WordServe News October 2022

As October comes to an end, as well as daylight saving time (November 6!), the need for immersive reads becomes ever more important. Here are our in new books, authors and news . . . our highlights below include new releases, contracts signed, notable reviews and PR events, new authors to the agency and other news of note by clients and agents.

New Releases

Congratulations to Geralyn S Ritter and Core Media on the August 1st  release of Bone by Bone: A Memoir of Trauma and Healing.

On May 12, 2015, Amtrak 188 derailed outside of Philadelphia going 106 miles per hour. Eight passengers were killed and many more severely injured. Geralyn Ritter was thrown from the train with such force that she sustained catastrophic injuries to her chest, her abdomen, and her pelvis. Found unconscious, unable to breathe, and suffering massive blood loss, she was not expected to survive. After enduring weeks in the ICU, dozens of surgeries over the following years, unremitting pain, PTSD, depression, and opioid dependence, Geralyn was faced with a daunting question: beyond mere survival after trauma, where is the path back to joy? Bone by Bone shares her powerful story of resilience. With humor, grace, and no-holds-barred honesty, she describes the journey back to life and offers support and encouragement for others. Bone by Bone addresses the long-lasting impact of sudden trauma and extends hope–from the perspective of someone who has been there. And back.

Congratulations to Anne Barbour and Core Media on the August 16th release of The Fourth Chair: Uncovering Your Invitation to Come Home.

Four chairs are arranged in a small circle, three of which are occupied by God in the Persons of the Father, Son, and Spirit. The fourth chair is reserved specifically for you. What happens next can be a game-changer for any person.

In The Fourth Chair, Anne Barbour explores this compelling metaphor of being seated in the presence and fullness of God. In this place of complete acceptance and exposure, not only will we see the beauty and diversity of God in three Persons, we discover our unique connections to each of Them, and the highly personal invitation extended for us to come home. With deep conviction and purposefulness, Anne drives each of us to unlock more of the mystery of what it means to live the rest of our days from the fourth chair, experiencing the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.

Congratulations to Dale Hummel and Core Media on the October 16th release of Reset: Live Every Day Like It’s a New Day.

What is the secret to the abundant life? 

As a pastor of a large church, Dale Hummel had a secret: despite years of Christian study, practice, and leadership, he struggled to experience inner peace and joy. As hard as he was working for his faith, his faith didn’t seem to be working for him. When a mental challenge diagnosis finally led him to the renowned Mayo Clinic, he discovered the missing piece to his Christian practice: a deeper understanding of how the mind really works, and how to change it. 

But here was the big question: how did this new understanding of neuroplasticity and mindfulness fit with his Christian faith? As he searched the Scriptures, he was amazed to find the principles behind these “cutting-edge” concepts hidden in plain sight. The secret to the abundant life is that we must participate in our own transformation-through the renewal of our minds. 

In Reset, Hummel shares the practical program he created for himself and others that translates these scientific insights into orthodox Christian practice. Grounded in theology, science, and deep empathy, Reset shows you how to partner with God in your own transformation and renew not only your mind, but your faith in God and in the practical wisdom of Scripture. 

If real change has been elusive and your mind feels like your own worst enemy, it’s time for a reset. 

Congratulations to Kurtis Parks and Core Media on the October 25th release of Worshipology: A Biblical, Practical, and Spiritual Guide to Living and Leading Worship.

Living and leading a life of worship is our truest calling as followers of Jesus. Kurtis has been leading churches in passionate worship for the last 25 years of his life, and he understands the challenges and joys of ministry. In Worshipology, you’ll get a fountain of wisdom and practical insights from Kurtis and some of the leading voices in worship ministry today, as every chapter ends with a closing thought from different voices like:

Paul Wilbur, Aaron Keyes, Dwan Hill, Krissy Nordhoff, Corey Voss, and many more….

Congratulations to Chris Davis and Zondervan on the October 25th release of Bright Hope for Tomorrow: How Anticipating Jesus’ Return Gives Strength for Today.

Hope is fuel. For Jesus’ disciples, the hope of seeing their risen Lord again, face to face, powered their endurance through persecution, their patience in discipling new believers, and their courage to renounce injustice and sinful passions.

But have we set aside that fuel because the topic of Jesus’ return is mired in confusion and controversy? Many Christians have lost or overlooked the importance of the Lord’s appearing, resulting in a sluggish, ineffective faith.

What if there is a way to recapture spiritual momentum? What if we could tap into the apostles’ longing to simply be in the presence of the resurrected Christ without getting entangled in date-setting or disagreements about the Millennium? And what if this fresh hope could drive our daily responses to temptation, affliction, discouragement, and life in a broken world?

In Bright Hope for Tomorrow, pastor Chris Davis points the way forward. Exploring the return of Jesus on the terms of the New Testament letters, this book looks at portraits of Jesus’ appearing, rhythms necessary to maintain expectancy (including gathering, fasting, and resting), and the practical transformation such anticipation effects. Bright Hope for Tomorrow is not the next new thing. Rather, it is a recovery of what has been lost by end-times studies that have veered into peripheral concerns. Join this return to the gospel center: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

Congratulations to Barb Raveling and Harvest House Publishers on the November 1st release of Say Goodbye to Emotional Eating: 100 Renewing Exercises to Help You Break Free from the Control of Food.

Author Barb Raveling has been caught in the bondage of emotional eating, stuck in a cycle of gaining and losing weight—but she’s also experienced how submitting to Christ’s commands healed her broken relationship with food. In Say Goodbye to Emotional Eating, Barb shares what she’s learned to help you regain control over what, when, and why you eat.

These 100 exercises based on biblical teachings will change how you see food, dieting, and weight loss. As you read, you will

  • grow closer to God as you honestly and humbly present your struggles to Him
  • build boundaries to stop you from using food as a coping mechanism—and make emergency plans for when you’re tempted to overindulge
  • find freedom from strongholds by focusing your mind on God’s desires for your heart

When you trade the lies that lead you to overeat for the truths that set you free, you’ll find yourself craving closeness with God above all else. Say Goodbye to Emotional Eating will help you build effective strategies for maintaining a spiritually satisfying relationship with food.

Congratulations to September Vaudrey with Jean Stoffer and Tydale Publishers on the November 1st release of Establishing Home: Creating Space for a Beautiful Life with Family, Faith, and Friends.

What is your unique path to a more beautiful and fulfilling life? Walk alongside award-winning designer Jean Stoffer as she chronicles her own surprising, unhurried journey and be encouraged that there’s plenty of time to discover yours.

When Jean Stoffer’s husband announced he was quitting his extremely stressful job to look for another career, she suddenly needed to bring in a lot more of the family income. The problem was, while she had a degree in business, her part-time job paid very little and she had few obvious options for earning more anytime soon. In Establishing Home, Jean tells how necessity sparked her journey from part-time receptionist to founder of an award-winning home design company and star of the Magnolia Network’s show, The Established Home. Along the way, she shares what’s she learned about design, business, parenting, and relationships. In Establishing Home Jean will:

  • Inspire you to discover a dream you didn’t know you had
  • Reassure you that whether you’re building a career, raising a family, or redoing your home, it’s okay to slow down and enjoy the journey
  • Teach you practical ideas for combining work and family―and how to work in harmony with adult children
  • Reveal her pro tips for making your home a beautiful place to be
  • Provide gorgeous 4-color photos of her classic, elegant designs for your own inspiration

Any home―and life―can become even more beautiful with a little bit of heart.

Congratulations to Tom Sileo and Fidelis Publishing on the November 11th release of Be Bold: How a Marine Corps Hero Broke Barriers for Women at War.

Major Megan McClung is the first female United States Naval Academy graduate to be killed in action since the school’s 1845 founding and the highest-ranking female U.S. Marine Corps officer to die during the Iraq war. Be Bold is Megan’s inspirational story of defying steep odds, making the ultimate sacrifice, and paving the way for a new era of women at war.

Congratulations to Don Schoendorfer and Mascot Books on the December 6th release of Miracle Wheels: The Story of a Mission to Bring Mobility to the World.

Dr. Don Schoendorfer spent many years pursuing his vision of success, but one trip to Africa changed his life forever. The heartbreaking sights he witnessed on the streets of Morocco sent him on an unexpected path of faith, despair, and, ultimately, newfound purpose.

Miracle Wheels is the compelling account of Don’s journey, from his humble beginnings in the Midwest to his innovative work in the biomedical field, culminating in the founding of a nonprofit organization that has served millions around the world. Laced with humor while tempered by life’s sobering realities, including family hardships, Don’s story leads you on an emotional exploration that spans the globe and intersects with world leaders as he strives to overcome challenges and serve some of the most vulnerable among us: people living with disabilities in developing countries.

