WordServe News April 2022

As this month begins, so does the release of many books 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

Congratulations to Rick Johnson and Salem Books  on the April 5, 2022 release of When Grandparents Become Parents: How to Succeed at Raising Your Children’s Children

There’s a quiet epidemic in our culture: The fastest-growing type of family unit is grandparents charged with the task of raising their children’s children.

Though there are myriad reasons for this—the death of one’s adult child, parental drug addiction, abusive living situations, or incarceration, to name a few—the effects tend to be the same: Senior citizens who expected to spend their golden years relaxing or traveling are now seeing their dreams dashed. Those on limited incomes are feeling the strain and are frightened about their futures. And the mental, spiritual, and physical exhaustion of parenting and disciplining children many decades their junior, exacerbated by a technology gap, is overwhelmingly real.

And yet, through their sacrificial service, these seniors are acting as kinsman-redeemers for their grandchildren—keeping them out of the foster care system and giving them the best shot possible for a successful life.

In When Grandparents Become Parents, experienced author Rick Johnson details both the challenges and solutions these heroic seniors face, offering strategies and resources (including real advice from other grandparents) to deal with major areas of stress—incorporating humor, common sense, and practical advice along the way.

The Mystery of SilenceCongratulations to Dr. David Olshiine and Core Media Group  on the April 27, 2022 release of The Mystery of Silence: Making Sense of Life When God Seems Absent.

Most of us have wrestled with doubt, fear, stress, and wonder what to do when life gets difficult. How do we handle adversity? What do we do when God seems passive, quiet or absent?

The Mystery of Silence will take you not only into the author’s world, but also look into examples which will help you discover what silence means in your world, and how to handle the noises all around us.

 

Congratulations to Jessica Hooten Wilson with Jacob Stratman  and Zondervan Publishing  on the May 3, 2022 release of Learning the Good Life: Wisdom from the Great Hearts and Minds That Came Before.

Discover the Good Life as You Learn from the Wise Voices of the Past

We’ve lost ourselves. Disconnected from the past and uncertain about the future, we are anxious about what our lives will be and troubled by a nagging sense of meaninglessness. Adrift in the world, many Christians have their identity completely wrapped up in work and their definition of the “good life” is financial success. Fewer of are staying committed to the Christian faith, finding it difficult to reconcile their experience with their longings and desires. With so much uncertainty, where can we find a true vision of “the Good Life”?

Learning the Good Life speaks to this malaise with trusted and assured voices from the past, inviting Christians into an age-old conversation with some of history’s wisest hearts and minds as their dialogue companions. Featuring classic writings from a diverse lineup of over 35 writers and thinkers including Confucius, Augustine, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, W.E.B. DuBois, Flannery O’Connor, and Wendell Berry. Together these sages of the past address important issues such as:

  • Vocation
  • Calling
  • Meaning
  • Suffering
  • Beauty
  • Virtue
  • Learning
  • Wisdom
  • Critical Thinking
  • Community
  • Wonder
  • Reflection
  • And more

Each of these texts are introduced by experts who are teachers, from a variety of Christian colleges and universities, to help providing a broader, richer, and more cohesive narrative in which Christians may participate. In addition to a substantive introduction, each text is accompanied by discussion questions to provoke further thought and contemplation and also to facilitate discussion when used in groups. Ideal for any Christian seeking a deeper connection to the wisdom of the past and wanting a more cohesive and beautiful vision of the good life. All the writers have a message for you. All of them are calling you to die to yourself, to your habits of indulgence, to your pride and ambition, and instead, dedicate your time to learning, thinking, and loving.

Fierce ValorCongratulations to Jared Frederick with Erik Dorr and Regnery Publishing  on the May 10, 2022 release of Fierce Valor: The True Story of Ronald Speirs and his Band of Brothers.

Fans of Stephen E. Ambrose’s Band of Brothers will be drawn to this complex portrait of the controversial Ronald Speirs, an iconic commander of Easy Company during World War II, whose ferocious courage in three foreign conflicts was matched by his devotion to duty and the bittersweet passions of wartime romance. 

Fight Like You Mean to Win

His comrades called him “Killer.” Of the elite paratroopers who served in the venerated “Band of Brothers” during the Second World War, none were more enigmatic than Ronald Speirs. Rumored to have gunned down enemy prisoners and even one of his own disobedient sergeants, Speirs became a foxhole legend among his troops. But who was the real Lieutenant Speirs? 

In Fierce Valor, historians Jared Frederick and Erik Dorr unveil the fuller story of Easy Company’s longest-serving commander. Tested by trials of extreme training, military rivalry, and lost love, Speirs’s international odyssey begins as an immigrant child in Prohibition-era Boston and continues through the bloody campaigns of France, Holland, and Germany. But 1945 did not mark an end to Speirs’s military adventures. Uncovered by sharp scholarship, his lesser-known exploits in Korea, the Cold War, and embattled Laos also come to light for the first time.

Packed with groundbreaking research, Fierce Valor unveils a compelling portrait of an officer defined by boldness on the battlefield and the inherent costs of war. His story serves as a telling reminder that few soldiers escape the power of their own pasts

Country soulCongratulations to Cara Whitney and Thomas Nelson Publishing  on the May 17, 2022 release of Country Soul: Inspiring Stories of Heartache Turned into Hope.

This book is filled with heartwarming stories–30 compelling journeys of faith about men and women from all walks of life who have turned heartaches into hope and setbacks into victory.  

Most of the stories are drawn from ordinary everyday folks just like you: 

  • A Nebraska rancher who survived cancer and heart disease . . . and is now telling others how to break free from a far worse disease: sin
  • A wounded warrior who found healing in Christ . . . not to mention a brand-new life! 
  • A coal miner’s daughter who met Jesus in a West Virginia holler . . . and is committed to following Him to the ends of the earth 

With full-color color photos, a presentation page, and a ribbon marker, Country Soul is a thoughtful gift for:

  • Horse loversThe Forgotten Life of Eva Gordon
  • Believers who need a little faith lift
  • Birthdays, Christmas, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day
  • Friends and loved ones going through difficult times

Refresh your soul as you rediscover that no matter how hard life gets, you can trust God.

Readers of Country Soul will also enjoy Cara Whitney’s previous books, Unbridled Faith and Fields of Grace.

