WordServe News July 2021

Much has been happening this month at WordServe Literary . . . our highlights below include new releases, contracts signed, notable reviews and PR events, new authors to the agency and other news of note by clients and agents.

New Releases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can be unshakable.

What is keeping you up at night?

Are you worried that God has forgotten you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now Tricia wants you to experience this too.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contracts

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

New Clients

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

What We’re Celebrating

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WordServe News June 2021

Much has been happening this month at WordServe Literary . . . our highlights below include new releases, contracts signed, notable reviews and PR events, new authors to the agency and other news of note by clients and agents.

New Releases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contracts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Clients

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

What We’re Celebrating

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

 

WordServe News May 2021

Much has been happening this month at WordServe Literary . . . our highlights below include new releases, contracts signed, notable reviews and PR events, new authors to the agency and other news of note by clients and agents.

New Releases

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

Caught in a killer’s sights

Mountain Captive by Sharon Dunn

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

Alaskan Mountain Murder by Sarah Varland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contracts

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

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

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

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

New Clients

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

 

WordServe News April 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

BusesCongratulations to Charles Person with Richard Rooker for the April 27, 2021 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 forward―written 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.

saving my enemyCongratulations to Bob Welch for the release of Saving My Enemy: How Two WWII Soldiers Fought Against Each Other and Later Forged a Friendship That Saved Their Lives.

“A quintessential tale. Once read, never to be forgotten.” —Erik Jendersen, lead writer of Band of Brothers on HBO

Saving My Enemy is a “Band of Brothers” sequel like no other.

Don Malarkey grew up scrappy and happy in Astoria, Oregon—jumping off roofs, playing pranks, a free-range American.

Fritz Engelbert’s German boyhood couldn’t have been more different. Regimented and indoctrinated by the Hitler Youth, he was introspective and a loner.

Both men fought in the Battle of the Bulge, the horrific climax of World War II in Europe. A paratrooper in the U.S. Army, Malarkey served a longer continuous stretch on the bloody front lines than any man in Easy Company. Engelbert, though he never killed an enemy soldier, spent decades wracked by guilt over his participation in the Nazi war effort.

On the sixtieth anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Bulge, these two survivors met. Malarkey was a celebrity, having been featured in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, while Engelbert had passed the years in the obscurity of a remote German village.

But both men were still scarred— haunted—by nightmares of war. And finally, after they met, they were able to save each other’s lives.

Saving My Enemy is the unforgettable true story of two soldiers on opposing sides who became brothers in arms.

One manCongratulations to Ron Archer and Mike Yorkey for the release of The Power of One Man: How God Uses Men Like You to Change the World.

What can one man do?

History is filled with world-changing events that turned on the hinge of a single person taking action. Their decisions and words shaped the world later generations came to inhabit.

In The Power of One Man, author Ron Archer examines biblical figures who changed the world in which they lived, then applies those lessons to the challenges men face today—deftly weaving the narrative with stories of both failure and success in his own life in a way that is not only educational, but inspirational. Most of the social problems in our culture stem from an epidemic of fatherlessness. But as Ron’s own life demonstrates, God has a plan to redeem and restore those areas by redeeming and restoring men themselves—one individual at a time.

What can God do with just one man? Anything He wants to—if you let Him.

Grace FilledCongratulations to Laurie Polich Short and Harvest House for the May 4, 2021 release of Grace-Filled Step Parenting: Help and Hope for This Unique and Loving Role.

Stepparenting Is Hard…but It Can Also Be Richly Rewarding

Stepparenting can sometimes feel like an overwhelming and thankless challenge. Loving and caring for children who aren’t biologically yours means having to earn trust, establish authority, and often put your own needs aside in favor of your stepchild’s well-being or a birth parent’s wishes.

But here’s the good news: With some expert guidance and God’s help, you can have tremendous influence in your stepchild’s life and grow in your faith along the way.

Seasoned stepmom Laurie Polich Short understands and empathizes with the difficult job you face. Drawing on extensive research, biblical teaching, and her own real-life experience (including an insightful chapter cowritten with her stepson, Jordan), Laurie provides practical and spiritual advice to help you fully embrace and succeed in your role as stepparent.

Whether you are about to become a stepparent or are further along on your journey, this compassionate and insightful resource offers the hope, help, and encouragement you’ve been looking for.

searching for graceCongratulations to Russ Masterson and Scotty Smith for the May 4, 2021 release of Searching for Grace: A Weary Leader, a Wise Mentor, and Seven Healing Conversations for a Parched Soul.

