November 2008 Posts

Tyndale Signs with Global Reader

Tyndale is excited to announce a new step we are taking in the world of digital publishing. This partnership with Global Reader is a first in Christian publishing.

In commenting on behalf of Tyndale House Publishers, Alan Huizenga, Director of Digital Publishing, said, “We are pleased to be working with MacMillan Solutions in getting our products out to a whole new market. Tyndale is excited about the opportunity to offer our titles to the millions of consumers using the emerging platform of mobile technology for information and entertainment.”

A brief article from Publishers Weekly is posted below:

Tyndale Signs with Global Reader
by Craig Morgan Teicher — Publishers Weekly, 11/18/2008 12:44:00 PM

Christian publisher Tyndale House has signed an agreement with MPS Global to distribute forty-six of its titles to mobile phones through MPS’s Global Reader platform. Tyndale House publishes many best-selling Christian titles, including Tim LaHane and Jerry B. Jenkins Left Behind Series and books by inspiration author Karen Kingsbury. As part of the agreement, readers can access free samples of recent books by LaHaye, Jenkins and Kingsbury. This is MPS Global’s first foray into the Christian Market, and follows on the heels of several other partnerships, including deals with S&S and e-book maker DNAML.

Soccer Team Helps Westmont College Rise from the Ashes

Westmont College in California suffered a devastating loss due to a fire last week, but this soccer game and the kindness of Azusa Pacific University is inspiring.

Read Bill Plaschke’s story in The LA Times.

Soccer team helps Westmont College rise from ashes
Bill Plaschke November 18, 2008

The Westmont College soccer team celebrates a 2-0 victory over Azusa Pacific on Monday. Azusa Pacific could have won by forfeit on Saturday but insisted on postponing the game until the bedraggled Westmont soccer players could come to their campus for more than just a soccer game.

The small college near Santa Barbara, devastated by last week’s Montecito fire, begins healing with help from upstart team’s 2-0 victory over defending NAIA champion Azusa Pacific.

Harrison Hill kicked through the smoke of uncertainty, the soot of fear, finding the back of the net with a solid right foot on a spotless white ball.He kicked the first goal, the only goal his Westmont College team would need, then he turned and ran.

He ran past the teammate who, at this moment, owned only the uniform on his back.

He ran past a teammate who had prepared for the game by searching Craigslist for a place to sleep.

He ran off the field, under the covered bench area, and into the arms of one who lost more than any of them.In last week’s Montecito fire, the home of Westmont Coach Dave Wolf burned to the ground.

Hill hugged his teary-eyed teacher and lifted him to the sky.

“This is the first brick in your new house,” he whispered.

This is how the healing always begins, doesn’t it? A community torn by tragedy searches for a reason to find each other. A group of athletes reaches beyond itself to become that reason.

The healing, it seems, always starts with a game.

On Monday afternoon, on a pristine field abutted again against clear and majestic hills, there was a game like few others. Westmont College played Azusa Pacific University for the Golden State Athletic Conference championship and a spot in the NAIA national tournament.

They played even though Westmont, a private Montecito college with an enrollment of 1,347, had been shut down since last week because of the wildfire.

They played even though 15% of the campus had been destroyed, including faculty housing for about two dozen teachers and a handful of dorms for 50 students.

They played even though they were supposed to play on Saturday, with no rest and no preparation, but the game was delayed by request of Azusa Pacific.

That’s right. Imagine that. Azusa Pacific could have won by forfeit, yet the defending national champions insisted on postponing the game until they could bring the bedraggled Westmont soccer players to their campus, house them, feed them, and get them ready to play.

“At the end of the day, that title can burn up and those rings can melt away,” said Phil Wolf, Azusa Pacific’s coach and brother of the Westmont coach. “Sports are about relationships, family, brotherhood.”

So, heavy underdogs with heavy minds, the Westmont players showed up on the Azusa campus last weekend with little chance of even paying attention until the game.

“I couldn’t even believe we were here,” said Zach George, a freshman whose dorm room burned down, leaving him with nothing, not even his wallet or keys. “We had lost so much.”

