburn signed with Tyndale House Ministries for The One Year Bible for Women to be released in early 2021

Charles Person and Richard Rooker signed with St. Martin’s Publishing Group for Buses Are A Comin’: A First-hand account of the 1961 Freedom Riders to be released Spring 2021.

Desiree Hartsock Siegfried signed with Zondervan for The Road to Roses to be released in June 2021.

Craig S. Chapman signed with Potomac Books for Disaster on the Spanish Main: The Tragic-Colonial American Expedition to the West Indies during the War of Jenkins’ Ear to be released in 2021.

Jamie Sumner signed with Simon & Schuster, Inc. for a two-book deal, The Summer of June and Schooled to be released early 2022 and 2023 respectfully.

Jamie Sumner signed with Angel Family Entertainment, Inc. for Roll With It motion picture rights.

New Clients

Stephen Blandino, Larry Hernandez, Joshua Kemble, Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Shoshana Lipson, Megan Westra, and Jennifer Rosner signed with WordServe in April.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Bank Street College of Education names Roll With It by Jamie Sumner one of the Best Children’s Books of 2020. Congratulations, Jamie. Check out the article HERE.

 

WordServe News March 2020

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

New Releases

Congratulations to Leslie Leyland Fields for the April 7 release of Your Story Matters: Finding, Writing, and Living the Truth of Your Life.

Your Story Matters presents a dynamic and spiritually formative process for understanding and redeeming the past in order to live well in the present and into the future. Leslie Leyland Fields has used and taught this practical and inspiring writing process for decades, helping people from all walks of life to access memory and sift through the truth of their stories. This is not just a book for writers. Each one of us has a story, and understanding God’s work in our stories is a vital part of our faith. Through the spiritual practice of writing, we can “remember” his acts among us, “declare his glory among the nations,” and pass on to others what we have witnessed of God in this life: the mysterious, the tragic, the miraculous, the ordinary. With a companion video curriculum from RightNow Media, this is a “why not” book as opposed to a “how to” book. Leslie asks each of us an important question: “Why not learn to tell your story, in the context of the grander story of God?”

Contracts

Jesse L. Nelson signed with Kregel for How to Preach Life-Changing
Sermons: Six Steps to Developing and Delivering Biblical Messages to be released early 2022.

New Clients

Naghmeh Panahi, Amanda Martinez Beck, Jessica Hooten Wilson, Lydia Sohn, signed with WordServe in March.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Congratulations to authors Rebecca George (Wurmbrand) and Jonathan McKee (The Teen’s Guide to Social Media and Mobile Devices) for being selected as finalists for Christian Book Awards.

See all the finalists here:  https://christianbookawards.com/finalists.html

Please join author Amanda Anderson and a virtual community for an eight-week live, on-line study of Amanda’s book, All My Friends Have Issues: Building Remarkable Relationships Between Imperfect Women. This study will take women on a journey through Scripture to discover God’s design for healthy, flourishing friendships that reflect His gracious heart. We will study three foundational concepts: authenticity (being known and loved by God and others); encouragement (comforting and spurring one another on to live out our God-given identity); and accountability (supporting one another in holiness and wholeness). Despite our “issues,” God equips us to form friendships that are a source of joy and spiritual growth. In this unique season, the study will also focus on practical ways to strengthen our relationships despite social isolation.

Check out the link on Amanda’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/heartintraining/

 

WordServe News February 2020

As usual, some great things have been happening this month at WordServe Literary!

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

A Fond Farewell

Donald Stratton, who was one of three last-remaining survivors aboard the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, died last weekend at age 97. Sunday TODAY’s Willie Geist remembered a life well lived. Check out Willie’s tribute here: https://www.today.com/video/donald-stratton-who-survived-attack-on-uss-arizona-at-pearl-harbor-dies-at-97-79267397887?fbclid=IwAR3UUbGiv9DkORqRWBwCmLGpGXaJ3iAkMB7fKgzSVaedXqMdmDYYkSHt4WE

New Releases

Congratulations to Tullian Tchividjian and our own FaithHappenings Publishers for the release of Jesus + Nothing = Everything.

