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Kitchener, Ontario Author/Illustrator Releases First Orthodox Graphic Novel

Most of us have recited “He descended into hell” at one point or another even if our churches don’t frequently recite The Apostles Creed. Kitchener, Ontario’s Michael Elgamal has illustrated this and other “descents” in a 54-page self-published graphic novel, Anastasis: The Harrowing of Hades. He calls it “the first Orthodox Christian graphic novel.

Here’s the publisher synopsis:

Anastasis: The Harrowing of Hades is a full-colour Christian graphic novel that explores what happened to the Old Testament souls in Hades, the emotional build-up to the fateful crucifixion and the consequences of Christ’s enigmatic descent into hell. You will find this book packed with Biblical references, writings from the Church fathers (Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Saint John Chrysostom, Saint Ephrem the Syrian and more) and gripping storytelling. The hand-drawn illustrations pay homage to ancient Christian iconography and the resurrection narrative.

While we don’t have conclusive details on what took place over the three days Christ spent in the tomb, this book is an honest take on what might have transpired and what it means for us today.

As both a writer and a illustrator, Elgamal’s goal is to tell and retell stories of ancient Christianity. At his website, CreativeOrthodox.com, illustrations convey narratives known more widely among Orthodox Christianity, and probably little known by Evangelicals.

The book is available from Ingram, ISBN 9780995993006 $15 US, paper.


 

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Hot Apple Cider Brand Expands With First Seasonal Title

October 2, 2017 1 comment

Canada’s most popular Christian anthology brand has released its first seasonal title. Here’s the info from That’s Life Communications:

Christmas with Hot Apple Cider: Stories from the Season of Giving and Receiving is an eclectic collection of true stories, short fiction, and poetry.

You’ll delight in stories about:

  • An immigrant family puzzling over unfamiliar North American customs
  • Grandparents passing down a family tradition to a young grandchild
  • An octogenarian remembering the day receiving a Christmas gift was nothing short of a miracle
  • A Jewish woman sharing her childhood longing for the joy of Christmas
  • An Old Order Mennonite teen experiencing Handel’s Messiah live at Massey Hall
  • A writer struggling to create a meaningful presentation about the innkeeper
  • A teacher witnessing the joy of a simple gift at a Nigerian orphanage

The book features work by 55 writers from across Canada who survived a rigorous competition to be included. As you discover a fresh appreciation for the holiday season, you might even be inspired to share your own stories.

With 62 heartfelt accounts of the true meaning of Christmas, this anthology is sure to fill even the grouchiest Scrooge with holiday spirit.

Canadian retailers: Order from Parasource Marketing and Distribution.

An Apologetics Toolbox in a Book

There is so much going on in this book. I feel like I’ve been handed an impossible task, somewhat akin from being dropped off a metropolitan core for a few days and told to write a review of the entire city. Every person. Every business. Every park and school.

Canadian Pastor Mark Clark has set himself to answer ten of the major objections to faith raised by outsiders, skeptics and seekers. It’s a tough assignment, even if you’re leaning heavily on the writings of Tim Keller and C. S. Lewis. Not as tough for Clark however as it would be for you or me, in part because this is his own story; the book is as much testimony as it is apologetics text.

I think that’s what make this one different. Until his later teens, Clark was camped on the other side of the border of faith. Partying. Drugs. Disbelief. So he has those still there clearly in view as he writes this; these are the type of people who made up the nucleus of Village Church when it was founded in 2010. Today they are in three locations on Canada’s west coast with satellites launching in Calgary and Montreal. Mark is part of a new generation of pastors and authors who really does his homework before speaking and writing and his passion and energy rock the house each week.

The ten “problems” form ten chapters:

But to say just that is too simple. Each one of these breaks down into several other subsections. These issues are complex and we’re given a look at each through several different lenses.

Overall, the book stands somewhere between academic apologetics textbook (for its thorough treatment of each of the issues) and biography (for the times Clark references his own story.) It is the latter that makes this book what it is; an apologetics resource which wears a face and a name, and that makes it accessible to all readers.

I know I say this a lot — I choose my review books carefully — but this is definitely another of those “go back and re-read” and “keep handy for reference” titles.

The Problem of God: Answering a Skeptic’s Challenges to Christianity | Zondervan | 272 page paperback | September, 2017

 

 

Eric Wright Completes Mystery Trilogy

I’m not accustomed to the place where I grew up figuring into books in my store, but there it was, a Toronto reference to a character “driving down the Don Valley Parkway.” But the story gets even closer to home because author Eric Wright is also a customer at my store and his daughter and her husband attend the same church as we do.

