WaterBrook Travels ‘The Valley of Grief’

WaterBrook editor Estee Zandee acquired world rights from Dan Milaschewski at United Talent Agency for a 365-day devotional by Mattie Jackson—author, podcaster, and daughter of country music legend Alan Jackson—that focuses on healing from the death of a loved one. The title, Through the Valley of Grief, is based on the sudden death of Jackson’s husband, and it is slated for publication in summer 2024.

Yoga Educator Lands at Broadleaf

Broadleaf Books acquisitions editor Lisa Kloskin bought world rights from Gareth Esersky at the Carol Mann Agency to The Ache In Your Heart Is Holy by meditation expert, yoga educator Coby Kozlowski (One Degree Revolution). Slated for publication in fall 2025, the book incorporates meditation, movement, and reflections aimed toward growth and self-discovery, according to the publisher.

IVP Adds to its Hard Sayings Series

Jon Boyd, academic editorial director at IVP, negotiated a world rights deal with unagented New Testament scholars Nijay K. Gupta and Amy Peeler for Hard Sayings of the New Testament, scheduled for publication in 2026. The volume is a continuation of the Hard Sayings series that began in 1983 and includes Hard Sayings of Jesus, Hard Sayings of Paul, and Hard Sayings of the Bible. Gupta is professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary, while Peeler is an associate professor of New Testament at Wheaton College.

Seder Tale Lands at HarperCollins

Tamar Mays at HarperCollins Children’s acquired world rights to the trade picture book All Who Are Hungry Come and Eat, written by Sydney Taylor honoree Leslie Kimmelman and illustrated by Alyssa Russell. This Passover story follows “a big-hearted boy whose small family Seder grows as unexpected—and surprising—guests drops in,” according to the publisher. Publication is scheduled for winter 2026. Amy Stern of the Sheldon Fogelberg Agency represented the author and Christie Megill at The CAT Agency represented the illustrator.

Zondervan Reflective Vows to ‘Love the Women’

Kyle Rohane, senior acquisitions editor at Zondervan Reflective, acquired world rights from Keely Boeving at WordServe Literary to Love the Women by Dorothy Greco (Making a Marriage Beautiful). The book “exposes the systemic and individual manifestations of misogyny across society—from medical, judicial, and religious institutions to workplaces, media, and interpersonal relationships—and offers a pathway to heal the harms it has wrought and create more just and equitable spaces,” according to the publisher. Publication is scheduled for fall 2025.

Tommy Nelson Takes Advent Devotional

Bri Gallagher, acquiring editor at Tommy Nelson, bought world rights from Jenaye Merida at WTA Media for Discovering Christmas: A 25-Day Advent Devotional with Activities for Kids by Amanda Jass. The interactive devotional for families is slated for publication in early fall 2024.