WordServe News September 2018

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, Jan Drexler, and Revell, on the new release of The Amish of Weaver’s Creek Book One: The Sound of Distant Thunder.

Katie Stuckey and Jonas Weaver are both romantics. Seventeen-year-old Katie is starry-eyed, in love with the idea of being in love, and does not want to wait to marry Jonas until she is eighteen, despite her parents’ insistence. So much can happen in a year. Twenty-year-old Jonas is taken in by the romance of soldiering, especially in defense of anti-slavery, even though he knows war is at odds with the teachings of the church. When his married brother’s name comes up in the draft list, he volunteers to take his brother’s place. But can the commitment Katie and Jonas have made to each other survive the separation?

From the talented pen of Jan Drexler comes this brand new Amish series set against the backdrop of the Civil War. She puts her characters to the test as they struggle to reconcile their convictions and desires while the national conflict threatens to undermine and engulf their community.

Congratulations, Dillon T. Thornton, Ph.D., on his release of Give Them Jesus: Raising Our Children on the Core Truths of the Christian Faith.

A fresh, clear, joyful guide for parents on how to teach their children to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.

GIVE THEM JESUS aims to help parents not simply add to their children’s stockpile of knowledge, but to cultivate children-disciples who are able to display Christ-likeness in every situation. Parents are the ones primarily responsible for opening up the Scriptures to help their children understand God, the world, and themselves. The family is the divinely appointed discipleship program; the home is first and foremost a place of worship. The introduction of the book discusses the four vital components of family worship: teach, treasure, sing, and pray, and offers practical suggestions for beginning and prioritizing family worship in the rough and tumble of life.

Subsequent chapters guide parents to a deeper understanding of the core truths of the historic Christian faith, as summarized in the Apostles’ Creed, arming them with appropriate language, helpful illustrations, and relevant object lessons, so that in the end they will be better prepared to pass these truths on to their children. Each chapter concludes with a family worship guide, which includes: 1) family memory verses, 2) nuggets of truth from the chapter, 3) questions for family discussion, 4) songs that celebrate the truths of the Creed, and 5) prayer prompts.

GIVE THEM JESUS equips parents to prepare their children to leave home and go out into the world as faithful participants in the great gospel story. “Never stop telling the gospel story to your kids,” Thornton says. “Give your children Jesus. Again. And again. And again. And you’ll see them walk in the truth.”

Congratulations to Tracie Miles on her new release from David C. Cook, Love Life Again: Finding Joy When Life is Hard.

In Love Life Again, Tracie reminds readers they each get only one life to live and inspires them not to take it for granted. Through compelling personal stories and powerful insights from Scripture, she helps women identify the stumbling blocks to their joy and offers tools and insights to take back control of their happiness.

Every chapter ends with a practical call to action to motivate readers to begin loving their lives again. She also offers reflection questions, prayers, and creative ideas to help readers smile. Love Life Again helps readers learn how to live the abundant lives Jesus died for them to have, despite the circumstances they may face.

It’s beginning to look alot like…Christmas In My Heart/27. Congratulations, Joe Wheeler and Pacific Press Publishing Association for the 100th Book and next installment in this lovely gift book series.

“Not in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that Christmas in My Heart would still be alive and well after twenty-seven years-nor that it would also be our 100th book. How mightily God has blessed the ministry of our books! Without question, each year’s Christmas in My Heart collection is more daunting to assemble than the ones before. Reason being: We prayerfully search all year long for spiritually based, unforgettable, and deeply moving stories that will touch the heart, will stand the test of time, and be at least as strong as all our previous stories. Sadly, all too few authors are writing value-based stories today such as were the norm back during the golden age of Judeo-Christian stories (1880-1960), most published primarily in family magazines, few of which even exist anymore. In order to keep the Christmas in My Heart series going, we continue to purchase golden age story magazines and books, most from antique stores and the internet-also weaving in contemporary stories.” — Joe Wheeler.

Contracts

Arthur Shaw with Robert Wise signed with William Morrow/Harper Collins for The First Man on Okinawa. To be released, April 2019.

Angie Ward and Nav Press for Deep Gladness, an exploration of the concept of “calling” as it applies specifically to women leaders – those women of influence both in Christian ministry and the broader world. For publication in 2020.

 

New Clients

Dr. Kjell Tore Hovik, Jennifer Love Farrell joined WordServe in September. Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Congratulations to Jamie Sumner for her book, Unbound: Finding Freedom from Unrealistic Expectations of Motherhood, being selected by SpiritualityHealth.com as one of the “100 Books We Love” (part of their 20th-anniversary issue)!

 

Congratulations to author, Tracie Miles, for her book, Love Life Again coming in at #9 on the ECPA top non-fiction and top 50 of all books sold on CBA’s list for September! Check out the link:  https://christianbookexpo.com/bestseller/all.php?id=0918

 

 

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