The forgotten life of eva gordonCongratulations to Linda MacKillop and Kregel Publishing  on the May 17, 2022 release of The Forgotten Life of Eva Gordon.

Failing memory has forced Eva Gordon to move in with her granddaughter, Breezy. But Eva hates the bustle of Boston. All she wants to do is move back to her quiet, cozy Cape Cod home and be left alone.

Then Breezy announces she’s getting married, and they’ll be moving to her new husband’s rundown family farm, where he lives with an elderly uncle. They’ll be one big family–but only Breezy and Brent think it’ll be a happy one.

It’s all too much for Eva. Too much change, too much togetherness, too much of an over-crowded life she never wanted. But as her desire for privacy collides with her worsening memory, Eva may find herself in a pickle she can’t get out of. Can an unlikely cast of misfit characters step in to woo Eva from her self-imposed isolation?

Fans of A Man Called Ove will appreciate Eva’s predicament, and enjoy the poignant, hilarious, and intergenerational rescue effort to save her from herself.

Finding MessiahCongratulations to Jennifer M. Rosner and IVP  on the May 24, 2022 release of Finding Messiah: A Journey into the Jewishness of the Gospel.

Jesus was Jewish, and his Jewish identity informed every aspect of his work, words, and witness. He came as the Messiah of Israel, God’s covenant people, and he spoke the language of God’s faithfulness to this people. So why does it seem that Judaism has little to do with our Christian discipleship today? Jennifer Rosner, a scholar of Jewish-Christian relations, takes us on a personal and corporate journey into the Jewish roots of Christian faith and practice. Understanding Judaism―and the way in which Judaism and Christianity became separate religions―is essential for a rich and holistic Christian identity. As a follower of Jesus who was raised in a Jewish home and who continues to live a Jewish life, Rosner has seen firsthand how a Christian faith can become impoverished when divorced from its Jewish roots. Finding Messiah follows Rosner’s own journey in rediscovering the role of Judaism and God’s covenant with Israel in Christian life and practice. When we begin to understand Christianity’s indelible relationship to Judaism, key aspects of the Christian faith come alive and the wonder of the gospel becomes clear in new and powerful ways. Jesus’ Judaism provides the foundation for the church that is built upon his name. Rediscover the Jewish Jesus, and in so doing, experience a deeper and richer faith than ever before.

More of YouCongratulations to Amanda Martinez Beck and Broadleaf Books on the May 24, 2022 release of More of You: The Fat Girl’s Field Guide to the Modern World.

Too often, fatness has been viewed as a moral failing. Fat Christian women in particular are shamed and marginalized by the message that they are failing God because they can’t change their bodies. More of You will challenge that status quo, teaching readers to resist the shame and guilt that is pressed onto them by the world and instead to embrace their bodies, take up space, and learn to navigate the world in ways that allow them to flourish.

With wit and candor, Amanda Martinez Beck, a fat woman herself, compiles her hard-won wisdom to give the skinny on thriving in a fat body to others who have been pushed to the margins of acceptance. Offering helpful tools like The Fat Girl’s Bill of Rights and a script for a weight-neutral doctor’s visit, this book addresses real needs in the fat acceptance community, from how to find self-love in a thin-obsessed world, to navigating a world built for butts smaller than yours, to advocating for equality and justice for fat women’s medical care.

Jacobs ApartmentCongratulations to Joshua Kimbell and Graphic Mundi  on the June 7, 2022 release of Jacob’s Apartment.

Some questions can shake even the strongest faith.

At first glance, college roommates Jacob and Sarah seem like polar opposites. Jacob is a Christian; Sarah is an atheist. Sarah is a drinker, and Jacob, a teetotaler. But they have been friends for years, finding commonality in their shared dream to create art.

Jacob’s world is turned upside down when his father dies, causing him to question his faith. Meanwhile, Sarah wrestles with her own demons, searching for solace in one-night stands after her boyfriend (and professor) leaves her for a job in New York.

A coming-of-age graphic novel in the vein of Ghost World and Fun Home, Jacob’s Apartment weaves together the threads of spiritual faith, identity, purpose, love, and loss to create an engrossing world in which waking and sleeping dreams collide

Contracts

Candace Camling signed with One Ingram for the April 2024 release of  Woodward Whittles A Tune.

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson signed with Salem Communications for the August 2023 release of Don’t Let Satan Blow It Out.

John Dailey signed with Post Hill Press for the April 2024 release of Tough, Rugged Bastards.

Thomas Sileo signed with St. Martin’s for the January 2024 release of I Have Your Back.

Candace Camling signed with Kregel Publications as Illustrator for the release of Amon’s Secret.

New Clients

 Ryan Keats and Jessie Cruickshank recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

On the SpectrumCongratulations to Daniel Bowman, Jr. His book, “On the Spectrum” has been named,  Book of the Year by the Academy of Parish Clergy. 

Read the entire article at https://rushtopress.org/on-the-spectrum-by-daniel-bowman-jr-named-book-of-the-year-by-the-academy-of-parish-clergy/

 

WordServe News March 2022

As this month begins, so does the release of many books 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

Train your dogCongratulations to R. Ruddell Weatherwax  and Skyhorse Publishing  on the Jan. 4, 2022 release of Training Your Dog the Weatherwax Way.

A training manual for any dog owner using the tried, true, and trusted Weatherwax methods.

The name “Weatherwax” is widely known in the dog world. The author is a third-generation professional dog trainer and owner of Weatherwax Dog Training. The family has trained the original “Lassie” (actually a male named “Pal”), Toto for “The Wizard of Oz,” and also “Old Yeller.” These theories and tactics are applicable to any dog lover and owner, not just those on the big screen!

This is a complete guide to dog ownership and basic training manual using the Weatherwax method, which hasn’t changed in almost a century; though Robert has added a few enhancements over the years from his exposure to other great trainers.

To be continuedCongratulations to Mike Ashcraft  and B&H Books  on the March 15, 2022 release of To Be Concluded: How to Prevent Your Past from Piling Up and Find Hope for Your Future.

“To be continued…”
The words build anticipation for what’s coming . . . which is great for a Netflix binge, but not a healthy pattern for our lives. In real life, constant continuation causes our lives to pile up, episode upon episode, with no space for reflection or rest, contentment or closure.
This book is for the too-busy, driven person who’s moving on to the next win, without ever processing how one season of life affects the next. It’s for the person stuck and held back because she’s never done the hard work of getting real closure on a season. When we fail to finish well, we live with a pile of unfinished beginnings. But finished things become usable things because they are a part of the story of God’s grace and faithfulness.

