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

 

 

 

 

WordServe News August 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

Coffin Corner Boys New CoverCongratulations to Carole Engle Avriett with Captain George W. Starks for the July 13th paperback release of Coffin Corner Boys: One Bomber, Ten Men, and Their Harrowing Escape from Nazi-Occupied France.

“Gripping…filled with…dramatic escapes, moments of surprising humanity, and acts of bravery.” —Publishers Weekly

A Story of Adventure, Survival, Loyalty, and Brotherhood

Taking off from England on March 16, 1944, young Lt. George Starks and the nine-man crew of his Flying Fortress were assigned to the “coffin corner,” the most exposed position in the bomber formation headed for Germany. They never got there. Shot down over Nazi-occupied France, the airmen bailed out one by one, scattered across the countryside. Miraculously, all ten survived, but as they discarded their parachutes in the farmland of Champagne, their wartime odyssey was only beginning.

Alone, with a broken foot and a 20mm shell fragment in his thigh, twenty-year-old Starks set out on an incredible 300-mile trek to Switzerland, making his way with the help of ordinary men and women who often put themselves in great danger on his behalf. Six weeks later, on the verge of giving up, Starks found himself in the hands of a heroic member of the French Resistance—he calls him “the bravest man I’ve ever known”—who got him safely across the heavily guarded border.

Similar ordeals awaited the other nine crewmen, who faced injury, betrayal, cap-tivity, hunger, and depression. It was nothing short of miraculous that all ten came home at the end of the war.

George Starks emerged from his ordeal with two passions—to stay in touch with his crew whatever the obstacles and to return to France to find and thank the brave souls to whom he owed his life. His enduring loyalty enabled him to do both.

Business of Doing GoodCongratulations to Shannon Deer and Cheryl Miller for the August 15, 2021 release of Business of Doing Good: Engaging Women and Elevating Communities from Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Outlines six principles and best practices for hiring and retaining women with challenging backgrounds.

Recently, business leaders have shifted their focus from a profit-only mindset to considering the impact of their businesses on all stakeholders. At the same time, the United Nations set aggressive Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) to improve our world by 2030. These SDGs address all major needs facing our world today, such as: eradication of poverty and hunger, access to clean water, gender equality, and decent work and economic growth. These are significant problems facing the world that have in the past largely been left to nonprofit organizations and governments to solve.

Investors and customers have higher expectations for companies to make a positive social and environmental impact. They want to know business can do good. Following suit, today’s business leaders are starting to recognize we will never fill the gap between where we are and where we want to be if businesses do not also do their part to contribute sustainable solutions to these enormous social problems. This book provides a guide for businesses to make a significant positive impact while also benefiting their businesses.

Business Doing Good outlines six principles business leaders can implement to effectively hire women who have experienced incarceration, poverty, addiction, and/or engagement in the sex trade. While making a difference to both these women and communities, businesses benefit from the women’s resourcefulness, resilience, ability to motivate, and other unique skills and perspectives only available to someone who has overcome difficulties. Investments in women, in general, are exponential as they are more likely to return that investment to future generations. The impact is endless. If we are going to end poverty and create economic development, women who have overcome challenging pasts cannot be excluded.

Marine RaidersCongratulations to Carole Avriett for the August 31, 2021 release of Marine Radiers from Regnery History Publishers.

The American people revere their elite combat units, but one of these noble bands has been unjustifiably forgotten—until now.

At the beginning of World War II, military planners set out to form the most ruthless, skilled, and effective force the world had ever seen. The U.S. Marines were already the world’s greatest fighters, but leadership wanted a select group to conduct special operations at the highest level in the Pacific theater. And so the Marine Raiders were born.

These young men, the cream of the crop, received matchless training in the arts of war. Marksmen, brawlers, and tacticians, the Marine Raiders could accomplish their objective before the enemy even knew they were there.

These heroes and their exploits should be the stuff of legend. Yet even though one of their commanders was President Roosevelt’s son, they have disappeared into the mists of history—the greatest warriors you’ve never heard of.

Carole Engle Avriett’s thorough telling of the Marine Raider story includes:

  • The personal narratives of four men who served as Marine Raiders
  • Frontline accounts of the Raiders’ most important engagements
  • The explanation for their obscurity, despite their earlier fame

The Marine Raiders were one of the greatest forces ever to take the field under the American flag. After reading this book, you’ll know why.

Living Strong Finishing WellCongratulations to David Stoop for the September 7, 2021 release of Living Strong Finishing Well from Revell Publishers.

Growing older is inevitable and, as we often say, it beats the alternative. But just because we age does not mean we must give in to a slow deterioration of our bodies, minds, social circles, and interests. It doesn’t mean we need to give up on our dreams, goals, or aspirations. In fact, as people live longer and healthier into old age, we need to decide what we want to do with all the extra years we’ve been given!

In Living Strong, Finishing Well, Dr. David Stoop draws upon his more than 80 years on the planet and his decades of counseling, speaking, and writing to show you how to live every moment to its fullest until you’re finally called home. He shows you how to be yourself, continue the search for meaning, stay humble, build on your friendships, develop resilience, stay teachable, and more as you learn to accept the gifts that come with growing older and wiser in a world that needs what you have to give.

Doubters Club 1Congratulations to Preston Ulner for the September 7, 2021 release of The Doubters Club from NavPress Publishers.

The closer we get to the heart of God, the closer we should grow toward the doubter, the skeptic, the differing perspective, even the atheist.

And that should make us wonder: Is it possible to grow in our Christian faith without engaging the doubter or the skeptic? And if growing in our faith means growing closer to the doubter, how do we do that without compromising what we believe to be true?

The Doubters’ Club is a guide for people who want to live in friendship with those who think differently than them. In The Doubters’ Club, you’ll learn how to: (1) rebuild the impression the other person has of us as Christians; (2) renovate the intention we have with the nonbeliever; (3) rely on an invitation into real life (not a church service); (4) reexamine our views through initiating conversations that matter; and (5) redefine progress as imitation, not just immersion. You’ll get practical steps and tools to help you navigate relationships and conversations―but not foolproof methods (because there aren’t any).

Maybe you’re ready to take a chance because it’s your mom or dad who is the skeptic, a sibling, an old friend, a coworker, or a neighbor. Maybe you’re just ready to embrace the adventure of your faith. If you are open to the mystery of doubt, The Doubters’ Club invites you to bring your uncertainties as common ground for relationship with skeptics and see what God does.

