Tisby Pair to Convergent

Jemar Tisby (The Color of Compromise) has signed a two-book, North American rights deal with Convergent executive editor Derek Reed. Lessons from an Evangelical Reject is a manifesto on belief and belonging drawing on Tisby’s experience in the Christian racial reconciliation movement, and Delta Made, is an account of his 20 years living and working in the Mississippi Delta. Tisby was represented by Mel Berger at WME. No publication dates have been set for the books.

Two by Cho to WaterBrook

Faith Eury Cho—international speaker, pastor, church planter—has signed world-rights deals for multiple books with WaterBrook. The first is a picture book scheduled for spring 2025, signed with executive editor for children’s books Sarah Rubio. Tentatively titled Never Alone, it features a little girl who wonders what it means that Jesus is always with her. An illustrator has not been selected. The second deal, a devotional planned for fall 2024 and tentatively titled Experiencing Friendship with Jesus, was inked with acquiring editor Jamie Lapeyrolerie of the Ink & Willow imprint. It offers encouragement, prayers, and Scripture readings drawn from the writings of the Apostle Paul, and journaling space. Tom Dean of A Drop of Ink Literary represented the author for both deals.

WJK Book Looks to Rebuild Bridges

Jessica Miller Kelley, senior acquisitions editor at Westminster John Knox Press, has signed a world rights deal via Jevon Bolden at Embolden Media Group for Texas criminal defense attorney Robert Callahan II’s Fire in the Whole: Embracing Righteous Anger with White Evangelicalism and Becoming Whole Again. The book, to be published in fall 2024, details how the white evangelical church can rebuild the bridges it burned and foster healing.

Brazos Takes a Radical Look

Katelyn Beaty, editorial director for Brazos Press, acquired world rights to The Way of the Radical by Pricelis Perreaux-Dominguez from Rachel Jacobson of Alive Literary Agency. The book, to be published in fall 2024, focuses on God’s vision for the church as a place to heal from racial trauma. The author is founder and CEO of Full Collective, a community for women, and host of the Yas and Amen Podcast.

Zonderkidz' Picture Book Dream

Katherine Jacobs, senior acquisitions editor at Zonderkidz, has acquired world rights for I Dream for You by Kate Wood, a picture book about a mother’s love for her child. Mette Engell will illustrate, with publication scheduled for April 2025. Stacey Glick at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret represented the author, and Robbin Brosterman at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.

Lia “Triggers” for Moody

Judy Dunagan, acquisitions editor at Moody Publishing, acquired world rights from Janet Kobobel Grant of Books & Such Literary for Untriggered: 60 Days of Transformation for Angry Moms by Amber Lia. A film producer and author of multiple books in her "Triggers" brand, Lia's devotional is intended to offer grace and comfort to moms who struggle with anger. Publication is set for April 2025.

Zondervan Finds Joy

Kyle Rohane, senior acquisitions editor at Zondervan Reflective, bought world rights to Undaunted Joy: The Revolutionary Act of Cultivating Delight by Shemaiah Gonzalez, with the deal brokered by Keely Boeving of WordServe Literary. This book of essays offers a view of the world through the author’s lens of joy and calls on readers to join in. The book is planned for spring 2025.

Bethany House Sings for Unsung Women

Trinity McFadden of The Bindery sold world rights to Bethany House acquiring editor Jennifer Dukes Lee to Your Name is Daughter: What the Unsung Women of the Bible Can Teach Us about God’s Love for Women by Amy Seiffert (Starved, Grace Looks Amazing on You). Seiffert illuminates stories of little-known women of the Bible to show women how their gifts are essential to God’s kingdom. A spring 2025 release is planned.

Sexual Identities Goes To Brazos

Brazos Press executive acquisitions editor Robert Hosack acquired world rights to the unagented Emerging Sexual Identities by Mark A. Yarhouse and Julia A. Sadusky. Yarhouse, director of the Sexual & Gender Identity Institute at Wheaton College, and Sadusky, clinical psychologist and fellow at the institute, offer help understanding diverse sexual identities. Publication is planned for fall 2025.