You HappierCongratulations to Dr. Daniel G. Amen  and Tyndale Publishing  on the March 22, 2022 release of You, Happier: The 7 Neuroscience Secrets of Feeling Good Based on Your Brain Type.

Happiness is a brain function. With a healthier brain always comes a happier life.

After studying more than 200,000 brain scans of people from 155 countries, Dr. Amen has discovered five primary brain types and seven neuroscience secrets that influence happiness. In You, Happier, he explains them and offers practical, science-based strategies for optimizing your happiness. Dr. Amen will teach you how to

  • discover your brain type based on your personality and create happiness strategies best suited to you;
  • improve your overall brain health to consistently enhance your mood;
  • protect your happiness by distancing yourself from the “noise” in your head; and
  • make seven simple decisions and ask seven daily questions to enhance your happiness.

Creating consistent happiness is a daily journey. In You, Happier, Dr. Amen walks you through neuroscience-based habits, rituals, and choices that will boost your mood and help you live each day with clearly defined values, purpose, and goals.

Drawing the LineCongratulations to Kate Crocco  and Baker Books  on the March 29, 2022 release of Drawing the Line: How to Achieve More Peace and Less Burnout in Your Life.

In order to live a full and abundant life in alignment with our dreams and callings, we first need to become crystal clear on where we draw our boundary lines. But where and how do we draw the line? And how do we communicate clearly and lovingly to those around us where the line is and why it’s important?

With plenty of relatable stories from her life juggling multiple businesses and a full house, therapist and mindset coach Kate Crocco offers eight principles that will help you understand, create, and maintain healthy boundaries in order to find more peace, greater fulfillment, and less burnout. She shows you how to take back control from the whims of other people’s opinions about what you should be doing so that you can align your time and priorities with God’s highest calling for your life.

Stop selling yourself short, waiting for permission, and looking to others for approval to begin living a life of purpose, passion, and personal peace.

Preaching Life ChangingCongratulations to Jesse Nelson  and Kregel Ministries  on the April 12, 2022 release of Preaching Life-Changing Sermons: Six Steps to Developing and Delivering Biblical Messages.

A how-to guide for preparing and delivering Spiritfilled, biblical messages that make an impact

Being called to preach is a tremendous commission. In Preaching Life-Changing Sermons, Jesse L. Nelson shares a simple process for effective expository sermon preparation and delivery, flavored with insights from his life in ministry and academic work. Those with teaching and preaching responsibilities with little to no seminary training will learn practical steps they can use today in their ministry.

 

Contracts

Jennifer Fitzpatrick signed with Salem Publishing for the May 2023 release of  The Patient-Centric Culture.

Catherine Ricketts signed with Broadleaf Books for the April 2024 release of Mother & Makers.

Kevin Ford and James Singleton, Jr. signed with InterVarsity Press for the November 2023 release of The Attentive Church.

Sarah Frazer signed with B&H Publishing for the summer/fall 2023 release of When Your Story Shifts.

Leslie Leyland Field signed with NavPress for the Jan 2024 release of Nearing a Far God.

New Clients

 Joe Muccia and Kimberly Shumate recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

 

 

 

WordServe News February 2022

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

Living Unbroken WorkbookCongratulations to Tracie Miles  and David C Cook Publishing  on the March 1, 2022 release of Living Unbroken: A Divorce Recovery Workbook.

With discussion questions, journal prompts, prayers, Scripture verses, real-life stories, teaching videos, and a downloadable leader’s guide, the Living Unbroken Divorce Recovery Workbook is uniquely geared for women-only small groups. This interactive book creates a safe place for women to come together and process their heartbreak and questions. It empowers them to glean encouragement, build companionship, and find spiritual strength to reclaim their lives and happiness after divorce.

Women who know the pain of separation or divorce often feel alone, even in the church. This small group companion to Tracie Miles’s honest and groundbreaking book Living Unbroken invites women to take an important step on their journey to healing together.

Specifically created for groups of women only, The Living Unbroken Divorce Recovery Workbook offers:

  • Access to 7 videos hosted by the author plus a downloadable leader’s guide
  • Journal prompts, discussion questions, prayers, Scripture verses, and real-life inspirational stories to help hurting women find optimism
  • Action steps such as “Happiness Prompters” and “Caring-for-You Reminders”

Written for the tens of thousands of Christian women who have experienced divorce and feel unseen, this powerful workbook reminds readers that their identity comes from Christ, not their marital status. Although it’s hard to imagine while overcome by pain, they can indeed discover joy, hope, and self-confidence again. 

Stop Chasing EasyCongratulations to Stephen Blandino  and The Core Media Group  on the March, 2022 release of Stop Chasing Easy.

Are you tired of chasing the empty promises of ease, comfort, and security? Are you ready to make your life count today…and for eternity? 

Everywhere you look, there is a constant enticement to pursue a life of ease. In fact, for many people, “Easy Street” has become their primary ambition in life. There’s only one problem: the apostle Paul warns us that, “Easy street is a dead-end street.” In the end, it leaves you feeling empty, and it deceives you into believing that the purpose of life is to avoid anything difficult. 

In Stop Chasing Easy, Stephen Blandino inspires us with a bigger vision beyond the edges of ease. He unpacks the apostle Paul’s wisdom in the book of Philippians and shares four powerful trade-offs that will help you make your life count. 

No matter where you find yourself, Stop Chasing Easy will inspire you to think differently, grow to your full potential, and pursue a mission worth your life. Rather than chasing easy, you’ll learn how to make your life count today…and for eternity. 

 

The Grace MessageCongratulations to Andrew Farley  and Salem Book Publishing  on the March 8 , 2022 release of The Grace Message.

What Is God’s Grace—and What Does It Mean for You?

Grace. It’s a word we’ve heard since the very first step in our faith journey—but do we really believe in God’s grace?

Grace raises eyebrows. It begs questions. Grace turns everything upside down. The Grace Message invites you to discover the best flavor of Christianity and celebrate the good news of the Gospel to the fullest. Here, you’ll learn:

• how to abandon rule-based living and stop trying to measure up

• why your new identity in Jesus matters more than you can imagine

• how you can now enjoy God’s New Covenant way of grace

Bestselling author and radio host Andrew Farley’s no-nonsense straight talk will awaken you to a revolutionary perspective every healthy Christian should have.

