WordServe News September 2021

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

Fast-Serving Career of ConsequenceA late congratulations to Fred Sievert for the February 12th paperback release of  Fast-Starting Career of Consequence. Practical Christ-Centered Advise for Entering or Re-entering the Workforce from Baker Books Publishing.

Many young, ambitious Christians are struggling to get noticed as new hires in the workplace today—not only young people, but those re-entering the workforce following military service, child-rearing, or after being furloughed due to Covid-19. These workers may find it challenging to stand out from the crowd while also maintaining their Christian values and ethics.

Fast-Starting a Career of Consequence is the perfect guide for those looking to create a strong, faith-based foundation to further boost their careers. Fred Sievert knows from personal experience because his relationship with Jesus Christ and trust in God were the biggest factors in advancing his career toward eventually becoming the president of a Fortune 100 company. Within Fast-Starting a Career of Consequence, follow the advice Fred gave his daughter as she entered the workforce for the first time. It provides those seeking a career with ten practical and effective tips they can implement to rapidly gain visibility and early success. Fred encourages readers to identify and use their spiritual gifts and apply other key biblical principles as they embark on a new career. Those seeking a career are encouraged throughout Fast Starting a Career of Consequence with relevant scriptural references.

3 Big QuestionsCongratulations to Kara Power with Brad M. Griffin for the August 3rd hardback release of  3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager from Baker Books Publishing.

Today’s teenagers are the most anxious, adaptive, and diverse generation in history–which can make it hard for us to relate. And while every teenager is a walking bundle of questions, three rise above the rest:

 

* Who am I?
* Where do I fit?
* What difference can I make?

Young people struggle to find satisfying and life-giving answers to these questions on their own. They need caring adults willing to lean in with empathy, practice listening, and gently point them in the direction of better answers: they are enough because of Jesus, they belong with God’s people, and they are invited into God’s greater story.

In this book, which is based on new landmark research from the Fuller Youth Institute and combines in-depth interviews with data from 1,200 diverse teenagers, Kara Powell and Brad M. Griffin offer pastors, youth leaders, mentors, and parents practical and proven conversations and connections that help teenagers answer their three biggest questions and reach their full potential.

“If you love and care about teenagers, read this book.”
– Christine Caine, founder of A21 and Propel Women
 
The 3 Ms of Fearless Digital ParentingCongratulations to Carrie Rogers-Whitehead for the August 3rd paperback release of The 3 Ms of Fearless Digital Parenting: Proven Tools to Help You Raise Smart and Savvy Online Kids from Sky Horse Publishing.
 
How can we protect our kids online—and teach them to protect themselves?

 

Do you feel overwhelmed with technology in your home? Do headlines about this app or that website make you feel anxious and undecided as a parent? Do you get advice from many experts—but still feel unclear on what to do?

This book unpacks the “3 Ms” of parenting in the digital age, a proven approach used with thousands of parents through the work of Digital Respons-Ability and its founder, Carrie Rogers-Whitehead. When Carrie first started working in the field of digital citizenship, she found significant gaps in how digital parenting was taught. Not only were parents not informed enough around technology, they also didn’t understand child developmental stages. Parents’ expectations for their children were unrealistic because they didn’t know how online responsibility changes at different ages, as children’s brains change. From this realization, Carrie developed the 3 Ms—three approaches to digital parenting, based on specific age ranges:

  • Model (ages 0-8)
  • Manage (ages 8-13)
  • Monitor (ages 13-18)

By teaching parents how to change their approach to digital responsibility based on the developmental stage of their child, she has seen significant success in fostering happier and healthier relationships between parents and kids, as well as safer tech use by kids at all ages. This book presents Carrie’s approach in an accessible, easy-to-implement manner, giving all parents the opportunity to develop better tech use in their own homes and families, and to parent confidently and without fear.

 

Finding Your Place in God's Great StoryCongratulations to Paul Basden with Jim Johnson for the August 31st paperback release of Finding Your Place in God’s Great Story for Kids from Harvest Kids Publishing.

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.

Perfect for parents, grandparents, youth pastors, and Sunday school teachers to share with tweens, this book will strengthen children’s faith and increase their knowledge of the Bible and God.   

When the Circle is BrokenCongratulations to Bob & Jeanne Arnold for the August 15st paperback release of When The Circle is Broken: Our Hourney Through Deep Sorrow and Surprising Joy in the Loss of Our Daughter from FaithHappenings Publishing.

One of the most devastating experiences a family can go through is the death of a child. When the Circle is Broken shares the intimate spiritual journey of a family’s deepest pain and sorrow. The book describes the desperate hope they clung to as they waited for God to take away their pain and answer their questions. The irony of this pain is that it grows; yet God meets their pain in ways you can’t imagine.

