09 February

Bestselling author Ruth Chou Simons Signs New Multi-Book Publishing Deal with Thomas Nelson 

(Nashville, Tenn.) February 9, 2023 – Bestselling author Ruth Chou Simons has inked a six-project deal with Thomas Nelson, across three of the publishing groups’ imprints, and HarperChristian Resources. The multibook deal includes a children’s book, two devotionals, a trade book, a lifestyle book, and video study curriculum.  

The first book of the new deal will be a children’s book, Simons’ first, slated to release in the fall of 2024 with Tommy Nelson, the company’s children’s imprint. Thomas Nelson Gift, Nelson Books, and HarperChristian Resources imprints will also publish projects as part of the new deal. Subsequent project timelines have not yet been released, though expected to fall into the 2025 and 2026 calendar years.   

“Ruth—an artist, mother, speaker, and entrepreneur—intimately knows how to speak to readers,” said MacKenzie Howard, executive editor at Thomas Nelson for the Children’s and Gift Book division. “Working with her in this capacity is an incredible opportunity to elevate Ruth’s life-giving messages and stunning art. Our teams across Thomas Nelson are excited about utilizing our many and wide-ranging resources to collaborate on a dynamic interdisciplinary go-to-market strategy to position Ruth as a leading voice in Christian life.”   

“I’m honored to partner with Thomas Nelson and Harper Christian Resources for these upcoming projects and can’t wait for the Kingdom impact we’ll have together,” said Ruth Chou Simons.  

Simons’ book When Strivings Cease: Replacing the Gospel of Self-Improvement with the Gospel of Life-Transforming Grace was released on October 12, 2021, through Nelson Books.   

Jenni Burke of Illuminate Literacy Agency negotiated the book deal.   

About Ruth Chou Simons: Ruth Chou Simons is a Wall Street Journal bestselling and award-winning author of several books and Bible studies, including GraceLaced, Beholding and Becoming, and When Strivings Cease. She is an artist, entrepreneur, podcaster, and speaker, using each of these platforms to spiritually sow the Word of God into people’s hearts. Through her online shoppe at GraceLaced.com and her social media community, Simons shares her journey of God’s grace intersecting daily life with word and art. Ruth and her husband, Troy, are grateful parents to six boys—their greatest adventure. Learn more at RuthChouSimons.com

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, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information visit ThomasNelson.com.  

About Tommy Nelson: Tommy Nelson® is the children’s division of Thomas Nelson. As a leading provider of Christian content, Tommy Nelson offers a wide variety of high-quality products, designed to expand children’s imaginations and nurture their faith while inspiring them toward a closer relationship with Jesus. For more information visit TommyNelson.com

Media Contact:

MacKenzie Collier

Thomas Nelson Gift Books

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07 September

HarperChristian Resources Announces Bible Engagement Podcast for Church Leaders

Author and pastor Randy Frazee to serve as host of The Bible Roots Podcast

Grand Rapids, MI – September 7, 2022 – HarperChristian Resources announced today the release of a new Bible-engagement-centered podcast hosted by author and pastor Randy Frazee. The Bible Roots Podcast is for pastors and church leadership who want to help their congregation or ministries actively and effectively engage with the Bible.

“We have designed this podcast for anyone who longs to see people engage with God’s Word. Everyone is welcome, but our crosshairs are on pastors and church leaders,” said Frazee.

Learn from Randy and other experienced leaders in their respective branches of church ministry, as they bring a rich and valuable perspective that makes this podcast a practical and useful resource for anyone in church and ministry leadership.

“Bible engagement continually comes up in research as the number one thing that helps people grow in their walk with Christ, and church leaders are looking for fresh ideas on how to help people read, understand, and apply the Bible in a culture that is increasingly skeptical of the Bible’s relevance,” added John Raymond, VP and Publisher of HarperChristian Resources. “Randy Frazee and his guests on this podcast dig into real challenges church leaders are facing, and discuss methods of Bible engagement that work in the real world.”

The first two episodes of Season One of The Bible Roots Podcast are now available wherever podcasts are streamed, while the next eight release each Wednesday beginning September 14th through November 2nd, totaling 10 episodes.

The first season topics, release dates, and guests are slated as follows:

Episode 1: The One Thing Your People Want (now available)

  • Featuring Cally Parkinson, Director for REVEAL

Episode 2: The Science of How People Grow (now available)

  • Featuring Scott Beck, CEO and Co-Founder of Gloo

Episode 3: Storytelling to Engage a Congregation (Sept. 14 release)

  • Featuring Kyle Idleman, Pastor at Southeast Christian Church and bestselling author

Episode 4: The Movable Middle (coming Sept. 21)

  • Featuring Nicole Martin, Sr. VP of Ministry Impact at the American Bible Society

Episode 5: Instilling a Love of the Bible in the Next Generation (Sept. 28 release)

  • Featuring Dr. Phil Collins, Professor of Christian Ministries and Director of the Taylor University Center for Scripture Engagement

Episode 6: The Story: Equipping parents to disciple their kids (Oct. 5 release)

  • Featuring Shelley Leith, Director of Church Relations for HarperCollins Christian Publishers

Episode 7: Leading Your Church in a Divided World (Oct. 12 release)

  • Featuring pastor and author Mark Batterson, Lead Pastor at National Community Church and New York Times bestselling author

Episode 8: The New Roadmap of Youth Ministry (Oct. 19 release)

  • Featuring Matt Markins, President and CEO of Awana

Episode 9: People Are Reading Less, But Listening More (Oct. 26 release)

  • Featuring Morgan Jackson, Sr. VP of Faith Comes By Hearing

Episode 10: The Power of Student Discipleship Through Music (Nov. 2 release)

  • Featuring Mark Hall, Storyteller, teacher and lead singer and songwriter for Grammy Award-winning band Casting Crowns

More about the Podcast:

The Bible Roots Podcast trailer can be found at TheStory.com/Podcast and at Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music platforms. Guest inquiries can be made to Lu Aguilar at [email protected]. The Podcast will be carried on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Podchaser, and other popular podcast platforms.

More about Randy Frazee:

Randy Frazee is the lead pastor at Westside Family Church in Kansas City. A frontrunner and innovator in spiritual formation and biblical community, Randy is the architect of The Story and BELIEVE church engagement campaigns. He is also the author of The Heart of the Story; Think, Act, Be Like Jesus; What Happens After You Die; The Connecting Church 2.0; and The Christian Life Profile Assessment. He and his wife, Rozanne, live in Kansas City, Kansas.

About HarperChristian Resources:

Equipping people to understand the Scriptures, cultivate spiritual growth, and live an inspired faith with Bible study and video resources from today’s most trusted voices.

Media Contact:

Lu Aguilar

Sr. Manager, Marketing

[email protected]