Sneak Peek

Each month, WaterBrook Multnomah gives readers a sneak peek into an upcoming title. See below for our most recent peek.

SNEAK PEEK: Amish Christmas at North Star by Cindy Woodsmall


One night four lives entered the world by the hands of an Amish midwife, just outside North Star, Pennsylvania. 

 Click here to download chapter one of Amish Christmas at North Star.

Rebekah’s babies, as they are called, are now grown adults and in four heartwarming novellas each young person experiences a journey of discovery, love, and the wonder of Christmas.

Guiding Star by Katie Ganshert

Curiosity gets the best of Englisher Chase Wellington when he investigates the twenty-five-year-old disappearance of an Amish baby. When he finds adventurous Elle McAllister in Iowa will his discoveries upend her world?

Mourning Star by Amanda Flower

Eden Hochstetler slips from her parents’ fudge shop to investigate the death of her friend Isaac Yoder.  Who is guilty? Isaac’s handsome great nephew Jacob, an angry Englisher, or someone else?

In the Stars by Cindy Woodsmall

Kore Detweiler has nursed his broken heart, avoiding North Star after Savilla Beiler suddenly rejected his love.  But when he is called to return home, he and Savilla must join forces to keep a family together.

Star of Grace by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark

Andy Danner left North Star to work in construction in a new Amish settlement in Louisiana. His little brother devises a scheme to bring Andy home for Christmas, and unwittingly unleashes the power of forgiveness in an old widower’s life.

SNEAK PEEK – The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert


Just like in my dream, I was drowning and nobody even noticed.


  Click here to download chapter one of  The Art of Losing Yourself

Every morning, Carmen Hart pastes on her made-for-TV smile and broadcasts the weather. She’s the Florida panhandle’s favorite meteorologist, married to everyone’s favorite high school football coach. They’re the perfect-looking couple, live in a nice house, and attend church on Sundays. From the outside, she’s a woman who has it all together.  But on the inside, Carmen Hart struggles with doubt. She wonders if she made a mistake when she married her husband. She wonders if God is as powerful as she once believed. Sometimes she wonders if He exists at all. After years of secret losses and empty arms, she’s not so sure anymore. Click here to download chapter one of  The Art of Losing Yourself

NEWS: USA TODAY Names “A Broken Kind of Beautiful” as a “Must Read INSPY” states about author Katie Ganshert’s newest novel, “In A Broken Kind of Beautiful, Ganshert proves her staying power with a lovely story that redefines what is ugly and what is proven lovely through purpose.”

“Happy Ever After” writer, Serena Chase, goes on to state of Ganshert’s previous two novels: “Katie Ganshert’s touching debut, Wildflowers from Winter, introduced us to a style of writing that gives voice to the tender places in a character’s heart. In her sophomore novel, Wishing on Willows, she further proved her ability to invest readers in the outcome of the external circumstances that precipitated her characters’ necessary inward change.”

To read more, click here.

Sneak Peek: A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert


Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong.

Click here to download chapter one of A Broken Kind of Beautiful.

Fashion is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for twenty-four year old model Ivy Clark. Ten years in and she’s learned a sacred truth—appearance is everything. Nobody cares about her broken past as long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows—so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on. Even if that means moving to the quaint island town of Greenbrier, South Carolina, to be the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line—an irony too rich for words, since Ivy is far from the pure bride in white. 

Click here to download chapter one of A Broken Kind of Beautiful.



NEWS: WaterBrook Multnomah Congratulates Two Authors on Winning 2013 Carol Awards


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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group congratulates authors Katie Ganshert and Jane Kirkpatrick on having both been awarded 2013 Carol Awards for their novels Wildflowers from Winter (WaterBrook Press, May 2012) and Where Lilacs Still Bloom (WaterBrook Press, April 2012). The Carol Award Winners were announced at the ACFW Conference in Indianapolis, IN on Sept. 15, 2013.

The Carol Awards are given each year by American Christian Fiction Writers in recognition of the best Christian fiction published by traditional houses the previous calendar year. Wildflowers from Winter won the Debut Novel category, and Where Lilacs Still Bloom received the award for the Historical category.

Wildflowers from Winter, by breakthrough author Ganshert, follows the story of Bethany Quinn as her put-together world suddenly falls apart, forcing her to confront loss, estranged friendships, family secrets and spiritual disillusionment. Ganshert’s book reveals that out of the darkest winters of our lives, hope and life can be renewed. Her sequel to Wildflowers from Winter, entitled Wishing on Willows, was released in March 2013, and her third novel, A Broken Kind of Beautiful, will release this coming April in 2014. Wildflowers from Winter was also a 2013 Christy Awards Finalist in the Contemporary Romance category. Ganshert was born and raised in the Midwest, where she writes stories about finding faith and falling in love.

