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JANUARY 16, 2017

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. -- MLK






Tessie Güell DeVore resigns from Charisma House to head up the
Lumo Project

After 23 years with Charisma House, Tessie DeVore has resigned from her role as executive vice president and publisher to serve as president of a new nonprofit, the Lumo Project, a ministry dedicated to Bible engagement.  Marcos Perez, vice president of sales and marketing for Charisma House, has been promoted to executive vice president and publisher by Steve Strang, CEO and founder of Charisma Media. "Tessie DeVore's contribution to the growth and life of our organization is immeasurable," Strang said. "We're sad to see her go but believe the Lord has opened a new door for her with this ministry."  DeVore explained that the Lumo Project will bring the original Jesus narrative to the screen using the Gospel text as its script, word for word, informed by leading world experts' latest theological, historical and archaeological research.  more





Nelson Books hires Karen Jackson as director of marketing

Thomas Nelson has announced Karen Jackson as its new director of marketing its imprint, Nelson Books. Jackson will work under the direction of Jeff James, vice president of marketing for Nelson Books. In her new role as director of marketing, Jackson will focus on maintaining strategic relationships and will work closely with Nelson Book authors to develop and execute critical marketing initiatives to ensure success. Jackson comes to Nelson Books from the music industry, working in marketing at both EMI Gospel and Motown Records. Most recently, Jackson served as director of marketing for Motown Record’s gospel division. “We are thrilled to welcome Karen to our team,” says Brian Hampton, svp and publisher for Nelson Books. “Her experience equips her to bring innovation and expertise to her new role, and we are looking forward to the positive impact of both on our authors’ book projects.” more





Harvest House to launch new Children’s Imprint

Harvest House Publishers is pleased to announce the Fall 2017 launch of a new children’s imprint—Harvest KidsHarvest Kids™, the formal name now being given to the existing children’s division of Harvest House Publishers, will expand its creation of a wide variety of products that promote biblical values, spark imagination, and encourage young readers up to 12 to develop a lifelong love of Jesus. The Harvest Kids™ line includes Bibles, picture books, devotionals, and other inspiring products, with a special focus on resources for tweens ages 8 to 12.  Under the leadership and guidance of Barb Sherrill, Executive VP and Publisher of the McKenzie Group, Harvest Kids™ will bring together the children and tween books under one imprint, allowing for more creative and strategic development.  “Our children’s books have been strong performers over the years and it is exciting to see them now have their own unique identity,” says Sherrill. “We’ll be launching the imprint this fall with wonderful new titles from familiar names like Jim and Elizabeth George and Tony Evans. We also have our first bilingual children’s picture book coming from Stormie Omartian as well as great ancillary releases that support our bestselling The Complete Illustrated Children’s Bible. more





Firebrand acquires IP Assets from Enthrill Distribution, Inc.

Firebrand Technologies, a pioneer in publishing technology services, today announced the acquisition of the technology assets and brands from Enthrill Distribution, Inc., a provider of innovative digital content distribution technologies for the publishing industry.  The acquisition includes PackaDRM, a device agnostic social DRM, and the Endpaper Engine, an ebook delivery platform that delivers ebooks into any reading device. These technologies and brands will join the robust ebook delivery and distribution solutions already provided by Firebrand to customers around the world through Eloquence on Demand, NetGalley, and Direct2Reader.  PackaDRM works by inserting digital rights messaging within ebook files in a way that is comprehensive and visible to readers while offering a level of protection on copyrighted materials. more




















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Samuel Rodriguez, author of Be Light, to speak at Trump Inauguration

Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and author of Be Light: Shining God's Beauty, Truth, and Hope into a Darkened World (Feb. 21, 2017, WaterBrook) will be a part of the inauguration ceremony for President Donald Trump on Friday, January 20.  Rodriguez, who is pastor of New Seasons Christian Worship Center in Sacramento, Calif., is the first Assemblies of God pastor and first Christian Hispanic to participate in a presidential inauguration ceremony.  “The opportunity to speak on the quintessential political platform in the world, and to be able to lift up Jesus on that stage before that global audience, without a doubt is one of the greatest privileges I have ever received in my life. It’s a God-graced opportunity that one cannot turn down,” Rodriguez said to PE News. Rodriguez’s book Be Light originally published in hardcover in May 2016. A paperback edition and a Spanish edition Ser Luz (Vintage Espanol), will release on February 21, 2017 (WaterBrook). In Be Light, Rodriguez issues a call--reminiscent of a biblical prophet--to individual Christians and the church to rise up in all of life's arenas and become "the bright city on a hill."   more





Bible Gateway Interviews E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien, coauthors of Paul Behaving Badly: Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk?

The apostle Paul was kind of a jerk. He was arrogant and stubborn. He called his opponents derogatory, racist names. He legitimized slavery and silenced women. He was a moralistic, homophobic killjoy who imposed his narrow religious views on others. Or was he? Bible Gateway interviewed E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien (@brandonjobrien) about their book, Paul Behaving Badly: Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk? (IVP Books, 2016). Read this interview.




Bible Gateway Interviews David Whitehead, author of Making Sense of the Bible: How to Connect with God Through His Word

The Bible can seem like an intimidating book, but it may be easier to understand than you think. Bible Gateway interviewed pastor David Whitehead (@PstDave) about his book,Making Sense of the Bible: How to Connect with God Through His Word (Bethany House, 2014). Read this interview.






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Revell Signs Ted Dekker

Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, is pleased to announce that they have signed a multi-book contract with award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker.  Dekker is the author of more than forty novels, with over 10 million copies sold worldwide. Born in the jungles of Indonesia to missionary parents, he lived amongst cannibals who killed the parents of several of his friends.  Dekker was sent to a coastal school at the young age of six, living apart from him parents for months at a time. His upbringing as a stranger in a fascinating and sometimes frightening culture fueled his imagination, and it was during the lonely times as a child that he became a storyteller.  more






Curriculum platform Disciplr announces major upgrade:  Disciplr 2.0

Digital ministry platform Disciplr will announce a major upgrade, Disciplr 2.0, at the Children’s Pastors’ Conference in Orlando on January 24–26. Launching in early 2017, Disciplr 2.0 serves churches with unlimited curriculum for all ages, simple lesson customization, and scheduling tools.  Disciplr brings curriculum from multiple publishers together in one organized home and empowers leaders not only with powerful teaching materials, but the tools they need to thrive in today’s ministry context. more








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