After a series of non-fiction works, Wright switched to fiction and while the three stories have quite different settings, they are linked through Toronto reporter Josh Radley. Here’s how our local paper introduced Rust Bucket, the latest book in the series:

The very real issue of human slavery is told through the fictional adventures of protagonist Josh Radley in Eric E. Wright’s new novel Rust Bucket.

Interviewed recently from his home, Wright pointed out this is the third story in a Josh Radley trilogy, following The Lightning File and Captives of Minara.

In The Lightning File, Radley is a reporter for a Toronto paper.

“In the course of it, he gets fired, so he goes on to work freelance,” Wright said — and this freedom gives him ample scope to get involved more deeply in the adventures he encounters.

In Rust Bucket, he puts off urgent cancer treatment in order to pursue the story of a beached freighter that contains not only an alarming cache of explosives and drugs but also a human cargo bound for enslavement in factories, farms and brothels.

The press release for Wright’s book said that an estimated 24-million people worldwide are exploited by unethical businesses of all kinds. The human cargo in the freighter Josh Radley investigates includes a tribal girl from Pakistan whom Josh and his wife happen to know.

As it happens, Wright and his wife lived in Pakistan for 16 years, while he worked as a missionary teacher.

“Although we normally think of Pakistan as a Muslim country, there’s a minority of Christians who need ministry,” he said.

“I started an extension training program and, in the course of that, I learned more about their culture.”

The slave-labour problem seems to be much more widespread than one would like to think, Wright said. “Probably not as much in Canada, although criminal elements are realizing — you sell cocaine, you sell it once. With human beings, you can use them again and again and again, and it’s very profitable for business owners and brothels. There was a lot of it in Pakistan, landlords taking advantage of poor people who were sort of enslaved.”

His dedication is “to all those who struggle to end human trafficking as well as the victims of this horrific crime.” …

…continue reading the second half of the story at Northumberland Today

For order information visit www.countrywindow.ca


We previously covered releases of other books by Eric Wright here including Riptide and Captives of Minara.

Toronto Area Author’s Story Is Known Worldwide

Known simply as “The Girl in the Picture” which is also the title of a previous book published by Penguin, Kim Phuc’s story gets another telling when Fire Road: The Napalm Girl’s Journey through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness, and Peace releases October 3rd from Tyndale House.

Get out! Run! We must leave this place! They are going to destroy this whole place! Go, children, run first! Go now!

These were the final shouts nine year-old Kim Phuc heard before her world dissolved into flames—before napalm bombs fell from the sky, burning away her clothing and searing deep into her skin. It’s a moment forever captured, an iconic image that has come to define the horror and violence of the Vietnam War. Kim was left for dead in a morgue; no one expected her to survive the attack. Napalm meant fire, and fire meant death.

Against all odds, Kim lived—but her journey toward healing was only beginning. When the napalm bombs dropped, everything Kim knew and relied on exploded along with them: her home, her country’s freedom, her childhood innocence and and happiness. The coming years would be marked by excruciating treatments for her burns and unrelenting physical pain throughout her body, which were constant reminders of that terrible day. Kim survived the pain of her body ablaze, but how could she possibly survive the pain of her devastated soul?

Fire Road is the true story of how she found the answer in a God who suffered Himself; a Savior who truly understood and cared about the depths of her pain. Fire Road is a story of horror and hope, a harrowing tale of a life changed in an instant—and the power and resilience that can only be found in the power of God’s mercy and love.

~from the release sheet page at Tyndale.com

Canadian stores should pre-order the biography from Foundation Distributing

 

Soul Coats: Restoration – How It Was Marketed (Part Two of Two)

On December 7th we introduced you to Calgary author Rohadi Nagassar who shared the story about his book Soul Coats: Restoration, an adult colouring book based on scenes and scriptures from the Bible. At the time I asked him if he would at a future date share his reflections of being an independent author and publisher in Canada trying to get his product into stores. If you missed it, here is the link to Part One.

Some bookstore owners and staff are going to find this assessment hard to read. I could have edited it in a few places, but at each juncture I felt it was important to hear the heart of someone who has done his best to try to work with all of us, and recognize the weaknesses of a system that we are all somewhat complicit in. So what follows is Rohadi’s story in its entirety.

