02 April

David and Tamela Mann receive NAACP Image Award for their Book “Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family”

Nashville, Tenn. (April 2, 2019) – David and Tamela Mann with Shaun Saunders received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author for Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage and Family during the 50th Annual NAACP Image Awards March 30, 2019 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. The book is published by W Publishing, an imprint of Thomas Nelson.

“We are honored and blessed by the recognition from the NAACP Image Awards for our book Us Against the World,” said David and Tamela who are currently performing before sold-out crowds on the Tyler Perry Madea Farwell Tour. “We hope readers are uplifted, spiritually encouraged, and feel inspired about love, family, and marriage when they read it.”

With a relationship spanning more than 30 years, David and Tamela are just as, if not more than, happily in love as they were in the early days of life together. In their book, Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage and Family, the superstar couple who has delighted and inspired audiences through music, plays, movies, and the television series’ Meet the Browns, The Manns, and Mann & Wife, candidly share a wonderfully inspiring, funny, and up-close look at their lives while offering hope and practical advice for building a strong relationship, marriage and family in the W Publishing book.

“Thomas Nelson is incredibly proud to be a part of David and Tamela Mann’s ministry. We are also deeply honored that the NAACP Image Awards has recognized the contribution of their book Us Against the World to supporting the spiritual and emotional health of African-American families and communities,” said Daisy Hutton, vice president and publisher, W Publishing. “The talent and commitment of the Mann family inspires us all to give our best back to the world every single day that we are in it, and their humility, faith, empathy, and tenacity challenge us all to work each day at becoming a better version of ourselves.  David and Tamela Mann are extraordinary human beings, and Us Against the World is an extraordinary book that will continue to help foster healing in marriages and families for many, many years to come.”

For the latest updates on David and Tamela visit:

WEBSITE: www.tillymannmusic.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/davidtamelamann

INSTAGRAM: @DavidandTamela

TWITTER: @DavidandTamela

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ABOUT TAMELA MANN

Tamela Mann is a Grammy® Award winner, three-time NAACP Image Award® winner, BET Award winner, Billboard Music Award winner, Stellar Gospel Music Award winner, and GMA Dove Award-winning singer, actress, songwriter, producer, and businesswoman. Tamela’s award-winning album Best Days debuted at No. 1 on multiple Billboard music sales charts and includes the No. 1, RIAA-Platinum certified single “Take Me to The King.” Tamela set a historic personal and industry record as the first Gospel lead artist in Billboard Gospel radio chart history to score three consecutive No. 1’s from an album. The string of hits includes “Take Me to The King,” “I Can Only Imagine,” and “This Place.” Tamela’s Billboard chart-topping fourth solo studio album One Way features the Billboard No.1 singles “God Provides” and “Change Me.” In 2017, Tamela broke the record for the most No. 1’s in the history of Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart when “Change Me” became her sixth leader. Tamela co-stars with husband actor/comedian David in the hilarious TV comedy, Mann & Wife, and their family docu-series, The Manns. Together, the couple heads up their independent entertainment company Tillymann Music Group.

ABOUT DAVID MANN

Ingeniously funny and extraordinarily talented are understatements when it comes to David Mann, the multi-faceted, two-time NAACP Award-winning actor and comedian. A native of Texas, David masterfully showcases his God-given talents in a most dynamic and distinguished way. His musical and theatrical talents brilliantly epitomize ingenuity at its best. Along with his wife, Gospel singing sensation Tamela Mann, David co-stars in the hilarious TV comedy, Mann & Wife, and their family docu-series, The Manns. When David is not on set shooting, producing or directing, he brings his live comedy show to venues around the country playing to capacity crowds. David, together with Tamela, head up their independent entertainment company Tillymann Music Group.

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, 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 www.thomasnelson.com.

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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 Lusko

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.

30 October

New York Times bestselling author, Andy Andrews, will continue doing what he does best – “noticing” – in new podcast

(Nashville, TN) October 30, 2018—New York Times bestselling author and in-demand corporate speaker, Andy Andrews, brings a compelling perspective in new podcast called The Professional Noticer.

This insightful and often hilarious podcast is built around common sense, wisdom, and laughter—three ingredients Andrews has harnessed to produce extraordinary results for his clients throughout the years. Now, his number one client will be his listeners. After having been available for only a month, The Professional Noticer has already gathered a flock of listeners from 56 different countries.

The former comedian turned author and speaker is known for revealing the depths of everyday principles to his readers by way of his books and online presence. With The Traveler’s Gift and The Noticer, Andrews has to his credit two of the most popular self-improvement novels of the past decade. Both titles were chosen as “book-of-the-month” selections all over the world, including ABC’s Good Morning America and the syndicated radio program The Dave Ramsey Show.  

