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Hendrickson Publishing Acquisition of Rose Publishing

The press release cited below is actually dated February 17th, but the thing I find interesting about this story is that Rose/Legacy Publishing is located in Carson, California, which if I remember correctly is on the border between Los Angeles County and Orange County, and Hendrickson is at the opposite end of the country in the Greater Boston Area.  Will Rose eventually be relocated to the east coast? Guess we’ll have to stay tuned.

I like both companies. Even in a small(er) store like ours, the re-order rate on the Legacy kids devotionals, the Rose pamphlets and the June Hunt booklet series is high. And Hendrickson always offers good value titles.

Gretchen Goldsmith, President and CEO of Rose Publishing, announced that she has sold her ownership of the company to Hendrickson Publishers. Effective immediately, this significant and exciting change allows Hendrickson Publishers to play a role in shepherding the continued legacy of Rose Publishing forward into the future.

Goldsmith and John Ribeiro, Executive Vice President and CFO of Rose Publishing, will continue to be involved with the company in various capacities, and look forward to working with the team at Hendrickson Publishers to ensure their products continue to thrive. Goldsmith chose Hendrickson Publishers due to their commitment to the message of the Gospel, their integrity as a publisher, their promotion of basic easy-to-understand Christian material, and their love for Rose Publishing’s products.

“Rose Publishing and Hendrickson Publishers are complementary organizations with similar goals and values,” says Goldsmith. “I anticipate this relationship will strengthen the mission of each as we move forward with shared vision for the future.”

“She is a true visionary,” says Ray Hendrickson, President and CEO of Hendrickson Publishers, of Goldsmith. “Her cumulative wisdom and understanding of the Christian publishing market will serve us well as we transition, and we look forward to learning much from her and the Rose Publishing team.”

The Rose Publishing name, brand, and mission will continue under the leadership and vision of Paul Hendrickson, General Manager at Hendrickson Publishers. (This includes the two additional imprints Aspire Press and RoseKidz.) He does not anticipate that production of current Rose Publishing, Aspire Press, or RoseKidz products will slow down during this transition.

For those who don’t know, the Hendrickson family also has a little business on the side called Christian Book Distributors. If you’ve never heard of it, keep reading, because sometimes their advertising pops up on this free WordPress blog. (And on my store’s blog as well, which is a more serious issue!)

 

Review: Hearing God in Conversation

God has many means at his disposal to get our attention

Hearing God in ConversationOver a year ago I was privileged to read a manuscript edition and asked to do an endorsement for a book which was released today by Kregel. Hearing God in Conversation: How to Recognize His Voice Everywhere is the second book by Sam Williamson, following Is Sunday School Destroying Our Kids which we reviewed here, and which I stocked in my own store. 

A year is forever when you’re an author awaiting national release, so I was surprised today with the good news that the book is now available.  Here’s the book summary I wrote:

In Hearing God In Conversation: How to Walk with God, Samuel Williamson affirms the church’s long-held position that God’s primary means of speaking to us is through scripture; while at the same time, through a blend of Bible teaching, contemporary and classic Christian authors, and personal experience, shows us that God is in no way limited in terms of what he can use to prompt us, nudge us and lead us. Written in a casual, sometimes lighthearted style, Hearing God in Conversation propels us to a place of expectancy with respect to God’s voice; to look for God’s personal message to us in a variety of circumstances; and to be aware that God has a vast catalog of means he uses to guide his children.

Here’s the official publisher marketing for the book:

Christians are comfortable saying that Christianity is about a relationship with God. Yet many might also say that they sense little meaningful relationship with God in their own lives. After all, the foundation of good relationship is communication–but conversation with God often seems to go only one way. We may sing of walking and talking with God in the garden, His voice falling on our ears, but few have heard that beloved voice themselves.

Sam Williamson acknowledges the fundamental human longing to hear God’s voice and offers a hopeful supposition: God is always speaking–we’ve just never been taught how to recognize His voice. Williamson handles this potentially heady topic with his characteristic straightforwardness and leavening humor. This book deftly bridges the gap between solid biblical theology and practical application, addressing topics such as how to truly pray without ceasing, how to brainstorm with God, how to navigate our emotions, how to answer God’s questions, and how to hear God’s voice for others.

Hearing God in Conversation offers simple, step-by-step lessons on how to hear God. Williamson begins with Scripture meditation. He then expands the practice of listening for that voice everywhere–in the checkout line, on the job, in a movie theater, and even in silence. From there, he demonstrates how to hear God’s guidance when making any decision. By the end, readers’ eyes and ears will be opened to the limitless methods through which God speaks.

The 224-page book is distributed in Canada by David C. Cook at $19.99

 

Emotionally Healthy Bookstore

Emotionally Healthy series

I always find it interesting when we get interest in backlist titles that is characterized by two things (a) There isn’t any media that we know of driving the sales, and (b) The people making inquiries seem to have more than six degrees of separation.

Such is the case right now with the Emotionally Healthy series of books by Peter Scazzero, published by Zondervan, pictured above. Full disclosure: I haven’t sold or stocked the leadership title, but I’m starting to wonder if we should carry that one as well.

We’re in a small town, so significant numbers are, well, significant. But I never know if, like the picture on the cover of the first book, I’m seeing all the demand we’re going to get, or if we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg.

(The image above is sized for Facebook, so feel free to use it on your store’s page.)