The Suicide SolutionCongratulations to Rick Lawrence and Daniel Emina for the September 14, 2021 release of The Suicide Solution  from Salem Books

This is a book for people who are struggling to find their way out of a cave of anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts—and for anyone who cares for someone who’s been lost in that cave.

Suicide is now the leading cause of death among young adults 18-34, and the fourth-leading cause of death among the middle-aged.

Just as a computer’s hardware determines its foundational capabilities and its software determines how it interfaces with the world, humans’ hardware is tied to our biology and our software dictates how we relate to others and ourselves. Together, these parts of our identity determine our functionality, limitations, and possibilities.

We become the story we have decided to live inside. When Jesus said, “I have come to set captives free,” He meant that He came to “de-bug” our programming. Jesus invites us to partner with Him to bring to the surface and then move past our debilitating bugs.

This book is a conversation between a minister and a psychiatrist. Informed by the clinical realities of anxiety, depression, and suicide, the authors draw from the transformational relational strategies of Jesus to chart a path into life and freedom..

Contracts

Katie Powner signed with Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for And Then We Lived to be released July 2022.

Natalie Ryan Runion signed with David C Cook for Second Thoughts on Quitting Jesus to be release May 2023.

New Clients

Carolyn Leiloglou and Sarah Frazer signed with WordServe recently. Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Coffin Corner Boys New CoverCongratulations to Carole Engle Avriett with Captain George W. Starks for the prestigious selection and designation as part of the WWII Collection with Regnery, and for being the #1 New Release in WWII Biographies on Amazon! Pick up your copy today:  https://amzn.to/3igrEs1


 

 

 

Business of Doing GoodCongratulations to Shannon Deer and Cheryl Miller for this great write-up in Publisher’s Weekly for their newly released book, The Business of Doing Good: Engaging Women and Elevating Communities. Check out the full review here: https://bit.ly/3fiQIN7

 

WordServe News July 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

Dangerous TruthOn July 7, 2021, Laura Stack and Freiling Publishing, released  The Dangerous Truth About Today’s Marijuana: Johnny Stack’s Life and Death Story

This is the poignant life-and-death story of Johnny Stack, whose young and vibrant life ended by suicide after his descent into addiction to high-potency marijuana and cannabis-induced psychosis. 

You’ll laugh and cry with his mother, Laura Stack, as she retells the story of Johnny’s joyful childhood and then takes you through the unthinkable tragedy of his loss. It’s every parent’s nightmare. But this book is much more than Johnny’s story. 

Today Laura, who is a nationally recognized speaker and best-selling author, leads a national effort of parents, impacted family members, healthcare professionals, coalitions, teachers, and youth who are concerned about the harmful effects of marijuana on our children, teenagers, and emerging adults. 

This book is a clarion call for parents across America to educate themselves about the risks of today’s high-THC marijuana products and to better understand the potentially devastating effects on youth mental health. Laura’s real-life story is backed by recent scientific-based research on how today’s potent THC products lead to mental illnesses in adolescents, such as anxiety, depression, paranoia, psychosis, and sadly, suicidal ideation. 

This book is her vision to dramatically decrease adolescent marijuana usage, the false perception of safety, mental illness, and suicide, to allow our youth to live productive, happy lives.

when thoughts and prayersOn July 20, Taylor S. Schumann and IVP released When Thoughts and Prayers Aren’t Enough: A Shooting Survivor’s Journey into the Reality of Gun Violence. 

Taylor Schumann never thought she’d be a victim of gun violence. But one spring day a man with a shotgun walked into her workplace and opened fire on her. While she survived, she was left with permanent wounds, both visible and invisible. In When Thoughts and Prayers Aren’t Enough, Taylor invites us to see what it means to be a survivor after the news vehicles drive away and the media moves on. Healing is slow and complicated. As she suffered through surgeries, grueling rehabilitation, and counseling to repair the physical injuries and emotional trauma, she came face to face with the deep and lasting impact of gun violence. As she began grappling with the realities, Taylor experienced another painful truth: Christians have largely been absent from this issue. Gun violence undercuts God’s vision of abundant life and community―and the silence of the church rings loudly in the ears of survivors and families of victims. Taylor weaves her own incredible story of survival and recovery into a larger conversation about gun violence in our country. With compassion and honesty, she encourages readers to reconsider their own engagement with the issue and to join her in envisioning a more hopeful, safer future for our nation. Move beyond thoughts and prayers and enter into grace-filled dialogue and action.

UnshakableCongratulations to Larry Dugger and Fidelis Publishing for the July 28 release of Unshakable!: A 40-Day Guide to Overcoming Anxiety, Worry, and Emotional Distress. 

You can be unshakable.

What is keeping you up at night?

Are you worried that God has forgotten you?

If you’re like many people, you no doubt have anxious moments. Just as Jesus faced his emotional distress head on by challenging every poisonous thought and feeling, you must so the same. What if you give God the next forty days of your life to find peace in the chaos?

You can live unstoppable. When fear holds on tight, remember God travels broken roads looking for those crushed in spirit. Wounded hearts on winding backstreets call to him. He cannot stay away. Like a storm chaser, he runs into your tornado. It’s your broken heart and crushed spirit that he can’t resist. Drawing inspiration from the last three hours Jesus hung on the cross, best-selling author and pastor Larry Dugger sheds lights on what to do when you feel trapped in a dark place.

You can trust God with the impossible. This forty-day action plan is designed to move you away from anxiety, worry, and emotional distress. It’s time for you to stop seeking the predictable in times of crisis. God is not predictable. He is so much more than stained glass. He is creative, wild, and free to do as he wishes.

41zXQp2a9OSCongratulations to Jennie A. McLaurin and Cymbeline Tancongco Culiat with Tyndale for the August 3rd release of Designed to Heal: What the Body Shows Us about Healing Wounds, Repairing Relationships, and Restoring Community.

Our bodies are designed to heal. We fall off our bikes and skin our knees—and without effort on our part, the skin looks like new in a few days. But while our skinned knees easily heal, it can sometimes feel like our emotional and relational wounds are left gaping open, broken beyond repair. If our bodies instinctively know how to heal physical injuries, could they also help us understand how to restore painful emotional and relational ruptures?