Contracts

James Hewitt signed with Zondervan for the October 2023 release of I Am Weak, I Am Strong.

Sarah Varland signed with Harlequin Enterprises for the January 2024 release of K9 Huskey.

Ryan Keats signed with Union Square & Co for the September 2023 release of ADHDINOS.

Shannon Evans signed with Random House for the January 2024 release of The Mystics Would Like A Word.

New Clients

Meredith Warner, Dr. Andrew Bauman, Blayne Smith and Brandon Young recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

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Debora M. Coty has received ECPA Platinum Award. A Platinum Award is presented when a book property sells 1 million units.  Deb received the award for her “Too Blessed To Be Stressed” books. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Katie Powner.  Her book Where The Blue Sky Begins made the Parable Weekly Top 50 bestseller list this week at #26.  This is the first month that the book has been published.  Quite an accomplishment.

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WordServe News September 2022

Who doesn’t love a good book while sitting on the patio during the gorgeous autumn weather.  September has ushered in new books, authors and news . . . our highlights below include new releases, contracts signed, notable reviews and PR events, new authors to the agency and other news of note by clients and agents.

New Releases

Congratulations to John Spencer and Potomac Books on the July 1st release of Connected Soldiers: Life, Leadership, and Social Connections in Modern War.

John Spencer was a new second lieutenant in 2003 when he parachuted into Iraq leading a platoon of infantry soldiers into battle. During that combat tour, he learned how important unit cohesion was to surviving a war, both physically and mentally. He observed that this cohesion developed as the soldiers experienced the horrors of combat as a group, spending their downtime together and processing their shared experiences.

When Spencer returned to Iraq five years later to take command of a troubled company, he found that his lessons on how to build unit cohesion were no longer as applicable. Rather than bonding and processing trauma as a group, soldiers now spent their downtime separately, on computers communicating with family back home. Spencer came to see the internet as a threat to unit cohesion, but when he returned home and his wife was deployed, the internet connected him and his children to his wife on a daily basis.

In Connected Soldiers Spencer delivers lessons learned about effective methods for building teams in a way that overcomes the distractions of home and the outside world, without reducing the benefits gained from connections to family.

Congratulations to Bonnie Kristian and Brazos Press on the October 11 release of Untrustworthy: The Knowledge Crisis Breaking Our Brains, Polluting Our Politics, and Corrupting Christian Community.

Which media outlets will help me be a responsible news consumer? How do I know what is true and whom I can trust? What can I do to combat all the misinformation and how it’s impacting people I love?

Many Americans are agonizing over questions such as these, feeling unsure and overwhelmed in today’s chaotic information environment.

American life and politics are suffering from a raging knowledge crisis, and the church is no exception. In Untrustworthy, Bonnie Kristian unpacks this crisis and explores ways to combat it in our own lives, families, and church communities.

Drawing from her extensive experience in journalism and her training as a theologian, Kristian explores social media, political and digital culture, online paranoia, and the press itself. She explains factors that contribute to our confusion and helps Christians pay attention to how we consume content and think about truth. Finally, she provides specific ways to take action, empowering readers to avoid succumbing to or fueling the knowledge crisis.

Congratulations to Dr. Tammy Lewis Wilborn and Balance Books on the October 11 release of Playing a New Game: A Black Woman’s Guide to Being Well and Thriving in the Workplace.

Drawing on first-hand clinical insight and scientific research, Dr. Wilborn offers much-needed advice on how women of color can be high-performing and successful professionally, without sacrificing their physical, mental, and emotional wellness. 

Black and brown women have been making profound strides in leadership and professional achievement, despite facing the added hurdles of both sexism and racism in the workplace. But so often, excelling at work comes at the expense of their wellness: the chronic stressors and demands on Black women can result in negative physical health outcomes such as sleep disturbance, hypertension, and diabetes, and negative mental health outcomes including anxiety and depression. We cannot talk about career advancement for Black and brown women without talking about strategies that promote their total wellbeing.

Playing a New Game offers women a new way forward, in which ambition and wellness can not only coexist, but bolster each other. With insights from her 20 years of professional counseling experience and extensive research, mental health expert Dr. Tammy Wilborn expands the dialogue on BIPOC women’s experiences of race and gender stereotypes at work, exploring them as a wellness issue.  Through her evidence-based best practices that promote self-care and self-empowerment as necessary tools for professional success, Black and brown women can flip the script by prioritizing their wellness even as they advance professionally. 

Where the blue sky beginsCongratulations to Katie Powner and Bethany House on the October 11 release of Where the Blue Sky Begins.

Sometimes the hardest road of all is the road home.

When confident and handsome Eric Larson is sent to a rural Montana town to work in the local branch of his uncle’s financial company, he’s determined to exceed everyone’s expectations, earn a promotion, and be back in Seattle by the end of summer. Yet nothing could prepare him for the lessons this small town has in store.

At forty-six years old, eccentric and outspoken Eunice Parker has come to accept her terminal illness and has given herself one final goal: seek forgiveness from everyone on her bucket list before her time runs out. But it will take more courage than she can muster on her own.

After an accident pushes Eric and Eunice together, the unlikely pair is forced to spend more time with each other than either would like, which challenges their deepest prejudices and beliefs. As summer draws to a close, neither Eric nor Eunice is where they thought they would be, but they both wrestle with the same important question: What matters most when the end is near?

Praise for Katie Powner …“Powner delivers life lessons that cross generations and will linger long after the last page is turned.”–Library Journal starred review

“My favorite stories are ones about everyday, salt-of-the-earth people. When I open a novel by Katie Powner, I know that’s what I’m going to experience.”–Susie Finkbeiner, author of The Nature of Small Birds

Out of the FireCongratulations to Mike Kinney with Margot Starbuck and Salem Books on the October 18 release of Out of the Fire: How an Angel and a Stranger Intervened to Save a Life.

When his truck slammed into a telephone pole and burst into flames, the seventeen-year-old became pinned in the driver seat. Moments before the vehicle was consumed by fire, Mike was pulled from the burning wreckage of twisted metal as his body burned. After his guitar was incinerated in the blaze, Pete Townsend from The Who, a musical inspiration, sent him a new guitar, offering, “This is the Phoenix.”

In the wake of his Phoenix moment of rising from the ashes, Mike wanted to believe that his life had been saved for a unique purpose. But along the way—through a brutally painful physical recovery, learning to live with a brain injury, and eventually several vocational disappointments—that purpose to which he believed God had called him seemed in jeopardy. Determined, though, Mike pressed on.

Mike Kinney’s life was saved by God from the flames for a unique purpose, and Out of the Fire invites readers to live out the purpose God has for their lives—even when, and especially when, that purpose seems to be in jeopardy.

Congratulations to Dr. John Bruchalski with Elise Daniel and Ignatius Books on the October 20 release of Two Patients: My Conversion from Abortion to Life-Affirming Medicine.

After a terrible misjudgment in the delivery room, Dr. John Bruchalski realized that with every pregnant woman he attends, there are two patients—the mother and her unborn child. In addition to this discovery, two remarkable spiritual experiences deepened his understanding of the kind of man he had become and the one he was called to be.

Two Patients is the story of how a physician who practiced abortion came to question the medical status quo and to pioneer an approach to reproductive medicine that respects female fertility, honors the dignity of unborn children, and o­ ers care to patients regardless of their financial situation. Such health care, writes Dr. John Bruchalski, is merciful medicine, and his memoir gives a glimpse of just how merciful the relationship between a doctor and his two patients—mother and child— can be.

Congratulations to Carissa Shillito and BH Kids on the November 8 release of Innis and Ernest: An Unlikely Friendship Between Young and Old.

Innis loves being an only child. He gets to watch TV and play with his cars whenever he wants. Then one day, Ernest, a 90-year-old man, comes to live with his family, and Innis must start sharing his space with someone else. Innis is irritated at first, but he soon learns that he and Ernest have lots in common, and he begins to appreciate Ernest’s stories, silliness, and special treasures. By the end of the story, Innis cannot imagine life without his new best friend.

A heartfelt and humorous picture book about cross-generational friendship, Innis and Ernest reveals the importance of having relationships with senior citizens in our communities. A celebration of life, both young and old, this gentle story is sure to captivate children, parents, and grandparents alike with its vintage illustrations and endearing message.

Contracts

Kara Powell with Jennifer L. Bradbury and Brad M Griffin signed with Baker Publishing for the November 2023 release of The Character Compass.

Roger Hutchinson signed with Church Publishing for the November 2023 release of The Art of Calm:  Spiritual Exercises for the Anxious Soul.

Elizabeth Felicetti with Samantha Vincent-Alexander signed with Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing for the May 2024 release of Irreverent Prayers: Talking to God When You’re Seriously Sick.