Searching for Grace invites you into the kind of relationship that we all long for deep in our hearts. The relationship between Scotty and Russ is scary, vulnerable, painful, but gorgeously loving and drenched in grace.” ―Paul David Tripp, author of New Morning Mercies

Anxious? Burnt out? Weary? Why is it so hard for our souls to find rest?
In Searching for Grace, Russ and his mentor, Scotty Smith, explore the contours of their lives and why embracing God’s grace unreservedly is so difficult for many of us. Their honest conversations offer priceless lessons for parched souls everywhere.

Many of us feel anxious and unfulfilled by our everyday existence, yet deeply long for a purposeful, meaningful, and peace-filled life. That tension creates a background buzz of profound discontentment behind everything we do. There is a better way. Searching for Grace reveals the conversations between Russ and Scotty that transformed Russ’s life forever, helping him identify the mindsets that contributed to his restlessness. Straight from his little black journal, Russ shares the seven life-giving principles he learned from Scotty that unleashed him to a refreshingly new life, radically built on God’s grace.

Creatures of HabitCongratulations to Steve Poe for the May 18, 2021 release of Creatures of Habit: Breaking the Habits Holding You Back from God’s Best.

Beloved pastor Steve Poe helps Christians identify and break free from the destructive patterns that are keeping them from the joy-filled, flourishing life Jesus promised.

We all have both good and bad habits in our life. Creatures of Habit reveals how to remove bad habits and replace them with godly ones. But it’s not a matter of working hard, of “pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps.” That approach simply doesn’t work. True transformation is God’s work–our job is to listen, obey, and put into practice what he’s already directing us to do.

Steve Poe has pastored large, growing churches for more than thirty-four years, and during that time he has counseled hundreds of people. He’s seen that poor choices often become bad habits that in turn cause people a lot of problems. Hundreds of things can become a bad habit in our lives, but Poe focuses on the most common, among them:

  • anger,
  • lust,
  • worry,
  • cynicism,
  • pride,
  • self-centeredness, and
  • greed.

Each chapter provides insights, biblical examples, and tangible tools that will help you break the bad habits that can become spiritual strongholds in your life.

Congratulations Ron Archer with Mike Yorkey for the

Contracts

Christopher L. Davis signed with Zondervan for the Hope Fully book and Video Study to be release in October 2022.

Colin Cahoon signed with WordServe Publishers/Valor Press Imprint for Mended Wings to be released in late summer 2021.

Tracie Miles signed with David C. Cook Publishing for Living Unbroken Small Group Study Guide to be released May 2022.

Amanda Anderson signed with RightNow Media for a Video On-Demand Bible Study May 1, 2021-April 30, 2024.

New Clients

Cathey Nickell, Kevin Ford recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

TheHouseLoveBuiltThe House that Love Built is a Finalist for ECPA Christian Book Awards 2021. Congratulations, Sarah Jackson! Check out the article HERE.

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WordServe News March 2021

Much has been happening this month at WordServe Literary . . . our highlights below include new releases, contracts signed, notable reviews and PR events, new authors to the agency and other news of note by clients and agents.

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

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

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

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

New Releases

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

Children aren’t the only ones who can disappear…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contracts

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

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

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

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

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

New Clients

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

What We’re Celebrating

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

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

WordServe News February 2021

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

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

New Releases

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

Danger in the Alaskan wilderness

Tailspin by Elizabeth Goddard

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

Mountain Refuge by Sarah Varland

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

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

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

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

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

Contracts

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

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

New Clients

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

 

 

WordServe News January 2021

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

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

New Releases

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

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

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

Bible Study with Digital Video Sessions Included!

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

Features:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contracts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Clients

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

What We’re Celebrating

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

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

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

WordServe December News & End of Year Update

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

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

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

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

2020 Book releases:

Christian nonfiction projects: 25

Christian fiction: 7

General Market: 16

Foreign books: 3

2020 Books/projects signed:

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

Christian nonfiction: 54

Christian fiction: 7

General Market: 16

Collaborator projects: 6

Film options: 3

Specialty Bible: 1

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

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

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

 With warm Christmas wishes,

Greg Johnson, and the WordServe team

December News

New Releases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ARE YOU DROWNING IN SCREEN TIME?

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

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

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

• What screens are doing to your family and relationships

• Why screen content is so addictive

• How to find freedom and confidence in real life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Contracts 

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

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

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

New Clients

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

WordServe News November 2020

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

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

New Releases

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

Investigating a cold-case murder might get her killed.

When her first love, Seth Connors, is attacked in the Alaskan wilderness, former police officer Ellie Hardison knows the crime is linked to his sister’s unsolved murder. This time, she won’t stop until she finds the culprits—even if it means joining Seth undercover. With one last chance to find justice, success could bring Ellie and Seth back together…and failure could prove fatal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contracts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Clients

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

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WordServe News October 2020

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

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

New Releases

Congratulations to Robert Wise and Frank Sission for the October 20 release of I Marched with Patton

Published to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of General George Patton’s death, a gripping firsthand account of World War II written by a soldier with the American Third Army who served under the legendary warrior and participated in many of the most consequential events of the conflict—including the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of Dachau.

