WaterBrook Takes First ‘Redeeming Love’ Spin-Offs

In a six-figure deal brokered by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates, executive editor at WaterBrook Multnomah Shannon Marchese bought world English rights to two spin-off products of Francine Rivers’s bestselling Redeeming Love. The first book, A Path to Redeeming Love: A 40-Day Devotional, written with Karin Stock Buursma, leads readers through Redeeming Love’s love story via Rivers’s personal essays, excerpts from the novel, Scripture passages, and prompts for personal reflection. The second book in the deal, Redeeming Love: The Study, co-authored by Angela Hunt, gives readers a deeper understanding of heroine Angel’s healing journey and of the allegory of the novel through a six-week study program that includes group discussion and Bible study. Both books are slated for publication in fall 2020.

Beth Moore Returns to Tyndale

Tyndale’s associate publisher Jan Long Harris and senior v-p and publisher Ron Beers took world rights from Sealy and Curtis Yates of Yates & Yates, LLP to Chasing Vines: Finding Your Way to an Immensely Fruitful Life by Beth Moore. Scheduled for publication on February 4, the new book features Moore’s insight on how “everything changes when you discover the true meaning of a fruitful, God-pleasing life that matters,” according to the publisher.

Fortress Nabs #ChurchToo Originator's Debut

Acquisition editor Lisa Kloskin at Fortress Press acquired world rights to #ChurchToo by Emily Joy Allison, credited with launching the #ChurchToo hashtag movement when she spoke out against her abuser in 2017. This debut book will look at how sexual assault and sexualized violence in religious contexts are as ubiquitous as they are traumatizing, and the book will lay the groundwork for not one but many paths toward healing. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021.

Annie F. Downs Moves to Revell

Andrea Doering, editorial director for Revell, took world rights from Lisa A. Jackson of Alive Literary Agency to eight books by author and podcast host Annie F. Downs. The first book, That Sounds Fun, is named after Downs’s podcast, and it will explore the meaning of fun and how to live with wide-open faith and laughter, according to the publisher. It’s slated for publication in spring 2021, while subsequent titles, including trade, gift, and children's books, are to be announced.

Brazos Doubles Up

Brazos acquisition editor Katelyn Beaty took world rights from Jonathan Merritt of the Christopher Ferebee Agency to two books by pastor A. J. Sherrill. The first, Enneagram and the Way of Jesus, is a guide to the ancient personality typing system and how it can be used to strengthen ones relationship with Jesus. It's slated for publication in October 2020. The second book, tentatively titled Goats in the Trees, argues for why contemplation and solitude are core practices for spiritual growth, and it's scheduled for publication in fall 2021.