Mindy Ferguson signed with AMG Publishing for the December 2023 release of Eyewitness to Redemption: Finding Refuge in God’s Redeeming Love.

New Clients

Kimberly Katiti and Jerry Jamison recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Wordserve Literary is proud to announce the promotion of Keely Boeving to Senior Agent.  Keely has been a member of the Wordserve Staff since 2015 and has the respect of both authors and publishers.  Please help us celebrate this well deserved promotion.

WordServe News August 2022

August has ushered in new books, authors and news . . . our highlights below include new releases, contracts signed, notable reviews and PR events, new authors to the agency and other news of note by clients and agents.

New Releases

Congratulations to Kevin Nye and Hearld Press on the August 24 release of Grace Can Lead Us Home: A Christian Call to End Homelessness.

On any given night, more than half a million Americans and Canadians find themselves sleeping on the streets, in shelters, cars, and other places not meant for human habitation. Yet as this crisis continues to grow, it remains one of the least talked about–especially in churches. Even where compassion and empathy exist, the complexities around homelessness can make us feel stuck, overwhelmed, or numb to the existence of unhoused people in our cities and neighborhoods. 

Reporting back from his work in homeless services, minister and advocate Kevin Nye introduces readers to the Christ he’s met in tents, shelters, and drop-in centers. He demystifies homelessness by journeying into complex issues like affordable housing, mental illness, addiction, and more, while reimagining our theological approach to these matters and educating us on how they intersect with homelessness.

This thorough and intimate book shows us that from the margins, Jesus has something to teach us all about grace–something that could change the landscape of homelessness entirely if we’re ready to hear it.

Congratulations to Bill Myers and Fidelis Publishing on the August 24 release of Temptation: Rendezvous with God – Volume Two (2).

Join Will Thomas as, with a touch of humor, he continues stumbling his way toward holiness and understanding God’s deep desire for intimate friendship.

As our hero continues his off-the-record visits with Jesus Christ, his best friend draws him onto the wrong side of a moral and political issue. Amidst the drama and chaos, he learns two powerful truths: His identity is not in what he does for a living. His identity is not in what people think of him. Despite it all, amidst victories and catastrophic failures, he learns his identity, now and forever, is as God’s “deeply loved son.” Join Will Thomas as, with a touch of humor, he continues stumbling his way toward holiness and understanding God’s deep desire for intimate friendship.

Congratulations to Jim Johnson with Paul Basden and Harvest Kids Books on the August 31 release of Finding Your Place in God’s Great Story for Kids: A Book About the Bible and You

By learning about the Bible in eight easy-to-understand sections, children ages nine to twelve will see God’s Word as one complete story and find their role in it.  

From Genesis to Revelation, God has a story to tell: He created us so he could know and love us, and because he knew we wouldn’t be able to love and obey him perfectly, he sent his Son to die for us so we can spend eternity with him.

Using language, humor, and illustrations that tweens will enjoy, Finding Your Place in God’s Great Story for Kids introduces children to the major themes and key characters in the Bible so they will better understand the gospel message and see to apply it to their lives. They will also discover the narrative threads that run throughout the Bible and gain a deeper appreciation of God’s Word and his immeasurable love for them.

Congratulations to Angie Ward and NavPress on the September 6th release of Kingdom and Country: Following Jesus in the Land that You Love (Kingdom Conversations). 

We love God. We love our country. What does it look like to love each properly and well?

National tensions are at a record high. People on all points in the political spectrum care deeply about their country, although they differ wildly in their opinions about what it looks like to serve that country well. As Christians, we love God and seek to follow him. At the same time, nothing shapes us and tugs at our loyalties quite like the place we live. And of course we are regularly encouraged to pledge our allegiance to our country―or particular understandings of it. Who wins when the priorities of God and our country clash?

In Kingdom and Country, a collection of leading Christian thinkers and practitioners take a holistic approach to considering the questions of patriotism, nationalism, and where our ultimate loyalties must like. Contributors include Alejandro Mandes, Juliet Liu, Ryan Tafilowski, Derek Vreeland, Rod Wilson, Michelle Reyes, Amanda Smith, Karen Wilk, Sean Palmer, and Tina Boesch

Kingdom and Country is the second in a series of Kingdom Conversations, books that bring together trusted Christian voices to address some of the most urgent and perplexing challenges of our time in timeless and redemptive ways

Congratulations to Jamie Erickson and Moody Publishing on the September 6th release of Holy Hygge: Creating a Place for People to Gather and the Gospel to Grow.

Hygge [hue-guh] has become a cultural buzzword. When many read about this Danish practicetheir shoulders lift in excitement, then fall in exhale. In a culture of rush, hygge appeals to their desire for rest—for slow living, shared moments, and fostered friendships. Hygge has strong ties to beauty, contentment, and well-being. It’s warm and inviting. Hygge is the opposite of hustle. It eschews abundance. It savors. It takes things slow and envelopes you in sanctuary. Hygge is home. When you sit in a comfy chair by the fire, that’s hygge. When you arrange a fresh bouquet of wildflowers on a bedside table, that’s hygge too. Candles, soft furnishings, natural light, fresh-baked pastries, intimate gatherings with friends—these are what come to mind when you think of hygge. But hygge can be so much more. 

In Holy Hygge, author Jamie Erickson unites the popular Danish practice with the deep, theological truths of the gospel. She unpacks the seven tenets of hygge: hospitality, relationships, well-being, atmosphere, comfort, contentment, and rest. In addition, Erickson shows how the external veneer of a lifestyle can create a life-giving home only when placed under the hope of the gospel. Holy Hygge provides practical ideas for using hygge to gather people and introduce them to faith in Christ. Each chapter concludes with discussion questions, Scripture references, and a prayer.

 

Contracts

Karissa Tunis with Sharlene Medini signed with Harvest House Books for the September 2023 release of Sweet Notes for My Daughter.

New Clients

Kristen Morris recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

We are excited to promote Laurie Polich Short‘s upcoming study on Romans 8. Below is a trailer for a new 8 week study in Romans 8 called “The greatest chapter in the Bible”:  https://youtu.be/8yjkyy4o7iA

The study can be found on RightNow media or on her website: https://laurieshort.com/

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Marine RaidersCongratulations to Carole Engle Avriett.

Her book Marine Raiders: The True Story of the Legendary WWII Battalions (World War II Collection) has been chosen as part of their WWII Collection.  Regnery History is proud to present our new featured collections of quality paperback editions: World War II Collection, Civil War, Cold War Classics, The Generals, The Presidents, and Early America.

WordServe News July 2022

July is a month that more people are reading books than releasing books . . . our highlights below include new releases, contracts signed, notable reviews and PR events, new authors to the agency and other news of note by clients and agents.

New Releases

Congratulations to Stephen Arterburn with Stacey Sadler and Salem Books on the August 2, 2022 release of Understanding and Loving Your Child As a Single Parent.

Twenty-first century how-to advice that embraces and celebrates the role of  the single parent and the children those parents love, from the author of the internationally best-selling Understanding Your Child series, and host of New Life Live!, the nation’s number one Christian call-in counseling show.
Answers to Questions Unique to Single Parenting
Whether you have always been a single parent, or lost a spouse to death or divorce, the stress of raising healthy, well-adjusted children while trying to make ends meet can feel overwhelming at times. Where can a single parent get some help?

Syndicated radio host Stephen Arterburn has spent years fielding those types of questions on his show, so he teamed up with a board member of New Life Live!—trained clinician and successful single parent of now-adult children Stacey Sadler—to put the answers into the pages of this book. Some of the many topics covered are:

*How to manage your emotions well
*How to let your kids be kids
*How to trust God to be your co-parent
*How to grow comfortable with and receive more practical help from others in your community
*Rejecting a mindset of victimhood and embracing thankfulness
*Knowing if you’re ready to date—and how to handle that with your kids

Indeed, you were not designed to shoulder the load of parenting your children all by yourself—but that doesn’t mean you can’t succeed at it. Understanding and Loving Your Child as a Single Parent will provide the tools you need not only to survive this challenge, but to thrive within it—and set your child up for a successful life, too.

Congratulations to Stephen Arterburn with Connie Clark, PhD and Salem Books on the August 2, 2022 release of Understanding and Loving Your Bonus Child.

Nontraditional families now outnumber nuclear families in the U.S.—including blended families.

Statistics show that approximately 40 percent of all married parents nationwide have children from a previous marriage or relationship. If you’re one of them, you didn’t just find a partner when you got married—you got a bonus!

As beautiful as that is, the situation also comes with challenges. Not only do you have to find your footing with your new spouse—which takes time, patience, and communications even when no one else is in the household—you must navigate those relationship with your and/or your spouse’s children as well. Not to mention that if you and your new spouse both have children, you must help them work out their issues with each other!