In their groundbreaking debut book, physician Jennie McLaurin and scientist Cymbeline T. Culiat write Designed to Heal: a fascinating look at how the restorative processes of the body can model patterns we may adapt to heal the acute and chronic wounds of our social bodies. Through engaging patient stories, imaginative travels through the body’s microcellular landscapes, accessible references to current research, and reflections on the image of God, Designed to Heal offers a new perspective for healing our social divisions. By learning how the body is created with mechanisms that optimize a flourishing recovery from life’s inevitable wounds, we are given a model for hopeful, faithful, and enduring healing in all other aspects of our lives. Our wounds don’t have to have the last word.

This BookCongratulations to Tricia Williford and NavPress for the August 17th release of This Book is For You: Loving God’s Words in Your Actual Life. 

This is a book about falling in love with the Bible . . . that feels nothing like reading a book about the Bible.
This Book Is for You will help you learn that the Bible has something life-changing to say about who you are, where you are, and the God who is in the midst of it. When you finish this book, you just might say, “I see what she did here. I didn’t realize it, but I was learning while I was laughing. She invited me into a dialogue about things I didn’t know I wanted to learn. She stirred within me a love for the Bible, but it didn’t hurt at all.”

This Book Is for You invites you into the author’s life using stories, humor, and charm, revealing how the Bible has become Tricia Lott Williford’s daily lifeline. Regardless of your notions of the Bible, Tricia will help you engage with it as a living, meets-me-where-I’m-at thing.

Tricia is not a seminarian. She is a lover of God’s Word. She is not a highbrow academician. She is educated as a grade school teacher who sometimes uses comic relief to make her point. She is not a theologian, a Bible teacher, or even a Bible scholar. Tricia is a lover of messy people; a mom of two teenage boys who are likely late for school and wearing mismatched socks. She has been known to absent-mindedly doodle in the margins of overdue library books. She has battled depression and anxiety to degrees that have nearly drowned her. She has begged the Lord for miracles that only He could provide. And somewhere in the midst of all that, she fell hopelessly in love with the Word of God as a light to her next step and the air for her next breath.

Now Tricia wants you to experience this too.

Husband AuditionsCongratulations to Angela Ruth Strong for the August 17th release of Husband Auditions: A Novel. 

How far would you go to find the perfect husband? All the way back to the 1950s?

In a world full of happily-ever-after love, Meri Newberg feels like the last young woman on the planet to be single, at least in her Christian friend group. So when she’s handed a strange present at the latest wedding–a 1950s magazine article of “ways to get a husband”–she decides there’s nothing to lose by trying out its advice. After all, she can’t get any more single, can she?

Her brother’s roommate sees the whole thing as a great opportunity. Not to fall in love–Kai Kamaka has no interest in the effort a serious relationship takes. No, this is a career jump start. He talks Meri into letting him film every silly husband-catching attempt for a new online show. If it goes viral, his career as a cameraman will be made.

When Meri Me debuts, it’s an instant hit. People love watching her lasso men on street corners, drop handkerchiefs for unsuspecting potential beaus, and otherwise embarrass herself in pursuit of true love. But the longer this game goes on, the less sure Kai is that he wants Meri to snag anyone but him. The only problem is that he may not be the kind of husband material she’s looking for . . .

With droll comic timing, unbeatable chemistry, and a zany but relatable cast of characters, Angela Ruth Strong has created a heartfelt look at the reality of modern Christian dating that readers will both resonate with and fall for.

Contracts

Katie Powner signed with Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for And Then We Lived to be released July 2022.

New Clients

Carolyn Leiloglou and Sarah Frazer signed with WordServe recently. Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

One Kid's TrashCongrautlations to Jamie Sumner for the Starred Review from Kirkus:

ONE KID’S TRASH [STARRED REVIEW!]
Author: Jamie Sumner

Review Issue Date: July 1, 2021
Online Publish Date: June 16, 2021
Publisher:Atheneum
Pages: 240
Price ( Hardcover ): $17.99
Publication Date: August 31, 2021
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-1-5344-5703-4
Section: Children’s

Hugo is an only child who has been bullied his whole life because he is small; will his passion for Garbology protect him at his new school?

Eleven-year-old Hugo O’Connell has just moved to the mountains, closer to the Colorado ski resorts where his dad works long hours. Luckily, his cousin Vijay O’Connell will show him around. (The O’Connells are Irish Catholic; Vij’s mom, Hugo’s Aunt Soniah, is cued as Indian.) Hugo has been called every diminutive name in the book. Observant and smart, his watchful eye keeps him away from most trouble, except when class bully Chance Sullivan is involved. But Hugo’s powers of perception have gained him notoriety for studying the contents of garbage cans, a fascinating subject called Garbology. The story’s rich settings are vividly described: the sweaty smell of locker rooms, sparkling ski slopes, and chaotic cafeterias. Sumner perfectly captures the fickle nature of middle school social status and the gnawing pain of betrayal. With the self-deprecation of a tormented tween, Hugo expresses what he learns about friendship, honesty, and the bitter pill of revenge, for which Hugo and his friends who work on the school newsletter must pay serious consequences. This is a strong work about finding your people, learning to apologize, and the rewards of self-respect.

The pitch-perfect voice and everyday bravery of this middle school survivor are not to be missed. (Fiction. 10-13)

Road to RosesCongratulations to Desiree Hartsock Siegfried for her book, The Road to Roses being named to PopSugar’s June Round Up. Check out the article here: https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/best-new-books-june-2021-48332823

when thoughts and prayersCongratulationsTaylor Schumann for the outstanding Publisher’s Weekly review for  When Thoughts and Prayers Aren’t Enough: A Shooting Survivor’s Journey into the Realities of Gun Violence. Check out the review here: https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-8308-3170-8

On the SpectrumOn the Spectrum by author Daniel Bowman, Jr. has been reviewed on Ruminate Magazine. Please celebrate this great review with us! Read the review here: https://www.ruminatemagazine.com/blogs/ruminate-blog/on-the-spectrum-a-review

Check out author and Freedom Rider, Charles Person‘s interview on The Today Show here: https://www.today.com/video/freedom-rider-78-talks-about-his-fight-for-equal-rights-117065285637

BusesBe sure to pick up a copy of the entire account of the Freedom Riders in Charles Person with Richard Rook’s book Buses Are A Comin’: Memoir of a Freedom Rider 

WordServe News June 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

Fields of GraceCongratulations to Cara Whitney for the June 1 release of Fields of Grace: Sharing Faith from the Horse Farm.

From her horse farm in Nebraska, Cara Whitney–wife of Dan Whitney (aka “Larry the Cable Guy”)–shares down-to-earth stories about how ordinary people can share their faith in extraordinary ways.

