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.


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


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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