Syndicated radio hose Stephen Arterburn gets questions about this from listeners all the time, so he’s partnered with Connie Clark to help adults with bonus children

  • manage their own stress, and help their children manage theirs;
  • overcome common difficulties;
  • develop healthy communication patterns and interpersonal skills;
  • find common ground with their new spouse with issues arise over the ids, and
  • find ways to have fun and increase happiness together.

Congratulations to Jean S. Barnes with Jessica Wrasman and Elk Lake Publishing on the May 9, 2022 release of Wise Woman Within: Living from the Wisdom Within.

Living from the Wisdom Within

“My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, you, God, will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17)

Two women, one 80+ and one 30+, in very different seasons of life, chat about how they each are learning to find and listen to the voice of wisdom that God planted within their truest soul. Some trial, lots of error, but with increasing success—they have learned the secret to connecting to the Wise Woman Within—who speaks truth and wisdom and spiritual insight, who helps steer us away from danger and disaster, who helps us speak and live in balance and love.

“May the flickering light of truth be passed to you, as if my candlestick might dip to light yours, illuminating a path a little less dark, a little more clear for you and yours as you undertake this brave and fierce work of finding the ‘Wise Woman Within.’” (WWW)

Contracts

Katie Powner signed with Baker Publishing for the October 2023 release of When The Morning Wind Blows.

Michael Ross with Dan Shields signed for the October 2023 release of Relational Richness.

Michael Phillips signed with Fidelis Publishing for the July 2023 release of Tribulation Cult: Seeds of Change and Birth of a Remnant.

 

New Clients

 David Grantham, Jay Hewitt, Daniel Ritchie, Sam Wickey, and Dan Shields recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Publisher’s Weekly announced that Kevin Nye’s upcoming book GRACE CAN LEAD US HOME is listed as one of the Top 10 books  for Religion & Spirituality. Read the entire article at Publisher’s Weekly.  

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WordServe News June 2022

As this month begins, so does the release of many books this month at WordServe Literary . . . our highlights below include new releases, contracts signed, notable reviews and PR events, new authors to the agency and other news of note by clients and agents.

New Releases

Waiting for a sign vol 2Congratulations to Kevin Keating and Core Media Group  on the June 7, 2022 release of Waiting for a Sign Volume 2: Highlights & Inside Stories from a Lifetime of Collecting Baseball Autographs.

If you were a baseball fan in the ’60s, ’70s, or ’80s-or if your passion for the game and its history is more recent-Waiting for a Sign will be a page-turner you can’t put down. Kevin Keating spent his youth collecting autographs from some of the biggest stars baseball has ever produced. Along the way he befriended many of the most familiar names in the history of sports. Through those friendships, Keating collected not just autographs, but behind-the-scenes stories that are must-reads for any baseball fan. In this collection of narratives, Keating builds on the success of his first volume as he introduces you to Roberto Clemente, Chuck Connors, Casey Stengel, Warren Spahn, George Brett, Bob Feller, Buck O’Neil, George Sisler, Paul Gleason, Mark McGwire, and many others. Here are the stories behind the autographs that reveal the person inside the player.

Congratulations to Elishaba Doerksen and Core Media Group  on the January 2022 release of Out of the Wilderness,

Elishaba Doerksen was the oldest of fifteen children born to ex-hippies Robert and Kurina Hale—also known as Papa Pilgrim and Country Rose. Elishaba grew up in a dilapidated 342-square-foot log cabin in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of New Mexico, isolated from civilization by a fundamentalist father intent on keeping his large family cloistered from a godless world. When she was nineteen, Papa Pilgrim began taking liberties with Elishaba in unimaginable ways and beating her—and her siblings—when he judged them to be “rebellious.”

The horrific sexual and physical abuse continued after the family moved to a remote valley in the Alaska wilderness. After ten years of terrifying mistreatment, Elishaba gathered her courage to make a run for it on a snowmobile. What happens next is the basis for a powerful, dramatic story about perseverance, faith, and redemption, as well as forgiveness.

This is the first time that Elishaba has told her side of a story that garnered national attention with major articles in the Washington Post, NPR, and Outside magazine as well as a significant buzz on social media. She needed time to heal, but now she’s ready to tell the world what it was like living with Papa Pilgrim—and how she overcame some of the worst trauma a daughter can experience at the hands of a father.

Congratulations to Sarah Varland and Love Inspired Publications  on the August 23,  2022 release of Tracking the Truth (Love Inspired Suspense: K-9 Unit). 2 Thrilling Stories

A dangerous search for justice.  Alaskan Showdown by Sarah Varland

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.

Cold Case Trail by Sharee Stover

Temporarily working in the cold case division was supposed to mean less danger for state trooper Trey Jackson and his injured K-9 partner, Magnum—until they thwart an abduction. Now he must protect profiler Justine Stark, even as she blames him for her friend’s death ten years ago. Can he right past wrongs by finally solving the murder…and making sure Justine lives to find closure?

Congratulations to Sarah Varland and Love Inspired Publications  on the August 23,  2022 release of Secrets at the Summit (Love Inspired Suspense). 2 Thrilling Stories

Seeking the truth could be deadly.  Alaska Secrets by Sarah Varland

When her first love, Seth Connors, is attacked in the Alaskan wilderness, former police officer Ellie Hardison knows the crime is linked to his sister’s unsolved murder. This time, she won’t stop until she finds the culprits—even if it means joining Seth undercover. With one last chance to find justice, success could bring Ellie and Seth back together…and failure could prove fatal.

Covert Cover-Up by Elizabeth Goddard

Private investigator Katelyn Bradley rushes to help when she suspects a burglary at her neighbor Beck Goodwin’s house—and arrives just in time to save him. The widowed dad is convinced the attack is linked to his wife’s mysterious death, and now Katelyn is a target, too. Trapped in someone’s crosshairs, can Beck and Katelyn uncover his late wife’s lethal secrets…and keep each other alive?

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Elizabeth Goddard

Contracts

Jennifer Strickland signed with Faith Happenings for the 2023 re-release of Girl Perfect.

 

New Clients

 Rinnah Shaw, Arianna Molloy Yeh, Brady Crytzer, Craig Von Buseck, David Sunde, and Mike Acker recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Congratulations to Candace Camling.  Pray and Think Imaginative Rosary Book won FIRST PLACE in the Association of Catholic Publishers’ Excellence in Publishing Awards in the Children’s Books: Picture Book category! Read the article at:  https://www.catholicpublishers.org/2022-publishing-award-winners. 

 

Carol AwardCongratulations to Sara Davison.  The Carol Awards has announced that Sara is a finalist in two different categories, Romantic Suspense and Novella)

 

 

Romantic Suspense

Driven by Sara Davison
Mountain Brook Ink
Editors: Miralee Ferrell and Alyssa Roat

 

Novella

Star Light (part of The Heart of Christmas Anthology) by Sara Davison

Editor: Deb Elkink

 

The Carol Awards are ACFW’s recognition for the best Christian fiction published by traditional publishing houses in the previous calendar year.

For more information about the Carol Awards: https://acfw.com/acfw-contests/carol-awards

WordServe News May 2022

As this month begins, so does the release of many books this month at WordServe Literary . . . our highlights below include new releases, contracts signed, notable reviews and PR events, new authors to the agency and other news of note by clients and agents.

New Releases

100 days angerCongratulations to Stephen Arterburn and Aspire Publishing  on the April 5, 2022 release of 100 Days to Freedom from Anger: Daily Devotional.

Anger creates difficulties in relationships, feeds bitterness, and allows shame to dominate lives. Readers of this devotional need help with anger—their own or that of someone they care about.

Stephen Arterburn and the counselors at New Life Ministries want to help readers understand and learn to control what drives the powerful emotion of anger as well as its effects. Targeted daily devotions help readers explore sources of anger; surrender attitudes, temper, and emotions to God; and begin to experience life where peace rules. 100 Days to Freedom from Anger is designed to help the reader journey to freedom from anger and the control it has over life, making lasting changes to better reflect the nature of God, who is slow to anger, filled with unfailing love, and forgiving.

Congratulations to Candy Marballi and Ellie Claire Gifts on the May 3rd release of He Hears Her Voice: Growing Closer to God Through Prayer.

Discover a simple approach to prayer with this useful guide and see how it gives you the power to transform your life.

Candy Marballi discovered that declaring the promises of God through prayer led to untold blessings and opportunities. One prayer comprised of ten themes (grace, love, compassion, repentance, worship, commitment, dependence, influence, discipleship, and authority) will refresh your prayer-life. He Hears Her Voice is a prayer strategy that offers proven steps to guide you to a richer relationship with God.  Filled with vivid personal stories, meditative scripture, beautiful hymns, and meaningful prayers, this devotional provides a grounding worship experience. He Hears Her Voice will change the way we pray—and equip a generation of women to live boldly in their faith.

