COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 27, 2016)—Jennie Allen, founder and visionary for IF:Gathering, has signed a multiple book deal with WaterBrook Multnomah, imprints of Crown at Penguin Random House. The first as of yet untitled book is scheduled to release on January 31, 2017, in print and digital formats, to coincide with the fourth IF:Gathering Conference on Feb. 3-4, 2017.
Allen is a well-respected speaker, Bible study teacher and author. She created the DVD-based Bible studies Stuck: The Places We Get Stuck and the God Who Sets Us Free, Chase: Chasing After the Heart of God, Restless: Because You Were Made for More and the trade books Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul and Restless: Because You Were Made for More (Thomas Nelson). In 2013, she received the Christian Book Award for “New Author” from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.
Based in Austin, Tex., Allen spearheads the fastest growing Christian women’s organization to start up in many years. She began IF:Gathering, with the help of a small group of friends, in the Fall 2013 with the vision to gather, equip and unleash women to live out God’s calling on their lives. IF:Gathering hosted its first event in February 2014 in Austin, Tex., and sold out tickets in 47 minutes. In its first two years, the IF:Gathering has reached more than a million women in 50 countries through live streaming the event into local churches, theaters and homes.
The forthcoming WaterBrook Multnomah title will be Allen’s first new trade book since founding IF:Gathering.
“Every time we meet with Jennie Allen I come away with a clear sense of God’s moving,” said Alex Field, vice president and publisher of WaterBrook Multnomah. “We believe that Jennie’s biblical, vulnerable, and deeply passionate message will impact generations of people in the coming years through all that God is doing through her life. For these reasons and more, it is an honor and a privilege for the team at WaterBrook Multnomah to partner with Jennie on her future books.”
“Waterbrook blew me away with their creative vision for these books,” stated Allen. “I cannot wait to build alongside such a great team in the coming years. Alex Field and Tina Constable have a big vision for WaterBrook’s future in publishing and I am honored to be a part of it.”
VP and Publisher Field acquired at auction worldwide print, electronic and serial rights. Allen is represented by Curtis Yates of Yates & Yates. Laura Barker, WaterBrook vice president and editorial director, is the editor.
For more information about Jennie Allen and IF:Gathering, visit www.ifgathering.com.
Religion News Service Columnist Jonathan Merritt discusses with New Testament Scholar Scot McKnight the facts and the fiction about Heaven. Although interest in the afterlife remains a popular topic, stories of near-death experiences have come under new skepticism and slowed in sales momentum. Merritt interviews McKnight about the his book The Heaven Promise and what the Bible actually has to say or doesn’t say about Heaven. Read the full story here.
Much Anticipated Sequel to In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day Set for Fall 2016
Bestselling author Mark Batterson has signed a major book deal with WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, for a follow-up title to his book “In a Pit with Lion on a Snowy Day.” Titled Chase the Lion: If Your Dream Doesn’t Scare You, It’s Too Small, the book is scheduled to release from Multnomah on September 6, 2016, in print, digital and audio formats.
Batterson, author of more than a dozen bestselling books, including The New York Times bestseller The Circle Maker, is the lead pastor of National Community Church (NCC). Located on seven campuses in Washington D.C., NCC is known as one of the most innovative and influential churches in America.
Chase the Lion will be the thematic sequel to Batterson’s first book, bestseller and perennial favorite, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars (May 2006). Multnomah will release an updated edition of In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day on August 16, 2016.
“Nearly ten years ago, WaterBrook Multnomah published my first book, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day,” Batterson said. “In the decade since, I’ve heard thousands of stories about lion chasers going after their God-sized dreams, and I’ve chased a few more myself. Those stories were begging for a sequel. Chase the Lion will help readers see and seize the God-ordained opportunities that often come disguised as five-hundred pound lions.”
“Mark is one of the most important and inspiring communicators in the Church today, and this book will encourage a whole new generation of readers who are out chasing lions every day,” said Alex Field, WaterBrook Multnomah vice president and publisher. “We all have dreams that scare us, and Mark’s challenge for you and I, is to take courage and embark on the chase of a lifetime.”
Field and editor Andrew Stoddard jointly acquired the project. Batterson is represented by Esther Fedorkevich of The Fedd Agency.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., December 11, 2015 WaterBrook Multnomah recently announced a repackage of Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away (WaterBrook Press) by Timothy Paul Jones. First published in 2003, Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away is an exploration of the parallels between Christian faith and the original six Star Wars films. The new cover appeals to both new and old fans eager to understand all aspects of the Star Wars universe as they anticipate the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh film in the series, on December 18, 2015.
Jones was first captivated by the story of Star Wars when he saw the film as a child from the backseat of his parents’ Ford Pinto. “It sent me on a quest that continues today. There is, in every one of us, a longing to touch ‘the forever,’ to sense the magnitude of the vastness in which we live,” said Jones. “After [over forty] years, the popularity of the Star Wars saga shows no sign of subsiding. I wrote this book to inspire readers to relish awe and wonder because God did not only create us to long for awe, but also to live in it!”
By looking closely at the films, Jones unpacks why this series has resonated so deeply with both Christian and non-Christian readers alike. He invites readers to rediscover the magnificence of God through understanding how Star Wars appeals to an innate desire for calling, purpose, and adventure.
Each chapter examines at a central theme in the Star Wars universe and connects it to relevant biblical passages. Through practical next-steps and Star Wars themed meditations, Jones gives readers clear guidance on applying these lessons in everyday life. The book also contains an appendix summarizing key plot points of the first six films, as well as a study guide designed for small group discussion.
Nick Hall, the founder of the fastest growing evangelistic movement in America, has signed a book deal with WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, a division of C
rown at Penguin Random House. The book, titled Reset, will release in both print and digital formats on June 7, 2016, just in advance of Toget
her 2016, a historic gathering of one million Christians at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on July 16, 2016. Reset is the official book of the event.
Hall is the founder and chief communicator for PULSE, a ministry at the center of some of the largest student-led prayer and outreach efforts in the world. He has previously shared the gospel at hundreds of events to millions of students. Hall and PULSE have teamed up with more than 40 organizations to unify a generation under the banner of Christ for the purpose of spiritual awakening at the Together 2016 event.
In Reset, Hall reaches out to those who are unfamiliar with Jesus, showing them that the world offers empty promises and only Jesus can make them fully alive and fully satisfied. Only He can provide them with a fresh start. Reset also challenges Christians to refocus on Jesus if they have been distracted by other messages in the culture.
“Nick Hall is at the forefront of a spiritual awakening of youth in our nation. We are thrilled to partner with him to bring hope to a new generation through the Reset message,” said WaterBrook Multnomah Vice President and Publisher Alex Field.
The project was jointly acquired by Field and Editor Susan Tjaden. Hall is represented by Lisa Jackson of Alive Literary Agency.
What Happens When You Immerse Your Life in the Words of Jesus?
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When Jesus walked this earth, He gave His followers more than one hundred life-changing promises. He also gave more than one hundred teachings for living in line with God’s priorities—commands that lift us up rather than weigh us down!
This 365-day devotional invites you to let Jesus speak directly into your life. Each reading begins with a red-lettered statement of Jesus, directly from Scripture, followed by a powerful reflection on how He wants us to apply His truths to our daily lives.
No problem you face today is beyond the help of Jesus. No question you ask is beyond the answers of Jesus. The more you get to know this loving Savior, the more you will love Him! So come immerse yourself in His words. He is speaking to you.