13 May

Ty Pennington launching new memoir with national TV appearances, sharing never-before-heard stories about his life

Life to the Extreme Releases May 14, 2019, with Media Appearances on TODAY and FOX & Friends

Grand Rapids, Mich., May 13, 2019 — Ty Pennington is sharing much of his personal story for the first time. In Life to the Extreme: How a Chaotic Kid Became America’s Favorite Carpenter (available May 14), Pennington describes his early life in Georgia where he organized neighborhood kids to build his first treehouse, to being diagnosed with ADHD in his college years, to accidentally becoming a model and a carpenter, to achieving incredible television success on the hit shows Trading Spaces and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Pennington’s life has been one incredible adventure after another.

Pennington will launch the book with major national media in New York City this week, including the TODAY Show on Wednesday, May 15, and FOX & Friends on Thursday, May 16. Additional appearances include PBS’ World News America, FOX News Radio, Guideposts, and Sirius XM’s The Highway and The Jenny McCarthy Show.

To celebrate the release of Life to the Extreme, Zondervan is sponsoring a $25,000 Ty Pennington Dream Kitchen Makeover Sweepstakes. One grand prize winner will receive a $25,000 check and an in-person interior kitchen design consultation with Ty Pennington. The sweepstakes begins at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on May 16. Sign up now for a text reminder by texting “25k” to 31996 to receive a text as soon as it’s time to enter the sweepstakes on May 16. To learn more, visit LifetotheExtremeBook.com/25K.

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Ty 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 is back on the small screen in the new Trading Spaces, Small Business Revolution and While You Were Out. 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.

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Book Info:

Life to the Extreme: How a Chaotic Kid Became America’s Favorite Carpenter  

Ty Pennington with Travis Thrasher

Release date: May 14, 2019


$26.99; Hardcover

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.

06 May

HarperCollins Christian Publishing mourn the loss of beloved author, Rachel Held Evans

(Nashville, Tenn.) May 6, 2019—After receiving heart-breaking news on Saturday, May 4, 2019 that New York Times best-selling author Rachel Held Evans had passed, the publishing teams at Thomas Nelson and Zondervan offer their deepest sympathy for her family and loved ones.  Rachel was best known for her authentic voice in the Christian community, with thoughts that provoked, challenged, and strengthened followers of Jesus Christ. 

In 2010, Rachel’s debut title, Evolving in Monkey Town (Zondervan), which was re-released in 2014 as Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions, unpacked the beginning of Rachel’s faith journey that would eventually lead to the radical and often humorous life experiments told in A Year of Biblical Womanhood : How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband ‘Master’(Thomas Nelson, 2012).   Rachel was well-known by readers for her wit as well as her honest and outspoken opinion of today’s Church and its influence in our culture.   Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church (Thomas Nelson, 2015) was written to showcase her belief in the power of grace, and Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again, her most recent book with Thomas Nelson, was a quest to understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read. Rachel’s last book, Wholehearted Faith is currently scheduled to release from HarperOne in October 2020. 

“Rachel embodied humility and grace in her every conversation and interaction,” said senior acquisitions editor for Thomas Nelson, Jenny Baumgartner.  “We loved her dearly at Thomas Nelson, and our hearts and prayers are with her husband and their two young children as they face a very challenging road ahead.  There is an outpouring of love and gratefulness for Rachel right now, and the immense impact she had in Christendom is seen throughout the media. I am so grateful that her books continue her legacy of risking it all for continued faith in Jesus.”  

Brian Hampton, senior v-p and group publisher for HarperCollins Christian Publishing commented, “The entire HarperCollins Christian Publishing team was so sad to hear of Rachel’s passing.  We knew Rachel as a strong, curious, and kind person and a writer who was deeply committed to her craft.  We are proud to be the publisher of several of Rachel Held Evans’ books, and our thoughts are with Dan and their children.” 

Rachel’s teaching and influence will continue to impact the world’s understanding and interpretation of the scripture, and to stimulate cultural conversations in the Church for years to come.  In Faith Unraveled, Rachel wrote, “What my generation is learning the hard way is that faith is not about defending the conquered ground but about discovering new territory.  Faith isn’t about being right, or settling down, or refusing to change.  Faith is a journey, and every generation contributes its own sketches to the map.  I’ve got miles and miles to go on this journey, but I think I can see Jesus up ahead.”

To read the official statement from Rachel’s husband, Dan please visit her blog.

About HarperCollins Christian Publishing: The world’s leading Christian publisher, HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc., comprises the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan publishing groups, Olive Tree Bible Software, BibleGateway.com, FaithGateway.com and ChurchSource.com.  The Company produces bestselling Bibles, inspirational books, academic resources, curriculum, audio and digital content for the Christian market space.   HarperCollins Christian Publishing is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in the U.S. and Mexico.  For more information visit www.HarperCollinsChristian.com

03 May

HarperCollins Christian Publishing wins two 2019 Christian Book Awards

Evangelical Christian Publishers Association names Lysa TerKeurst’s Embraced as Christian Book of the Year

(Nashville, TN) May 3, 2019—HarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP) is honored to have both its publishing groups, Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, recognized by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) at the 2019 Christian Book Awards.

During its annual Leadership Summit in Chicago, IL, ECPA announced the 2019 recipients of their Christian Book Awards. Lysa TerKeurst was awarded the night’s top honor when Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God is Holding You Close (Thomas Nelson) was named the 2019 Christian Book of the Year. Nabeel Qureshi was posthumously honored when his book Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: Third Edition with Bonus Content, New Reflections (Zondervan) won in the Audio category.

HCCP was also recognized with three Platinum Sales Awards, which are awarded to titles that surpassed one million copies sold. Recipients for 2019 included Mark Batterson’s Circle Maker (Zondervan), Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids (Thomas Nelson), and Bob Goff’s Love Does (Thomas Nelson).

“It’s an honor to have our authors and publishing teams recognized by the ECPA for their efforts to reach readers around with world with meaningful content,” says Mark Schoenwald, CEO and president of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. “We are proud to partner with authors like Lysa who help further our mission to inspire the world with content that honors Jesus Christ.”

“To have Nabeel’s work honored by the ECPA is a testament to the legacy he left by sharing the powerful story of his conversion from Islam to Christianity,” says Stanley N. Gundry, senior v-p and publisher for Zondervan Reflective. “It’s a privilege to continue to steward his message and allow his witness for God to live on through his writing.”

Additionally, David Moberg, senior v-p and group publisher for HCCP, was honored with the ECPA Chair Award for the outstanding contributions he has made to the industry throughout his career. Moberg plans to retire this year, effective at the end of June.

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.