In the midst of uncertain and sometimes frightening times, sharing God’s love with others gives us hope and purpose. With her humorous and often touching stories–many featuring horses, cows, and rascally dogs–Cara Whitney delightfully reminds us that it’s always a good time to share the love of Jesus with your neighbor.

In Fields of Grace, Cara passes on lessons from her amazing animal teachers, such as . . .

  • What a barnyard horse brawl shows us about how God uses us in our weaknesses
  • How caring for baby calves teaches us the value of letting go
  • Why a carriage-pulling pack horse motivates us to be our best selves
  • How a dance class inspires us to embrace our identity in Christ
  • What a floppy-eared dog tells us about loving our neighbor

With Scripture verses, beautiful photography from the American heartland, and a ribbon marker for finding your place, Fields of Grace is a gorgeous gift for:

  • Readers of Cara’s previous book, Unbridled Faith
  • Fans of Larry the Cable Guy
  • Anyone fascinated by the “simpler life” of farming in rural America
  • Animal lovers and photography lovers
  • Spiritual seekers interested in a gentle approach to learning more about God

These charming yet powerful stories encourage us to care for others as we grow in our own spiritual journeys. No matter what times we live in, the love of Christ can transform lives–and help each of us to draw closer to Him.

40 days of hope for Healthcare HerosCongratulations to Amy Sorrells for the June 8 release of 40 Days of Hope for Healthcare Heroes.

Renew your faith and focus, and rededicate yourself to the profession you love with 40 Days of Hope for Healthcare Heroes!

There’s hope for your weary feet and exhausted soul! Healthcare workers are suffering from their own epidemic of burnout and moral injury as a result of dwindling resources and being overworked. To care for patients, you need to find ways to take care of yourself. In 40 Days of Hope for Healthcare Heroes you’ll find inspirational readings and prayers to help renew your faith and focus, center your heart, and inspire you to rededicate yourself to the medical career you love. This beautiful giftbook combines short stories from the front lines, “Breakroom Boosts” to encourage and energize, space to journal, and prayers that are quick enough to recite during handwashing―something that occurs multiple times a day. Healthcare workers across all continuums of care will want to read this book to rediscover the joy of their calling and as a balm of relief for their caregiver’s soul.

Contracts

Robert C. Arnold and Jeanne Arnold signed with Faith Happenings Publishers for When the Circle is Broken to be released Spring 2022.

Clarence Shuler and Monique Gasden signed with Kirkdale Press (Faithlife, LLC.) for When You’re in a Dark Place to be released Spring 2022.

Mike Kinney signed with Regnery Publishing for Out of the Fire to be released May 2022.

Bonnie Kristian signed with Baker Publishing Group for Faith in the News? to be released May 2022.

William Bee and Wills Robinson signed PostHill Press (Knox Press) for The Shot: The Harrowing Journey of a Marine in the War on Terror to be released Spring 2022.

Joe Wheeler signed with Pacific Press for Christmas in My Heart, Volume 30, to be release May 2022.

Shelley Kinder signed with Kregel for God and Me and the Sea, to be released Summer 2022. 

New Clients

David Erickson, Karl Schaller, Kris Tarantino, Robert Vore, Rachel  G. Scott signed with WordServe in June.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Lost Down DeepCongratulations to Sara Davidson for being nominated for several awards for her book Lost Down Deep. Nominees include: 2021 ACFW Carol Awards Finalists; Christy Award; 2021 Selah Award; Holt Medallion, IPPY, and Daphne du Maurier finalist. 

 

WordServe News May 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

Deadly Mountain TrapCongratulations to Sarah Varland with Sharon Dunn for the release of Deadly Mountain Trap a 2-in-1 Love Inspired Suspense

Caught in a killer’s sights

Mountain Captive by Sharon Dunn

Private investigator Jude Trainor won’t give up on finding a kidnapped little girl—even after the suspect runs him off a mountain road and sends bullets his way. But when Lacey Conrad steps in to help Jude, the criminal sets his sights on her. Can Jude and Lacey outlast a snowstorm and a person who will stop at nothing to cover his tracks?

Alaskan Mountain Murder by Sarah Varland

Searching for her missing aunt in remote Alaska, Cassie Hawkins and her little boy are thrust into a killer’s sights. Now their only safe harbor is Jake Stone, the man she loved and left…but never told about their son. With the mountain trails hiding deadly mysteries, can Jake guard the woman he’s always loved—and the child he didn’t know he had?

Congratulations to Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop on the June 8, 2021 release of The Soul of a Hero: Becoming the Man of Strength and Purpose You Were Created to Be.

If you are a man who is stuck and empty and ready for change, this is the book for you. If you are someone who would love to see the man in your life with the spark you used to see in his eyes, this book is a superb gift for him.

When people hear the word hero these days, the movie cliché of a superhero rescuing a desperate woman instantly comes to mind. But answering the call to be a godly hero is far from that mistaken scenario. The lives of too many guys are full of pain and frustration and an aimless desire to either medicate the pain or find another victim to rescue―the furthest thing from being a hero. The world needs men who are running on all cylinders, passionate about what they do. In The Soul of a Hero, bestselling authors and respected counselors Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop guide men to a better, hope-filled life by helping them rediscover their true God-given calling: to be a hero.

When men live into their true identity as heroes, temptations lose their allure and depression gives way to energy. Men who once felt as if their best years were behind them find a second wind to help them live every moment to its fullest. This book calls and equips men to become the heroes their wives, sons, daughters, friends, and coworkers want and need them to be.

In The Soul of a Hero, you will learn how to start from empty and transform yourself into a man who is thriving with purpose, joy, and true grit.

Road to RosesCongratulations to The Bachelorette, Desiree Hartsock with Autumn Krause and Zondervan for the June 22, 2021 release of The Road to Roses

When Desiree Hartsock was offered the opportunity to star on The Bachelorette, she thought she was finally getting the life she always longed for. Yet her reality TV dreams gave way to rough roads of unexpected twists, public scrutiny, and rejection. Now for the first time, Desiree reveals in this rivetingly honest book how she found her resilience and love after all–and you can too. 

Desiree Hartsock was living paycheck to paycheck and freshly–not to mention painfully–single when she first stepped onto the set of The Bachelor. Then when she was selected to star as The Bachelorette, she thought surely this turn of events promised a second chance. 

