27 November

Ty Pennington signs book contract with Zondervan

Life to the Extreme to Release May 14, 2019

Grand Rapids, Mich., November 27, 2018 – Star of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and the current Trading Spaces reboot, Ty Pennington, has inked a one-book contract with Zondervan. Life to the Extreme: How a Chaotic Kid Became America’s Favorite Carpenter, written with Travis Thrasher, will release in May 2019. Pennington is represented by Bill Stankey of Westport Entertainment. World rights were acquired by Senior Vice President of Author and Partner Development Matthew Baugher and Zondervan Acquisitions Editor Andy Rogers.

For the first time, Pennington shares parts of his personal story with fans. From his early life in Georgia where he built his first treehouse, to being diagnosed with ADHD in his college years, to achieving incredible television success—his life has been one adventure after another. In Life to the Extreme, Pennington will share the life lessons he’s learned through years. Serving others, random acts of kindness, and battling whatever life throws are the hallmarks of building a life that matters.

Pennington has been recognized as a leader in the field of volunteerism for his work on Extreme Makeover and Ty’s Great British Adventure. He served as ambassador for the Sears American Dream campaign. In line with his passion for creative and practical housing, he frequently volunteers time with Abōd Shelters Foundation, a charitable organization whose mission is to provide sustainable, quality housing to areas in need around the world.

“Ty Pennington has spent his career serving others and entertaining people with brilliant designs and an infectious sense of adventure,” says Andy Rogers, acquisitions editor. “He has a rare gift to draw communities together and create positive change. And he does so in a way that’s always … uniquely Ty. He’s also a recognized voice of encouragement for those living with ADHD and other challenges. This book will capture all of that and more.”

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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.

26 November

Shari Black hired as senior director of marketing for Specialty Publishing division

(Nashville, TN) November 26, 2018—HarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP) announced that Shari Black has joined the organization as senior director of marketing for the Specialty Publishing division.

Black offers over 20 years of key account sales and marketing experience implementing long-term strategic plans, as well as leading cross-divisional teams with companies such as Warner Bros. Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, and Walmart.  In these roles, she has worked on bestselling brands such as LEGO, Mattel, DC Comics, J.K. Rowling, Toy Story, and Tarzan.

As senior marketing director for HCCP’s Specialty Publishing division, Black will cultivate author and agent relationships, as well as create strategic marketing plans for Thomas Nelson gift, Zondervan gift, and Tommy Nelson titles. She will also spearhead key projects across the division.

“Shari’s leadership and retailer-focused approach to executing marketing strategies will be a tremendous addition to our team,” says Michael Aulisio, vice president of Marketing for HCCP’s Specialty Publishing division. “We are thrilled to gain her years of experience working with global brands and to apply her insights to our books and our authors.”

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.

01 November

Bestselling author and pastor shares his personal story of struggles with anxiety and self-doubt in new book I Declare War

(Nashville, TN) Bestselling author, pastor, and in-demand speaker Levi Lusko helps readers “get out of their own way” in a new, compelling book titled I Declare War (ISBN: 9780785220862 October 30, 2018).

In I Declare War, Lusko candidly shares about his personal struggles, like moodiness, bullying, and suicidal thoughts. He identifies the weapons we have at our disposal, and illustrates how to use them to achieve ongoing victory.

The Pastor of Fresh Life (a multi-site church in Montana, Utah, Wyoming, and Oregon), Lusko is known for his transparent and even sometimes humorous self-help approach by way of his books, Through the Eyes of a Lion and Swipe Right. I Declare War comes at a time when struggles like depression, fear, anxiety, and suicide, are at an all-time high in our society. Lusko’s hope is that “you start happening to your life instead of letting life happen to you.”

Heisman Trophy winner and New York Times bestselling author Tim Tebow says, “One of the reasons I admire and respect Levi is his transparency and search for truth. He doesn’t shy away from the hard or ugly stuff. Through his own story, he strives to help others get out of their own way and into the truth of who they are in God. This book will help you do just that!”

I Declare War is for anyone—from stockbrokers and soccer moms to skateboarders and sorority sisters—who struggle with personal demons, darkness, and self-sabotaging tendencies. The heart of the book is that you don’t have to be held hostage by yourself, you can be free. Lusko doesn’t offer a quick fix, or the perfect life, if you follow prescribed steps, but instead helps guide readers in how to think right so they can live right.

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Levi is a bestselling author, pastor of Fresh Life (a multisite church in Montana, Utah, Wyoming, and Oregon), and the founder of Skull Church and the O2 Experience. Levi travels around the world speaking about Jesus. He takes pleasure in small things, such as black coffee, new shoes, fast Internet, and falling asleep in the sun. He and his wife, Jennie, have four daughters—Alivia, Daisy, Clover, and Lenya, who is in heaven—and a son named Lennox.