“Anyone with a personal schooling in grief, or deeply hurting over the loss of a relationship, will find in this lament book ways to rise to new life from the grave of grief. With understated eloquence and authority, the authors open up their medicine cabinet and pass on wisdom in how to stop picking at the scabs of regret and sorrow and claim God’s promises of healing and hope.” —Leonard Sweet, best-selling author of Rings of Fire, professor, and publisher. Author of over 60 books.

“Raw. Glorious. Parents plunged into pain. Amazed by the effects of God’s comfort. Grief no one would choose. Soul growth no one could regret. Thank you, Bob & Jeanne for this gift of yourselves.” — George Miley, Founder, Antioch Ministry. The Mileys are engaged in a ministry of discipleship-reconciliation-mentoring-teaching-writing.

“This book is a brutally honest and compelling commentary on the journey the Arnolds traveled to achieve healing from the incomprehensible wound of losing a child,.provides a beacon of hope to anyone who has lost a loved one.” —Darrell Scott, author of Rachel’s Tears, his daughter Rachel was one of the students murdered at Columbine.

Follow the Arnold Family as they embraced the presence of grief, a grief that over time was recognized as their friend. Their story shares an encounter with a loving and compassionate God who not only loved them dearly but also suffered along side them.

Rewilding MotherhoodCongratulations to Shannon K Evans for the September 14th paperback release of Rewilding Motherhood: Your Path to an Empowered Feminine Spirituality from Brazos Press Publishing.

Women are often told by their communities that being a mother will complete or define them. But many mothers find themselves depleted and spiritually stagnant amid the everyday demands of being a mom. They long to experience a rich inner life but feel there is rarely enough time, energy, or stillness to connect with God in a meaningful way.

This book takes the concept of rewilding and applies it to motherhood. Just as an environmentalist seeks to rewild land by returning it to its natural state, Shannon Evans invites women to rewild motherhood by reclaiming its essence through an expansive feminine spirituality.

Drawn from the contemplative Catholic tradition and Evans’s own parenting experience, Rewilding Motherhood helps women deepen their connection to God through practices inherent to the life they’re living now. Topics include work-life balance, identity, solitude, patience, household work, and mission for the common good. Throughout, Evans encourages women to see motherhood as an opportunity to discover a vibrant feminine spirituality and a deeper knowledge of God and self.

The Brain on CannabisCongratulations to Rebecca Siegel, MD for the September 28th paperback release of The Brain on Cannabis from Citadel Publishing.
 
From the Amen Clinics, America’s frontline resource for brain health and treatment of brain injury, comes the most comprehensive and myth-busting guide yet on marijuana use and its effects on the brain—including how to effectively talk to young people about recreational marijuana use.

 

For more than 25 years, the renowned Amen Clinics has been
a frontline resource for brain health

…NOW they TACKLE all your questions about how marijuana affects your brain—and the brain of your child.

Since marijuana became legal in many states, people of all ages are using it for pain relief and treatment of a variety of illnesses and ailments. But is it safe? In this comprehensive book, renowned psychiatrist and licensed prescriber of medical marijuana Dr. Rebecca Siegel delivers the most complete guide yet about the benefits and risks of using marijuana today. Based on the latest scientific research, this easy-to-read book busts all the myths and helps you navigate the sometimes confusing and often-changing world of marijuana. Within these pages you’ll discover a wealth of invaluable information, including:

Why medical marijuana is vastly different than CBD and recreational marijuana—especially when it comes to children and teenagers

    Why medical marijuana is vastly different than CBD and recreational marijuana—especially when it comes to children and teenagers
    Evidence-based information on how cannabis is being used to treat an array of ailments and conditions
    The difference between various marijuana delivery systems, including edibles 
    Why those who may be genetically vulnerable to psychiatric disorder, including depression and anxiety, should exercise caution when using marijuana
    How to talk to teens or young adults about recreational marijuana use in a way that brings you closer
    How marijuana affects mood, productivity, and overall brain health
    Long-term vs. short-term risks for teens, adults, and older adults

With a foreword by renowned psychiatrist and brain health expert Dr. Daniel Amen, The Brain on Cannabis reveals everything you ever wanted to know about marijuana so you can make informed decisions for yourself—and your loved ones

 
One Way LoveCongratulations to Tullian Tchividjian for the October 1st paperback release of One Way Love Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World from David C Cook Publishing.
 
 

Real life is long on law and short on grace—the demands never stop, the failures pile up, and fear sets in. Life requires many things from us—a stable marriage, successful children, a certain quality of life. Anyone living inside the guilt, anxiety, and uncertainty of daily life knows that the weight of life is heavy. We are all in need of some relief.