Yet Desiree’s debut on the world stage also meant facing the critics, as viewers judged her every word and action. She was devastated when Brooks broke up with her and the entire world observed her humiliation. But what the world didn’t see was the comeback journey that followed. The Road to Roses reveals: 

  • The emotional journey behind the events that played out on camera
  • The mindset changes that kept Desiree open to love and trust even after heartbreak, that ultimately led her to choosing her husband
  • And the off-camera journey of the lessons Desiree learned, like how to always fail forward, stay true to yourself, and trusting that despite the external pressures, God loves us just as we are

For anyone who is looking at the pieces of their lives and losing hope that they can be put back together again, The Road to Roses offers an authentic guide for finding your grit to keep going and make yourself proud no matter what pressures you face. Whether your heart has been broken, your dream has been put on hold, or your character is being put under pressure, following Desiree’s journey will give you courage to stay strong in your own.

Contracts

Kimberly Leto signed with Regnery for Fit God’s Way to be released September 2022.

Laurie Polich Short signed with Bethany for Faith, Doubt, and God’s Timing to be released January 2023.

Carissa Shillito signed with B&H/Lifeway for Innis and Ernest to be released November 2022.

Cara Whitney signed with Thomas Nelson for Country Soul: Inspiring Devotions From the Horse Farm to be released late 2021.

New Clients

Romona Robinson, Debra Adamson, Natalie Runion, Elizabeth Felicetti, and Marvin Truhe recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

 

WordServe News March 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.

WordServe author Dr. David Stoop passed away last month at age 83 after a stroke. Dr. Stoop was a counselor, speaker, pastor, friend and co-host of New Life Live with Steve Arterburn, as well as co-author of the Life Recovery Bible (also with Steve). He was active in writing projects until the very end. His final book with Revell will come out this fall which was aptly titled, Living Strong, Finishing Well, on how seniors can live a full life well beyond their retirement years.

I’ve worked with Dr. Stoop since the first day I became an agent May 1, 1994, working with him on dozens of great projects which will continue to help people find their way in life for many decades to come.

Here is the full press release that appeared in the ECPA weekly newsletter:  https://rushtopress.org/8461-2/

He will be greatly missed by his wife, 3 adult sons, many grandchildren and a host of men like me who were blessed to know him.

New Releases

DrivenCongratulations to Sara Davison and Mountain Brook Ink for the release of Driven, the third book in The Night Guardian Series.

Children aren’t the only ones who can disappear…

Driven by ongoing grief and relentless dreams, Holden Kelly is determined to track down the child his brother Gage abducted eight years earlier. The rescue that might have saved Matthew Gibson’s life had cost Gage his. Proving his brother hadn’t sacrificed his life for nothing might be the only way Holden can start fully living his again. And it could be the last chance he has to find his way back to the wife he loves but who is also mired in grief and a crisis of faith.

Mikayla Grant has nightmares of her own. A road trip with private investigator Jax Rodriguez—a man she is strongly drawn to even though his primary goal seems to be to drive her crazy—can’t be the way to heal from a terrible loss. Can it?

As Holden, Mikayla, and Jax follow the missing child’s trail from Toronto to Chicago, their mission is not as secret as they thought. Someone knows they are coming and will stop at nothing to prevent them from finding the child Gage rescued.

And to make sure that no one ever hears from the three of them again.

Congratulations to Walt Larimore, MD for the April 6, 2021 release of The Natural Medicine Handbook: The Truth about the Most Effective Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements for Common Conditions. 

When it comes to natural medicines, such as herbs, vitamins, and dietary supplements, you want to make sure you’re getting the truth about what works, what is safe, and what is a waste of money. You need evidence-based, trustworthy, unbiased sources and studies so that you can make wise decisions for yourself and your family.

In consultation with the experts at ConsumerLab.com and Natural MedicinesTM, Dr. Walt Larimore has combed the available research from around the globe to evaluate about 1300 natural medicines or interventions for more than 500 conditions or indications summarized in helpful charts and tables. This highly readable and reliable guide will tell you what natural medicines have proven to be both safe and effective while suggesting the best-value “Top Picks” for health issues such as

– brain and heart health
– digestive and immune health
– energy and fatigue
– losing weight
– keeping hair, skin, and nails young
– increasing the quality and length of your life
– and many more

Arranged topically so you can go directly to the information you need, this comprehensive, trustworthy guide is a resource you’ll return to again and again. When it comes to natural medicines, such as herbs, vitamins, and dietary supplements, you want to make sure you’re getting the truth about what works, what is safe, and what is a waste of money. You need evidence-based, trustworthy, unbiased sources and studies so that you can make wise decisions for yourself and your family.

Congratulations to Pam Farrel and Stephen Arterburn for the April 20, 2021 re-release of 90 Devotions for Women on the Go.

If you feel like your personal relationship with God is slipping in between the tiny spaces of your mile-long to-do list, then this devotional is for you.

Pam Farrel and Stephen Arterburn have designed 90 Devotions for Women on the Go for busy women who may only have five minutes to spare for some spiritual refreshment. In this devotional, you’ll find ways ideas for strengthening your relationship with God and others, ways to feel less alone in coping with common emotions and fears, and suggestions to help stabilize your life in the long run.

Whether your daily life is filled with cleaning the kitchen counter and carpooling, Americanos and meetings—or both—this five-minute devotional will increase your personal relationship with God as he meets you where you are: on the go.

Contracts

Wayne Cordeiro signed with Tantor Media for the audio rights for Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion and The Divine Mentor: Growing Your Faith as You Sit at the Feet of the Savior. 

Robert Child signed with Osprey/Bloomsbury Publishing for Immortal Valor to be released in Summer 2022.

Tammy Wilborn signed with Grand Central Publishing for Playing a New Game to be released late 2022.

Jamie Sumner signed a three-book deal with Simon & Schuster for Glory Be (to be released January 2023), Wish You Well (to be released September 2023), and Maid For It (to be released January 2024).

Candy L. Mariballi signed with Worthy Publishing for He Hears Her Voice: Transforming Your Prayer Life to be released March 2022.

New Clients

 Laura Dennis, Rachel G. Scott, Peter Chambers, Geralyn Ritter, and Kelsey Scism joined WordServe this month. Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Amen on a Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller for Your Brain is Always Listening!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/publishers-weekly-best-sellers/2021/03/11/2147ac8e-8297-11eb-be22-32d331d87530_story.html

WordServe News February 2021

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 Sarah Varland , Elizabeth Goddard, and Love Inspired Suspense for the release of Alaskan Mountain Pursuit.