Life is too short to miss out on God’s best—and what you don’t know can hinder you from experiencing Jesus in every area of your life. So if you’ve been weighed down by ruthless religion, or you’ve been searching for that high-octane version of the Gospel that you know must be out there somewhere, here it is. This thought-provoking book will challenge you to dismiss the lies you’ve believed and to make up your own mind about how big God’s grace really is.

“Andrew Farley shows why the good news is actually great news. This extraordinary, battle-tested message of hope and freedom has a proven track record of transforming lives. The Grace Message is bursting with truth. The love of God practically drips from its pages. Read it and see for yourself!” —Bart Millard, singer/songwriter for MercyMe

 

Finding Joy in the Empty NextCongratulations to Jim Burns  and Zondervan Publishing  on the May 10 , 2022 release of Finding Joy in the Empty Nest.

When the kids are gone, you can discover a richer, deeper, and more fulfilling life than you ever imagined!

Whether you’ve been looking forward to it or dreading it, the experience of coming home to an empty nest brings with it a well of emotions, realizations, and one gigantic, all-consuming thought: Now what? As an empty nester, the options before you are practically limitless–a fact that can be as exciting as it is terrifying.

In this book, Jim Burns combines his personal experiences with extensive research, interviews with other empty nesters, and his professional work as a family educator to help you navigate your new life as an empty nester and find joy in the opportunities for life-change before you.

Rather than offering shallow suggestions of hobbies you should take up, Burns encourages you to actively pursue a fresh start, reinvent yourself, and thrive beyond this new stage. To help you do this, he equips you with practical advice and timeless principles, including how to:

  • Change the relationship you once had with your children–for the better
  • Face big issues (like aging parents, finances, and kids returning home) with confidence
  • And rekindle your fire and purpose to live with passion day by day

Amid his wealth of know-how, you’ll uncover what may be the most important takeaway of all: hope that the best is yet to come.

Contracts

Kris Tarantino signed with Waterbrook Publishing for the March 2023 release of Be My Valentine.

Carolyn Leiloglou signed with Waterbrook Publishing for the January 2023 release of Beneath the Swirling Sky.

Grace Hamman signed with Zondervan for the  September 2023 release of The Many Faces of Jesus.

Melissa K. Norris signed with Harvest House Pubishers for the January 2024 release of Made-from-Scrath Life.

Sarah Frazer signed with B&H Publishing Group for the Summer/Fall 2023 release of When Your Story Shifts.

New Clients

 Alicia Kazsuk, Lisa Colon DeLay, Greg Munck, and Gregory Pratt recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

 

Who We’re Recognizing

  .It’s with a heavy heart that we announce what many have already heard. Steve Farrar, one of my clients since 1995, has passed away at the young age of 73 after compli-cations from a heart procedure.  I’ve been privileged to work with many wonderful men’s ministry leaders the last 30 years, but Steve was that rare combination of a great heart, incredible speaking gifts (humor and depth), a deep thinker, a great writer . . . and most importantly, a kind and compassionate man. He was the kind of man I always wanted to be. He was quick with a laugh, a prayer, an insight and a big bear hug. He was a giant of a man in things that mattered most. Finally, he was a good friend who will be profoundly missed not only by his wife Mary and his children and grandchildren, but also by the Kingdom.

 

Congratulations to Patricia Raybon for being selected for Stephen Curry’s Book Club which was announced in the Rush to Press recent weekly news.   Read the interesting article at  https://rushtopress.org/10150-2/

  “Tyndale is pleased to announce that Stephen Currys Literati book club, Underrated, which is committed to championing often overlooked authors and stories, has selected All That is Secret by Patricia Raybon as its March 2022 pick for readers. “

WordServe News January 2022

Why Socialize when You Can Read!

As usual, some great things have been happening this month at WordServe Literary!

New Releases

Jesus love to the endCongratulations to Anne Barbour and FaithHappenings Publishers on the December 5, 2021 release of Jesus Love to the End: A Devotional to Prepare Your Heart fo Easter.

Is your experience leading up to Easter one filled with anticipation? It can be!

Jesus Love to the End will help you saturate yourself in the story of Jesus’ final weeks up and through His death and resurrection. As you do that, you will find yourself deeply appreciating Jesus and His radical display of love. Whatever traditions and practices make up your preparation for Easter each year, the focus—the point of it all—is Jesus.”

 

Be A Giant KillerCongratulations to Ed Norwood and Freiling Publishing on the August, 2021 release of Be A Giant Killer – Overcoming Your Everyday Goliaths.

SINCE THE DAY YOU WERE BORN, there have been giants in your life. Tyrants of immense size who try to exert negative influence over your destiny. Giants try to intimidate you into inaction and apathy. They want to convince you that your past mistakes, family tree, size, and shame will always hold you back. I, too, was born with giants. When I was eight years old, twenty-seven of my relatives were massacred by cult leader Jim Jones in the Jonestown Guyana Tragedy. The shame of my own family history shadowed my life until I discovered the lessons revealed in this book, a searing expose of how our history can influence our legacy.

We were made to break the cycle and, just like men and women in the Bible, fiercely face the giants in our lives before they get passed to the next generation.

Be A Giant Killer is a knockout punch to what’s holding you back from your wildest dreams and best life!

“Powerful and impactful! Ed is an incredible man and friend with a very unique personal story. His passion is contagious! He identifies God’s dreams for His children and the giants in the way of fulfilling these dreams. This is a must-read for anyone excited to use biblical weapons to help defeat these giants in life and chase their dreams! Get reading and let’s go!” -BRUCE TOLLNER, Co-Author of Sidelined with Indianapolis Colts Coach Chuck Pagano/NFL Agent/ Owner Rep 1 which represents Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, Marcus Mariota, Ben Roethlisberger and many others.

“In Be A Giant Killer, Ed Norwood equips the reader to be able to readily identify the enemies that hinder us, and then conquer them. Defining the problem well is half the battle. This is gold to those who are ready to be victorious warriors.” -BISHOP DALE C. BRONNER, D. MIN., Founder/Senior Pastor, Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral, Atlanta, GA

 

BusesCongratulations to Charles Person with Richard Rooker and St. Martin’s Publishing on the January, 2022 Paperback release of Buses are a Comin’ Memoir of a Freedom Rider.