It’s so easy to forget what the Christian faith is all about. We struggle so much, work so hard, and fail so often that we frequently sense something in the equation of life must be missing. Tullian Tchividjian argues that what we are missing is the gospel—a fuller, more powerful understanding of what the finished work of Jesus means for everyday life. During a year of great turmoil, Pastor Tchividjian discovered the power of the gospel in his own life. Sharing his story of how Jesus became more real to him, Tchividjian delves deeply into the fundamentals of the faith, explaining the implications of Christ’s sufficiency, a revelation that sets us free and keeps us anchored through life’s storms. Ultimately, Tchividjian reminds us that Jesus is the whole of the equation as he boldly proclaims that Jesus plus nothing really is everything.

Congratulations to Kate Crocco and Baker Books on the February 18 release of Thinking Like a Boss: Uncover and Overcome the Lies Holding You Back from Success. 

With over 11 million female-owned businesses in the US today, more women than ever are taking the reins to create their own success. Maybe you feel the pull to start a business but deep down you’re afraid that you don’t have what it takes. Maybe you have a great idea but wonder if you’re actually qualified to make it happen. Or maybe you want to expand your business, but you’re worried about how it will affect your family. If that’s you, it’s time to start thinking like a boss.

In this practical and encouraging book, Kate Crocco exposes the 12 limiting beliefs that are holding you back from your true potential, such as

– I should have it all together and I don’t
– I’m not ready or qualified to start
– I don’t have enough time
– It’s already been done before
– and more

With plenty of inspiring true stories and actionable steps you can take–starting now–Thinking Like a Boss will help you turn your limiting beliefs into limitless opportunity.

Congratulations to Jamie Sumner and B&H Publishing Group for the March 3, 2020 release of Eat, Sleep, Save the World: Words of Encouragement for the Special Needs Parent. 

An encouraging and empowering read, Eat, Sleep, Save the World reminds every parent of a child with special needs that they are, in fact, superheroes.

Parenting is hard—for everyone. And it takes a lot of inner pep talk and prayer to be the kind of parent your child needs. Eat, Sleep, Save the World is the rallying voice for the parenting special needs community. It highlights the exceptional qualities God has gifted you with, so that you can take care of your exceptional children. It is a celebration, a hallelujah, a high five for what you are doing right. And it offers peace in God for what you feel you lack.

With a mixture of humor, honesty, and hope, Jamie Sumner brings comfort to other parents like herself who need to hear that God has made them more than capable to raise their special kids.

Congratulations to Angie Ward and NavPress for the March 3, 2020 release of I Am A Leader: When Women Discover The Joy of Their Calling.

You feel it, deep in your bones: God is inviting you to join Him, to participate in His redemptive work in the world. And yet, as a woman leader, you face so many potential obstacles. Lack of clarity over your unique calling. Competing time demands. Changing seasons of life. Challenges such as self-doubt, criticism, and spiritual dryness. With nearly 30 years of ministry experience, Angie Ward knows firsthand the unique challenges that women leaders face as they seek to pursue their calling.

In I Am a Leader, Angie explores the concept of “calling” as it applies specifically to women leaders―those women of influence both in Christian ministry and the broader world: What is calling? How do you discover it? And what does it look like to live out that calling practically amid a multitude of challenges?

Thoroughly researched, theologically and biblically integrated, and uniquely personal, I Am a Leader will resonate no matter where you are on the calling journey: whether you are wondering about your God-given purpose; sensing an inkling of an invitation to a particular ministry, or embarking on the path but encountering challenges.

Congratulations to John and Marlene Strege and Kregel on the March 3, 2020 release of A Snowflake Named Hannah: Ethics, Faith, and the First Adoption of a Frozen Embryo. 

When John and Marlene Strege learned they wouldn’t be able to have a child, they were devastated. Then Marlene asked the question that would change their lives: Can frozen embryos be adopted? The answer not only gave them their beloved daughter Hannah, it drew all three into a political spotlight they never expected.

