21 June

Bestselling The Jesus Bible to reach more readers in new editions— exclusive NIV Comfort Print® typeface, and NVI and ESV translations

Grand Rapids, Mich., June 21, 2018 — After a phenomenal first year, placing high both in Amazon and ECPA rankings, Zondervan is delighted to announce that The Jesus Bible will be available in new editions in late 2018 and early 2019.

In 2017, The Jesus Bible was Zondervan’s bestselling NIV study Bible and was one of the Evangelical Christian Publisher Association’s (ECPA) bestselling study Bibles, as well as #11 overall for ECPA Bibles. More than 140,000 copies of The Jesus Bible have entered circulation since its launch at Passion Conference in January 2017.

Over the following year, the ministry of The Jesus Bible will be extended in three ways. First, in October 2018, The Jesus Bible will be released with new covers and in Zondervan’s exclusive NIV Comfort Print® typeface, making it more readable than ever. It will also be available for the first time in indexed editions.

In February 2019, The Jesus Bible will be published by Editorial Vida, Zondervan’s Spanish division, in the Nueva Versión Internacional, reaching Spanish readers in the United States, Latin America, and Spain.

Finally, just in time for Easter, The Jesus Bible will be published by Zondervan in March 2019 in the English Standard Version (ESV). “In its first eighteen months of publication, The Jesus Bible, NIV Edition has been a massive success, reaching readers of all ages, including those in the increasingly influential 18 to 36-year-old market,” says Kevin Marks, managing director, Passion Publishing. “We are grateful to HarperCollins Christian Publishing for everything they are doing to lift this incredible resource—the launch in November of The Jesus Bible in their exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® is a significant investment in the future success of the NIV edition. And we believe that expanding the impact by offering The Jesus Bible in both Spanish language editions and the ESV is a powerful step towards making The Jesus Bible accessible to the fullness of the Church and the global Passion Movement.”

The Jesus Bible, which features essays from general editor Louie Giglio as well as Max Lucado, John Piper, Ravi Zacharias, and Randy Alcorn, helps readers follow the thread of Jesus from cover to cover. The Jesus Bible features 66 book introductions and over 1,000 articles, which help readers discover a new depth to the Bible’s meaning as they see Jesus in every chapter of the story.

Contact:     Trinity McFadden

Senior Manager of Publicity

tel:   616-698-3514

web: [email protected]

About Louie Giglio:

Louie Giglio is Pastor of Passion City Church and the Founder of the Passion movement, which exists to call a generation to leverage their lives for the fame of Jesus.

Since 1997, Passion has gathered collegiate-aged young people in events across the US and around the world. Notably, in 2017, more than 55,000 students gathered for Passion 2017 in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome for one of the largest Jesus-focused collegiate events in history. Each year, Passion continues to see 18-25 year olds fill venues across the nation in pursuit of lives lived for God’s glory.

In addition to the collegiate gatherings of Passion Conferences, Louie and his wife, Shelley, lead the teams at Passion City Church, sixstepsrecords, Passion Publishing, and the Passion Global Institute.

Louie is the national-bestselling author of Goliath Must Fall, Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God & Science, The Comeback, The Air I Breathe, and I Am Not But I Know I Am.

Louie and Shelley make their home in Atlanta, Georgia.

About Passion Publishing:

Passion Publishing is a book publishing imprint committed to lifting and amplifying the messages of the Passion Movement and Passion City Church. As a movement, Passion is focused on glorifying God through a winsome life leveraged for the name and renown of Jesus. Launched in 2014, Passion Publishing has published notable bestsellers The Comeback and Waiting Here for You (Louie Giglio), and Good Good Father picture book (Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett). The imprint partners with HarperCollins Christian Publishing.