A firsthand exploration of the cost of boarding the bus of change to move America forwardwritten by one of the Civil Rights Movement’s pioneers.

At 18, Charles Person was the youngest of the original Freedom Riders, key figures in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement who left Washington, D.C. by bus in 1961, headed for New Orleans. This purposeful mix of black and white, male and female activists―including future Congressman John Lewis, Congress of Racial Equality Director James Farmer, Reverend Benjamin Elton Cox, journalist and pacifist James Peck, and CORE field secretary Genevieve Hughes―set out to discover whether America would abide by a Supreme Court decision that ruled segregation unconstitutional in bus depots, waiting areas, restaurants, and restrooms nationwide.

Two buses proceeded through Virginia, North and South Carolina, to Georgia where they were greeted by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and finally to Alabama. There, the Freedom Riders found their answer: No. Southern states would continue to disregard federal law and use violence to enforce racial segregation. One bus was burned to a shell, its riders narrowly escaping; the second, which Charles rode, was set upon by a mob that beat several riders nearly to death.

Buses Are a Comin’
 provides a front-row view of the struggle to belong in America, as Charles Person accompanies his colleagues off the bus, into the station, into the mob, and into history to help defeat segregation’s violent grip on African American lives. It is also a challenge from a teenager of a previous era to the young people of today: become agents of transformation. Stand firm. Create a more just and moral country where students have a voice, youth can make a difference, and everyone belongs.

 

Mrs. WitherspoonCongratulations to Mary Davis and Barbour Publishing on the January 31, 2022 release of Mrs. Witherspoon Goes To War (Heroines of WWII).

A WASP Goes Above the Call of Duty to Free Captive American Soldiers

Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes; the heroines of WWII. Peggy Witherspoon, a widow, mother, and pilot flying for the Women’s Airforce Service in 1944 clashes with her new reporting officer. Army Air Corp Major Howie Berg was injured in combat and is now stationed at Bolling Field in Washington D.C. Most of Peggy’s jobs are safe, predictable, and she can be home each night with her three daughters; until a cargo run to Cuba alerts her to American soldiers being held captive there, despite Cuba being an ally

Will Peggy go against orders to help the men? Even risk her own life? Don’t miss this and other stories about Heroines of WWII.

Contracts

Sarah Varland signed with Harlequin Enterprises for Sarah Varland K-9. to be released May 2023.

Dr. Cindy McGovern signed with McGraw Hill for Sell Your Brand-Sell YOU to be released March 2023.

New Clients

 K.C. Campbell recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

 

What We’re Celebrating

 

The Scandal of HolinessCongratulations to Jessica Hooten Wilson for the Review of her book”The Scandal of Holiness: Renewing Your Imagination in the Company of Literary Saints” in Publisher’s Weekly Magazine. 

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Read the entire review at:  https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-58743-524-9. 

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WordServe News December 2021 and Year-End Updates

ChristmasHappiest of New Year’s to you and those you love.

I hope you had a truly wonderful Christmas season

Along with all of the things we’re celebrating this month as you’ll see below, our year end wound up with some great things to celebrate, as well. It goes to show that publishing goes strong even through the hardest of times. Here are a few of the highlights . . .

Total Nonfiction/fiction books under contract: 63

General Market: 13

Christian Publishers: 37

Children’s: 14

Collaboration Projects: 12

New Authors sold: 22

Audio deals: 3

Video deals: 5

Foreign deals: 3

Screenplay/book options for film: 4

Books released in 2021: 53+

Another solid year that showed a lot of variety of the types of intellectual property sold/licensed.

So on behalf of Keely, Sarah, Nick and Julie (our new assistant), we wish you a really wonderful new year!

 

Always,

Greg Johnson

President

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New Releases

Pray and think imaginativeCongratulations to Candace Camling for theDecember 3, 2021  release of Pray and Think Imaginative Rosary Book by Ascension Press.

Engage children in praying the Rosary and inspire them to love the Blessed Mother with this inviting, imaginative how-to book.

Colorful, reverent pictures and child-friendly explanations for each mystery offer parents and children a chance to grow together in the Faith. Meditation on the mysteries helps young Catholics to think about each mystery (including the Luminous) and interact with the pictures using their imaginations, leading them toward the first steps of meditative prayer.

This hardcover picture book is written by a Catholic mother for Catholic mothers to help teach their children how to experience the beauty of the Rosary and how to pray it.
 The Pray and Think! Imaginative Rosary Book includes:

  •  Step-by-step, illustrated instructions for praying the Rosary
  • The prayers of the Rosary
  • Child-friendly explanations and illustrations for each mystery
  • Prompts to help children start meditating on the mysteries
  • chart to show when to pray each set of mysteries
  • Warm, colorful, reverent artwork

Ahome For His FamilyCongratulations to Jan Drexler with Noelle Marchand for the January 25, 2022  paperback release of The Texan’s Inherited Family and A Home for His Family  by Harlequin Books.

Nate Colby came to the Dakota Territory to start over, not to look for a wife. He’ll raise his orphaned nieces and nephew without schoolteacher Sarah MacFarland’s help. Sarah deserves better than a man who only brings trouble to those around him. Yet helping this ready-made family set up their ranch only makes Sarah long to be a part of it—whatever the risk.

Contracts

Linda Clare with Sandy Silverton signed with BroadStreet Publishing, for Thank God for Cats to be released March 2023

Geralyn Ritter signed with The Core Media Group for Bone by Bone to be released December 2022.

Lanny Hunter signed with Blackstone Publishing for Exit Wounds: A Vietnam Eulogy to be release October 2022

Deb Adamson signed with Cottage Door Press for God Sent You with Love to be released December 2022

New Clients

Caroline Faisel, Grace Hamman, and Monica DiCristina signed with WordServe recently. Welcome!

 

WordServe News November 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

Tune It OutCongratulations to Jamie Sumner for the August 31st paperback release of  Tune It Out from Atheneum Books.

From the author of the acclaimed Roll with It comes a moving novel about a girl with a sensory processing disorder who has to find her own voice after her whole world turns upside down.

Lou Montgomery has the voice of an angel, or so her mother tells her and anyone else who will listen. But Lou can only hear the fear in her own voice. She’s never liked crowds or loud noises or even high fives; in fact, she’s terrified of them, which makes her pretty sure there’s something wrong with her.