But by the time they stepped on the Azusa Pacific field Monday, they had found something.It was on the other sideline. It was standing five deep, the length of the field, stretching beyond the fences behind the goals, shrieking and cheering and chanting.

It was their people. It was their school. Westmont was officially closed, but its heart had opened to pour out several hundred students and faculty who had driven two hours — some even on a chartered bus — to cheer for the first sign of post-fire life.

The cheers of “West-mont” filled the humid air, far stronger than the remaining faint whiff of smoke. It sometimes even drowned out the “A-P-U” cheers from locals who made this gathering of about 500 people the biggest crowd in Azusa Pacific soccer history.

“I know this has been said before, but this time it’s true,” said Westmont freshman Austin Crowder, who was painted in the school colors of red and white. “We’re here to show how we will rise from the ashes.”

The Westmont players saw this, felt it, huddled around their coach before the game and choked back tears and prayed about it.

By the time the game started, the burning had returned, only this time from within.

“There was no way we were losing this game,” said senior midfielder Jonathon Schoff. “I mean, no chance, not an option, no way.”

The fans never quieted. The players never slowed. And no, there was no chance Westmont was losing this game.

The Warriors beat the bigger, stronger, faster Cougars, 2-0, in a match that didn’t feel that close. They seemingly won every contested ball. They appeared to win every race to every corner.They scored twice in the second half, both goals followed by runs directly into the coaches’ arms.

Just as the emotion fueled Westmont, it drained Azusa Pacific, the classy hosts overcome by their own generosity.

“There was so much going for them, the fans, the momentum, the situation, it was too much for us to overcome,” said junior midfield Eric Winblad. “We almost felt like the bad guys out there.”

That’s sad, because rarely in Southern California sports has there been a better show of sportsmanship than this, Azusa Pacific sacrificing its chance at a title defense to give Westmont a fair shot at taking it.

As impressive as the resilience of the conquerors was the kindness of the conquered.

Goodness, the school didn’t even charge admission to the game and offered the Westmont fans a free lunch of pizza and salad.

“I’ve lost a lot, but right now, I can’t think of one thing I need,” said Westmont’s Dave Wolf. “The people of Azusa Pacific have given us everything.”

Monday’s game ended, and the Westmont fans streamed onto the field, surrounding their heroes, singing, chanting, then coming together for a most amazing final embrace.

They tunneled. That’s right, just like parents in a youth soccer game, they lined up across from each other, stretched out their arms, clasped hands, and formed a tunnel through which the players ran. Darn thing stretched about 50 yards, from Azusa toward Montecito, from despair to hope.Wolf will soon begin a daunting search for a home for himself, his wife and their five children.

But for a few minutes Monday, anything was possible, the sixth-place Warriors advancing to the national tournament, scheduled to host a first-round match next weekend even though they don’t know if they still have a field.

“I know it’s not a very sophisticated answer, but when you ask how I’m feeling about today, I can say only one thing to everyone,” said Dave Wolf, staring red-eyed into a collection of kids dancing, laughing, rising from those ashes. “Thank you.”

Catch Wayne Federman on the Air

Wayne Federman, co-author of Pete Maravich, will be doing the following interviews on Wednesday, November 19. Check out his radio schedule below and be sure to tune in.