Danger in the Alaskan wilderness

Tailspin by Elizabeth Goddard

Nothing can stop Sylvie Masters from scuba diving to find her mother’s downed plane—except possibly the hit man determined to keep the truth buried. When bush pilot Will Pierson comes to her rescue, she knows she can still reach her goal, but she needs his help. Will wants answers, too, especially since his mother was the missing plane’s pilot. But Sylvie is shrouded in secrets—secrets that someone will kill for.

Mountain Refuge by Sarah Varland

When someone tries to grab mountain runner Summer Dawson on a secluded path, she escapes—but soon discovers she’s a serial killer’s latest target. Clay Hitchcock thought he was done with law enforcement, but after finding Summer running for her life, he’s back in cop mode. Now if they want to stay alive, Clay and Summer must work together to bring down the killer lurking in the wilderness.

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Amen and Tyndale for the March 2 release of Your Brain Is Always Listening: Tam the Hidden Dragons that Control Your Happiness, Habits, and Hang-ups.

New York Times bestselling author Dr. Daniel Amen equips you with powerful weapons to battle the inner dragons that are breathing fire on your brain, driving unhealthy behaviors, and robbing you of joy and contentment.
Your brain is always listening and responding to these hidden influences and unless you recognize and deal with them, they can steal your happiness, spoil your relationships, and sabotage your health. This book will teach you to tame the:

1. Dragons from the Past that ignite your most painful emotions;
2. Negative Thought Dragons that attack you, fueling anxiety and depression;
3. They and Them Dragons, people in your life whose own dragons do battle with yours;
4. Bad Habit Dragons that increase the chances you’ll be overweight, overwhelmed, and an underachiever;
5. Addicted Dragons that make you lose control of your health, wealth, and relationships;
6. Scheming Dragons, advertisers, and social media sites that steal your attention.

In Your Brain Is Always Listening, Dr. Daniel Amen shows you how to recognize harmful dragons and gives you the weapons to vanquish them. With these practical tools, you can stop feeling sad, mad, nervous, or out of control and start being happier, calmer, and more in control of your own destiny.

Contracts

Dr. John Bruchalski signed with Ignatius Press (a division of Guadalupe Associates, Inc.) for Two Patients to be released in Summer 2022.

Barb Raveling signed with Harvest House Publishers, Inc. for Say Goodbye to Emotional Eating, to be released in Autumn 2022.

New Clients

Camden Morgante, Aubrey Golbek, Kasey Shuler, John Meador, and Bryan Clark signed with WordServe in February.  Welcome!

 

 

WordServe News January 2021

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

The Oz SyndromeCongratulations to Dr. Michael O’Donnell and FaithHappenings Publishers on the December 24, 2020 release of The Oz Syndrome: Coming Home to Find Contentment in the Sacredness of the Family.

“Somewhere over the rainbow isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!” Our modern lifestyle has created an epidemic of restlessness, a desperate search for what we believe to be missing in our lives that Dr. O’Donnell has dubbed, The Oz Syndrome. In this obsession we wander over the rainbow and down the yellow brick road in an anxious quest for the “wizard” who we think can ease our restless heart. But Dr. O’Donnell shows us, as Dorothy learned, that the true answer was always there—right in our own backyard.

She SmilesCongratulations to Katy McCown and David C. Cook for the January 1, 2021 release of She Smiles Without Fear: Proverbs 31 for Every Woman.

Bible Study with Digital Video Sessions Included!

Many women live with anticipation—but also great anxiety—about what the future may bring. So they work hard to stay one step ahead of their worst-case scenarios. While they’re focused on arranging a secure tomorrow, their fear strangles the peace, joy, and purpose from today. With the Proverbs 31 woman as a guide, Katy McCown takes readers on a five-week journey to discover how to find security in God’s plans and confidence in His control.
McCown’s Bible study provides a fresh perspective of the Proverbs 31 woman to make her more accessible than ever before.

Features:

  • 6 digital video sessions easily accessed online
  • Personal or Group Study with 5 weeks of personal study segments to complete between 6 weeks of group sessions
  •  Practical tools for overcoming anxiety and fear rooted in God’s word

A Joy-Filled Invitation to Move the Weight of the World from Your Shoulders to God’s.

Relentless CourageCongratulations to Tana Amen and Thomas Nelson for the January 5, 2021 release of The Relentless Courage of a Scared Child: How Persistence, Grit, and Faith Created a Reluctant Healer.

A shocking and hopeful account of one woman’s extraordinary courage to face her past and embrace truth in order to help others find hope and healing

In The Relentless Courage of a Scared Child, Tana Amen shares her incredible story of transformation—of growing up in poverty, a bullied latch-key kid raised on sugary cereal and junk food, to becoming a world-renowned food and fitness expert.

Her challenging past of neglect, poverty, sexual abuse, thyroid cancer, and bouts of anxiety and depression set her on a path to find healing. Through her remarkable journey, we see more clearly the light that can shine through our own broken places and ultimately heal us: body, mind, and soul.

At once tragic and heartwarming, Tana’s story integrates cutting-edge psychology and proven wellness techniques from the Amen Clinics in a moving exploration of the healing available to each one of us, no matter the pain in our past.

Congratulations to Karissa Tunis, Shari Medini, and Skyhorse Publishing for the January 19 release of Parenting While Working from Home: A Monthly Guide to Help Parents Balance Their Careers Connect with Their Kids Establish Their Inner Strength.

Parenting in December is very different from parenting in July―especially while working from home!

As more parents work from home than ever before, there are unique challenges when it comes to meeting the demands of their job, helping their kids thrive, and finding even five minutes to take care of themselves. Parenting While Working from Home offers tips, strategies, and reflections to help parents balance their careers, connect with their kids, and establish their inner strength over the course of a year. Parenting experts and founders of the popular website, Adore Them Parenting, Karissa Tunis and Shari Medini share actionable tips, heartfelt insight, and planning strategies to help you enjoy your own parenting journey while working from home.

Building on the authors’ own experiences and the most common challenges they hear parents voicing today, Parenting While Working from Home encourages parents to make intentional changes that will result in happier families and thriving careers. This practical guide will teach you how to:

  • Manage your time so that both your kids and your job get the attention they need
  • Build a professional network and maintain your productivity from home
  • Create a kid-friendly environment that encourages independence and strong sibling bonds
  • Consistently tune in to your own needs so that you can meet your true potential
  • And so much more

While it isn’t always easy, working from home while raising a family can (and should) be an incredible experience. Parenting While Working from Home offers comfort in shared struggles, new solutions, and calmer days ahead!