About the NIV:

The New International Version (NIV) is the world’s bestselling modern-English Bible translation—accurate, readable, and clear, yet rich with the detail found in the original languages. The NIV is the result of over 50 years of work by the Committee on Bible Translation, who oversee the efforts of many contributing scholars. Representing the spectrum of evangelicalism, the translators come from a wide range of denominations and various countries and continually review new research in order to ensure the NIV remains at the forefront of accessibility, relevance, and authority. Every NIV Bible that is purchased helps Biblica, a nonprofit ministry organization, translate and give Bibles to people in need around the world. To learn more, visit www.thenivbible.com.

About Comfort Print®:

Read on! Settle in and spend more time in the Bible without eyestrain. Comfort Print® is an exclusive new family of fonts expertly designed to allow your eyes to relax as they flow smoothly along the lines of text. Learn more at www.ComfortPrintBibles.com.

About Editorial Vida:

Editorial Vida, the Spanish division of Zondervan, publishes Spanish Bibles, books, devotionals, and other resources that promote a faithful relationship with Jesus. Vida maintains the largest catalog of Christian products and resources in the Hispanic culture—U.S., Latin America, and abroad. Vida holds the exclusive distribution rights of the NVI (Nueva Versión Internacional)—New International Version of the Bible in Spanish. Vida’s offices are located in Miami, Fl. www.editorialvida.com.

About Zondervan:

Zondervan is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, Mich. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

19 June

Jamie Lockard hired as vice president of marketing for Nelson Books

(Nashville, TN) June 19, 2018—Thomas Nelson announced Jamie Lockard as its new vice president marketing for Nelson Books today. Lockard will report to Brian Hampton, senior vice president and publisher for Nelson Books, and will work closely alongside Hampton to develop and lead key marketing and brand strategy.

Lockard comes to Nelson Books after running a consulting firm specializing in B2B and B2C marketing strategy, professional development, and brand strategy. Prior to that, she spent 10 years at Hallmark, including roles as retail merchandise director and vice president of Gift Solutions. Other experience includes roles as brand director for Whirlpool, vice president of marketing for Jockey International, and director of advertising and public relations for Lee Apparel.

“Jamie’s extensive experience leading marketing teams, working with creatives, developing products, and maximizing resources is an invaluable addition to our authors and our team,” says Hampton. “We are thrilled to gain her clear-thinking, positive, strategic, and results-oriented approach to marketing.”

About Thomas Nelson: Thomas Nelson is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curricula, and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information visit www.thomasnelson.com.

13 June

Sandi Patty Reveals Cover & Foreword by Kathie Lee Gifford for Fall Memoir, The Voice

The Voice to Release November 6, 2018

Grand Rapids, Mich., June 2018 — In a Facebook Live video last night, Christian music icon and forty-time Dove award winner, Sandi Patty revealed the cover to her upcoming memoir and also announced a foreword by Kathie Lee Gifford. The Voice: Listening for God’s Voice and Finding Your Own releases from Zondervan on November 6, 2018. To watch the video, click here.

In the foreword, Gifford writes, “What you are about to discover about Sandi in this book will shock you, upset you, and ultimately make you rejoice in the power of a life lived well with God…. Sandi’s story is one of deep suffering that even those closest to her never fathomed. I am so happy that this extraordinary woman is finally able to tell her story full throttle and unafraid.”

In The Voice, Sandi shares deeply intimate stories of her life and the empowering spiritual truths she’s learned. She offers readers wisdom to navigate the journey from voicelessness to discovering the voice God has given you. With a poignant history of sexual abuse, infidelity, divorce and crises of self-image, Sandi lived much of her life feeling unworthy of love or value. And like so many of us, she coped by living through the voices of others, allowing other people to prescribe her identity. As she performed around the world, Sandi met others just like her, who hid wounds behind quiet smiles and struggled to live with fractured identities.

Zondervan is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications.  Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, Mich.  For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

04 June

Former Thomas Nelson CEO, Sam Moore, Passes

(Nashville, Tenn.) June 4, 2018- Today, the hearts of HarperCollins Christian Publishing employees are mourning the loss of a dear friend and former leader.   On the afternoon of June 1, 2018, Sam Moore, former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers and founder of Royal Publishing, passed away.