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Here’s a story about a new indie publisher taking a publication, in this case my adult colouring book, into the book market abyss for the first time. The story weaves around early mistakes, exposes the scene between publishers and distributors, and highlights how that relationship informs what booksellers purchases, and ultimately what customers buy.

First, let’s go back to late 2015. The rush of adult colouring books stormed the market. Around Thanksgiving I got the idea to create a bible version since at the time there were only half a dozen related titles available in a market selling millions of books. When popularity swelled during Christmas I took a serious look at whether the idea was viable. Step one I bought all related adult colouring books and looked inside. What I saw surprised me—they were terrible. Photocopied or Photo-shopped images printed onto pages to make a colouring book. Even the ‘top’ books were merely using fonts and stock images converted to illustrations. The market generally reflected one kind of book: attempts by big publishers to quickly appease market demand. Some found success taking a utilitarian route. One such book sold 1/4 million units, not because it was beautiful, but because it was both practical, and had the backing of the most critical piece to book success: Distribution.

Despite my disappointment with the quality, it meant opportunity: the market had room for a premium book that focused on beauty. After all, adult colouring revolves on creativity and artistic expression. A beautiful book would stand on its own against the competition (faith based or otherwise). Long story short, I pulled the trigger and turned around production of a book, from concept to printing to bookshelf, in about 5 months. Soul Coats was available well in advance for Christmas, but there was a problem that wasn’t immediately obvious to me as a newcomer to the book selling world, that critical piece to book success: Distribution.

Little did I know at the time, beauty and quality are not major selling points to distributors or bookstore owners, and therefore book buyers. Make something of lasting value that will stand the test of time is a good mantra for any product, but that product (book) still needs to be marketed well, and in the book industry, distributed well as well. In fact, the latter is more important in my estimation. A below average book with great distribution will sell more copies than a beautiful book with great marketing but little distribution.

June is a good time to start raising the profile of a book to wholesale buyers in order to hit the shelf for Christmas. The problem you, as publisher/author, have to overcome or your book is dead, are the gatekeepers of the book industry. Distributors, wholesalers, and bookstore owners, as I discovered, have little interest in the best books, rather they want the books that have the best chance to sell. Makes sense, but doesn’t quality have any value?

Not in my experience.

So what has value? Success seems to revolve around one thing: Volume. For new publishers and self publishing authors distribution is the critical lynch pin to success and getting your book picked up by all the potential distributors will open the door to success. The few wholesale book distributors have a monopoly on serving the physical bookstore, but getting your book there is almost impossible.

For Soul Coats, only one distribution source, apart from shipping out of my garage, was available–Amazon. That’s a problem. Only the consumer, happy to pick up their books at their lowest price, likes Amazon. They are the ‘enemy’ to bookstores, and the bane to publishers who have little control of the never ending fees to sell books on the platform. That means a physical store will never carry your books if it’s distributed by Amazon. But if you want the cheapest method to distribute books, and for some the ONLY method, Amazon is the answer.

This is a critical problem to the book industry: gatekeepers reject books, those books go to Amazon, Amazon’s product offering strengthens, which means booksellers miss books that are not pushed by major publishers. Gatekeeping does serve a purpose to filter through the glut of books, but also creates a system where wholesale books are streamlined by highest margin/profit, not quality. This is why so many books are from the same publishers who push the same authors.

The non-Amazon book industry is faced with the proverbial ‘rock and a hard place’. Risk carrying an unknown title, sell less because ultimately the end consumer has been trained to purchase what’s familiar. Don’t add new titles, distributors become purveyors of a monotony of near imitation books. This strategy is proving to be less and less successful for the town bookstore. But that’s not because people aren’t buying books, those numbers seem flat. Consumers are changing their behaviour to shop in a place where they can find both cheapest price and the most titles they simply can’t find at their local store.

Amazon, for their part, will take anything from anybody who wants to pay to store and ship (they are particularly well suited for eBook self-publishers where fees are less and marketing opportunities great compared to physical books).

Despite a cycle in the book buying industry that’s resulted in steady closures of local bookstores, there still exists a stubborn inflexibility from both distributors not named Amazon, and booksellers. The inflexibility by booksellers in both sourcing and selection means they’re caught in a cycle that’s both unchanging and very difficult to survive in. The environment sees bookstores continuously feature a handful of titles from a handful of the same authors, by an even smaller handful of publishers, of which includes an almost exclusive American voice. What bothers me is how many bookstores, and of course customers, don’t really care. What should bother bookstore owners is this environment doesn’t seem to be working for them either.

