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.

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