God and me at the seaCongratulations to Shelley Kinder and Kregel Publishing  on the May 17th release of God and Me at the Sea.

“I feel God’s love. So strong. So deep.

I whirl! I twirl! I skip! I leap!”

Have you ever felt God’s love so deeply that you wanted to sing and dance? That’s just how this little girl feels! In a sunny beach setting, she praises God with her whole heart–and her whole body! Singing, dancing, and drumming on her sand bucket, she has the most joy-filled time playing . . . a natural time to worship that we often forget.

In God and Me at the Sea, Shelley Kinder uses language natural to children and draws on rhythm and movement to show how all-encompassing the experience of praise can be. There’s no heavy, preachy tone here, just a light-hearted girl who shows kids 3 to 8 how to love and worship God.

Accompanied by vivid, expressive illustrations, God and Me at the Sea opens children’s eyes to the glory of God’s creation, and how powerful and rewarding worship can be.

The best worst dad jokesCongratulations to Sandy Silberthorne on the May 17, 2022 release of The Best Worst Dad Jokes.

When a man becomes a dad, he takes on certain responsi-bilities: providing for his family, raising up his children to be good citizens–and telling the absolute worst jokes he can come up with. But dad jokes don’t always come naturally, which is why Sandy Silverthorne created The Best Worst Dad Jokes. Filled with more than 500 groan worthy jokes to torment your kids, this collection makes it possible for dads to fill any moment of dead air with a joke that will have everyone within hearing distance rolling their eyes and edging away to avoid association with you. Jokes like . .

Two Hundred TuesdaysCongratulations to Dianne Derby  and NavPress  on the May 17, 2022 release of  Two Hundred Tuesdays: What a Pearl Harbor Survivor Taught Me about Life, Love, and Faith.

This is the story of how casual Tuesday meetings about friendship, leadership, mentoring, parenting, and marriage―and the sacred thread through it all―led to an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

When Dianne Derby arrived as a news anchor in Colorado Springs, she was hungry for approval, affirmation, and connections. She raced from one event to the next, capturing stories and sound bites. Everything changed when she met centenarian Jim Downing at a luncheon for World War II veterans. At the time, Jim was the second-oldest living survivor of Pearl Harbor. Jim asked Dianne an important question: “Would you like to meet the most fulfilled person you’ll ever know? You’re looking at him.”

Dianne and Jim began meeting on Tuesdays, where eventually she invited her followers into their dialogues with dozens of videos on Facebook Live, where viewers could learn from Jim just as she had. With thousands of views, the chats struck a chord with people who were hungry for a meaningful life. Over the course of five years, Jim Downing taught Dianne Derby to slow down; to embrace only what is true, real, and good; and to live a life of significance. She delivered a eulogy at his funeral, a memorial service that was broadcast for the world. His lessons live on in her stories, her friendships, and the significance of her work as a journalist, a mother, a wife, and a follower of Christ.

Congratulations to Jamie Sumner and Simon & Schuster Publishing on the May 31st release of The Summer of June.

Twelve-year-old June Delancey is kicking summer off with a bang. She shaves her head and sets two goals: she will beat her anxiety and be the lion she knows she can be, instead of the mouse everyone sees. And she and her single mama will own their power as fierce, independent females.

With the help of Homer Juarez, the poetry-citing soccer star who believes in June even when she doesn’t believe in herself, she starts a secret library garden and hatches a plan to make her dreams come true. But when her anxiety becomes too much, everything begins to fall apart. It’s going to take more than a haircut and some flowers to set things right. It’s going to take courage and friends and watermelon pie. Forget second chances. This is the summer of new beginnings.

Congratulations to Ace Collins and Tyndale Publishers on the June 17th release of Geared-Up Faith for Classic Car Buffs: Devotions to Help You Reflect, Recharge, and Restore.

Sit back and enjoy the ride!
Classic car aficionado Ace Collins cruises through automotive history with engaging stories that spotlight some of America’s most admired vintage vehicles. Along with the interesting anecdotes, you’ll find fascinating facts about sought-after cars, starting with the 1901 Oldsmobile Curved Dash and accelerating through the decades to the premiere of the Ford Mustang in 1964. Each featured model has an accompanying photograph showcasing cars such as the Ford Model T, Cord L-29, Cadillac Sixteen, Corvette, Thunderbird, and more. With high-octane biblical wisdom injected into each entry, your faith will be ignited, and your connection to God will grow. This is the perfect gift for the avid car collector, restorer, or hobbyist, or the vintage car fan who is seeking encouragement from God’s Word.

Congratulations to Mark Atteberry and Henderickson Publishers on the June 29th release of Troublemakers in the Church: Dealing with the Difficult, the Dangerous, and the Deadly.

Most people would agree that the church is an amazing concept―the idea that people who share faith in Christ can worship and serve together and enjoy sweet fellowship that has love, forgiveness, and mutual support as its hallmarks. But the reality is often quite different.

When people who are part of the church behave in ways that are thoughtless, selfish, and even vicious, then that shining ideal dims drastically and people get wounded, sometimes never to recover. Suddenly, the one place in the community that should symbolize hope and light becomes a house of horror. Why does this happen?

The easy answer is to point an accusing finger at Satan, but what about our own culpability? Troublemakers in the Church: Dealing with the Difficult, the Dangerous, and the Deadly identifies twenty-five types of troublesome church members and offers insights on how to deal with them, while also offering a specific plan for how to build a church culture that manages and minimizes trouble.

Contracts

KC Campbell signed with John Wiley & Sons for the August 2023 release of  Flying in the Face of Fear.

Jamie Sumner signed with Simon &Schuster for the January 2024 release of Deep Water.

Sean Castle signed with WordServe Literary for the release of Turn off the Noise and Get Started.

Jessica Cruickshank signed with NavPress for the May 2023 release of Extraordinary Discipleship.

Bill Myers signed with Fidelis Publishing for the December 2023 release of Rendezvous with God, Volumes 3 and 4.

New Clients

 Darren Manley, Sandra Bretting, and Ruth Goring recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

On the SpectrumCongratulations to Daniel Bowman, Jr. His book, “On the Spectrum” has been named,  Book of the Year by the Academy of Parish Clergy. 

Read the entire article at https://rushtopress.org/on-the-spectrum-by-daniel-bowman-jr-named-book-of-the-year-by-the-academy-of-parish-clergy/

 

Congratulations to Jamie Erickson.  Her book Homeschool Bravely: How to Squash Doubt, Trust God, and Teach Your Child with Confidence has hit 25,000 in sales!

WordServe News April 2022

As this month begins, so does the release of many books this month at WordServe Literary . . . our highlights below include new releases, contracts signed, notable reviews and PR events, new authors to the agency and other news of note by clients and agents.

New Releases

Congratulations to Rick Johnson and Salem Books  on the April 5, 2022 release of When Grandparents Become Parents: How to Succeed at Raising Your Children’s Children

There’s a quiet epidemic in our culture: The fastest-growing type of family unit is grandparents charged with the task of raising their children’s children.

Though there are myriad reasons for this—the death of one’s adult child, parental drug addiction, abusive living situations, or incarceration, to name a few—the effects tend to be the same: Senior citizens who expected to spend their golden years relaxing or traveling are now seeing their dreams dashed. Those on limited incomes are feeling the strain and are frightened about their futures. And the mental, spiritual, and physical exhaustion of parenting and disciplining children many decades their junior, exacerbated by a technology gap, is overwhelmingly real.

And yet, through their sacrificial service, these seniors are acting as kinsman-redeemers for their grandchildren—keeping them out of the foster care system and giving them the best shot possible for a successful life.

In When Grandparents Become Parents, experienced author Rick Johnson details both the challenges and solutions these heroic seniors face, offering strategies and resources (including real advice from other grandparents) to deal with major areas of stress—incorporating humor, common sense, and practical advice along the way.

The Mystery of SilenceCongratulations to Dr. David Olshiine and Core Media Group  on the April 27, 2022 release of The Mystery of Silence: Making Sense of Life When God Seems Absent.

Most of us have wrestled with doubt, fear, stress, and wonder what to do when life gets difficult. How do we handle adversity? What do we do when God seems passive, quiet or absent?

The Mystery of Silence will take you not only into the author’s world, but also look into examples which will help you discover what silence means in your world, and how to handle the noises all around us.

 

Congratulations to Jessica Hooten Wilson with Jacob Stratman  and Zondervan Publishing  on the May 3, 2022 release of Learning the Good Life: Wisdom from the Great Hearts and Minds That Came Before.

