Convergent Connects with Saints

Andrea Heinecke at The Bindery sold world rights to Becky Nesbitt at Convergent for The Modern Saints by artist Gracie Morbitzer. The book features painted illustrations of saints including Teresa of Calcutta and Ignatius of Loyola in their correct age and ethnicity alongside brief biographical sketches written by contributors such as authors James Martin, Marcie Alvis-Walker, and Tsh Oxenrieder in an effort to make each saint more relatable. “The challenges the saints faced and the choices they made are so similar to our own that they reveal our ability to become saints ourselves,” the author writes. The book is slated for publication in fall 2023.

Chosen Focuses on Young Adults

Tom Dean of A Drop of Ink sold world-rights to David Sluka at Chosen Books for Noah Herrin’s tentatively titled The Playbook, which lays out 10 spiritual formation habits Gen Z and millennial Christians can practice in order to reach their God-given purpose. Herrin, a pastor based in Atlanta, Ga., is the founder of Neighborhood Young Adult, a nonprofit that aims to reach young adults with the gospel. The Playbook is scheduled for publication in fall 2023.

Zondervan Makes Room for Growth

Kyle Rohane, acquisitions editor at Zondervan Reflective, bought world rights from Tom Dean of A Drop of Ink to John K. Jenkins tentatively titled Grace to Grow. Jenkins, a pastor and board chair for the National Association of Evangelicals, writes to small and mid-sized churches with recommendations such as becoming a nonprofit entity, having programs for all ages, and focusing on discipleship for spiritual growth. The book is slated for publication in fall 2023.

WorthyKids Takes ‘Something’

Peggy Schaefer, associate publisher at WorthyKids, acquired world rights from Adria Goetz, then at Martin Literary Management and now at P.S. Literary Agency, to the rhyming picture book Something by Natalee Creech (Nothing, 2019), a former teacher and librarian. The book is based on the biblical passage Matthew 25:35-36, and it encourages children to look for opportunities to be of help to those in need. Something will be illustrated by Pablo Pino, and is slated for publication in 2023. Atlanta Japp at Advocate represented the illustrator.