Hundreds of thousands of frozen embryos exist, held in stasis because parents using in vitro fertilization have completed their families without them. When scientists discovered a way to extract stem cells from human embryos for disease research and cures, those tiny lives were suddenly at risk. And Hannah, just a few months after this discovery, became the first human face of the growing resistance to this new science. In the first few years of her life, she not only sparked other parents to adopt their own “snowflake babies,” but she also inspired the first frozen embryo adoption program, featured on Focus on the Family (getting a new godfather in Dr. Dobson), attended her mother’s testimony in Congress, and stood at President Bush’s side as he vetoed federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

This compelling story unfolds at the intersection of faith and family, science and politics. Pro-life Christians, those who have experienced infertility or know those who have, and anyone concerned with where science can lead when moral and ethical concerns are ignored will welcome this book–and the sweet face of the baby who might never have been born.

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel G. Amen and Tyndale for the March 3, 2020 release of The End of Mental Illness: How Neuroscience is Transforming Psychiatry and Helping Prevent or Reverse Mood and Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Addictions, PTSD, Psychosis, Personality Disorders, and More.

New hope for those suffering from conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, addictions, PTSD, ADHD and more.

Though incidence of these conditions is skyrocketing, for the past four decades standard treatment hasn’t much changed, and success rates in treating them have barely improved, either. Meanwhile, the stigma of the “mental illness” label―damaging and devastating on its own―can often prevent sufferers from getting the help they need.

Brain specialist and bestselling author Dr. Daniel Amen is on the forefront of a new movement within medicine and related disciplines that aims to change all that. In The End of Mental Illness, Dr. Amen draws on the latest findings of neuroscience to challenge an outdated psychiatric paradigm and help readers take control and improve the health of their own brain, minimizing or reversing conditions that may be preventing them from living a full and emotionally healthy life.

The End of Mental Illness will help you discover:

  • Why labeling someone as having a “mental illness” is not only inaccurate but harmful
  • Why standard treatment may not have helped you or a loved one―and why diagnosing and treating you based on your symptoms alone so often misses the true cause of those symptoms and results in poor outcomes
  • At least 100 simple things you can do yourself to heal your brain and prevent or reverse the problems that are making you feel sad, mad, or bad
  • How to identify your “brain type” and what you can do to optimize your particular type
  • Where to find the kind of health provider who understands and uses the new paradigm of brain health

Congratulations to Barry H. Corey and Tyndale for the March 3 release of Make the Most of It: A Guide to Loving Your College Years. 

The perfect gift for high school graduates!
College is a time when new and exciting horizons stretch out before us. We meet new friends and form relationships that last a lifetime. We discern what’s most important and what our ultimate direction in life will be. For those of us whose college days are in the rearview mirror, we long for recent graduates to love college and to make the most it. Often, we’re at a loss as to what advice to give our friends and family who are heading off to college―even though those years may well be the most consequential years of their lives.

From Biola president Barry Corey comes the perfect guide to making the college years count. It touches on everything from college romances to making friends, from getting sleep to embracing boredom, from your inner life to your social life.

In this slender volume, Barry Corey gives you wisdom that rings true but is rarely passed on. He serves up tips for survival, virtues to embrace, ideas to think about, and habits to cultivate for an enjoyable and flourishing journey through college.

After all, you will remember your college experience for the rest of your life. Make the most of it.

Contracts

Daniel Bowman Jr. signed with BrazosPress (a division of Baker Publishing Group) for the tentatively titled work, Notes from the Spectrum, to be released Summer 2021.

Preston Ulmer signed with NavPress for The Doubters Club: Finding Common Ground with Skeptics and Atheists, to be released Autumn 2021.

New Clients

Patricia Raybon, Amber Lilyestrom, Desiree Hartsock, Mike Kinney, Reggie Swinton signed with WordServe in February.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Congratulations to Jamie Sumner for her next fiction book, Tune It Out, being selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of five “Buzz” books for the middle-grade panel at Book Expo America in May. Check out the article here: https://ew.com/books/2020/02/24/book-expo-buzz-panels-announcement-2020/

Award-winning journalist, editor, and public speaker, Rich Ehisen recently sat down with our own Greg Johnson for an interview. Check out the conversation here:  A Few Words With: WordServe Literary Founder Greg Johnson.

Congratulations to Keely Boeving and author, Daniel Bowman, Jr. for being featured in Publisher Weekly’s feature on Religion Book Deals for the end of February 2020. Check out the mention here: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/religion/article/82524-religion-book-deals-february-26-2020.html

 

WordServe News January 2020

As usual, some great things have been happening this month at WordServe Literary!