Congratulations to Kristin Weber and David C. Cook for the February 1, 2021 release of Adulting for Jesus: A Book about Purpose, Trusting God, & (Obviously) Burritos.

Is adulthood a curseWhat should I do with all these participation trophies? As young adults try to figure things out and answer deep, soul-heavy questions, they’re given flak for living in “extended adolescence.” In a world that insists we can (and should) have it all, Adulting for Jesus uses humor to offer topical advice and encouragement for those who are asking, “Is this really all there is?”

Develop realistic expectations and a healthy, godly outlook on life for:

  • relationships
  • calling
  • blessings
  • serving
  • sabbath
  • social media
  • anxiety

Readers will find that by learning to laugh at themselves and find humor in situations, the reduced stress and anxiety makes the ride so much more enjoyable. Most importantly, the more young adults learn about God and see His faithfulness in their lives, the more they grow to love His will, even if it’s not exactly what they imagined.

Congratulations to Tracie Miles and David C. Cook for the February 1, 2021 release of Living Broken: Reclaiming Your Life and Your Heart after Divorce.

Unlike other books on divorce, Living Unbroken takes a deep dive into understanding and overcoming the emotional toll divorce, separation, and the loss of a serious long-term relationship has on a woman’s well-being. As someone who has walked this path, Tracie Miles leads women on a powerful, life-changing journey that provides much-needed hope, encouragement, and practical guidance for living their best life even if it’s not the life they once imagined. Her biblically sound approach teaches readers how to trust in God’s promises and restore their self-confidence and hope for the future.

Congratulations to David Dusek and Fidelis Publishing for the February 23, 2021 release of The Battle: Tactics for Biblical Manhood Learned from the 7th Calvary in Vietnam.

Victory in the battle of life comes by the hand of solid tactics, the undying resolve to win, and the unbreakable bonds of battle-hardened brotherhood. Using content from We Were Soldiers and interviews with those who were in the brutal conflict portrayed in that film, David Dusek shows men how to defend themselves and those around them from the attacks of Satan seeking to steal, kill, and destroy.

Contracts

Katie Powner signed Baker Publishing Group for the large print version of The Sowing Season.

Fred Sievert signed with Morgan James FAITH for Fast Starting A Career of Consequence workbook to be released in 2021.

Jennifer Leo signed with Barbour Publishing for Undercover Logger as part of the Lumberjack and Ladies Series to be in Summer 2022.

Ryan Hendrickson signed with Pray for Rain Pictures, Inc. for Tip of the Spear.

Jamie Erickson signed with Moody Publishers for a two-book deal to be released in January 2022 and January 2024.

Laura Stack signed with Freiling Publishing for Marijuana and Your Child to be released March 2022.

Ali Rothrock signed with Broadleaf Publishing for After Trauma to be released June 2022.

Mary Davis signed with Barbour Publishing for Mrs. Witherspoon Goes to War to be released July 2022.

New Clients

 Mary Tutterow, Chris Davis, and Laura Krokos recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Congratulations to Charles Person and Richard Rooker along with St. Martins Press for the Starred Review from Publisher’s Weekly for Buses Are a Comin’: Memoir of a  Freedom Rider releasing April 27, 2021. Read the review HERE.

Congratulations to Jamie Sumner for winning the Owl Award for the 2020 Outstanding Works of Literature for Tune It Out. Check out the article here: https://blog.book-pal.com/industry-news/awards/winners-for-the-2020-outstanding-works-of-literature-owl-award-announced.

Shari Medini and Karissa Tunis  were on Good Day LA. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhwiP5oSgvo&feature=youtu.be

WordServe December News & End of Year Update

Wow, what a year it has been! Not just personally, but also in the book industry. We’ve been very fortunate in the WordServe family that no employee or client has personally been taken out by the pandemic. Not all of our extended family members were as fortunate, of course. And we continue to pray for those left behind.

And now . . . it’s Christmas season. And while few will have a “normal” Christmas, we know that God’s character, His plan and His love is unchangeable. There is peace in knowing that, even amidst the chaos of living through a pandemic.

We get asked all of the time how we’re doing during these dark days in our history. Surprisingly, we’ve had our best year ever—by far. I can’t explain it except that publishers still have to publish 12 to 18 months from now, so they were open for business. And they were selling books! Many publishers are posting their own record profits.

Every year we like to look back on what the four agents here at WordServe were able to accomplish for our clients. Here’s a good sampling:

2020 Book releases:

Christian nonfiction projects: 25

Christian fiction: 7

General Market: 16

Foreign books: 3

2020 Books/projects signed:

First-time authors: 26 (a record by far)

Christian nonfiction: 54

Christian fiction: 7

General Market: 16

Collaborator projects: 6

Film options: 3

Specialty Bible: 1

That’s 87 books/projects signed in 2020. Another record.

So we’re very grateful that even amidst world chaos, we’ve been able to keep the ball moving down the field for our agency clients.

On behalf of our other three agents, Keely, Nick, and Sarah, and Ruthanne our faithful office manager/assistant, we send a heartfelt Have as Wonderful of a Christmas as you possibly can!

 With warm Christmas wishes,

Greg Johnson, and the WordServe team

December News

New Releases

Guideposts has released the 2021 devotional, All God’s Creatures: Daily Devotions for Animal Lovers. 

Animals are God’s gift to humans. They are instruments of His Grace blessed with a special gift for comforting us when we are down, filling us with joy at just the right moment, and encouraging us on our walk of faith.

Read submissions from WordServe authors, Linda Clare and Kathy Carlton Willis, and be encouraged.

Congratulations to Jennifer Love, MD and Kjell Tore Hovik, PsyD, PhD and Citadel Press for the release of When Crisis Strikes: 5 Steps to Heal Your Brain, Body, and Life from Chronic Stress.

YOUR BRAIN’S GREATEST ENEMY? CHRONIC STRESS. LEARN HOW TO REGAIN CONTROL, LIFE BALANCE, AND WELL-BEING.

The second in a line of health care books published in partnership with Dr. Daniel Amen and the Amen Clinics, When Crisis Strikes offers a proprietary 5-step program for tackling life crises and coping with chronic stress.

Stress is an unfortunate fact of modern life, and when those stressors are catastrophic–divorce, illness, caregiving, loss–a brain under stress becomes a brain in crisis. In this invaluable guide, award-winning psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Love and neuropsychologist Dr. Kjell Hovik explore how to heal the damage that prolonged stress can do to your brain and your health. In When Crisis Strikes you’ll learn how to prevent these side effects from hijacking your daily life.

