IVP Takes on Hard Work

Al Hsu, associate editorial director at InterVarsity Press, acquired world rights from Keely Boeving of WordServe Literary, to When Work Hurts by Meryl Herr, director of research and resources at the Max De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary. Drawing on personal and professional experience, Herr addresses disappointment and difficulties at work, and offers a biblical framework for developing resilience, according to the publisher. The book is slated for publication in winter 2024.

Little Golden Books Nabs a Bio of the Pope

Andrea Posner-Sanchez at Little Golden Books acquired world rights to Sibert Honor author Suzanne Slade's Pope Francis, a biography for ages preschool to grade three. The book covers the pope's childhood and the call to serve God, the poor, and the Catholic Church, and it’s slated for publication in fall 2024. It will be illustrated by Sue Cornelison. Karen Grencik at Red Fox Literary represented the author, and Claire Morance at Painted Words represented the illustrator.

Brazos Tackles Church Trauma

Brazos Press editorial director Katelyn Beaty bought world rights to the unagented When the Church Harms God’s People by Diane Langberg (Redeeming Power). Langberg, who represented herself in the deal, is co-leader of the Global Trauma Recovery Institute—an organization dedicated to training mental health professionals and treating complex trauma. The book, which is slated for publication in fall 2024, identifies how Christian communities harm people, including the “wolves” hiding among the sheep, and calls on churches to better love and serve people.

WaterBrook Bets on Ecclesiastes

WaterBrook’s executive editor Drew Dixon bought world rights from Keely Boeving of WordServe Literary to Everything Is Never Enough: Happiness According to Ecclesiastes by Bobby Jamieson. Jamieson, associate pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., engages with modern philosophers, writers, and poets to explore how the book of Ecclesiastes “shatters our illusions of what will make us happy and blazes a simple trail to resilient joy,” according to the publisher. The book is slated for early 2025.

Mother-Daughter Team Land at NavPress

Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor and Luedeke Literary sold world rights to NavPress senior editor Caitlyn Carlson for a picture book tentatively titled Can I Sit Here? by Heather Thompson Day, host of Christianity Today's podcast Viral Jesus, and her daughter London Marie Day. For ages 5-9, the book explores themes of rejection, belonging, and friendship, and is scheduled for publication in late 2025. The illustrator is still to be selected.

IVP Looks at Trauma and Leadership

Barb Roose of Books & Such Literary Management sold world rights to IVP v-p, editorial Cindy Bunch for Your Heart Matters, the first book co-authored by Sheila Wise Rowe (Healing Racial Trauma) and her husband Nicholas Rowe. The pair, a counselor and a teacher and researcher, respectively, explore how past and current trauma shapes leaders in ways that are either empowering or dysfunctional. The tentatively titled book is slated for publication in winter 2025.