Booksellers without a connection to their customers will simply listen to what the distributor has to say and in turn will simply push what they’re told can sell—again—the same authors from the same big publishers. To be fair, booksellers want to make money, and face extreme pressure from online selling, which means books that make the shelf are the ones with the highest chance of selling. But that’s not leading to a growth in the local bookstore bottom line. There needs to be a different system (or at least a softening to how books are selected).

So what could be a recipe for success?

To the bookstore owners who are attuned to the needs of their customers and are curators of quality titles (and hopefully more Canadian titles) over salespeople for publisher to top ten lists, I want to browse your stacks. Anybody can go to Chapters to find the top 1% of books, but it’s quite different if the local bookstore begins to cater to a specific niche market, not merely ordering titles, but becoming a leader in guiding customers to find exceptional books. That creates a space for a relationship with customers, something Amazon can’t replicate.

One of the critical pieces of any good business model, is the creation of tribe (customer base) around strong brand. A bookstore is not merely a glorified library or showroom for Amazon. Make it a centre of attention for readers in your community. Think about unique attributes your bookstore can provide a target ’tribe’. (And no, being the last Christian bookstore in town isn’t an attribute.) Is the store a central hub place to foster community building? Does it offer value beyond making hard to find titles available for people who can’t order online? Consider items that enhance the whole reading experience and turn people into advocates for the things your store brings to the community and readers. Increasing the value offered to customers beyond books is a central focus to survive and thrive (adding a coffee machine isn’t the answer).

Those are some ideas, and some cautions in case you’re thinking of publishing a physical book that you hope hits the big time. And if you’re looking for the best faith based adult colouring book on the market, contact me for wholesale pricing. And yes, it will come from Amazon, Parasource won’t take any more colouring books….

Soul Coats: Restoration – How It Was Made (Part One of Two)

December 7, 2016 1 comment

This is part one in what will ultimately be a two part series. For several days now I’ve been corresponding with Calgary author Rohadi Nagassar about his book Soul Coats: Restoration, an adult colouring book based on scenes and scriptures from the Bible. I asked him if he would share the background story on his book, which follows; and then at a future date to share his reflections of being an independent author and publisher in Canada trying to get his product into stores. I hope you’ll take the time to read this.

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Thanks Paul for letting me share my story about making my ambitious first publication, Soul Coats: Restoration, an adult colouring book based on scenes and scriptures from the Bible.

We don’t have to go too far back to get the back story: October 2015. I’m sitting at a Thanksgiving party with friends when one woman starts chatting about the fun she’s having colouring. “Colouring?!” I had heard about the growing trend of adult colouring over the Summer but didn’t think much of it. In curiosity I asked her, “are there any Bible themed colouring books?” The response was ‘no’.

I didn’t believe it at first, when a craze hits there’s always a (or many) faith version at some point. Out of curiosity I checked Amazon and discovered there were only a couple faith based adult colouring books. That’s where I left the conversation until Christmas.

The Christmas buying season arrived and adult colouring books were a HIT. The sales of adult colouring books literally ‘saved’ the softcover print industry. For the first time in years softcover book sales increased, by double digits to boot. Colouring books were the reason. The volume of books sold was staggering, the top title alone sold over a million copies that year.

Suddenly my entrepreneur ears were pricked. A MILLION copies? Maybe there’s an opportunity here?

So I checked Amazon again for faith based colouring books and still only found a handful. It was time to take my preliminary research further to see if a book project would make business sense. Step one: order all the Christian adult colouring books I could find.

Soon after they arrived and I was blown away….at how TERRIBLE they were.

I was half expecting beautiful productions of scenes and inspirational images. What I saw instead were rip off stock images converted to illustrations, repetitive floral patterns, cats (for some reason cats, umbrellas, and lighthouses in ‘inspirational’ faith-based colouring books), and heavy use of fonts. Someone basically took a computer and bashed out a colouring book for utility over beauty. A lot of uninspired productions, but here’s the thing, these books were still selling hundreds of thousands of copies. I couldn’t believe the numbers, which made me think, “there must be a market for beauty in an art book.”