When Lou crashes their pickup on a dark and snowy road, child services separate the mother-daughter duo. Now she has to start all over again at a fancy private school far away from anything she’s ever known. With help from an outgoing new friend, her aunt and uncle, and the school counselor, she begins to see things differently. A sensory processing disorder isn’t something to be ashamed of, and music might just be the thing that saves Lou—and maybe her mom, too.

One Kid's Trash

Congratulations to Jamie Sumner for the August 31st hardback release of  One Kid’s Trash from Atheneum Books.

From the acclaimed author of Roll with It and Tune It Out comes a funny and moving middle grade novel about a boy who uses his unusual talent for decoding people’s trash to try to fit in at his new school.

Hugo is not happy about being dragged halfway across the state of Colorado just because his dad had a midlife crisis and decided to become a ski instructor. It’d be different if Hugo weren’t so tiny, if girls didn’t think he was adorable like a puppy in a purse and guys didn’t call him “leprechaun” and rub his head for luck. But here he is, the tiny new kid on his first day of middle school.

When his fellow students discover his remarkable talent for garbology, the science of studying trash to tell you anything you could ever want to know about a person, Hugo becomes the cool kid for the first time in his life. But what happens when it all goes to his head?

Rocking It GrandCongratulations to Shelie Rushing Tomlinson with Chrys Howard for the November 9th paperback release of  Rocking It Grand – 18 Ways To Be A – Game-Changing Grandma from Focus on the Family.
 
Grandma―You Can Be a Game-Changer for Generations to Come.
Today’s grandmas live in an ever-changing, fast-paced, highly-competitive, busier-than-ever world. We struggle with balance as we help our children manage theirs―grandbabies, work, exercise, staying healthy, and leading our growing families.

 

Chrys Howard and Shellie Tomlinson have more than 20 (as of now) grandchildren between the ages of newborn to 30 years old. Together they inspire grandmas with personal stories, learned insight, relevant Scripture, and a few laughs to encourage new and seasoned grandmas to press on.

Rocking It Grand includes four, easy-to-remember R’s in each of the 18 devotions:

  • Remember it is a scripture passage to absorb;
  • Read about it is a personal message from Chrys or Shellie;
  • Reflect on it is a quote to highlight their message; and
  • Rock it provides an action step to reinforce the topic.

Become more confident and intentional with your grandchildren, your adult children, and their spouses; more grounded in your faith; and ready to rock your role as the best grandparent you can be.

Behind Nazi LinesCongratulations to Denise George with Andrew Gerow Hodges, Jr. for the paperback re-release of  Behind Nazi Lines from Penquin Random House.

In 1944, hundreds of Allied soldiers were trapped in POW camps in occupied France. The odds of their survival were long. The odds of escaping, even longer. But one-man had the courage to fight the odds . . .

An elite British S.A.S. operative on an assassination mission gone wrong. A Jewish New Yorker injured in a Nazi ambush. An eighteen-year-old Gary Cooper lookalike from Mobile, Alabama. These men and hundreds of other soldiers found themselves in the prisoner-of-war camps off the Atlantic coast of occupied France, fighting brutal conditions and unsympathetic captors. But, miraculously, local villagers were able to smuggle out a message from the camp, one that reached the Allies and sparked a remarkable quest by an unlikely—and truly inspiring—hero.

Andy Hodges had been excluded from military service due to a lingering shoulder injury from his college-football days. Devastated but determined, Andy refused to sit at home while his fellow Americans risked their lives, so he joined the Red Cross, volunteering for the toughest assignments on the most dangerous battlefields. In the fall of 1944, Andy was tapped for what sounded like a suicide mission: a desperate attempt to aid the Allied POWs in occupied France—alone and unarmed, matching his wits against the Nazi war machine.

Despite the likelihood of failure, Andy did far more than deliver much-needed supplies. By the end of the year, he had negotiated the release of an unprecedented 149 prisoners—leaving no one behind. This is the true story of one man’s selflessness, ingenuity, and victory in the face of impossible adversity.

The Best GiftCongratulations to Walt Larimore, MD for the paperback release of  The Best Gift: Tales of a small-town doctor learning life’s greatest lessons from Revell Publishing.

When Walt Larimore, MD, moved his young family to Kissimmee, Florida, to start a small-town medical practice in 1985, he had no idea he was embarking on an enterprise that would change his life in ways both large and small. Dr. Larimore shared some of these heartwarming and heartbreaking tales in The Best Medicine. Now he offers up more charming stories of his time as a family physician in a rural, small-yet-growing town in The Best Gift.

Ideal for anyone wrestling with the inevitable and difficult storms of life, as well as fans of Dr. Larimore’s popular Bryson City series, The Best Gift is a tender and insightful collection of stories chronicling one young doctor’s spiritual growth as a physician, husband, father, and community member. Filled with characters colorful and crusty, warmhearted and hotheaded, witty and winsome, these captivating stories glow with drama, heartbreak, warmth, love, and humor. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll learn some of life’s greatest lessons. And you’ll wish Dr. Larimore was your doctor.

 

Contracts

John Meador signed with The Good Book Co, for Coming Back from Any Setback to be released May 2023

Carole Engle Avriett signed with Regnery for Extravagant Love to be released November 2022

Angie Ward signed Zondervan Corp for Uncharted Territory to be release June 2023

New Clients

Craig Evans, Roger Hutchinson and Halee Gray Scott signed with WordServe recently. Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

 

Nick-Harrison_Headshots-e1540826818869Beginning January 1, WordServe literary agent, Nick Harrison, will assume the newly created position of WordServe Writing and Proposal Coach. Nick’s new duties will include finding promising proposals and book ideas that can be represented by WordServe agents to the appropriate publishers. In this role, Nick will work with authors to make sure their proposals are ready to be reviewed by acquiring editors in our industry.

A Flicker of LightCongratulations to Katie Powner.  Her book A FLICKER OF LIGHT is a finalist for the Kipp awards.  The Kipp Award is a contest to celebrate notable Christian Fiction sponsored by Fiction Readers Summit. This is a 100% reader nominated prize and the winners are also selected by readers. We think that’s pretty special! Please go to the link and vote for Katie before December 5th.  Clink Here

 

CT nov 2021Congratulations to Fred Sievert for the book review in Christianity Today on his book, Fast-Starting A Career on Consequence. Read the full review at:  2021 Holiday Gift Guide for Book Lovers

 

 

Publishers Weekly
Congratulations to Terry Whalin on his article Winning Attention with That Book Proposal in the November 12, 2021 issue of Publishers Weekly.

