Convergent Signs an ‘Exvangelical’

Convergent editorial director Keren Baltzer took world rights from David Morris at Hyponymous to Exvangelical and Beyond by Blake Chastain, creator of the hashtag #exvangelical, podcast host, and founding member of Irreverent Media Group. The book features social commentary and an analysis geared toward youth group dropouts and millennial nones and dones, Gen-Xers, and beyond—who are struggling with challenges to community and meaning within and outside the church. It is slated for publication in fall 2023.

Zahnd Re-Ups at IVP

Andrea Heinecke of The Bindery sold world rights to Elissa Schauer, managing and associate trade editor at IVP, for two new books by Brian Zahnd (A Farewell to Mars and When Everything’s on Fire). The first book, tentatively titled The Wood Between the Worlds, is slated for publication in winter 2023, and “focuses on the cross—how it helps us understand who God is and how that knowledge can transform our lives,” Schauer said in a press release. Information about the second book in the deal is not yet available.

Broadleaf Offers ‘Spiritual Refreshment’

Senior editor at Broadleaf Adrienne Ingrum took world rights in an un-agented deal to Spiritual Refreshment from Newly Discovered Ancient Christian Texts by Natalie R. Perkins and Hal Taussig. Perkins, a professional musical theater performer, is minister and director of digital ministry at Middle Collegiate Church in New York City’s East Village. Taussig is retired professor of New Testament from Union Theological Seminary. Their new book, slated for publication in spring 2023, explores texts from the earliest Christian movements to highlight creative voices of marginalized people in the ancient world.

Behrman House Haunts Noah’s Ark

Dena Neusner at Behrman House bought world rights to A Goblin on the Ark by Susan Tarcov. In this twist on the biblical Noah’s Ark story, the animals are surprised to learn there’s a goblin in their midst. Mackinzie Rekers will illustrate. Publication is scheduled for spring 2023. The author represented herself and Robbin Brosterman at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.

Convergent Explores ‘What We Wish Were True’

Executive editor at Convergent Becky Nesbitt acquired North American rights from Margaret Riley King at WME to What We Wish Were True by minister, non-profit leader, and founder of The Nashville Food Project Tallu Quinn. Slated for publication in April 2022, the book will compile journal entries from Tallu’s CaringBridge page, created after her diagnosis of Stage IV glioblastoma, that grapple with what it means to live with a terminal diagnosis and how to find meaning.

A ‘Warrior Mother’ Lands at Kregel

Kregel’s publisher Catherine DeVries took world rights from Blythe Daniel of the Blythe Daniel Agency to Warrior Mother by Victoria Riollano. Riollano, mother of seven and a part of a military family, encourages moms to not feel overwhelmed but to be warriors who rely on the Lord for every battle—whether a battle of wills, a spiritual battle, or the battle to parent another day. The book, expected to release in 2023, utilizes the author’s degrees in psychology to provide practical tools for readers.

Chosen Takes a Family’s Focus

David Sluka, editor for Chosen Books, took world rights from Tom Dean of A Drop of Ink to the tentatively titled Growing Families God’s Way, which is scheduled for release in March 2023. Frank and Mary Garcia wrote the book alongside their adult twin children, Sarah and Sal Garcia. The four provide tips for raising godly children.