Peter Enns Reups at HarperOne
Kathryn Helmers at Creative Trust, Inc. sold world rights to HarperOne’s Michael Maudlin for I Saw Heaven Opened, the latest book by Peter Enns. The author of The Sin of Certainty and The Bible Tells Me So (both HarperOne) makes an argument in the new book for why the Christian faith is relevant and connected to what is going on in the world. It’s slated to publish in Feb. 2019.
Ernie Johnson Jr. Goes ‘Unscripted’ with Baker
Sports journalist and host of TNT’s Inside the NBA Ernie Johnson, Jr. sold his memoir, Unscripted: The Unpredictable Moments That Make Life Extraordinary, to Baker Books, where it will be published in April 2017. The book provides a look at his life both on and off the screen. Chris Park of Foundry Literary + Media brokered the deal with Chad Allen, editorial director for Baker Books.
Howard Goes Wilde
Whitney Gossett of The Fedd Agency sold world rights to Lisa Stilwell at Howard Books for Finding the Lost Art of Empathy: Connecting Human to Human in a Disconnected World by Tracy Wilde. The book is tentatively slated to publish in May. Wilde, a pastor in Hollywood, Calif., draws on experiences with loss and tragedy to examine empathy in today’s society. Judah Smith, best known as Justin Bieber’s pastor, is providing the foreword.
Love Lives at B&H
B&H’s trade books publisher Jennifer Lyell and Christian living and leadership publisher Devin Maddox took world rights to Maria Goff’s first book, Love Lives Here: Finding What You Need in a World Telling You What You Want, which will go on sale in March 2017. The wife of author Bob Goff (Love Does), Maria shares stories of living with intentionality, passion, purpose, and “just a little bit of planning,” according to a press release. Bryan Norman at Alive Literary negotiated the deal.
Sparkhouse Lands A Double
Andrew DeYoung at Sparkhouse Family acquired world rights for The Memory Box, a picture book about a child’s experience of grief and loss by Joanna Rowland. Publication is scheduled for fall 2017.
Naomi Krueger at Sparkhouse Family acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to Don’t Forget to Flush by Britta Alton and Kevin Alton. The 60-day devotional explores Christian themes and is intended to be read in the bathroom in order to help instigate the practice of devotional routine in kids. It is slated to publish in fall 2017.
Thomas Nelson Nabs ‘Love Heals’
Thomas Nelson’s MacKenzie Howard took world rights to Love Heals by Becca Stevens, president and founder of the nonprofit organization Thistle Farms, which benefits women and survivors of abuse, trafficking, and prostitution. The book will feature stories from Stevens and the survivors at Thistle Farms to show how love and healing can transform lives. Love Heals is slated to publish in September 2017. Literary agent Roberta Croteau represented Stevens.
A New Focus for Fortress
In a world rights deal directly with the author, Fortress Press editors Tony Jones and Lisa Gruenisen bought Amber Cantorna’s memoir Refocusing my Family: Coming out, Being Cast Out, and Discovering the True Love of God. Cantorna, the daughter of an executive of Focus on the Family who came out as gay in 2012, shares her struggles with identity, perfectionism, and rejection in the book, which is slated to publish in fall 2017.