All Interviews Listed in Eastern Time

7:50 AM – 7:59 AM WCBQ-AM (Oxford, NC) with Dr. Alvin Augustus Jones

8:30 AM – 8:39 AM KRZI-AM (Waco, TX) with Paul Catalina

9:00 AM – 9:14 AM WCDR-FM (Dayton, OH) with Chad Bresson

10:25 AM – 10:34 AM KXEX-AM (Fresno, CA) with Anthony Sodergaard & Tony D’Addato

10:45 AM – 10:59 AM KKSA-AM (San Antonio, TX) with Jeremy Bryant

11:00 AM – 11:09 AM KRLD-AM (Dallas, TX) with Chris Schneider

11:15 AM – 11:29 AM WKRD-AM (Louisville, KY) with Joe B. Hall & Denny Crumb

11:30 AM – 11: 44 AM KWTO-AM (Springfield, MO) with Ned Reynolds

12:00 PM – 12:19 PM WLBF-FM (Montgomery, AL) with Bob Crittenden

12:20 PM – 12:29 PM WSBC-AM (Chicago, IL) with Jon Cohn

12:30 PM – 12:44 PM KFNS-AM (St. Louis, MO) with Frank Cusamano

1:10 PM – 1:29 PM Sirius XM “ABCs of Sports” with Scott Lancaster

1:35 PM – 1:49 PM IRN/USA Network with John Clemens

2:10 PM – 2:24 PM KBJS-AM (Tyler, TX) with Eddie Baiseri

3:30 PM – 3:59 PM KNKT-AM (Albuquerque, NM) with Peter Benson

4:15 PM – 4:24 pM WDEF-AM (Chattanooga, TN) with Stump Martin & Nick Bonsanto

5:05 PM – 5:14 PM WSCO-AM (Green Bay, WI) with Justin Hull

5:30 PM – 5:39 PM WLQR-AM (Toledo, OH) with Norm Wamer

6:30 PM – 6:39 PM KFNC-FM (Houston, TX) with Calvin Murphy

7:40 PM – 7:49 PM KCGY-FM (Laramie, WY) with David Settle & Rich Anderson

What Obama Could Learn from Dungy

This morning, USA Today posted a blog entry relating the recent presidental election and president-elect Obama with a sporting event and coach Tony Dungy (a Tyndale author). You may read the article below or see the entire entry at the USA Today website. Tyndale published Dungy’s best-selling book, Quiet Strength, and will be releasing his new book, Uncommon, in February.

What Obama could learn from Dungy
By Yolanda Young

In many ways, this past election felt like a sporting event. Stadium crowds, team colors (red and blue) and certainly Election Day parties. Yet in this political world, the winner has no time to celebrate. President-elect Barack Obama comes to the job facing an economy generously described as fragile and two wars still commanding this country’s attention — not to mention a litany of challenging domestic issues.

Before the election, Obama’s candidacy was undermined by two key questions: Was the country ready for a black president, and did he have enough experience to lead the nation?

Voters have answered the first question overwhelmingly, but the latter is still unknown. Even so, choosing Obama was no Hail Mary pass. Similar concerns were raised when the NFL’s Tony Dungy was hired to coach the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dungy eventually made history when he became the first African-American coach to win a Super Bowl — but with the Indianapolis Coltsin 2007.

Though coaching in the NFL and leading the free world aren’t exactly peer positions, Obama could still learn a thing or two from Dungy.

Lesson 1: Winning is not enough. After Dungy led Tampa Bay to several playoff appearances, he was fired in 2002 for his failure to reach the Super Bowl. Yet, in his first book, Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, & Priorities of a Winning Life, Dungy placed faith and family ahead of sports: “It’s the journey that matters. Learning is the more important test.”

Lesson 2: Lead with poise and purpose. Dungy is calm. No profanity. No sideline tantrums. Just grit and graciousness.
Says Dungy: “I try to get across to our players that a lot of people will admire you for how you play. But in the long run, it is more important to have them admire you for how you live.”

Lesson 3: Be a role model. In his upcoming book,
Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance, the coach says society tells young people to chase material success. As a result, Dungy fears, we “never really have the positive impact on people that would make our lives truly significant.”

During an interview on
ESPN’s Monday Night Football the eve of his election, Obama credited his high school basketball coach with giving him advice that he applied to his campaign and beyond. “This is not about you,” Obama said, “it’s about the team.”

Tony Dungy couldn’t have said it any better.

Yolanda Young is the founder of the website

Wayne Federman brings laughs, but not ukulele

Wayne Federman, comedian and Tyndale author, was recently in the Chicago area as the feature stand-up at the Chicago Improv Comedy Club in Schaumburg. Federman is the co-author of Pete Maravich: The Authorized Biography of Pistol Pete, which released from Tyndale in September.

You can find the entire article about Federman’s comedy appearance in The Arlington Heights Post.