Following in the footsteps of the bestsellers All the Gallant Men, Every Man a Hero, Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In, and Never Call Me a Hero, I Marched with Patton is a remarkable eyewitness account that offers priceless insights into a foot soldier’s life on the front lines during World War II under the command one of the legendary figures in American military history.

Now a spry ninety-four years old, Frank Sisson looks back at his life and his service in the Third Army. Born in rural Oklahoma, Frank grew up fatherless during the Great Depression. In 1944, at age eighteen, he enlisted and was deployed to France where he marched with Patton, taking part in many of the key Allied movements of the war. Frank fought in the Battle of the Bulge, nearly died crossing the Rhine with Patton, and was among the first American soldiers who liberated the notorious Dachau concentration camp.

After the war, Frank continued to serve in the army as a military police inspector in Berlin. When he finally returned home, he attended college and built a career in business.

Frank Sisson’s remarkable reminiscences provide a fresh, unique look at Patton’s leadership, the final year of World War II and its direct aftermath, and the experience of combat on the front lines.

I Marched with Patton includes 25 black-and-white photographs.

When Dr. Walt Larimore 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. But there’s no telling what you’ll run into as a family physician in a rural, small-town community.

Perfect for anyone yearning for a simpler, slower pace of life, as well as fans of Dr. Larimore’s popular Bryson City series, The Best Medicine is a tender and insightful collection of stories chronicling one young doctor’s passage from inexperience to maturity as a physician, husband, father, and community member. Filled with characters colorful and crusty, warm-hearted and hot-headed, witty and winsome, these captivating stories glow with warmth, love, and humor. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll wish Dr. Larimore was your doctor.

Teen’s Guide to Face to Face Connections in a Screen-to-Screen World by Jonathan and Alyssa McKee will release on November 1, 2020.

Phones can be a great tool for connecting with people outside the room, when they don’t interfere with the people inside the room.

You can dare to be relationally different in a screen-to-screen culture.

But. . .honestly, I like my phone. So what should I do?

You probably enjoy screens but don’t want them hurting your relationships with the people who matter most, right?  What if you could improve your face-to-face relationships, develop deeper connections, resolve conflict, and confidently communicate with friends, parents, teachers, roommates, coworkers, potential employers…even the barista at your local coffee shop?

What if your phone truly helped you connect with the people more than disconnect with those around you?

What if you paused to think before you posted, avoiding some of the hurt and consequences that almost always lead to regret after?

What if you became a master of your own screen-time instead of letting it master you?

What if you became more screen-wise?

40 real-life realizations including. . .
* Your phone doesn’t have an UNSEND button.
* Sometimes less is more.
* We all need a digital detox every once in a while.
* Sometimes the people we love the most are the people we ignored all day.
* If you find someone who doesn’t look at their phone once during a meal…marry them!

Author and youth culture expert, Jonathan McKee, and his daughter Alyssa McKee, uncover forty random realizations they’ve discovered over the last five years.  Screens provide fun platforms to connect with faraway friends; and sometimes the people we love the most are the people we ignore all day.  Jonathan and Alyssa help young adults navigate face-to-face communication in a screen-to-screen world too!  Maybe they’ll help you navigate face-to-face communication in a screen-to-screen world too!

The third book, Softly Blows the Bugle, in Jan Drexler’s The Amish of Weaver’s Creek series releases October 20, 2020.

When Elizabeth Kaufman received the news of her husband’s death at the Battle of Vicksburg in 1863, she felt only relief. She determined that she would never be at the mercy of any man again, even if it meant she would never have a family of her own. Then Aaron Zook comes home with her brother when the war ends two years later.

Despite the severity of his injuries, Aaron resolves to move West and leave the pain of the past behind him. He never imagined that the Amish way of life his grandfather had rejected long ago would be so enticing. That, and a certain widow he can’t get out of his mind.

Yet, even in a simple community, life has a way of getting complicated. Aaron soon finds that while he may have left the battlefield behind, there is another fight he must win–the one for the heart of the woman he loves.
Welcome back to the Amish community at Weaver’s Creek, where the bonds of family and faith bind up the brokenhearted.

Contracts

Robert Wise signed with Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. for Man on Fire to be released late 2021.

Stephen Arterburn, Ron Archer and Rachel Archer signed with Regnery Publishing for  Not All Black and White to be released late 2021.

New Clients

Kristen Kansiewicz, Ali Rothrock, John Bruchalski, Corey David Mead, Courtney Bejgrowicz, Gene Rice, Dr. Alice Ours Vitiello signed with WordServe in October.  Welcome!