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

New Releases

Congratulations to author Linda S. Clare and Harvest House Publishers on the January 21, 2020 release of Prayers for Parents of Prodigals.

Where to Turn When You Love a Wayward Child

You know what your child needs most is love. And you’ve given it to him over and over again. You’ve done all you can to train up your child, and yet you’re left brokenhearted as you watch her choose a different path.

Parents who love their prodigal no matter what, know that watching their child walk away can cause overwhelming guilt, frustration, and sadness. Whether you’re still waiting for your child’s return or are navigating your relationship after he or she has come home, this collection of topical prayers offers God’s comfort, wisdom, and compassion. Find encouragement in your journey with heartfelt prayers for:
faith, hope, forgiveness, trust, courage, peace, miracles, and grace. As much as you love your prodigal, you can rest in the blessed assurance that your heavenly Father loves your child even more.

Congratulations to Melissa K. Norris and Harvest House Publishers for the January 7, 2020 release of The Family Garden Plan: Grow a Year’s Worth of Sustainable and Healthy Food.

Live a Bountiful Life

Do something good for your family by learning how to plant a garden that will yield healthy, wholesome food throughout the year.

Melissa K. Norris, fifth-generation homesteader and host of the popular Pioneering Today podcast, will walk you through each step of the process, from planning your food crops and garden space to harvesting and preserving the food you grow. Even intermediate to experienced gardeners will discover dozens of new ideas.

More than just practical advice, you’ll learn how gardening can contribute to a sustainable lifestyle and give you a sense of accomplishment, peace of mind, and overall joy.

Make the Family Garden Plan your “grow-to” guide for good eating and greater well-being for you and your loved ones.

Congratulations to Glenn Schroder and Thomas Nelson on the January 21st release of Never Trust a Leader Without a Limp: The Wit and Wisdom of John Wimber, Founder of the Vineyard Church Movement.

A Unique Life, a Gifted Calling, a Lasting Legacy

John Wimber is not only revered as the founder of the Vineyard movement but is renowned for his unique ability to capture truth in pithy little phrases. This inspirational collection of memorable remarks, each placed in its historical context, offers astute observations on essential principles while also capturing and preserving the story and identity of a miraculous work of God.

For those who witnessed the miracle firsthand and for an entire generation of young leaders who never met John or experienced his ministry, here is a unique restatement of the foundational tenets that launched an international community of more than twenty-four hundred churches in more than one hundred countries—a lasting legacy of spiritual insights that changed lives then and can change your life today.

Change and tradition collide in two heartfelt Amish romances.

Courting Her Prodigal Heart by Mary Davis

Pregnant and alone, Dori Bontrager is sure her Amish kin won’t welcome her—or the child she’s carrying—into the community. And she’s determined that her return won’t be permanent. As soon as she finds work, she’ll leave again. But with her childhood friend Eli Hochstetler insisting she and her baby belong here, will Dori’s path lead back to the Englischer world…or into Eli’s arms?

The Amish Baker by Marie E. Bast

When his son breaks one of baker Sarah Gingerich’s prized possessions, widower Caleb Brenneman insists the boy make amends by doing odd jobs in her bake shop. A childless widow, Sarah can’t help falling for the boy…or his farmer father. But Caleb is progressive New Order Amish while Sarah holds traditional beliefs. Their hearts may be a perfect match, but their lives are worlds apart…

Just released from the Amen Clinics is Dr. Chapek’s, Concussion Rescue.

For more than 25 years, the renowned Amen Clinics has been the front line of defense against the impact of traumatic brain injury.
 
Few of us have been untouched by injury, whether on the sports field, in a car accident, falling off a bicycle, or in the course of military service. While the consequences of a concussion are not always immediately apparent, they can range from debilitating to devastating. In fact, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is fast becoming a national health crisis, with millions of Americans visiting emergency rooms with a TBI each year. But there are proven, effective steps for healing.