 

bannerCongratulations to Patricia Raybon for the book reivew in The Sunday 11-14-2021 Denver Post on her book “All That Is Secret.                                                                              Read the full review at: The Sunday Denver Post.

WordServe News October 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

The Debutante's SecretCongratulations to Mary Davis for the August 5th paperback release of  The Debutante’s Secret (Quilting Circle Book 4) from Mountain Brook Ink.

Will Geneviève open her heart to a love she never imagined?

Washington State 1894

Geneviève Marseille, a French socialite, has only one purpose in coming to Kamola—stopping her brother from digging up the past. She has reluctantly journeyed alone to the quaint college town in central Washington State. Kamola is so different from her beloved Paris that she is tempted to abort her mission, but the kindness of a handsome deputy tempers her desire to flee.

Deputy Montana has lived a simple life. But when a fancy French lady steps off the train and into his arms, his modest existence might not be enough anymore. Even though he’s warned he can have no future with Miss Marseille becahttps://www.amazon.com/Mug-Mayhem-CafFUNated-Mysteries-Book-ebook/dp/B098D3CJN7/ref=sr_1_1?crid=175LT8E9DYUZX&dchild=1&keywords=a+mug+of+mayhem&qid=1633637414&s=digital-text&sprefix=A+Mug+o%2Cdigital-text%2C207&sr=1-1use her grandparents would never accept him, he is drawn to her at every turn. Can he make himself worthy of her?

Mystery surrounds Aunt Henny. She is aunt to all but related to no one in Kamola. When a nemesis from her past arrives, she must decide whether to flee as she’d done all those years ago, or stand her ground in the town she’s made her home and risk going to jail.

When secrets come out, will the lives of Geneviève, Montana, and Aunt Henny ever be the same?

A Mug of MayhemCongratulations to Angela Strong for the September  5th paperback release of A Mug of Mayhem (The CafFUNated Mysteries Book 4)  from Mountain Brook Ink.

When their wedding venue becomes a crime scene, the bride and groom are in for a real trick-or-treat.

One week before Marissa plans to get married at her fiancé’s farm, Connor is arrested for a murder in the corn maze. Marissa and her maid of honor, Tandy, must prove the groom innocent before the wedding is cancelled.

With a coffee shop to run, family visiting from out of town, and preparations for the big day, time is running out. The senior citizens who’d been at the farm during the homicide offer to help investigate, but are they witnesses or suspects? A cranky military veteran goes rogue and disappears with his gun, a retired spy suffers from dementia, and a former Broadway star still seems to be putting on a show. Unless the real killer is unmasked, death could do them all part.

His Love Revealed Book 2Congratulations to Cynthia Herron for the October 1st paperback release of His Love Revealed (Welcome to Ruby Book 2)  from Mountain Brook Ink.
 

Will revelations of the past hijack their future?

Since childhood, Ida Mae Hoscutt, the beloved proprietress of the Come and Get It Diner, has loved Charles “Chuck” Farrow from afar. Now on the eve of her thirty-ninth birthday with no marriage proposal in sight, Ida Mae mourns past mistakes and contemplates a makeover. When a radio commercial wrenches Ida Mae’s heart, will a sudden turn of events sabotage her chance for happiness or will a long-held secret be the answer to love ever-after?

As Ida Mae’s righthand man at the Come and Get It, Chuck yearns to shift gears and start over. He’s ready to shelve bachelorhood and blunders in favor of possibilities and new beginnings. When he prepares to move forward, two things challenge his objective. One is the father who walked away and never looked back. The other? A decades-old question that only Ida Mae can answer.

And Ida Mae isn’t talking.

Leave No ManCongratulations to Dr. Tony Brooks with Bob Welch for the August 10th hardback release of Leave No Man Behind: The Untold Story of the Rangers’ Unrelenting Search for Marcus Luttrell, the Navy SEAL Lone Survivor in Afghanistan from Diversion Books.
 
A story of courage, perseverance, and patriotism behind the 75th Ranger Regiment’s rescue mission following one of the deadliest Special Ops incidents in Afghanistan―a grueling search for twelve Navy SEAL casualties and eight downed Night Stalkers . . . but just one lone survivor

 

On June 28th, 2005, a four-man Navy SEAL reconnaissance team under Operation Red Wings was ambushed in northeastern Afghanistan―as depicted in the book and film Lone Survivor. A quick reaction force was dispatched. Turbine 33, carrying eight Navy SEALs and eight members of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, was struck by a rocket propelled grenade―careening the dual rotor Chinook toward the rugged peak of Sawtalo Sar.

The result was the single deadliest incident in Special Operations history at the time.

Commanders called on the largest element of US Special Forces, the 75th Ranger Regiment. The rescue mission: Operation Red Wings II.

Author Tony Brooks gives a first-hand account of the daring recovery of Turbine 33 and the subsequent search for the remaining compromised Navy SEAL recon team―one of whom was Marcus Luttrell, the lone survivor. The Rangers were up against lack of intel, treacherous terrain, violent weather, and an enemy that was raised to fight.

Tony Brooks lived―and many of his fellow Rangers died―by the axiom, “Leave No Man Behind.” He is the first to tell the story other books and films have omitted, one of overcoming overwhelming odds to accomplish a mission: to bring every American soldier home.

Understand and Loving your Child with ADHDCongratulations to Stephen Arterburn with Michael Ross for the August 3rd release of Understanding and Loving your Child with ADHD from Salem Books.
 
When most parenting books were written decades ago, they did not address—nor could they address—all the issues parents would face today in the era of technology and excess. Parents do not need another article that contradicts the last one they read; rather, they need insights, techniques, and strategies to tackle the issues of twenty-first-century parenting. That’s what the Understanding and Loving Your Child series of books will do.

 

Understanding and Loving Your Child with ADHD will guide parents with methods they can use to help children who suffer from ADHD build character and competence rather than conflict, failure, shame, or disconnection.

 
 
Understand and Loving your Child Who Smokes PotCongratulations to Stephen Arterburn with Margot Starbuck for the August 3rd release of Understanding and Loving your Child Who Smokes Pot from Salem Books.
 