Discover the Good Life as You Learn from the Wise Voices of the Past

We’ve lost ourselves. Disconnected from the past and uncertain about the future, we are anxious about what our lives will be and troubled by a nagging sense of meaninglessness. Adrift in the world, many Christians have their identity completely wrapped up in work and their definition of the “good life” is financial success. Fewer of are staying committed to the Christian faith, finding it difficult to reconcile their experience with their longings and desires. With so much uncertainty, where can we find a true vision of “the Good Life”?

Learning the Good Life speaks to this malaise with trusted and assured voices from the past, inviting Christians into an age-old conversation with some of history’s wisest hearts and minds as their dialogue companions. Featuring classic writings from a diverse lineup of over 35 writers and thinkers including Confucius, Augustine, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, W.E.B. DuBois, Flannery O’Connor, and Wendell Berry. Together these sages of the past address important issues such as:

  • Vocation
  • Calling
  • Meaning
  • Suffering
  • Beauty
  • Virtue
  • Learning
  • Wisdom
  • Critical Thinking
  • Community
  • Wonder
  • Reflection
  • And more

Each of these texts are introduced by experts who are teachers, from a variety of Christian colleges and universities, to help providing a broader, richer, and more cohesive narrative in which Christians may participate. In addition to a substantive introduction, each text is accompanied by discussion questions to provoke further thought and contemplation and also to facilitate discussion when used in groups. Ideal for any Christian seeking a deeper connection to the wisdom of the past and wanting a more cohesive and beautiful vision of the good life. All the writers have a message for you. All of them are calling you to die to yourself, to your habits of indulgence, to your pride and ambition, and instead, dedicate your time to learning, thinking, and loving.

Fierce ValorCongratulations to Jared Frederick with Erik Dorr and Regnery Publishing  on the May 10, 2022 release of Fierce Valor: The True Story of Ronald Speirs and his Band of Brothers.

Fans of Stephen E. Ambrose’s Band of Brothers will be drawn to this complex portrait of the controversial Ronald Speirs, an iconic commander of Easy Company during World War II, whose ferocious courage in three foreign conflicts was matched by his devotion to duty and the bittersweet passions of wartime romance. 

Fight Like You Mean to Win

His comrades called him “Killer.” Of the elite paratroopers who served in the venerated “Band of Brothers” during the Second World War, none were more enigmatic than Ronald Speirs. Rumored to have gunned down enemy prisoners and even one of his own disobedient sergeants, Speirs became a foxhole legend among his troops. But who was the real Lieutenant Speirs? 

In Fierce Valor, historians Jared Frederick and Erik Dorr unveil the fuller story of Easy Company’s longest-serving commander. Tested by trials of extreme training, military rivalry, and lost love, Speirs’s international odyssey begins as an immigrant child in Prohibition-era Boston and continues through the bloody campaigns of France, Holland, and Germany. But 1945 did not mark an end to Speirs’s military adventures. Uncovered by sharp scholarship, his lesser-known exploits in Korea, the Cold War, and embattled Laos also come to light for the first time.

Packed with groundbreaking research, Fierce Valor unveils a compelling portrait of an officer defined by boldness on the battlefield and the inherent costs of war. His story serves as a telling reminder that few soldiers escape the power of their own pasts

Country soulCongratulations to Cara Whitney and Thomas Nelson Publishing  on the May 17, 2022 release of Country Soul: Inspiring Stories of Heartache Turned into Hope.

This book is filled with heartwarming stories–30 compelling journeys of faith about men and women from all walks of life who have turned heartaches into hope and setbacks into victory.  

Most of the stories are drawn from ordinary everyday folks just like you: 

  • A Nebraska rancher who survived cancer and heart disease . . . and is now telling others how to break free from a far worse disease: sin
  • A wounded warrior who found healing in Christ . . . not to mention a brand-new life! 
  • A coal miner’s daughter who met Jesus in a West Virginia holler . . . and is committed to following Him to the ends of the earth 

With full-color color photos, a presentation page, and a ribbon marker, Country Soul is a thoughtful gift for:

  • Horse loversThe Forgotten Life of Eva Gordon
  • Believers who need a little faith lift
  • Birthdays, Christmas, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day
  • Friends and loved ones going through difficult times

Refresh your soul as you rediscover that no matter how hard life gets, you can trust God.

Readers of Country Soul will also enjoy Cara Whitney’s previous books, Unbridled Faith and Fields of Grace.

The forgotten life of eva gordonCongratulations to Linda MacKillop and Kregel Publishing  on the May 17, 2022 release of The Forgotten Life of Eva Gordon.

Failing memory has forced Eva Gordon to move in with her granddaughter, Breezy. But Eva hates the bustle of Boston. All she wants to do is move back to her quiet, cozy Cape Cod home and be left alone.

Then Breezy announces she’s getting married, and they’ll be moving to her new husband’s rundown family farm, where he lives with an elderly uncle. They’ll be one big family–but only Breezy and Brent think it’ll be a happy one.

It’s all too much for Eva. Too much change, too much togetherness, too much of an over-crowded life she never wanted. But as her desire for privacy collides with her worsening memory, Eva may find herself in a pickle she can’t get out of. Can an unlikely cast of misfit characters step in to woo Eva from her self-imposed isolation?

Fans of A Man Called Ove will appreciate Eva’s predicament, and enjoy the poignant, hilarious, and intergenerational rescue effort to save her from herself.

Finding MessiahCongratulations to Jennifer M. Rosner and IVP  on the May 24, 2022 release of Finding Messiah: A Journey into the Jewishness of the Gospel.

Jesus was Jewish, and his Jewish identity informed every aspect of his work, words, and witness. He came as the Messiah of Israel, God’s covenant people, and he spoke the language of God’s faithfulness to this people. So why does it seem that Judaism has little to do with our Christian discipleship today? Jennifer Rosner, a scholar of Jewish-Christian relations, takes us on a personal and corporate journey into the Jewish roots of Christian faith and practice. Understanding Judaism―and the way in which Judaism and Christianity became separate religions―is essential for a rich and holistic Christian identity. As a follower of Jesus who was raised in a Jewish home and who continues to live a Jewish life, Rosner has seen firsthand how a Christian faith can become impoverished when divorced from its Jewish roots. Finding Messiah follows Rosner’s own journey in rediscovering the role of Judaism and God’s covenant with Israel in Christian life and practice. When we begin to understand Christianity’s indelible relationship to Judaism, key aspects of the Christian faith come alive and the wonder of the gospel becomes clear in new and powerful ways. Jesus’ Judaism provides the foundation for the church that is built upon his name. Rediscover the Jewish Jesus, and in so doing, experience a deeper and richer faith than ever before.

More of YouCongratulations to Amanda Martinez Beck and Broadleaf Books on the May 24, 2022 release of More of You: The Fat Girl’s Field Guide to the Modern World.

Too often, fatness has been viewed as a moral failing. Fat Christian women in particular are shamed and marginalized by the message that they are failing God because they can’t change their bodies. More of You will challenge that status quo, teaching readers to resist the shame and guilt that is pressed onto them by the world and instead to embrace their bodies, take up space, and learn to navigate the world in ways that allow them to flourish.

With wit and candor, Amanda Martinez Beck, a fat woman herself, compiles her hard-won wisdom to give the skinny on thriving in a fat body to others who have been pushed to the margins of acceptance. Offering helpful tools like The Fat Girl’s Bill of Rights and a script for a weight-neutral doctor’s visit, this book addresses real needs in the fat acceptance community, from how to find self-love in a thin-obsessed world, to navigating a world built for butts smaller than yours, to advocating for equality and justice for fat women’s medical care.

Jacobs ApartmentCongratulations to Joshua Kimbell and Graphic Mundi  on the June 7, 2022 release of Jacob’s Apartment.

Some questions can shake even the strongest faith.

At first glance, college roommates Jacob and Sarah seem like polar opposites. Jacob is a Christian; Sarah is an atheist. Sarah is a drinker, and Jacob, a teetotaler. But they have been friends for years, finding commonality in their shared dream to create art.

Jacob’s world is turned upside down when his father dies, causing him to question his faith. Meanwhile, Sarah wrestles with her own demons, searching for solace in one-night stands after her boyfriend (and professor) leaves her for a job in New York.

A coming-of-age graphic novel in the vein of Ghost World and Fun Home, Jacob’s Apartment weaves together the threads of spiritual faith, identity, purpose, love, and loss to create an engrossing world in which waking and sleeping dreams collide

Contracts

Candace Camling signed with One Ingram for the April 2024 release of  Woodward Whittles A Tune.

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson signed with Salem Communications for the August 2023 release of Don’t Let Satan Blow It Out.

John Dailey signed with Post Hill Press for the April 2024 release of Tough, Rugged Bastards.

Thomas Sileo signed with St. Martin’s for the January 2024 release of I Have Your Back.

Candace Camling signed with Kregel Publications as Illustrator for the release of Amon’s Secret.

