Tyndale 'Chases' Bible Teacher's Debut
Debbie Alsdorf at Books & Such Literary Management sold world rights deal to Sarah Atkinson, v-p and publisher at Tyndale, for four titles from Mikella VanDyke, a Bible teacher and founder of the website and conference Chasing Sacred, geared toward teaching women about scripture. The first book, Chasing Sacred: From Chaos to Order, is tentatively slated for publication in summer 2024. It will address misconceptions and reservations about reading the Bible and introduce an "empowering" approach to biblical study, according to the publisher. A six-week accompanying Bible study is the second book in the deal. Details about the third and fourth books—another trade book with an accompanying Bible study—are to be determined.
Broadleaf Signs a Reverend’s Debut
Jarrod Harrison, associate editor at Broadleaf Books, has bought world rights directly from debut author Rev. Heber Brown III, founder of the Black Church Food Security Network. Nothing More Sacred: Reclaiming Black Church Legacies of Faith, Food, and Freedom is slated for publication in spring 2024. It chronicles the story of how Black churches, past and present, have advanced food justice and food sovereignty through creative means, including “interacting with land as a site for healing and base for power,” according to the publisher.
Eerdmans Takes a ‘Deconstruction’ Guide
Trevor Thompson, senior acquisitions editor at Eerdmans, acquired world rights from Keely Boeving at WordServe Literary to Deconstruct Your Faith Without Losing Yourself by Angela J. Herrington, a “faith deconstruction” coach. Herrington presents deconstruction—or the process of analyzing the faith one grew up with—as an opportunity for spiritual growth for those surrounded by unhealthy church communities. The book provides steps for readers to take in pursuit of a “hopeful vision for an honest, intuitive faith that nourishes mind, body, and soul,” according to the publisher. Publication is planned for fall 2023.
Powner Queues Another
Rochelle Gloege, senior acquisitions editor at Bethany House, acquired world rights from Keely Boeving of WordServe Literary to the next novel from Katie Powner (The Sowing Season). The new book, tentatively titled When the Morning Wind Blows and scheduled for release in fall 2024, is set along the remote Hi-Line of northern Montana and follows “one man’s mission to find the treasure hidden in everything and everyone, and one widow’s prayer to be able to make past wrongs right,” according to the publisher.
Noble Reups with IVP
Don Gates at the Gates Group sold world rights to IVP acquiring editor Ethan McCarthy to Alan Noble’s fourth book with the press. The tentatively titled Re-Collecting Your Life: Practical Wisdom for the Restless and Confused will release in spring 2025. Noble (Disruptive Witness) is cofounder and editor-in-chief of ChristandPopCulture.com as well as associate professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University. His goal for the book is to help readers “re-collect” images grounded in God to replace “broken images” related to how to live, what life is for, who we are, what justice is, and more, according to the publisher.
Oxford Scholar Doubles Up
Katelyn Beaty, editorial director for Brazos, bought world rights from Joy Eggerichs Redd at Punchline Agency to two books by Amy Orr-Ewing. The first, Letters to My Younger Self, is slated for publication in summer 2024, features the Oxford scholar and international speaker’s experiences as a female leader in the church. Is Christianity Good for Women? is scheduled for summer 2026 and demonstrates why Jesus’s teachings are especially good for women, according to the publisher.