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.
Congratulations to Andrea Gurney and Kregel for the March 26, 2019 release of Reimagining Your Love Story.
Reimagining Your Love Story offers perspective and guidance on how to love without fear.
“At the end of the day, none of us have a fairy godmother or pixie dust at our disposal. And so we must do the work ourselves.”–Dr. Andrea Gurney
We’ve all grown up watching the fairy tales that promise happily ever after with our one true love. Whether we like it or not, whether we think we believe it or not, chances are we’ve internalized that story of love. And despite the technology to find connection with more people than ever before, somehow we are also lonelier than ever before–even when we’re in relationships.
Although we were created for loving, intimate relationships, we’ve lost our understanding of how to find and maintain them. Andrea Gurney wants readers to discover more authentic connections that aren’t made of wishes, so she equips us with practices from psychology, biblical truths, and lessons from relationship science. She also helps us examine our developmental history, including how cultural and familial messages take root in our psyches. Together, these tools craft a solid foundation on which lasting love can be built, rather than a pumpkin carriage that disappears when the clock strikes midnight.
If you are disillusioned by unattainable societal standards, in need of healing from damaged relationships, or simply want to improve at relating well with others, you’re ready for Reimagining Your Love Story. Check out this link to a book promo video HERE.
Congratulations to Tim Riter and Harvest House Publishers for the release of a Biker’s Devotional: God, A Motorcycle, and the Open Road on April 2, 2019.
Riding for God’s Glory
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Romans 14:23
If you’re a biker and a Christian, have you considered that riding, can be an activity that brings glory to God, draws you closer to His creation and provides an opportunity to share your faith with fellow riders?
Motorcycle and Jesus enthusiast Tim Riter has some amazing stories and spiritual truths he’s collected from riding over 200,000 miles, covering 46 states, and three countries. Discover what happens when
- a long-haired hippie biker strolls into a redneck bar
- a new back tire causes a dangerous spill
- a chance encounter with an angry driver turns into a 20-mile chase
These and other engaging devotions will show you how your faith blends into your riding and help you experience that same sense of adventure you get from motorcycling in your walk with God, or in this case, your “ride with God.”
Congratulations to Laurie Polich Short and Bethany House on the April 2nd release of 40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith, Surprising Insights from Unexpected Passages.
Many of us have our “go to” verses. The ones we memorize, post on social media, and hang on our walls. But sometimes we need a fresh word or promise for the season we find ourselves in–something that ignites our faith in the face of fear, doubt, loneliness, insecurity, or overwhelming circumstances.
In this powerful, accessible new book, author and speaker Laurie Short mines the Scriptures, revealing insights and promises from 40 verses we often overlook. Digging in to these “in between” verses, she unearths fresh wisdom, guidance, and encouragement that will help you seek and experience God in new, dynamic ways. From trusting God’s timing, to not worrying about the future, to holding on to faith when things look dark, the hidden insights found in these verses will help you navigate the challenges that cross your path, breathe new life into your weary soul, and ignite your faith once again.
Congratulations to Casey Diaz with Mike Yorkey and Thomas Nelson for the April 2nd release of The Shot Caller: A Latino Gangbanger’s Miraculous Escape from a Life of Violence to a New Life in Christ.
“This is a story of a tough young man who lost his way, and of a loving God who never forgot him, no matter where he was.” — Nicky Cruz, bestselling author of Run Baby Run
The son of El Salvadorian immigrants, Casey Diaz was brought to Los Angeles at the age of two. An abusive, impoverished family life propelled Casey at only eleven years of age into the Rockwood Street Locos gang. Casey was willing to do anything to be number one, but years of chasing rival gang members led to a dramatic ambush and arrest by the LAPD.
At just sixteen, Casey was sentenced to more than twelve years in solitary confinement in California’s toughest prison as one of the state’s most violent offenders. He thought his life was over.
Yet, when a determined elderly woman paid Casey a visit, a whole new world of possibilities began to unfold. Casey scoffed as she quietly insisted God was going to use him. As the days in solitary wore on, Casey realized Someone else was calling the shots. What happened next can only be described as a miracle.
- People who believe they’re too far gone
- Parents who want to keep their kids out of gangs – what are the warning signs
- Social workers who interact with at-risk youth
- Those looking for a gritty, informed perspective on LA street gangs and gang culture
A visceral insider’s look at the violent world of gangs and prison life, The Shot Caller is a remarkable demonstration of God’s reckless, unending grace and His desire to reach even the worst of sinners—no matter where they are.
A re-release of Amy K. Sorrells and Tyndale, Then Sings My Soul, available April 9, 2019.
1904, Chudniv, Ukraine. Playing hide-and-seek in bucolic fields of sunflowers, young Jakob never imagines the horrific secrets he will carry as he and his brother escape through genocide-ridden Eastern Europe.
1994, South Haven, Michigan. At age 94, time is running out for any hope that Jakob can be free from his burden of guilt.
When Jakob’s wife dies, he and his daughter, Nel, are forced to face the realities of his worsening dementia—including a near-naked, midnight jaunt down the middle of main street—as well as emerging shadows Nel had no idea lay beneath her father’s beloved, curmudgeonly ways.
While Nel navigates the restoration and sale of Jakob’s dilapidated lake house, her high school sweetheart shows up in town, along with unexpected correspondence from Ukraine. And when she discovers a mysterious gemstone in Jakob’s old lapidary room, Jakob’s condition worsens as he begins having flashbacks about his baby sister from nearly a century past.
As father and daughter race against time to discover the truth behind Jackob’s fragmented memories, the God they have both been running from shows that he redeems not only broken years, but also the future.
Dr. Daniel Amen with contributor Chloe Amen signed with BenBella Books, Inc. for Secrets of Successful Students due to release Spring 2020.
Nicole J. Phillips signed with Baker Books for Kindness for Meanies to be released Spring 2020.
Fox News commentator Kathy Barnette signed with Center Street for her untitled book to be released in 2020.
Terry Whalin, Daniel Bowman Jr., and Don Otis, signed with WordServe in March. Welcome!
What We’re Celebrating
Check out the Bible Reading Plan on YouVersion Bible App for Amanda Anderson’s upcoming release of her new book, All My Friends Have Issues: Buidling Remarkable Relationships with Imperfect People (Thomas Nelson, July 9, 2019)