Zondervan has acquired a memoir by the wife of the gunman in the 2006 Nickel Mines Amish schoolhouse shooting. One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting by Marie Roberts Monville will release October 1, 2013. Monville recounts the horror and shock of dealing with her husband’s tragic act and the faith in God that sustained her in the aftermath. The book was acquired for Zondervan by Sandra Vander Zicht and was agented by Wes Yoder of Ambassador Agency. A national marketing and publicity campaign is planned.
InterVarsity Press’s Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups (InterVarsity Press/Formatio) by Ruth Haley Barton has been selected to receive a 2012 Leadership Book Award in the category of The Leader’s Outer Life. Leadership Journal editors and contributing editors selected the book for their list of "Ten Books That Are Too Good to Miss." And Preaching magazine included two InterVarsity Press titles on its list of “Ten Books Every Preacher Should Read”: Christ-Centered Biblical Theology: Hermeneutical Foundations and Principles by Graeme Goldsworthy and Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith by Michael Reeves.
Concordia Publishing House's We’re Not Blended, We’re Pureed by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer and Marty Lintvedt (CPH, 2011), was selected as Nonfiction Book of the Month for The Book Club Network monthly poll in January. The Book Club Network brings together book club leaders and members, and serves as a resource for store owners looking to learn more about what today’s readers want. Each month members of The Book Club Network log on and select their favorite nonfiction and fiction books. As the winner of January’s Book of the Month, We’re Not Blended, We’re Pureed! Was profiled on bookfun.org, in Book Fun Magazine, and in a column in the CBA R&R Magazine, which together reach more than 40,000 viewers. The book also will be a contender for Book of the Year at the end of 2013.
Send The Light Distribution launched on February 11 its new Simply 42 discount structure for Christian retailers, which replaces the $5k Advantage Program. Simply 42 does not require retailers to qualify for different discounts according to purchase levels; all customers who were part of $5k Advantage will now receive a flat 42% discount on all books and Bibles, except “short discount” products such as homeschooling resources and music.
Liguori Publications, the Redemptorist Catholic publishing house, has launched a new e-commerce site that the publisher says “offers an easy-to-use, personalized shopping experience.” Liguori.org offers many new features, including enhanced search capabilities, easy checkout options and related content on individual product pages. Select titles also are available for the Nook, iPad, or Kindle. The site offers more than 1,600 products focusing on Advent, catechism, Catholicism, church history, Christian living, Easter, faith formation, inspiration, meditation, prayer, vacation Bible schools, and more. Parish, diocesan and bookstore customers can apply discounts directly to online orders.
Regal Books author Matt Redman--worship leader, songwriter, and author of four books with Regal--Blessed Be Your Name, Unquenchable Worshipper, Facedown, and Inside Out Worship--won two Grammy Awards in the Best Gospel Contemporary Christian Music Song Performance and Best Contemporary Christian Music Song categories for “Ten Thousand Reasons.”
Thomas Nelson has marked two years on the Nonfiction Paperback New York Times Best Seller List for Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent. As December 2, 2012, was listed as #4, with 104 consecutive weeks on the list and more than 8 million copies in print. Heaven Is for Real also has reached #1 on the Publishers Weekly, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Evangelical Christian Publishers Association lists. Heaven Is for Real for Kids also has taken the top spot on the New York Times Best Seller List for Children’s Picture Books. The Burpo family’s follow-up book, Heaven Changes Everything made the Times list in October 2012.
B&H Publishing Group has expanded its Every Word Matters™ rebranding initiative. The tagline was first used for the company’s HCSB Scripture translation; beginning with titles published in April 2013, the Every Word Matters™ tagline will become part of the B&H Books logo, appearing on all products in its Christian Living, Fiction, Leadership, and Women categories. The concept is also represented in the taglines for books in the B&H Academic (“Because Truth Matters”), B&H Kids (“Every little Word Matters”), and B&H Espanol (“Porque cada Palabra importa”) imprints.
Carpenter’s Son, the co-publishing division of Christian Book Services, will publish The Rich You Formula by bestselling author Gary Smalley (co-authored by Ryan Chamberlin), with a September 2013 release planned. Smalley is the author of The Blessing and The Two Sides of Love, which won the Gold Medallion Award for excellence in literature; his The Language of Love won the Angel Award for best contribution to family life. His books have more than six million copies in combined sales. Smalley has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, and the Today show. Chamberlin is the author of Now You Know and the co-author of a novel, The Mentor: The Dream…The Struggle…The Prize.
David C. Cook’s ReLaunch: How to Stage an Organizational Comeback by Mark Rutland reached #13 on the New York Times Hardcover Advice list on February 24. Rutland is the president of Oral Roberts University and the founder and president of the worldwide missions organization Global Servants.
Tyndale House’s Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live by David Platt debuted at #6 on the New York Times Paperback Advice & Misc. list on February 24. Platt is the author of the bestselling Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, which has sold more than a million copies and spent 105 weeks on the Times list. Sparkly Green Earrings (Tyndale, Feb.), a memoir by blogger Big Mama Blog Melanie Shankle, will debut at #27 on the Times Print Paperback Nonfiction Extended List on March 3.
Barbour Books’ Goodbye to Yesterday, the first book in bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter’s six-part serial novel, The Discovery Saga, debuted at #24 on the Publishers Weekly Trade Paperback bestseller list on February 25 and at #28 on the New York Times Mass Market Paperback bestseller list on February 24. Brunstetter, a pioneer of Amish fiction, has published more than 60 books, including fiction, cookbooks, devotionals, and children’s books, with combined sales of six million copies. The Silence of Winter, book 2 in the Saga, publishes March 1, with The Hope of Spring, The Pieces of Summer, A Revelation in Autumn and A Vow for Always releasing in April, May, June, and July.