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OCTOBER 17, 2016









Books & Culture Ends 21-Year Run

The November/December 2016 issue of the bimonthly review Books & Culture will be its last after a run of 128 issues over 21 years. Earlier this month, the ministry of Christianity Today made the difficult decision to end the beloved publication. In the final issue's "Note to Our Readers," Christianity Today President and CEO Harold Smith explains, "Publishing print in a digital age is hard. Publishing print that is thoughtful is even harder. And as a result, all that red ink has sadly forced Christianity Today to end the exceptional run of this outstanding Christian thought journal with this issue."   more




ECPA Announces Best Book Cover Designs of 2016


ECPA announced the winners of the 2016 Top Shelf Book Cover Awards on Thursday at Trinity International University during the opening session of PUBu among nearly 200 industry professionals. 


A record number of recipients – 16 books and 2 Bibles – were chosen this year as winners by the esteemed judging panel of Barbara de Wilde(creative director for Cooking and Beta digital product group at The New York Times), Anne Twomey (vp., creative director at Grand Central Publishing and Warner Books), and Bruce Gore(former art director at Simon & Schuster’s Howard Books imprint). 


The 2016 Top Shelf Book Cover Award winners are:  more





Call for submissions for Outreach Resources of the Year

Outreach magazine is accepting submissions for consideration for the 14th Annual Outreach Resources of the Year, which will be featured in the March/April 2017 issue.  The Resources of the Year honors resources geared toward church leaders, specifically focused on outreach in areas such as evangelism, apologetics, compassionate service and cross-cultural ministry.  Submitted works will be considered only if they were released and available to the public between Nov. 1, 2015, and Oct. 31, 2016.  Deadline is November 4. To submit a resource for consideration, please email to request a submission form and further instructions.


















The bestselling Christian books this month in Top 50, Fiction, NonFiction, Juvenile, Bibles, Under $5, and more





God is With You Every Day by Max Lucado Surpasses 100,000 Units

God Is With You Every Day, Max Lucado’s first daily devotional since Grace for the Moment®,  has surpassed more than 100,000 units sold, Thomas Nelson announced today. “To surpass 100,000 units in sales less than a year from release is a testament to the impactful way that Max relates to Scripture,” said Laura Minchew, senior v-p and publisher for Gift Books, Tommy Nelson Children’s Books, and New Media at Thomas Nelson. “Max is a trusted pastor who feels like a family friend to readers. It is not surprising  so many people have found comfort and meaning in the message that God is always near through every season of life.” more




Crazy Busy Surpasses 100,000 in Print with Crossway

Crossway is pleased to announce that Kevin DeYoung’s book Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem (Crossway, September 2013) has surpassed 100,000 units in print sales. Awarded the 2014 Christian Book of the Year by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA), Crazy Busy confronts the busy, modern American life where jam-packed schedules have become the new normal offering biblical tools to get to the root of frantic lifestyles. more




Nearly 200 industry professionals gather to hear Ken Wytsma in the opening session of ECPA's PUBu, last Thursday.






B&H Re-launches For Streamlined Book Reviews

B&H Publishing Group announces the re-launch of its blogger team, “B&H/LifeWay Bloggers,” with a new website and streamlined process for receiving and reviewing books.  The new website launched in early October at B&H/LifeWay Bloggers gives bloggers the opportunity to review B&H books and, for the first time, Bible studies from LifeWay Christian Resources. more





BroadStreet Publishing Author Donates Thousands of Books to Military Families

Author Tara McClary Reeves has partnered with Clebe McClary Ministries, Triplecord Family Foundation, and BroadStreet Publishing to donate 4,000 copies of her new devotional, Point Me to Jesus: Devotions for Parents and Children, as part of an ongoing support program for military families. Her father Clebe McClary, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, and her mother, Deanna, know all too well the sacrifices made by men, women, and children in our military community. Their prayer is this devotional, based on the unchanging truth of God's Word, will give our frontline heroes strength for the journey. Tara and the McClarys urge all Americans to take action and do whatever they can to champion those willing to risk their lives for our own. 





Bible Gateway Interviews Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams, authors of She Reads Truth

What does it mean that only God and his Word remain unchanged as the world shifts and slips away? What are the everyday implications that God and his Word are true; right now and all the time? What place should Scripture have in your life and why does it matter? Bible Gateway interviewed Raechel Myers (@RaechelMyers) and Amanda Bible Williams (@BibleWilliams) about their book, She Reads Truth: Holding Tight to Permanent in a World That’s Passing Away (B&H Books, 2016). Read this interview.



Bible Gateway Interviews Dr. Vern S. Poythress on Reading the Word of God in the Presence of God

Do you need a practical handbook to help you grow your skill in interpreting the Bible? Are you serious about diving into the deep waters of proper Bible interpretation methodology? Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Vern S. Poythress (@vernpoythress) about his book, Reading the Word of God in the Presence of God: A Handbook for Biblical Interpretation (Crossway, 2016). Read this interview.











NKJV Know The Word Study releases tomorrow

Studying the Bible does not have to be an intimidating or overwhelming experience. The study of God’s Word can be easy and rewarding if the Bible is broken down into easy-to-understand segments. The NKJV Know The Word Study Bible (on sale October 18, 2016) offers three easy ways to begin studying Scripture and helps individuals transition from being casual readers of the Bible to becoming regular students of the Word. Whether readers prefer to study the Bible book by book, verse by verse, or topic by topic, each starting point offers powerful insights that will help them develop a daily routine of Bible study. more





Finding Gobi To Be Published through HarperCollins Global Publishing Program

W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, and Harper Non-Fiction of HarperCollins UK announced today they have signed world rights for Finding Gobi, a memoir based on an international news-story sensation about Dion Leonard, ultra marathoner who befriends a stray dog in China’s harsh Gobi Desert.  A simultaneous release is scheduled for June 2017 in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. In addition, it will be published as part of HarperCollins Global Publishing Program in Holland, Japan, and in Spanish in the U.S., LATAM and Spain.  more




Recent FaithWords Acquisitions

  • BLESSED LIFE by Kim Fields (Pub Date: 11/14/2017):  Kim Fields, a star in front of the camera and behind it for nearly 5 decades, and a truly beloved pop icon, has signed up to write her memoir for HBG USA. In Blessed Life, Fields will take a revealing and inspiring look at her personal life and public career, from her earliest days in Harlem to stardom in Hollywood and beyond, as an adult of deep and passionate faith whose favorite and most important roles are marriage and motherhood. 
  • GOD IS FOR REAL by Todd Burpo:  If Todd’s first book, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, was about the then and there in heaven, then GOD IS FOR REAL is about the here and now on earth. Todd isn’t afraid to get into the nitty-gritty people face on a day-to-day basis. Todd charges into these subjects with a fireman’s courage, a small town friend’s faithfulness, and a local pastor’s sense of compassion. He helps articulate the questions people have, and then offers relevant biblical wisdom for taking next steps in faith.




















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