In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Kabran Chapek describes in detail the programs and protocols he uses at the Amen Clinics to put patients on a pathway to recovery. For anyone struggling with the effects of concussion, Concussion Rescue guides you through strategies from the cutting edge of brain science:

* Find out what treatments should be employed within the first few hours, days, or weeks of suffering a concussion

* Build a diet and supplement plan that energizes your brain and promotes neurological healing

* Learn specific brain exercises and brain games that can alleviate problems with focus and concentration

* Discover which specific types of exercise can speed recovery—and how exercise affects the brain in general

* Correct sleep problems to detoxify the brain and release essential hormones that aid in healing

With a foreword by renowned psychiatrist and brain health expert Dr. Daniel Amen, Concussion Rescue provides the tools for recovery from mild to severe traumatic brain injury. Whether you or someone you love is among the many individuals suffering from a TBI, here is hope and help.

Congratulations to Rick Johnson and the Baker Publishing Group for the re-release and repackaging of Healthy Parenting: Become the Parent You Wish You’d Had, out on January 21, 2020.

Anyone can be a good parent, even if their own parents were abusive, neglectful, or absent. In this compassionate and practical book, Rick Johnson shows you how to identify the ways in which your past experiences affect your own parenting choices. Then he walks you through the process of healing the emotional and spiritual wounds toxic parenting has left behind. Finally, he outlines healthy habits and practices to take the place of negative ones that may have been modeled for you. With Rick as your sympathetic guide, you can break the cycle of abuse, neglect, or absenteeism and create a positive family environment now and for the future.

Congratulations to Kathy Barnette and Center Street for the release of Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: Being Black and Conservative in America, due out on February 4, 2020.

During his first historic run for the presidency in 2016, Donald Trump made an impassioned plea to the black community. “Give me a chance,” he said. “What the hell do you have to lose?”

According to Kathy Barnette, black Americans have nothing to lose, except for crime-ridden communities, neighborhoods that have become shooting galleries, more social welfare programs, and the mocking indifference of the Democrat party. Barnette argues that even a cursory look into the black community reveals the destabilizing effect liberal policies have had on the black family.

There was a time when Barnette bought into the same lie as everyone else that if you’re black, you must be a democrat. In fact, she was born into the Democrat party just as much as she was born into brown skin. There was no point of separation. Until she began to understand what it truly means to be black in America. Barnette contends that being black is more than just the color of her skin. It’s a culture and a consciousness, too.

In NOTHING TO LOSE, EVERYTHING TO GAIN, Barnette writes about why liberal policies have failed the black community time and time again – and will fail the larger American community as Democrats rush to the hard Left of the party. From the “Great Society” to Kanye West’s ongoing war with the liberal establishment, this book provides sharp, eloquent commentary on the most pressing issues facing black Americans today: broken family structure, loss of identity, the legacy of slavery, and more.

Barnette argues that President Trump has not been willing to presume that the “black vote” is a foregone conclusion resting comfortably in the back pockets of Democrats. With his plainspoken style and willingness to face harsh truths, the president has done more for the black community than any president since Abraham Lincoln. Barnette insists the time is now to get back what has been lost, to fix the brokenness, and to recognize and support those who are actually working in our favor.

We have nothing to lose, and even more to gain.

Congratulations to Debora M. Coty for the release of the Easy-to-Read, Large Print Edition of Too Blessed to Be Stressed: 3 -Minute Devotions for Women.

Got 3 minutes to spare?
3-Minute Devotional from the Bestselling Too Blessed to Be Stressed–Now Available in Large Print!

180 uplifting readings from bestselling author Debora M. Coty pack a powerful dose of comfort, encouragement, humor, and inspiration into your day.

Minute 1: scripture to meditate on
Minute 2: a short devotional reading
Minute 3: a prayer to jump-start a conversation with God

This portable package makes a fabulous any-occasion gift for every woman.You’ll find the spiritual pick-me-up you desire in Too Blessed to Be Stressed: 3-Minute Devotions for Women.

Contracts

Dr. Jennie A. McLaurin and Cymbeline T. Culiat signed with Tyndale House Publishers for Healing Wounds to be released early 2021.

Kristin Weber signed with David C. Cook for Adulting for Jesus to be released in Spring 2021.

Kate Crocco signed with Baker Publishing Group to release a workbook in addition to the release of Thinking Like a Boss to be released with the book.

Tony Brooks with Bob Welch signed with Diversion Books for Leave No Man Behind to be released in Spring 2021.

Steve Poe signed with Thomas Nelson Publishers for Toxic Habits to be released Summer 2021.