As much as they love his books, Andrews’ legion of fans say that where he really shines is in delivering the spoken word.  The Professional Noticer takes full advantage of his strong suit in a fast-paced, very funny, and sometimes touching conversation Andrews has with his listeners every week. As Andrews says, his mission is to help people, “live the lives they would if they knew how.” The podcast is a fresh way to connect with people, with the first half of the program dedicated to “observations” while in the second half, Andrews answers real-life questions sent in by the audience.

Andrews is releasing a new book in the summer of 2019 titled The Bottom of the Pool: Understanding the Truth About Foundational Thinking—And Why It Matters to You (Thomas Nelson May 29, 2019, ISBN: 9780785226536). Bottom of the Pool details the unique philosophy Andy has used to help corporations double their earnings and national sports teams win championships. It includes specific stories and strategies for making key decisions to accomplish extraordinary results in every area of our lives.

The Professional Noticer is available at the following locations:  iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and anywhere you listen to your favorite podcast. Falling in line with Andy’s desire to engage with listeners there will also be a studio built in Orange Beach, open for visitors and an audience.

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ANDY ANDREWS Hailed by a New York Times reporter as “someone who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America,” Andy Andrews is the author of multiple New York Times bestsellers including The Traveler’s Gift and The Noticer. He is also an in-demand speaker, coach, and consultant for the world’s largest organizations.

Zig Ziglar said, “Andy Andrews is the best speaker I have ever seen.”

Both The Noticer and The Traveler’s Gift were featured selections of ABC’s Good Morning America and continue to appear on bestseller lists around the world. His books have been translated into over 40 languages. Andy has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents, worked extensively with the Department of Defense, and regularly addresses the world’s largest corporations. Arguably, there is no single person on the planet better at weaving subtle yet life-changing lessons into riveting tales of adventure and intrigue—both on paper and on stage.

18 July

W Publishing acquires Captain Tammie Jo Shults Memoir

From US Navy Pilot to American hero

(Nashville, Tenn.) July 18, 2018 – W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, has acquired rights to a memoir by Captain Tammie Jo Shults, the airline pilot of Southwest Flight 1380 who made an emergency landing of her Boeing 737 after an engine exploded in midair, shattering a passenger window.

The North American rights were acquired by Daisy Blackwell Hutton, vice president and publisher in a pre-empt from Mel Berger at William Morris Endeavor, along with CMG Worldwide. This book is scheduled for release in October 2019 and will be Tammie Jo’s first book.

With nerves of steel, Captain Shults safely landed Southwest 1380 with only one engine in Philadelphia earlier this year. She will tell the story of how a young girl growing up on a ranch in New Mexico went on to become one of the first female F-18 Hornet pilots in the US Navy, braving rejection and discrimination with the strength she found in her faith.

Captain Shults is one of a small percentage of female pilots in the commercial airline industry. According to 2016 data from the Federal Aviation Administration, just 6.33% of commercial pilots are women. The passengers of Southwest 1380 applauded Shults for her “guidance and bravery in a traumatic situation” and called her a “true American hero.”

“We believe that Tammie Jo’s inspiring story has powerful reach far beyond the headlines heralding her calm and courage during the Southwest Airlines incident,” said Hutton. “It is a deeply human story that touches broadly on questions about how the choices we make and the things we value coalesce into the people we become. Tammie Jo’s story also dovetails powerfully with the cultural conversation around women’s strength and tenacity as we pursue our dreams.”

Contact:                Becky Melvin

Telephone:           615.902.1211

Email:            [email protected]

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, 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 www.thomasnelson.com.

25 April

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to release first book post-retirement telling his story

(Nashville, Tenn.) – April 25, 2018 – Retired NASCAR driver and NBC Sports’ newest on-air contributor,  Dale Earnhardt Jr., announces his first book and reveals the cover on NASCAR America “Wednesdays with Dale Jr.” The fifteen-time most popular driver writes candidly about his recent experiences in Racing To The Finish: My Story (ISBN# 9780785221609) which will be released on October 16, 2018, from the W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson.

It was a seemingly minor crash at Michigan International Speedway in June 2016 that ended the day early for Dale Jr. What he didn’t know was that it ultimately would cause him to miss the final 18 events of the racing season. He’d dealt with concussions before, but concussions are like snowflakes—no two are the same. Plus, recovery can be brutal—and lengthy.

As a third-generation driver in a family forever connected to the sport of stock-car racing, how could Dale Jr. sit on the sidelines and watch everyone else take their laps? It was one of the toughest seasons of his life, and one that changed him forever.

“Concussions are so common in sports that, for years, nobody took them seriously, myself included,” Earnhardt said. “But in 2016 that changed for me, and it was bad – very bad. Until this book, only my doctor and family could know how bad it was. I am leaving nothing out – the fear, the struggle, the pressure to get back, the rediscovery of myself, and how the very thing that caused my pain ultimately led to happiness I never knew possible. I also think my learnings from this experience will be hugely beneficial to people who are going through the same thing. One of those learnings is that there are more than we ever realized.”