New Clients

 Ryan Keats and Jessie Cruickshank recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

On the SpectrumCongratulations to Daniel Bowman, Jr. His book, “On the Spectrum” has been named,  Book of the Year by the Academy of Parish Clergy. 

Read the entire article at https://rushtopress.org/on-the-spectrum-by-daniel-bowman-jr-named-book-of-the-year-by-the-academy-of-parish-clergy/

 

WordServe News March 2022

As this month begins, so does the release of many books this month at WordServe Literary . . . our highlights below include new releases, contracts signed, notable reviews and PR events, new authors to the agency and other news of note by clients and agents.

New Releases

Train your dogCongratulations to R. Ruddell Weatherwax  and Skyhorse Publishing  on the Jan. 4, 2022 release of Training Your Dog the Weatherwax Way.

A training manual for any dog owner using the tried, true, and trusted Weatherwax methods.

The name “Weatherwax” is widely known in the dog world. The author is a third-generation professional dog trainer and owner of Weatherwax Dog Training. The family has trained the original “Lassie” (actually a male named “Pal”), Toto for “The Wizard of Oz,” and also “Old Yeller.” These theories and tactics are applicable to any dog lover and owner, not just those on the big screen!

This is a complete guide to dog ownership and basic training manual using the Weatherwax method, which hasn’t changed in almost a century; though Robert has added a few enhancements over the years from his exposure to other great trainers.

To be continuedCongratulations to Mike Ashcraft  and B&H Books  on the March 15, 2022 release of To Be Concluded: How to Prevent Your Past from Piling Up and Find Hope for Your Future.

“To be continued…”
The words build anticipation for what’s coming . . . which is great for a Netflix binge, but not a healthy pattern for our lives. In real life, constant continuation causes our lives to pile up, episode upon episode, with no space for reflection or rest, contentment or closure.
This book is for the too-busy, driven person who’s moving on to the next win, without ever processing how one season of life affects the next. It’s for the person stuck and held back because she’s never done the hard work of getting real closure on a season. When we fail to finish well, we live with a pile of unfinished beginnings. But finished things become usable things because they are a part of the story of God’s grace and faithfulness.

You HappierCongratulations to Dr. Daniel G. Amen  and Tyndale Publishing  on the March 22, 2022 release of You, Happier: The 7 Neuroscience Secrets of Feeling Good Based on Your Brain Type.

Happiness is a brain function. With a healthier brain always comes a happier life.

After studying more than 200,000 brain scans of people from 155 countries, Dr. Amen has discovered five primary brain types and seven neuroscience secrets that influence happiness. In You, Happier, he explains them and offers practical, science-based strategies for optimizing your happiness. Dr. Amen will teach you how to

  • discover your brain type based on your personality and create happiness strategies best suited to you;
  • improve your overall brain health to consistently enhance your mood;
  • protect your happiness by distancing yourself from the “noise” in your head; and
  • make seven simple decisions and ask seven daily questions to enhance your happiness.

Creating consistent happiness is a daily journey. In You, Happier, Dr. Amen walks you through neuroscience-based habits, rituals, and choices that will boost your mood and help you live each day with clearly defined values, purpose, and goals.

Drawing the LineCongratulations to Kate Crocco  and Baker Books  on the March 29, 2022 release of Drawing the Line: How to Achieve More Peace and Less Burnout in Your Life.

In order to live a full and abundant life in alignment with our dreams and callings, we first need to become crystal clear on where we draw our boundary lines. But where and how do we draw the line? And how do we communicate clearly and lovingly to those around us where the line is and why it’s important?

With plenty of relatable stories from her life juggling multiple businesses and a full house, therapist and mindset coach Kate Crocco offers eight principles that will help you understand, create, and maintain healthy boundaries in order to find more peace, greater fulfillment, and less burnout. She shows you how to take back control from the whims of other people’s opinions about what you should be doing so that you can align your time and priorities with God’s highest calling for your life.

Stop selling yourself short, waiting for permission, and looking to others for approval to begin living a life of purpose, passion, and personal peace.

Preaching Life ChangingCongratulations to Jesse Nelson  and Kregel Ministries  on the April 12, 2022 release of Preaching Life-Changing Sermons: Six Steps to Developing and Delivering Biblical Messages.

A how-to guide for preparing and delivering Spiritfilled, biblical messages that make an impact

Being called to preach is a tremendous commission. In Preaching Life-Changing Sermons, Jesse L. Nelson shares a simple process for effective expository sermon preparation and delivery, flavored with insights from his life in ministry and academic work. Those with teaching and preaching responsibilities with little to no seminary training will learn practical steps they can use today in their ministry.

 

Contracts

Jennifer Fitzpatrick signed with Salem Publishing for the May 2023 release of  The Patient-Centric Culture.

Catherine Ricketts signed with Broadleaf Books for the April 2024 release of Mother & Makers.

Kevin Ford and James Singleton, Jr. signed with InterVarsity Press for the November 2023 release of The Attentive Church.

Sarah Frazer signed with B&H Publishing for the summer/fall 2023 release of When Your Story Shifts.

Leslie Leyland Field signed with NavPress for the Jan 2024 release of Nearing a Far God.

New Clients

 Joe Muccia and Kimberly Shumate recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

 

 

 

WordServe News February 2022

Much has been happening this month at WordServe Literary . . . our highlights below include new releases, contracts signed, notable reviews and PR events, new authors to the agency and other news of note by clients and agents.

New Releases

Living Unbroken WorkbookCongratulations to Tracie Miles  and David C Cook Publishing  on the March 1, 2022 release of Living Unbroken: A Divorce Recovery Workbook.

With discussion questions, journal prompts, prayers, Scripture verses, real-life stories, teaching videos, and a downloadable leader’s guide, the Living Unbroken Divorce Recovery Workbook is uniquely geared for women-only small groups. This interactive book creates a safe place for women to come together and process their heartbreak and questions. It empowers them to glean encouragement, build companionship, and find spiritual strength to reclaim their lives and happiness after divorce.

Women who know the pain of separation or divorce often feel alone, even in the church. This small group companion to Tracie Miles’s honest and groundbreaking book Living Unbroken invites women to take an important step on their journey to healing together.

Specifically created for groups of women only, The Living Unbroken Divorce Recovery Workbook offers:

  • Access to 7 videos hosted by the author plus a downloadable leader’s guide
  • Journal prompts, discussion questions, prayers, Scripture verses, and real-life inspirational stories to help hurting women find optimism
  • Action steps such as “Happiness Prompters” and “Caring-for-You Reminders”

Written for the tens of thousands of Christian women who have experienced divorce and feel unseen, this powerful workbook reminds readers that their identity comes from Christ, not their marital status. Although it’s hard to imagine while overcome by pain, they can indeed discover joy, hope, and self-confidence again. 

Stop Chasing EasyCongratulations to Stephen Blandino  and The Core Media Group  on the March, 2022 release of Stop Chasing Easy.

Are you tired of chasing the empty promises of ease, comfort, and security? Are you ready to make your life count today…and for eternity? 

Everywhere you look, there is a constant enticement to pursue a life of ease. In fact, for many people, “Easy Street” has become their primary ambition in life. There’s only one problem: the apostle Paul warns us that, “Easy street is a dead-end street.” In the end, it leaves you feeling empty, and it deceives you into believing that the purpose of life is to avoid anything difficult. 

In Stop Chasing Easy, Stephen Blandino inspires us with a bigger vision beyond the edges of ease. He unpacks the apostle Paul’s wisdom in the book of Philippians and shares four powerful trade-offs that will help you make your life count. 

No matter where you find yourself, Stop Chasing Easy will inspire you to think differently, grow to your full potential, and pursue a mission worth your life. Rather than chasing easy, you’ll learn how to make your life count today…and for eternity. 

 

The Grace MessageCongratulations to Andrew Farley  and Salem Book Publishing  on the March 8 , 2022 release of The Grace Message.

What Is God’s Grace—and What Does It Mean for You?

Grace. It’s a word we’ve heard since the very first step in our faith journey—but do we really believe in God’s grace?

Grace raises eyebrows. It begs questions. Grace turns everything upside down. The Grace Message invites you to discover the best flavor of Christianity and celebrate the good news of the Gospel to the fullest. Here, you’ll learn:

• how to abandon rule-based living and stop trying to measure up

• why your new identity in Jesus matters more than you can imagine

• how you can now enjoy God’s New Covenant way of grace

Bestselling author and radio host Andrew Farley’s no-nonsense straight talk will awaken you to a revolutionary perspective every healthy Christian should have.

Life is too short to miss out on God’s best—and what you don’t know can hinder you from experiencing Jesus in every area of your life. So if you’ve been weighed down by ruthless religion, or you’ve been searching for that high-octane version of the Gospel that you know must be out there somewhere, here it is. This thought-provoking book will challenge you to dismiss the lies you’ve believed and to make up your own mind about how big God’s grace really is.