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Sam Ziady Moore was a 19-year-old Lebanese immigrant who moved to America in the 1950s with only 600 dollars in savings and a dream to attend college.  He began to sell Bibles door-to-door to pay for his tuition, and in 1958, Moore established his own company, National Book Publishers in Nashville, Tenn.  In 1961, Moore founded Royal Publishing, a fast-growing Christian publisher, by enlisting strategic partners like the late-American entrepreneur Jack C. Massey, co-founder of Hospital Corporation of America and Kentucky Fried Chicken, for capital and business advice.  In the late 1960s, Moore was approached by Thomas Nelson and Sons—a religious publishing house based in New York, originally founded in Edinburg, Scotland—with interest to purchase Royal Publishing.  Moore declined, but instead made an offer to purchase Thomas Nelson, and in 1969 Royal Publishing adopted the Thomas Nelson name, dropping “and Sons” to gain more international brand recognition.  Moore moved the Thomas Nelson publishing operations to Nashville, Tenn., where it remains today.

As the CEO of Thomas Nelson, Moore grew the company into one of the world’s largest evangelical publishing houses, acquiring multiple publishers and imprints with internationally recognized authors like Jerry Falwell, Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, Dr. David Jeremiah, Anne Graham Lotz, Max Lucado, John MacArthur, John Maxwell, Charles Stanley, Charles Swindoll and Zig Ziglar, among others.  One of Moore’s most ambitious business decisions came in the late 1970s when his then 10-year-old son said he could not understand the King James Version of the Bible. Moore was inspired to initiate a comprehensive 4.5 million-dollar translation project utilizing the expertise of 130 commissioned Bible scholars.  Seven years later, the New King James Version translation of the Bible was published for the first time in 1983 under Moore’s leadership to make the Bible easier to read and understand.  The project was said to be the high-point in Moore’s faith-journey, one that was started and inspired by American missionaries in Lebanon.

Moore retired in 2005 after nearly 47 years as CEO of Thomas Nelson, but continued to remain in close connection with the leaders who followed in his footsteps.  Mark Schoenwald, named president and CEO of Thomas Nelson in 2011 and current president and CEO of HarperCollins Christian Publishing said, “Sam was a unique man who embraced God’s plan for his life every day with courage and enthusiasm.  He dedicated his life’s work to preach and teach the good news of the Gospel.  Sam impacted and changed the lives of countless people with his time, effort and resources.  We are grateful for his vision and dedication to building our company, and appreciated his extended friendship after his retirement.  We are praying for his family, especially his wife Peggy, but we take comfort in knowing that Sam is now at peace in his eternal home.”

In the weeks leading up to his passing, Moore spent his time at home with his family and loved ones.  His son, Joseph “Joe” Moore, said, “Dad had a deep well of energy that he fueled into his love of family, work, travel and missions.  He was a strong leader and a loving patriarch to our family.  He led by example and taught each of us to not only dream big, but to find our calling and then work diligently and faithfully, always giving our best.”

The family requests that memorial donations be made in lieu of flowers to any of the ministries listed below, which Moore supported throughout his life.

Middle Eastern Bible Organization
P.O. Box 9764
The Woodlands, Texas 77387

Samaritan’s Purse
P.O. Box 3000
Boone, North Carolina 28607

The Gideon’s International
P.O. Box 140800
Nashville, Tennessee 37214

Westminster Chapel Presbyterian Church
7000 Executive Center Drive
Building Two, Suite 125
Brentwood, Tennessee  37027

About HarperCollins Christian Publishing: The world’s leading Christian publisher, HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc., comprises both Thomas Nelson and Zondervan publishing groups in addition to Olive Tree Bible Software.  The Company produces bestselling Bibles, inspirational books, academic resources, curriculum, audio and digital content for the Christian market space.  Also home to BibleGateway.com, the world’s largest Christian website, and FaithGateway.com, an online community dedicated to helping people grow in their faith. HarperCollins Christian Publishing is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in the U.S. and Mexico.  For more information visit www.HarperCollinsChristian.com.