Since the existing books paled in comparison to the best colouring books on the market I knew there was an opportunity to create a beautiful book that would not only rival the best faith based books, but would be a work of art challenging the best adult colouring books on the market. With that in mind I set out with two objectives: (a)sell books; (b) those books needed to be beautiful and follow a narrative.

soul-coatsThe only problem? I’m a writer, not an illustrator. I can’t even draw.

Thankfully, I knew (or knew people who knew) a number of people who were talented illustrators. Through relationship I found seven, six of whom were/are based in Calgary. So not only was I differentiating in creating a quality book, it was going to be a local Canadian production as well. After I laid out a storyboard of God’s restorative narrative, including all potential scenes for my Bible themed adult colouring book spanning scenes and scriptures from Old to New, I pulled the trigger. That was January 2016.

Projects like this take months, sometimes years, but I knew the colouring book had to come out ASAP to beat the big publishers from getting their multiple versions out. Four months was the deadline.

April came and passed.

Courageously, the team of illustrators, came through at the end and the final book went to the Canadian printer in May. Early June the (currently) only adult Bible colouring book spanning the entire Bible was released— Soul Coats: Restoration. Constructed to match the best adult colouring books on the market, art that was unique (no cliché scenes) and professional, was the key piece to set the title apart. It remains exceptional in my eyes.

Take a look inside by visiting my book walk-through: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Py-0IUI598 (also embedded below)

To add to the experience I even created a free downloadable reflective guide for every scene.

The whole project was a huge learning curve, but a fun one. The creation of a book title like this was exciting to complete. But as an indie publisher, the real work still remains—marketing.

Creating an exceptional title is one thing, getting people to notice is another.

In part two, I’ll share some of the struggles publishing without a major name, and how to navigate distribution from wholesalers to bookstores.

Rohadi Nagassar

A Book Which Booksellers Themselves Should Examine

If it’s true that Evangelicals drive the Christian bookstore industry, then a book like this is useful not only to interested customers, but the bookstore owners and managers themselves…

A few weeks ago at Thinking Out Loud I reviewed a book by Canada’s own Brian Stiller, Praying for the World, in which the author provides a wealth of information about world conditions based on his extensive travel and interaction as a former Director of Youth for Christ Canada, former President of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, former President of Tyndale College and Seminary, and now Global Ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance.

Evangelicals Around the World - Thomas Nelson - Brian Stiller editorBrian is actually at the center of another recently-released project, this one also global in its perspective and one which also deserves to be in every church library and on several coffee tables as well. He serves as general editor for Evangelicals Around the World: A Global Handbook for the 21st Century (Thomas Nelson, 2015), a collection of over 50 essays and reports from almost as many different writers, each with a particular expertise on their given topic.

I’m not sure who it was, but about five years ago, I read a blogger making the point that we need to make a stylistic change from small-e evangelical to capital-E Evangelical. Of course, Evangelicals came of age long before that. Most people you ask will reference Jimmy Carter, the born again President, or the birth of Billy Graham’s ministry.

But in the book, the roots of Evangelicalism are traced back to 1521, followed by an exhaustive history of the contributing streams to the movement from the 1700s to the present. There is a chapter defining the core beliefs of Evangelicals, their commitment to world missions, their interactions with other denominations and religions, their role in urban ministry, their involvement in politics, their approach to environmental issues, their sensitivities on gender-related issues, their relationship to the similar-sounding word evangelism, and a chapter I personally found interesting, their appreciation of and contribution to the arts.

The authors of each section also include a well-chosen bibliography for those who wish to pursue any given topic.

Halfway through, the book’s focus becomes regional with a look at Evangelicals in Africa, Latin America, North America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. While the articles about these regions continue the detail of the earlier articles, there is the addition of demographic charts which help paint a clear picture of where Evangelicals rank in different countries, both among Christians in general, but also the general populace.

Particularly challenging is an article on the future of the Evangelical movement, how it will be identified and the type of people who will define its ranks; though that essay needs to be qualified in light of the regional analyses.

Evangelicals Around the World is a hardcover reference book; 422 pages, $34.99 US; but its topical scope exceeds the bounds of academic textbooks. Rather, if you are part of the movement and want to know your roots; or if you are an outsider who wants to learn more about this particular expression of Christianity; this is certainly the definitive work on this subject worth owning.

Calgary Author’s Great Carp Escape Reminds Kids All Creatures are God-Created

The Great Carp EscapeAlberta author Irish Beth Maddock‘s The Great Carp Escape (Word Alive Press) has already attracted considerable attention, having been featured on CBC-Radio, 100 Huntley Street, and having illustrator Lucent Ouano receive a Readers Favorite award.

