HarperOne Takes a ‘Road to Change’

Kathryn Helmers at Creative Trust, Inc. sold world rights to Michael Maudlin, executive editor and senior v-p of HarperOne, for The Road to Change by Ian Morgan Cron. In it, the author, who previously co-wrote 2016's The Road Back to You with Suzanne Stabile, continues his exploration of the Enneagram—an ancient personality typing system with roots in Christian and Islamic mysticism. Scheduled to publish in winter 2019, The Road to Change presents ways that the Enneagram can be used as a tool for spiritual growth and a deeper connection to God.

Lisa Bevere Re-Ups with Revell

In a world rights deal brokered by Esther Fedorkevich of the Fedd Agency, Revell acquisitions editor Andrea Doering bought Adamant: Finding Truth in a Universe of Options by Lisa Bevere. Bevere is the bestselling author of 2016’s Without Rival, which was also published by Revell. In the new book, Bevere draws on passages from Scripture to encourage Christians to maintain their faith in God despite “a world of constantly shifting values,” according to the publisher. Adamant is slated for publication in April 2018.

Zondervan Nabs a Hit Designer

Jana Burson of the Christopher Ferebee Agency sold world rights to Zondervan acquisitions editor Stephanie Smith for the debut by Tiffini Kilgore, owner of a Christian-themed home decor business, House of Belonging. The company, which designs hand-lettered wooden signs and other home furnishings, has attracted celebrities and authors such as Rebekah Lyons and has been featured in Country Living, Project Nursery, and more. The untitled memoir, which is scheduled for February 2019, will chronicle Kilgore's marriage at age 16, two subsequent divorces, how she launched a successful design business, and the role that prayer has played in her life.

Brazos Confronts the Guns Epidemic

Jim Kinney, executive v-p at Baker Publishing Group, acquired world rights to Beating Guns: A Book for People Who Are Tired of Violence by Christian activist Shane Claiborne and Mennonite pastor Mike Martin. The book, which will be released by Baker's Brazos Press imprint in fall 2018, will, the publisher said, explore the political, moral, and spiritual ramifications of the link between “God and guns” in the U.S.

Sounds True Searches for Wisdom

Marleen Seegers of 2 Seas Agency sold world English rights to Sounds True acquisitions editor Melissa Valentine for In Search of Wisdom by spiritual teachers and thought leaders Matthieu Ricard, Christophe André, and Alexandre Jollien. Slated for publication in June 2018, the book features a conversation between the three authors about the human experience, including questions about how to achieve happiness and freedom, according to the publisher.

Bobby Schuller Signs a Double with Nelson

Bobby Schuller, a pastor and the host of the Christian television program Hour of Power, signed a two-book deal brokered by Matt Yates of Yates & Yates with Nelson Books’ senior v-p and publisher Brian Hampton. The first book, You Are Beloved: Living in the Freedom of God’s Grace, Mercy, and Love, is based on a motivational statement of faith featured on Hour of Power that reminds believers that they are beloved by God. You Are Beloved is set for May 2018. The second book, tentatively titled Change Your Mind, Change Your World, is slated for April 2019.

Literary Agent Lands at RWW

Literary agent D. Patrick Miller sold world rights to his own book, How to be Spiritual without Being Religious, to Red Wheel/Weiser's Greg Brandenburgh. The book, which is scheduled to publish in fall 2018, is a guide to “practical faith” free of dogmatism, the publisher said.