David Dusek signed with Posthill Press for The Manhood Battle to be released Spring 2021.

New Clients

Hannah Linder, Charles Person, Mike Ashcraft, Brook Bello signed with WordServe in January.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Congratulations to author Jamie Sumner for her book, Roll With It, being selected for Books-of-the-year at A Mighty Girl (https://www.amightygirl.com/books-of-the-year) and a 2019 Cybils Finalist (http://www.cybils.com/2020/01/the-2019-cybils-finalists.html)!

 

WordServe December News & End of Year Update

 

Holiday Greetings and Happy New Year!

We’re so grateful for this season as our day to day slows down since publishers everywhere close up their offices for the holidays. It’s also a wonderful time to remember the reasons why we do what we do in this life: Loving our family, friends, and neighbors. Christmas is the yearly reminder that God reached out to tangibly show the passion and depth of His love for us by invading our world. It’s really an amazing thing.

And we’re grateful for you, as well. Our own passion for serving authors and their book and film works hasn’t waned in the least as we complete our 16th year in business.

We’ve had another solid year as an agency. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • 46 new books were released in the Christian market
  • 6 books in the general market
  • These 52 books were sold to 26 different publishers/imprints
  • 15 new authors have been launched
  • 12 new novels were released
  • 4 movie options were signed
  • 11 books written by collaborators were signed and/or delivered

In 2020, things are already looking very strong. So far we’re certain that…

  • 46 new books will be released throughout the year in the Christian market (same number, odd), including 7 novels
  • 11 books in the general market will debut
  • 23 publishers and imprints will publish these 57 books
  • 18 first time authors will have books come out next year
  • 5 new books from foreign publishers will come our way

So we have plenty to be thankful for.

Thanks for entrusting Keely, Nick, Sarah and myself with a small portion of your creative endeavors. Please connect with us after the new year to make sure we’re doing all we can do to help keep your career going well and on track.

And I want to take this chance to also thank Ruthanne Taylor, our administrative assistant extraordinaire. She keeps the ship floating and we’re grateful.

With deep appreciation,

The WordServe Literary team,

Greg, Keely, Nick, Sarah and Ruthanne

December News

New Contracts 

Jim Karol signed with publisher Curtea Veche of Romania for Ultimate Memory Magic translation.

New Clients

Shannon Deer, Cheryl Miller, Daniel Bowman, Jr., Dale Hummell, Richard Rooker, and Charles Person joined WordServe this month. Welcome!

What We Are Celebrating

Congratulations to Amy Sorrells for hitting the Bestseller’s List Down Under! Amy Sorrell’s Then Sings My Soul tops the chart at #5 on Australia’s Best Seller List.

 

 

 

Wishing all of our WaterCooler followers a very Happy and blessed New Year!

WordServe News November 2019

As usual, some great things have been happening this month at WordServe Literary!

On the final post of each month, you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

New Releases

Congratulations to Kerri Pomarolli and Harvest House for the release of Confessions of a Proverbs 32 Woman: How I went from Messed up to Blessed Up with Changing a Single Thing.

God is Crazy About You—Hot Mess and All!

If you’re anything like Kerri Pomarolli, you’ve read Proverbs 31 and thought, “Who is this woman? And what kind of magic unicorn, Energizer Bunny juice does she have on IV?”

And you thought social media standards were hard to live up to!

As a sought-after comedian living in LA, Kerri knows about impossible standards. “I don’t plow, and I don’t rise early. When it says she gathers her food from afar, does that mean takeout…?”

In Confessions of a Proverbs 32 Woman, Kerri fearlessly shares the messiness of her own life with wit and honesty. Join her as she delves into the struggles of the modern woman tired of trying and failing to live up to Pinterest-looking, air-brushed, and insta-filtered “real life” role models telling her she’s not quite good enough. And learn the two things you can hold onto for longer than your smartphone: genuine self-awareness and humble God-awareness.

Kerri is a self-proclaimed hot mess for Jesus who has learned that God never said our lives would be mess-less, but He also never intended for us to wallow forever without a way through. When you’re at your most hopeless, God and His Word will meet you there, where you’ll find, as Kerri has, that this #hotmess4Jesus thing really can be the best possible life to live.

And the companion devotion book, She Rises Late and Her Kids Make Her Breakfast: Devotions for the Proverbs 32 Woman.