In just 24 short pages, there’s a lot of action, as the publisher blurb indicates:

Tadpoles, clams, and minnows wow! For siblings Beth and Paul, growing up on a lake is fun… until they’re startled by a fishy find along the shoreline. When they discover the scaly, moustached carp, they become afraid. Seasons pass, and Beth and Paul avoid the swampy reeds at all costs until a flood brings about a life-or-death situation for the creepy looking carp, right in their own backyard! With guidance from their father, will Beth and Paul be able to overcome their apprehensions about the carp and help save them before it’s too late?

Blogger Annie Kate writes,

…This beautifully written story carries deeper meanings, subtly reminding the reader that worth depends on being God’s creature, not on beauty or popularity.  On that basis it points out that humans are to care for the world and the creatures in it.  This allegory also quietly presents the gospel, in both words and pictures, to those able to see it…

…I recommend The Great Carp Escape for preschool and early elementary children.  This cheerful picture book has all the elements of a good story: water, nature, fear, a problem, a solution, community, overcoming fear, and many layers of meaning.  I hope Irish Beth Maddock will continue to write for children.

The Great Carp Escape (9781486605088) is available in paperback to booksellers in Canada from Word Alive at $12.99 CDN and elsewhere through Ingram at $12.99 US.

Brighton Author’s Help for Fathers with Daughters

XOXO from Dad - Lyle BunnA Brighton, Ontario author has added a short book to what is an increasingly fast-growing genre, books about the relationship between fathers and daughters. XOXO from Dad: Words Too Seldom Spoken. a Father’s Love for His Daughter by Lyle Bunn is concise at 64 pages and is available from Westbow, through Ingram/Spring Arbor at $9.99 US retail. Here is the publisher info:

XOXO from Dad are words of love too seldom spoken from Dad to Daughter including advice and encouragement in 20 easy to read chapters within 65 pages. Suggested songs and bible readings amplify the messages in each chapter. The book puts into words the sentiments of love that every dad has for his daughter so she can become her best in the knowledge of his great love for her.

Bunn said “Fathers will give this book to their daughters to express that your love for her can be a solid rock upon which she can be all that she aspires to be. This book says, “I love you” to her through explanation, advice and inspiration that will help her to become all of who she is capable of becoming”.

It was also written for daughters, notes Bunn, who will appreciate knowing how their Dad is proud and delighted in her and for moms who are the constant “go-between” to help dad and daughter understand each other.

This short book explain dad’s innermost feelings toward his daughter, allowing daughters go into the world each day with the confidence that she is totally loved for no other reason than that “she is”.

Although Lyle has published more than 300 guidebooks and articles for industry, this is his first endeavour in publishing for a public audience.

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How Many of These Canadian Titles Does Your Store Carry?

A few weeks ago, I ran a list here of the Canadian authors I counted among my store’s inventory. But when I look at The Word Guild’s shortlist for this year’s awards, I feel like I’m not doing my part to support domestic publishing. I’m also amazed when I look at the top writers of Canadian Christian blogs how little crossover there is.  I don’t know what access issues I would encounter trying to carry any number of these in my store, or how many different wholesale sources it would involve. This is probably the biggest barrier to these seeing wider exposure in Christian retail in this country. Anyway, here are the 2015 Word Award nominees, which is part of a larger announcement which includes nominations for song lyrics and magazine articles. Click this link to read at The Word Guild.

SHORTLIST OF FINALISTS
THE 2015 WORD AWARDS

BOOK CATEGORIES

Book – Academic

David Koyzis of Hamilton, Ont. for We Answer to Another (Wipf and Stock)

James K. A. Smith of Grand Rapids, Mich. for Who’s Afraid of Relativism? (Baker Academic)

Leonard Hjalmarson of Thunder Bay, Ont. for No Home Like Place (The Urban Loft)

Book – Biblical Studies

Alan and Elizabeth Davey of Toronto for Climbing the Spiritual Mountain (Wipf and Stock)

John W. Martens of Delta, B.C. for The Gospel of Mark (Red Maple Press)

J. Richard Middleton of Rochester, N.Y. for A New Heaven and a New Earth (Baker Academic)

Book – Children

Aimee Reid of Hamilton, Ont. for Mama’s Day with Little Gray (Random House Children’s Books)