Written with ESPN’s Ryan McGee, Dale Jr.’s gripping narrative is a first-person account from one of professional sports’ most beloved figures about his journey: how his career and his injury have transformed him, how he made the decision to retire at the end of the 2017 season after eighteen years behind the wheel, and what lies ahead for him in the next chapter of his life. There’s no second guessing and no regrets. He’s leaving the driver’s seat on his own terms, and he’s ready to hit the gas on his next phase of life.

“It’s always a Publisher’s dream to work with people who are the absolute very best at what they do, and that label certainly applies to Dale Earnhardt Jr.,” said Daisy Blackwell Hutton, Vice President of Thomas Nelson and Publisher of the W Publishing Group. “We knew Dale Jr. was a great racer, but it’s been wonderful to go deeper into his journey as a man so committed to his family, his fans, and his faith—and especially to learn more about everything he’s experienced in recent years. What a story!”

Contact:          Becky Melvin

Tel:                    615.902.1211

email:          [email protected]

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, 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 www.thomasnelson.com.

08 March

W Publishing Group to release new book by Franklin Graham on lessons learned from his father Billy Graham

Through My Father’s Eyes coming early May

(Nashville, Tenn.) – Throughout recent weeks, the world has been captivated by countless tributes and heart-felt memorials to the late Rev. Billy Graham. Now, Franklin Graham is preparing to share a lifetime of personal memories, anecdotes, and lessons that he has learned from his father in Through My Father’s Eyes – a book that has taken almost twelve years to complete.

“My father’s image will remain etched in my mind and his voice will ring in my ears,” says Franklin Graham. “The lessons I have learned through my father’s eyes have anchored me and made me realize that what he taught me was what he also learned through his Father’s eyes from heaven. I believe this book will give readers a look into the heart of a father who has never disappointed his son. This is just a glimpse of what all believers learn from the love of a heavenly Father.”

“With Billy Graham now in Heaven, I can think of no better person to take us behind the scenes of his life and mission than his son, Franklin,” says Matt Baugher, senior vice president at HarperCollins Christian Publishing. “This is a book that Franklin has been working on for years and it had just been completed when his father passed away on February 21, 2018. It is an honor to work with Franklin and the entire Graham family to advance the Gospel, the message Billy has preached, and to make this important book available to the public as soon as possible.”

Franklin Graham is chairman and president of Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian relief and evangelistic organization, and also serves as president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Franklin is the fourth of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham’s five children. An avid outdoorsman and pilot, he lives with his wife Jane Austin in North Carolina where they have raised four children and now have twelve grandchildren.

Donna Lee Toney, a colleague of Franklin Graham for thirty-seven years, has been involved in the ministries of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and in literary collaboration since 1982, most recently on the release of the New York Times best-seller Where I Am and the bestselling The Reason for My Hope: Salvation with Billy Graham.

About Through My Father’s Eyes

  • W Publishing Group, ISBN# 978-0-7852-2713-7, May 1, 2018
  • The finished book will be $26.99, printed case-side with marketing o-wrap.
  • The foreword is “From the Words of Billy Graham.”
  • John Howard Sanden is an American artist who has painted hundreds of distinguished personalities around the world, including the official White House portraits of President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. He also painted the portrait of Billy Graham used for the cover of Through My Father’s Eyes.
  • The book will include a 24-page insert of color and black and white photos (some never-before seen) from the private collection of Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
  • W Publishing Group has worked with Franklin Graham to include an afterword about his last visit with his father and personal memories of the funeral.
  • Simultaneously released internationally in trade paper, Through My Father’s Eyes will also be available in Spanish as Por los ojos de mi padre.

FRANKLIN GRAHAM IS AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS.

Contact:     Stephanie Newton

Director of Marketing and Publicity

tel:        (615) 902-2320
email:   [email protected]

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

09 February

Denise George hired as vice president of marketing for W Publishing

(Nashville, TN) February 9, 2018—Today, Thomas Nelson announced Denise George as its new vice president of marketing for the W Publishing Group. George will report to W Publishing vice president and publisher, Daisy Blackwell Hutton, and will work closely with Hutton to develop both short and long-term publishing and business strategies for the imprint.

George comes to W Publishing with over 20 years of marketing experience in creative industries. For the past seven years, George has served as v-p of content and customer development at Creative Trust. Formerly, George spent over 15 years at Capitol Records in customer content development, artist marketing, and most recently in business development as v-p of strategic marketing. In her new role, George will oversee all marketing and publicity efforts for the W Publishing Group.

“Denise brings a fantastic blend of talent and brand management experience, direct-to-consumer experience, and leadership and management experience to this role,” says Hutton. “We believe Denise’s valuable marketing expertise and personal sensibilities will compliment our vision for W Publishing, and we are thrilled to welcome her to the team.”

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.