In Where Lilacs Still Bloom, award-winning author Kirkpatrick weaves the tale of German immigrant and farm wife Hulda Klager who possesses only an eighth-grade education—and a burning desire to create something beautiful. This passion puts her at odds with family and community as she challenges the early twentieth-century expectations for a simple housewife. Kirkpatrick has authored more than 20 books, including The Daughter’s Walk and One Glorious Ambition: The Compassionate Crusade of Dorothea Dix. A lively speaker, she is also a frequent keynote presenter for conferences, women’s retreats, fundraisers, and workshops.

For additional information on Wildflowers from Winter or Where Lilacs Still Bloom, visit

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NEWS: Author Katie Ganshert Talks Writing Tips on KWQC TV’s “Paula Sands LIVE!”

Wishing on Willows author Katie Ganshert interveiws on KWQC TV’s “Paula Sands Live” Show. With two novels under her belt, including her first book Wildflowers from Winter, Ganshert chats with Sands about the ins-and-outs of writing.

Tune in as Ganshert offers insights for up and coming writers. To watch, click here.

SNEAK PEEK: Wishing on Willows by Katie Ganshert


Does a second chance at life and love always involve surrender?

Click here to download chapter one of Wishing On Willows.

A three-year old son, a struggling café, and fading memories are all Robin Price has left of her late husband. As the proud owner of Willow Tree Café in small town Peaks, Iowa,  she pours her heart into every muffin she bakes and espresso she pulls, thankful for the sense of purpose and community the work provides…

Click here to download chapter one of Wishing On Willows.

NEWS: Three WaterBrook Multnomah Titles Named Finalists for Christian Retailing’s BEST Awards

Three WaterBrook Multnomah Titles Named Finalists for

Christian Retailing’s BEST Awards

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April  2013) – WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group is proud to be recently honored by Christian Retailing’s naming three of its titles as finalists for Christian Retailing’s annual BEST Awards.

Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown (May 2012/WaterBrook Press), by New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling and award-winning author Eric Blehm, was nominated in the Auto/Biography category. This heartrending and inspiring story of Naval Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Adam Brown, who overcame tremendous odds in his rise to the top tier of the U.S. military: SEAL Team Six, appeared on The New York Times Bestseller list for 17 weeks and will release in paperback on May 21st.

The Girl’s Still Got It: Take a Walk with Ruth and the God Who Rocked Her World (July 2012/WaterBrook Press), by New York Times and CBA bestselling and award-winning author Liz Curtis Higgs, was nominated in Nonfiction: Women’s category. This novel approach to Bible study invites readers to step through the portal of time and experience the day-to-day lives of Ruth and Naomi, gleaning from their rags-to-riches story the assurance that God is at work to redeem each loss and disappointment. Liz is the author of nearly 30 books, with more than 3 million copies in print.

Wildflowers from Winter (May 2012/WaterBrook Press), by debut novelist Katie Ganshert, was nominated in the Fiction: Contemporary Romance category. The book follows Bethany Quinn as her put-together world suddenly falls apart, forcing her to confront loss, estranged friendships, family secrets and spiritual disillusionment. The promise of this book is that out of the darkest winters of our lives, hope and life can be renewed. Katie Ganshert was born and raised in the Midwest, where she writes stories about finding faith and falling in love.

Those qualified to vote in the awards this year judged the nominations on their impact, including their ability to evoke emotion and speak to people’s hearts; open people’s minds to different ways of thinking; and encourage and affirm Christian living. Winners of the Christian Retailing’s Best awards—formerly known as the Retailers Choice Awards—will be presented at the International Christian Retail Show in St. Louis in June.

For additional information on Fearless, The Girl’s Still Got It, or Wildflowers from Winter, visit

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NEWS: USA Today Reviews “Wishing on Willows”

USA Today says about author Katie Ganshert’s second novel: “Wishing on Willows is a beautiful, romantic and charming story that will earn a sweet place on your bookshelf and within your heart.”

Click here to read more!

NEWS: “Wishing on Willows” Author Featured in Publishers Weekly!

Wishing on Willows author Katie Ganshert featured in Publishers Weekly Religion Update!

Discover how a missions trip to Kenya changed her life…and her connection to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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