When most parenting books were written decades ago, they did not address—nor could they address—all of the issues parents would face today in the era of technology and excess. Parents do not need another article that contradicts the last one they read; rather, they need insights, techniques, and strategies to tackle the issues of twenty-first-century parenting. That’s what the Understanding and Loving Your Child series of books will do.

 

Understanding and Loving Your Child Who Smokes Pot will give parents methods they can use to connect with and support their children who use marijuana. These tools will equip parents to avoid conflict and shame while they continue to love and guide their child.

 
 
Feel better fastCongratulations to Dr. Daniel G. Amen for the paperback release of Feel Better Fast and Make It Last: Unlock Your Brain’s Healing Potential to Overcome Negativity, Anxiety, Anger, Stress, and Trauma from Tyndale Publishing .
 
If you want to feel happier, more optimistic, more joyful, and resilient, Dr. Amen’s groundbreaking new book is for you.
We’ve all felt anxious, sad, traumatized, grief-stricken, stressed, angry, or hopeless at some point in life. It’s perfectly normal to go through emotional crises or have periods when you feel panicked or out of sorts. It is how you respond to these challenges that will make all the difference in how you feel―not just immediately, but also in the long run. Unfortunately, many people turn to self-medicating behaviors, such as overeating, drugs, alcohol, risky sexual behavior, anger, or wasting time on mindless TV, video games, Internet surfing, or shopping. And even though these behaviors may give temporary relief from feeling bad, they usually only prolong and exacerbate the problems―or cause other, more serious ones.

 

Is it possible to feel better―and make it last?

Renowned physician, psychiatrist, brain-imaging researcher, and founder of Amen Clinics Dr. Daniel Amen understands how critical it is for you to know what will help you feel better fast, now and later. In Feel Better Fast and Make It Last, you’ll discover new, powerful brain-based strategies to quickly gain control over anxiety, worry, sadness, stress and anger, strengthening your resilience and giving you joy and purpose for a lifetime.

Making Work MatterCongratulations to Michaela O’Donnell, PhD for the Nov 9th release of Make Work Matter. Your guide to meaningful work in a changing world from BakerBooks .

In the past decades, work has changed dramatically. Yet we are still sent into the new world of work with old, outdated tools, expectations, and strategies. This leaves us ill-equipped in our pursuit of meaningful work that will impact our communities and change the world. The result? Unmet expectations and unfulfilled longings. Not to mention curiosity about how to do the work we sense God calling us to.

Make Work Matter provides a blueprint for a better future. Filled with stories and insights from faithful entrepreneurs and built on solid research, this book will help you

– discover what God is calling you to do in a changing world
– define where you are in this season of work
– embrace what the Bible says (and doesn’t say) about calling
– develop a mindset and habits suited for the new world of work
– reflect on and work out ways that sustain you on the journey

It’s time to close the gap between what you’re doing now and the meaningful work you desire to accomplish. This book will help you chart your own way forward.

 
 
52 lessons Its a Wonderufl lifeCongratulations to Bob Welch for the condensed 2021 hardback release of 52 Little Lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life from Nelson Books.
 
Do you pay a visit to Bedford Falls every Christmas? Does December feel incomplete without a reminder that “no man is a failure who has friends”? If George and Mary Bailey are annual guests at your home during the holidays, you already know that It’s A Wonderful Life is far more than just a festive seasonal film. It’s a reflection of what we can be when we’re at our best and a reminder that our lives can change everyone around us—for better or worse. Revisit the defining lessons in Frank Capra’s 1946 classic, and discover new dimensions of the film you’ve seen time and again. What can you learn from Mary’s quiet contentedness? Does George’s selflessness make you rethink your own priorities? And how about Clarence’s dogged commitment to his assignment? Join author Bob Welch for a close-up of the characters and themes that shape this beautiful story. You’ll be reminded that life’s most important work is often the work we never planned to do and that God can use the most unlikely among us to get the job done. From the lightheartedness of George and Mary’s floor-parting dance to the poignancy of a community that rallies to save a desperate man, 52 Little Lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life will inspire you to live for the deeper stuff that, as George Bailey finds, matters most.
 
52 lessons Christmas CarolCongratulations to Bob Welch for the condensed 2021 hardback release of 52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carolfrom Nelson Books.

Gold Medallion Award-winner Bob Welch crafts 52 nuggets of Bible-based wisdom from one of the most popular novels of all time, A Christmas Carol.

  • “For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.”
  • “No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.”
  • “God bless us, every one.”

The lessons and stories from the beloved novel A Christmas Carol point to bedrock values we all share. Award-winning author Bob Welch takes readers deeper into the nuances of this classic by Charles Dickens. From the miserliness of Scrooge to the innocence of Tiny Tim, 52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol will inspire readers to live for what really matters, not only at Christmas, but all year long.

 

Contracts

John Meador signed with The Good Book Co, for Coming Back from Any Setback to be released May 2023

Stephen Blandio signed with The Core Media Group, for Stop Chasing Easy

Bill Meyers signed with Fidelis Publishing, for Rendevuous with God II to be released July 2022

Marv Truhe signed with Chicago Review Press, for The USS Kitty Hawk Race Riot to be released Oct 2021

Sandy Silverthorne signed with Revell Publishing, for Kids Big Questions For God to be releasedd March 2023

Bryan Clark signed with Davd C Cook, for God Isn’t Like That to be released May 2022

Margot Starbuck signed with Thomas Nelson Publishing, for What If Love Is The Point to be released Oct 2022

Joshua Kemble signed with Penn State Univ Press, for Jacob’s Apartment to be released September 2022

Katy McCown signed with David C Cook, for Whole:The Missing Piece to Live Your Most Complete Life to be released July 2023

Sarah Sanderson signed with Waterbrook Publishing, for The Place They Made to be released September 2023.

Laura Krokos signed with Davd C Cook Publishing, for Unshaken to be released March 2023.

Ace Collins signed with The Core Media Group for The Last Imprint.

Kara Powell signed with Baker Publishing, for 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager to be released February 2023.

 

New Clients

John Dailey, David Richardson, and Sara O’Meara signed with WordServe recently. Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

 

People Magazine 10-25-2021Congratulations to Laura Stack for the compelling article in People’s magaine discussing her son, Johnny’s suicide. Read the full article at:  https://people.com/health/mom-loses-son-age-to-suicide-and-warns-others-of-his-high-potency-marijuana-addiction/

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 

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