  Discover how your brain works with your body’s natural stress response system.
  Learn how mental and emotional cues cause physical reactions like muscle tension, pain, lowered sex drive, and more.
  Practice the five steps to relieve a stressor’s toll on your mind and your body.
  Utilize the tools to deal with any life crisis.

Including a foreword from renowned psychiatrist and brain health expert Dr. Daniel Amen, When Crisis Strikes provides hope and healing for everyone who has experienced the often-crushing weight of chronic stress.

Congratulations to David Murrow and Salem Press for the release of Drowning in Screen Time: A Lifeline for Adults, Parents, Teachers, and Ministers Who Want to Reclaim their Real Lives. 

ARE YOU DROWNING IN SCREEN TIME?

Between Zoom meetings, online classes, social media, gaming, and binge-watching TV series, humans now spend most of their free time submerged in screen life—and that’s taking a toll on real life.

The good news: there is a way back. Bestselling author David Murrow’s new book is a rescue plan for parents, adults, teachers, and ministers who want to help others (or themselves) achieve screen-life/real-life balance.

Built around five simple parables, Drowning in Screen Time shows you:

• What screens are doing to your family and relationships

• Why screen content is so addictive

• How to find freedom and confidence in real life

Drowning in Screen Time is full of positive, practical ideas that can help you keep your digital head above water.

Congratulations to Ron Hutchcraft and Harvest House for the January 5, 2021 release of Hope When Your Heart is Breaking.

Losing means grieving.
Grieving means choices.
Choices mean hurt or healing.

You’ve lost someone you love. Or you’re on the brink of losing your marriage. Your dreams. Your health. Or perhaps the trauma of your past pursues you into the present.

Your life’s going to change. Which way it goes won’t be decided by your loss, but by the choices you make.

At the crossroads of grief, one road will lead to hope and healing. The other, to more hurt.

Hope When Your Heart Is Breaking is an honest look at both roads, and how your greatest loss can lead to your greatest gain. Author Ron Hutchcraft writes from the deep well of his own devastating loss and grief, and points you to the practical steps that lead to peace and wholeness.

This book is a pathway to hope—a roadmap through the pain of grief and loss. Discover new strength through a new closeness to others and to God. And make the decisions that lead to comfort, growth, and life.

New Contracts 

Ed Norwood signed with Freiling Publishers for Be A Giant Killer to be released December 2021.

Jennifer M. Rosner signed with InterVarsity Press for her book Recalling Jesus, to be published in 2022.

Linda MacKillop signed with Kregel Publishers for Try Again Farm to be released at the end of the year, 2021.

New Clients

Tammy Wilborn, Carissa Shillito, Catherine Ricketts joined WordServe this month. Welcome!

WordServe News November 2020

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

Alaskan SecretsCongratulations to Sarah Varland and Love Inspired for the release of Alaskan Secrets.

Investigating a cold-case murder might get her killed.

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.

From Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

Congratulations to Anne Barbour and FaithHappenings Publishing for the release of The Savior Has Come: An Advent Devotional.

The Christmas narrative is a riveting one, yet it is one most of us file away until December rolls around. The coming of Jesus to the earth is a pivotal historic event that merits daily remembrance. Anne Barbour’s The Savior Has Come will take you inside the events of the birth of Jesus, bringing the characters and places to life. Reading it will change your experience of Christmastime, and may just change your life as you revisit the significance of Jesus’ arrival. Discover treasures hidden in plain sight in the story of the birth of Jesus.

The Savior Has Come offers a unique reading format that is both refreshing and illuminating. Twenty-four Advent entries provide a simple, meaningful way to rediscover the familiar Biblical telling of the entrance of the Savior of the world. There are Biblical passages written in the text, reflections about the story, prayers, and a place for you to record thoughts and emotions. It was written for individual or group devotions and makes for a great first gift of Christmas.

Christmas in My Heart 29

Congratulations to Joe Wheeler and Pacific Press for the release of Christmas in My Heart: A Treasury of Old-Fashioned Christmas Stories. The Best of Volumes 14-27.

Little did the young boy know all those years ago when he listened to his mother recite or tell emotional Christmas stories that he would eventually send a publisher a collection of his favorite Christmas stories. Back in 1992, a college professor, Dr. Joe L. Wheeler, was blindsided by a manuscript of tear- jerking Christmas stories he submitted, upon request, to a publishing house. He had no way of knowing that the simple little 128-page books would refuse to die and become (over the next 29 years) the longest-running Christmas story series in America. A traumatic brain injury resulting from a stairway fall brings the series to a halt—but not before about a million Christmas books were ensconced in homes and libraries around the world. Book 28 features some of the most beloved stories from books 1–13, and book 29 does the same with stories included from books 14–27. In each case, Dr. Wheeler shares the story behind the story–why these finalist stories were chosen for inclusion.

Cvr_TBTBS.inddCongratulations to Debora M. Coty for the re-release of Too Blessed to Be Stressed: Inspiration for Climbing Out of Life’s Stress-pool.

If you often find yourself struggling with the stresses of finances, health, career, relationships, self-image, or family, then this humor-filled volume is just what you need. With simple, practical tips for attaining the peace you crave—the peace that passes all understanding—you’ll discover healing, refreshment, and revitalization for your spirit, body, and mind.

Contracts

Mike Ashcraft signed with B&H Publishing for The Art of Conclusion to be released March 2022.

John Spencer signed with Potomac Books for Connected Brothers to be released late 2021.

Shellie Tomlinson and Chrys Howard signed with Focus On The Family for Rocking It Grand: 21 Ways to e a Game-Changing Grandma to be released November 2021.

Stephen Arterburn, Misty Arterburn, and Nick Harrison signed with Tyndale House Publishers for 365 Pocket Prayers for Those in Recovery to be released late 2021.

Jean S. Barnes and Jessica Wrasman signed with Elk Lake Publishing for Wise Woman Within to be released in November 2021. 

Walt Larimore signed with Post Hill Press for War Horseman: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Struggles, and Saving Lipizzaners to be released in Spring 2022.

Jessica Hooten Wilson and Jacob Stratman signed with Zondervan for To This You Are Called to be released in 2021. 

New Clients

Tom Sileo, Kevin Nye, William & Bobbie Bee,  signed with WordServe in November.  Welcome!

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