Thomas Nelson’s How To Pick Up A Stripper and Other Acts Of Kindness by Todd Stevens and Erin Stevens—about their unique approach to evangelism--has attracted wide media national and local coverage, from the Associated Press—which distributed it newspapers nationwide, including the Detroit Free Press, USA Today, the Nashville Tennessean, and a variety of Christian publications and radio an TV shows. The authors will be signing at a Lifeway Christian Book Store in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., on July 19.
Concordia Publishing House, the publishing arm of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, will add fiction to its fall list. Its debut title, House of Living Stones by Katie Schuermann-- a writer, speaker, and singer--releases in November. Schuermann’s previous books include the nonfiction titles Pew Sisters: Real Women. Real Lives. Real Stories of God's Faithfulness (Concordia, 2013), a Bible study; and He Remembers the Barren (Lutheran Legacy, 2011).
InterVarsity Press has released its first “tweetable” e-book, which has a feature allowing readers to tweet content of the book that is preselected by the publisher. Pull quotes in the text have a single-click “tweet this” button. Each tweet includes the text of the selected pull quote, a link to the book’s page on IVP’s website, the author’s Twitter handle, and a hashtag to prompt discussion. Teach Us To Want by Jen Pollock Michel, the first e-book from IVP with this enhancement, is now available in a variety of formats including mobi (Kindle), epub (Nook, iBooks, etc.) and PDF.
Tyndale House author Gina Holmes has received an INSPY AWARD in the General Fiction category for her 2013 novel Wings of Glass. The INSPY Awards were created by bloggers “to discover and highlight the very best in literature that grapples with expressions of the Christian faith.” Winners, announced on June 28, named the group’s selections for the best in Faith-Driven Literature in seven categories. Baker Publishing Group/Bethany House author Jody Hedlund won in the Historical Romance category for A Noble Groom.
Abingdon Press was recognized with three awards and an honorable mention from the Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Awards. Announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas (June 26-July 1), the awards were judged by a select group of librarians and booksellers from around the country. Abingdon took the Gold with Consider the Birds: A Provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible by Debbie Blue in the Adult Nonfiction: Religion category and An Illustrated Guide to the Holy Land for Tour Groups, Students, and Pilgrims by Lamontte M. Luker in Adult Nonfiction: Travel Guides. Called to the Fire: A Witness for God in Mississippi: The Story of Dr. Charles Johnson by Chet Bush won Bronze for in Adult Nonfiction: Biography. When the Morning Glory Blooms by Cynthia Ruchti garnered an honorable mention in Adult Fiction: Religious.