Make Time for God—and Ice Cream!

Want a deeper relationship with God, but with the clock constantly ticking down the rounds, you can’t seem to find the time? Kerri Pomarolli, a comedian and mom living life in LA, knows all about the never-ending search for more time.

For time-crunched women longing for God, Kerri offers Devotions for the Proverbs 32 Woman. You will laugh and, perhaps cry, your way closer to the Savior through these 90 meditations. In her down-to-earth style, Kerri will teach you how to face mean girls, navigate social media, and stress eat ice cream with a fork—all while learning to put the Lord at the center of all you do.

New Clients

Lillian Somner,  Mike DeCAmp, Dr. Ellie Campbell, Kriston Reisnour, Nan Ellen Nelson,  signed with WordServe in November.  Welcome!

Contracts

David Murrow signed with Regnery Publishing for his book entitled Look Up to be released Spring 2021.

Katy McCown signed with David C. Cook for her work, She Laughs Without Fear of the Future Bible Study to be released early 2021.

 

What We’re Celebrating

Congratulations to Dr. Cindy McGovern for being #9 on Porchlight’s Business Bestsellers List for Every Job a Sales Job. Check it out here: https://www.porchlightbooks.com/buy-books/business-bestsellers/2019/october

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WordServe News October 2019

As usual, some great things have been happening this month at WordServe Literary!

On the final post of each month, you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

New Releases

Congratulations, Jim Karol and St. Martins for the September 24 release of Ultimate Memory Magic.

Improve your memory, sharpen your mind, and change your life―at any age!

As we age, our memories become unreliable; we misplace things and forget details. In Ultimate Memory Magic, memory expert Jim Karol shows that these side effects of aging are not inevitable. His memory-boosting system, called “Cogmental Intelligence,” goes beyond preserving mental acuity and actually enhances memory and mental function through lifestyle changes and mental exercises. Concentration, alertness, and focus can all be strengthened―by anyone, at any age. Karol’s cutting-edge program will show readers how to:

– Sharpen their thinking and regain their mental edge
– Live healthier, mentally and physically
– Clear away negativity and stress
– Become more creative and innovative

A former steel worker who suffered from ill health, Karol used this method to transform his own life. Now he is physically healthy and renowned for his unparalleled memory. His incredible feats of memory and mentalism have been featured on The Tonight Show, The Ellen Show, Today, and more. Karol has used his Cogmental Intelligence method with clients from professional athletes to business leaders and speaks at venues around the world, from MIT to the Pentagon. With a foreword from bestselling author and physician Daniel G. Amen, Ultimate Memory Magic will allow readers of any age to hone their minds, strengthen their memories, and transform their lives.

Congratulations to Lisa Daggs with Margot Starbuck for the release of No Turning Back, Regardless.

In the midst of heartbreak and struggle, how can you remain committed to God regardless of your circumstances?

In No Turning Back, Regardless, award-winning Christian country singer Lisa Daggs shares her story of addiction, conviction, and triumph about learning to trust the God Who loved her regardless of her circumstances.

In 1989, Daggs sat, hopeless, in a jail cell as the women around her picked scabs and spat on the floor. She was facing three to five years of incarceration after a felony charge for cocaine possession with intent to sell. Rather than surrendering to her circumstances, Daggs made a decision: She would follow God regardless.

New Clients

Ashley Beaudin, Kirstin Leigh, Taylor Schumann, Caroline Siegrist, Kate Etue, Bradley Caffee, Dianne Derby, and Ellie Campbell signed with WordServe in October. Welcome!

Contracts

Congratulations to Erik Dorr and Jared Frederick for signing with Post Hill Press for Hang Tough: The Wartime Letters of Major Dick Winters to be released in 2020.

Congratulations to Michaela O’Donnell for signing with Zondervan for Holy Disruption plus an untitled work to be released in 2020 and 2021.

Congratulations to Laurie Polich Short for singing with Harvest House for The Step-Parenting Guide for Moms to be released in 2020.

Congratulations to Tricia Williford for signing a two-book deal with NavPress to be released Summer of 2021 and Summer of 2023 respectfully.

Congratulations to Katie Powner for signing with Bethany for her book The Sowing Season to be released late 2020.