 
Bestselling author Tullian Tchividjian is convinced our exhausted world needs a fresh encounter with God’s inexhaustible grace—His one-way love. Sadly, however, Christianity is perceived as being a vehicle for good behavior and clean living—and the judgments that result from them—rather than the only recourse for those who have failed over and over and over again. Tchividjian convincingly shows that Christianity is not about good people getting better. If anything, it is good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good.  
 
In this “manifesto,” Tchividjian calls the church back to the heart of the Christian faith—grace. It is time for us to abandon our play-it-safe religion, and to get drunk on grace. Two hundred-proof, unflinching grace. It’s shocking and scary, unnatural and undomesticated … but it is also the only thing that can set us free and light the church—and the world—on fire.
 
When The Universe CracksCongratulations to Angie Ward for the October 5th paperback release of When The Univere Cracks.  Living as God’s People in times of Crisis from NavPress Publishing.
 
Global conflicts, civil unrest, fallen leaders, health crises, financial meltdowns―the world is ripe with strife. When we face unexpected personal crises or when society around us seems to be collapsing, we wonder: Why is this happening? Can God be trusted?

 

Who can I trust to help me follow Jesus through this current crisis?

When the Universe Cracks is a sweeping, multifaceted look at the role of crisis in the life of faith from an esteemed gathering of pastors, faith leaders, and experts. You’ll find honest and realistic reflections to help you navigate a present trouble or anticipate changes. Inspired by a global pandemic, these writers examine the whole history of God’s people and offer a fresh perspective for every time the universe cracks.

Scholar and church leader Angie Ward facilitates this energizing and fascinating discussion. Thought leaders Jo Anne Lyon, Efrem Smith, Christine Jeske, D. A. Horton, Kyuboem Lee, Marshall Shelley, Matt Mikalatos, Sean Gladding, Catherine McNiel, and Lee Eclov each contributed a chapter.

When the Universe Cracks is the first in a series of Kingdom Conversations, books that bring together experts and faith leaders to address the most urgent and perplexing challenges of our time in resonant and redemptive ways for each of us and all of us.

 
A Flicker of LightCongratulations to Katie Powner for the October 5th hardback release of A Flicker of Light – A Novel from BethanyHouse Publishing.
 
Secrets are like pennies. Everybody’s got one, even the poorest among us.

 

For generations, the Jensens have raised their families in the small Montana town of Moose Creek, where gossip spreads faster than the wind. Yet some secrets need to be told.

When twenty-one-year-old Bea discovers she’s pregnant on the heels of her husband losing his job, she’s forced to admit she needs help and asks her dad for a place to stay. But past resentments keep her from telling him all that’s going on.

Mitch Jensen is thrilled to have a full house again, though he’s unimpressed with Bea’s decisions: dropping out of college, marrying so young–and to an idealistic city kid, of all things. Mitch hopes to convince Bea to return to the path he’s always envisioned for her, but she’s changed since her mom died. And he refuses to admit how much he’s changed, too, especially now that he might be losing his mother as well.

Grandma June is good at spinning stories, but there’s one she’s never told. Now that her mind is starting to fade, her time to tell it is running out. But if she reveals the truth before her memories are gone forever, the Jensen family will never be the same.

 
 
All That is SecretCongratulations to Patricia Raybon for the October 5th paperback release of All That is Secret (An Annalee Spain Mystery Book 1) from Tyndale Publishing.
 
From award-winning author Patricia Raybon comes a compelling new historical mystery series, a riveting puzzle about a young Black theologian–and Sherlock fan–trying to solve her father’s cold-case murder in a city ruled by the KKK.
It’s the winter of 1923 and Professor Annalee Spain―a clever but overworked theologian at a small Chicago Bible college–receives a cryptic telegram calling her home to Denver to solve the murder of her beloved but estranged father.
For a young Black woman, searching for answers in a city ruled by the KKK could mean real danger. Still, with her literary hero Sherlock Holmes as inspiration, Annalee launches her hunt for clues, attracting two surprising allies: Eddie, a relentless young orphan boy searching for his missing father, and Jack, a handsome young pastor who loves nightclub dancing and fast cars–awakening Annalee’s heart to the surprising highs and lows of romance and love.
With their help, Annalee follows clues that land her among Denver’s powerful elite. But when her sleuthing unravels sinister motives and long-buried lies, will clever Annalee become a victim, too? 
 

Contracts

Kevin Nye signed with Herald Press, for Grace Can Lead Us Home to be released March 2023.

Preston Ulmer signed with NavPress for Blow It Up to be release May 2023.

Deb Adamson signed with Cottage Door Press for Thankful Thanksgiving to be released Sept 2022

Elizabeth Felicetti signed with Wm. B Eerdmans Publishing Co for Blessed are the Barren: The Fruits of Infertility to be released May 2023.

Linda MacKillipp signed with B&H Publishing Group for Hotel, Oscar, Mike, Echo to be released Spring 2023

 

 

 

 

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