“Andrew Farley shows why the good news is actually great news. This extraordinary, battle-tested message of hope and freedom has a proven track record of transforming lives. The Grace Message is bursting with truth. The love of God practically drips from its pages. Read it and see for yourself!” —Bart Millard, singer/songwriter for MercyMe

 

Finding Joy in the Empty NextCongratulations to Jim Burns  and Zondervan Publishing  on the May 10 , 2022 release of Finding Joy in the Empty Nest.

When the kids are gone, you can discover a richer, deeper, and more fulfilling life than you ever imagined!

Whether you’ve been looking forward to it or dreading it, the experience of coming home to an empty nest brings with it a well of emotions, realizations, and one gigantic, all-consuming thought: Now what? As an empty nester, the options before you are practically limitless–a fact that can be as exciting as it is terrifying.

In this book, Jim Burns combines his personal experiences with extensive research, interviews with other empty nesters, and his professional work as a family educator to help you navigate your new life as an empty nester and find joy in the opportunities for life-change before you.

Rather than offering shallow suggestions of hobbies you should take up, Burns encourages you to actively pursue a fresh start, reinvent yourself, and thrive beyond this new stage. To help you do this, he equips you with practical advice and timeless principles, including how to:

  • Change the relationship you once had with your children–for the better
  • Face big issues (like aging parents, finances, and kids returning home) with confidence
  • And rekindle your fire and purpose to live with passion day by day

Amid his wealth of know-how, you’ll uncover what may be the most important takeaway of all: hope that the best is yet to come.

Contracts

Kris Tarantino signed with Waterbrook Publishing for the March 2023 release of Be My Valentine.

Carolyn Leiloglou signed with Waterbrook Publishing for the January 2023 release of Beneath the Swirling Sky.

Grace Hamman signed with Zondervan for the  September 2023 release of The Many Faces of Jesus.

Melissa K. Norris signed with Harvest House Pubishers for the January 2024 release of Made-from-Scrath Life.

Sarah Frazer signed with B&H Publishing Group for the Summer/Fall 2023 release of When Your Story Shifts.

New Clients

 Alicia Kazsuk, Lisa Colon DeLay, Greg Munck, and Gregory Pratt recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

 

Who We’re Recognizing

  .It’s with a heavy heart that we announce what many have already heard. Steve Farrar, one of my clients since 1995, has passed away at the young age of 73 after compli-cations from a heart procedure.  I’ve been privileged to work with many wonderful men’s ministry leaders the last 30 years, but Steve was that rare combination of a great heart, incredible speaking gifts (humor and depth), a deep thinker, a great writer . . . and most importantly, a kind and compassionate man. He was the kind of man I always wanted to be. He was quick with a laugh, a prayer, an insight and a big bear hug. He was a giant of a man in things that mattered most. Finally, he was a good friend who will be profoundly missed not only by his wife Mary and his children and grandchildren, but also by the Kingdom.

 

Congratulations to Patricia Raybon for being selected for Stephen Curry’s Book Club which was announced in the Rush to Press recent weekly news.   Read the interesting article at  https://rushtopress.org/10150-2/

  “Tyndale is pleased to announce that Stephen Currys Literati book club, Underrated, which is committed to championing often overlooked authors and stories, has selected All That is Secret by Patricia Raybon as its March 2022 pick for readers. “

WordServe News January 2022

Why Socialize when You Can Read!

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

New Releases

Jesus love to the endCongratulations to Anne Barbour and FaithHappenings Publishers on the December 5, 2021 release of Jesus Love to the End: A Devotional to Prepare Your Heart fo Easter.

Is your experience leading up to Easter one filled with anticipation? It can be!

Jesus Love to the End will help you saturate yourself in the story of Jesus’ final weeks up and through His death and resurrection. As you do that, you will find yourself deeply appreciating Jesus and His radical display of love. Whatever traditions and practices make up your preparation for Easter each year, the focus—the point of it all—is Jesus.”

 

Be A Giant KillerCongratulations to Ed Norwood and Freiling Publishing on the August, 2021 release of Be A Giant Killer – Overcoming Your Everyday Goliaths.

SINCE THE DAY YOU WERE BORN, there have been giants in your life. Tyrants of immense size who try to exert negative influence over your destiny. Giants try to intimidate you into inaction and apathy. They want to convince you that your past mistakes, family tree, size, and shame will always hold you back. I, too, was born with giants. When I was eight years old, twenty-seven of my relatives were massacred by cult leader Jim Jones in the Jonestown Guyana Tragedy. The shame of my own family history shadowed my life until I discovered the lessons revealed in this book, a searing expose of how our history can influence our legacy.

We were made to break the cycle and, just like men and women in the Bible, fiercely face the giants in our lives before they get passed to the next generation.

Be A Giant Killer is a knockout punch to what’s holding you back from your wildest dreams and best life!

“Powerful and impactful! Ed is an incredible man and friend with a very unique personal story. His passion is contagious! He identifies God’s dreams for His children and the giants in the way of fulfilling these dreams. This is a must-read for anyone excited to use biblical weapons to help defeat these giants in life and chase their dreams! Get reading and let’s go!” -BRUCE TOLLNER, Co-Author of Sidelined with Indianapolis Colts Coach Chuck Pagano/NFL Agent/ Owner Rep 1 which represents Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, Marcus Mariota, Ben Roethlisberger and many others.

“In Be A Giant Killer, Ed Norwood equips the reader to be able to readily identify the enemies that hinder us, and then conquer them. Defining the problem well is half the battle. This is gold to those who are ready to be victorious warriors.” -BISHOP DALE C. BRONNER, D. MIN., Founder/Senior Pastor, Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral, Atlanta, GA

 

BusesCongratulations to Charles Person with Richard Rooker and St. Martin’s Publishing on the January, 2022 Paperback release of Buses are a Comin’ Memoir of a Freedom Rider.

A firsthand exploration of the cost of boarding the bus of change to move America forwardwritten by one of the Civil Rights Movement’s pioneers.

At 18, Charles Person was the youngest of the original Freedom Riders, key figures in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement who left Washington, D.C. by bus in 1961, headed for New Orleans. This purposeful mix of black and white, male and female activists―including future Congressman John Lewis, Congress of Racial Equality Director James Farmer, Reverend Benjamin Elton Cox, journalist and pacifist James Peck, and CORE field secretary Genevieve Hughes―set out to discover whether America would abide by a Supreme Court decision that ruled segregation unconstitutional in bus depots, waiting areas, restaurants, and restrooms nationwide.

Two buses proceeded through Virginia, North and South Carolina, to Georgia where they were greeted by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and finally to Alabama. There, the Freedom Riders found their answer: No. Southern states would continue to disregard federal law and use violence to enforce racial segregation. One bus was burned to a shell, its riders narrowly escaping; the second, which Charles rode, was set upon by a mob that beat several riders nearly to death.

Buses Are a Comin’
 provides a front-row view of the struggle to belong in America, as Charles Person accompanies his colleagues off the bus, into the station, into the mob, and into history to help defeat segregation’s violent grip on African American lives. It is also a challenge from a teenager of a previous era to the young people of today: become agents of transformation. Stand firm. Create a more just and moral country where students have a voice, youth can make a difference, and everyone belongs.

 

Mrs. WitherspoonCongratulations to Mary Davis and Barbour Publishing on the January 31, 2022 release of Mrs. Witherspoon Goes To War (Heroines of WWII).

A WASP Goes Above the Call of Duty to Free Captive American Soldiers

Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes; the heroines of WWII. Peggy Witherspoon, a widow, mother, and pilot flying for the Women’s Airforce Service in 1944 clashes with her new reporting officer. Army Air Corp Major Howie Berg was injured in combat and is now stationed at Bolling Field in Washington D.C. Most of Peggy’s jobs are safe, predictable, and she can be home each night with her three daughters; until a cargo run to Cuba alerts her to American soldiers being held captive there, despite Cuba being an ally

Will Peggy go against orders to help the men? Even risk her own life? Don’t miss this and other stories about Heroines of WWII.

Contracts

Sarah Varland signed with Harlequin Enterprises for Sarah Varland K-9. to be released May 2023.

Dr. Cindy McGovern signed with McGraw Hill for Sell Your Brand-Sell YOU to be released March 2023.

New Clients

 K.C. Campbell recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

 

What We’re Celebrating

 

The Scandal of HolinessCongratulations to Jessica Hooten Wilson for the Review of her book”The Scandal of Holiness: Renewing Your Imagination in the Company of Literary Saints” in Publisher’s Weekly Magazine. 

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Read the entire review at:  https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-58743-524-9. 

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