Donna Simard of St. Lazare, Man. for Shhh! It’s A Surprise: Michael and Dad at the Zoo. (Word Alive Press)

Book – Christian Living

Alan and Elizabeth Davey of Toronto for Climbing the Spiritual Mountain (Wipf and Stock)

Drew Dyck of Carol Stream, Ill. for Yawning at Tigers (Thomas Nelson)

Wendy VanderWal-Gritter of Mississauga, Ont. for Generous Spaciousness (Brazos Press)

Book – Culture

David Peck of Oakville, Ont. for Real Change Is Incremental (BPS Books)

Sandy Oshiro Rosen of Fort Langley, B.C. for Bare – The Misplaced Art of Grieving and Dancing  (Big Tree Publishing)

Book – Instructional

David Sherbino of Toronto for Living, Dying, Living Forever (Castle Quay Books)

Robert Shaw of Sunderland, Ont. for The Complete Leader (Castle Quay Books)

Book – Life Stories

Bobbi Junior of Edmonton, Alta. for The Reluctant Caregiver (Word Alive Press)

Deborah L. Willows of Huntsville, Ont. and Steph Beth Nickel of St. Thomas, Ont. for Living Beyond My Circumstances (Castle Quay Books)

Sandy Oshiro Rosen of Fort Langley, B.C. for Bare – The Misplaced Art of Grieving and Dancing (Big Tree Publishing)

Novel – Contemporary

Karen V. Robichaud of Dartmouth, N.S. for The Unforgiving Sea (Word Alive Press)

T.G. Cooper of Hamilton, Ont. for The Pastor Who Hated Church (T.G. Cooper)

Novel – Historical

Erin M. Hatton of Barrie, Ont. for Across the Deep (Word Alive Press)

Janice L. Dick of Guernsey, Sask. for Other Side of the River (Helping Hands Press)

Novel – Romance

Sandra Orchard of Fenwick, Ont. for Identity Withheld (Harlequin)

Valerie Comer of Creston, B.C. for Sweetened with Honey (GreenWords Media)

Novel – Speculative

Donna Fawcett of St. Marys, Ont. for Between Heaven and Earth (Newscroll Books)

Marcia Lee Laycock of Blackfalds, Alta. for The Ambassadors (Helping Hands Press)

Novel – Suspense

Janet Sketchley of Dartmouth, N.S. for Secrets and Lies (Janet Sketchley)

Kelsey Greye of Lloydminster, Alta. for All That Remains (Wesbrook Bay Books)

Sandra Orchard of Fenwick, Ont. for Blind Trust (Revell)

Novel – Young Adult

Fern Boldt of St. Catharines, Ont. for Blemished Heart (Word Alive Press)

Jack A. Taylor of Vancouver for The Cross Maker (Wesbrook Bay Books)

Karen V. Robichaud of Dartmouth, N.S. for The Unforgiving Sea (Word Alive Press)

Peterborough Author Back With 12th Release

Judi PeersWe took this title on consignment from the author a few days ago, and half our copies are gone already. Released in Canada and the U.S. through Word Alive Press.

From the Peterborough Examiner:

Peterborough author Judi Peers has focused on two areas in her latest book.

The 57-year-old writer has taken on the church and the issue of women in Playing Second Fiddle: God’s Heart for Harmony Regarding Women and the Church.

The theme is essentially a discussion of God’s purpose for women in the church and calling for the elevation of women in such an environment. Peers shows how both men and women are called to play second fiddle and look to Christ to play the lead in accord with 21st century culture…

Peers has been an author for about 30 years, mainly writing children’s books, and this is her 12th. She began putting it together a couple of years ago and took about six months to complete it, with revisions and re-write still to come. She said some of it has come from personal experience…

…Wildlife artist and author Kelly Dodge created the front cover image with illustrations by Mary Coles.

“The basic message is that all of us, men and women, be engaged to use our gifts and callings equally,’’ she said. “It calls for inclusiveness.’’

Peers is not only an author, but a speaker, publisher and Bible study leader. She is writing Christian material currently, and three of her works are included in the award-winning Canadian anthology A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider, in the pages of Chicken Soup for the Soul and its Christmas in Canada. She also published Guardian of the Lamp, a Bible study on the understanding of the Old Testament.

Read the full article at The Peterborough Examiner.

Available in the U.S. as well, through Ingram: 9781486607273