March 2009 Posts

FIVE TYNDALE NOVELS ARE FINALISTS FOR 2009 CHRISTY AWARDS

For immediate release:
March 25, 2009

Contact: Mavis Sanders
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FIVE TYNDALE NOVELS ARE FINALISTS FOR 2009 CHRISTY AWARDS
Winners Will Be Announced This Summer


Carol Stream, IL –
Tyndale House Publishers is pleased to announce that five Tyndale novels have been nominated as finalists in the 2009 Christy Awards program. The Christy Award Winners will be announced in July during the International Christian Retail Show in Denver.

Tyndale House novels were selected as finalists in five of the nine Christy Award categories. The Tyndale finalists are:

Finding Stefanie by Susan May Warren (Contemporary Romance)
Summer Snow by Nicole Baart (Contemporary Series, Sequels, and Novellas)
Dogwood by Chris Fabry (Contemporary Standalone)
By Reason of Insanity by Randy Singer (Suspense)
Vanish by Tom Pawlik (Visionary)

Named in honor of Catherine Marshall’s groundbreaking novel, Christy, the Christy Awards
were created in 1999 to annually recognize excellence in fiction written by contemporary Christian authors and to highlight the breadth and diversity of Christian fiction.

Every year publishers are invited to submit novels written from a Christian worldview and copyrighted in the year preceding the awards. Each novel is entered in one of several genre categories and/or the first novel category. Each category of novels is then read and evaluated against a ten-point criteria by a panel of seven judges composed of librarians, reviewers, academicians, literary critics, and other qualified readers, none of whom have a direct affiliation with a publishing company.

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Indiana is in a Better Place Because of Dungy

Great story here about Tony Dungy from Nick Schneider at Greene County Daily World.

Indiana is a better place because of Dungy
For a long time, I’ve known and firmly believed that former Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony
Dungy was one of the special, good guys in sports.

The man has a genuine Christian character and is a fitting role model for youth and adults alike.
It’s really very refreshing to witness in this day of negativity, bad news and rampant scandals in the world of athletics.

I received the following story in my e-mail this week that confirms my admiration for Dungy, who retired from coaching after last season.

The e-mail is from an Indianapolis area high school principal. It was from an e-mail he received from a speaker that conducted an in-service training session in January for teachers.

The story he tells is inspiring and goes to show you what kind of a guy Tony Dungy really is — even when the spotlight isn’t on him any more. He’s down to earth, real and exhibits a compassion for others that is admirable.

The letter reads as follows:

Last Friday I was going through the Indianapolis Airport. People in the security checkline were grumbling about what nonsense the process was, blah, blah, blah. An elderly lady (in a different line) was struggling with her luggage, pocketbook, etc. She was also confused about what to do, how to do it, couldn’t get her shoes off (and a host of other things). The security officials weren’t helping the situation either (they can be mighty callous at times). I started to move her direction, but before I could get out of the line I was in, a gentleman (close by) sat down all of his stuff, and began to help the lady. I thought he looked familiar, but it didn’t register; it was fascinating to see him come to her aid. Nobody else was making a move to help! He was talking to her, making conversation, helping her untie her shoes, putting her things in one of those bins, and making sure she was at ease. He helped her through the screening gate, then calmly put his things on the belt, went through and immediately began to help the lady put her shoes back on, gather her belongings, etc. In the meantime she had reached in her purse to show him pictures of her family. He made a big fuss over the photos, then asked for a wheelchair so he could get her to her gate.

Honestly, it was a Hallmark script. They disappeared down the concourse together. He was pushing the wheelchair and she was jabbering with him.

It made me smile a lot. Now here’s the kicker. I got through security and went to get something to drink. Just beyond the little restaurant was a group of people gathered, all excited, shaking hands, etc., and in the center of them was the kind gentleman.

Guess who it was?

Tony Dungy, the recently retired coach of the Indianapolis Colts! I looked at his hand and, sure ’nuff there was the HUGE diamond Super Bowl ring.

The point: The elderly lady didn’t know who he was, or care who he is, or would even have known had she been told. He did the right thing for the right reason. Important people serve others with a sense of purpose. These kinds of things are still the best lessons ever. Thanks for letting me share it.

Wow, what a wonderful random act of kindness.

How many of us can say we reached out to help someone in need today? How many of us will look for opportunities to do something small and special for our fellow brothers and sisters?

If Tony Dungy can do it, we can too.

Tony Dungy’s teams at Tampa Bay and Indianapolis won 139 games in 13 seasons and made the playoffs 11 times. He was a brilliant defensive coach, but beyond the numbers or the successes on the field, he has been the guy that walked the walk more than he talked the talk.

When Dungy’s son committed suicide in 2005, it would have been easy and understandable for him to grow bitter and get mad at the world.

But that wasn’t his style or it wasn’t in his character.

Less than a year after that event, Tony was speaking to an Athletes in Action group in Detroit, Mich.

He talked about pain and why God allows people to suffer.

“You get the question all the time, ‘Why does the Lord allow pain in your life? Why do bad things happen to good people? If God is a God of love, why does he allow these hurtful things to happen?’ ” Dungy said. “We’ve learned that a lot of times because of that pain, that little temporary pain, you learn what’s harmful. You learn to fear the right things.

“Pain sometimes lets us know we have a condition that needs to be healed. Pain inside sometimes lets us know that spiritually we’re not quite right and we need to be healed and that
God will send that healing agent right to the spot.

“Sometimes, pain is the only way that will turn us as kids back to the Father.”

Great words from a great man.

Indiana is a better place because of Tony Dungy.

For Immediate Release
March 12, 2009

Tyndale to Publish Memoir of Mother of NFL Great LaDainian Tomlinson
Loreane Tomlinson Tells What Raising an MVP Taught Her about Life, Faith, and Dreams

Carol Stream, Ill. – He is arguably the finest NFL running back of this generation, and over the last decade, possibly the league’s best player. San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson is undoubtedly one of the National Football League’s biggest stars. Yet what do people really know about “LT”? Most would say, not very much.

In a league as popular as the NFL, fans seem to know all the intimate details regarding the lives of its greatest players. Yet LaDainian Tomlinson may be its greatest oxymoron—the unknown superstar. There is one person who does know LT best: his mom, Loreane. Her memoir, LT & Me: What Raising an MVP Taught Me about Life, Faith, and Listening to Your Dreams, releases July 7, 2009, from Tyndale House Publishers.

When Tomlinson was a senior at University High School in Waco, Texas, he wrote his mom a letter making three promises: he was going to college, he was going to play professional football, and he was going to make her the proudest mother in the world. In LT & Me, Loreane Tomlinson tells the behind-the-scenes story of how all of these once seemingly impossible dreams came true. Her fascinating and poignant tales of raising LT through her days as a struggling single mom and watching him doggedly overcome obstacles in his quest for greatness will inspire readers to bring out the champion in their kids—and themselves.

Said Tomlinson of his mom while accepting the Bart Starr Award in 2008, “My mother . . . raising myself, my younger brother, and my older sister mostly on her own, she was the type of woman who took others into our home. It didn’t matter how much money we had—we didn’t have much, but we had a home. If my sister came to her and said, ‘Mother, I have a friend and she has no place to stay,’ my mother allowed the young woman to stay with us, and the same with me and my brother. That’s the way she is. That’s where it started from: giving back and helping people who were less fortunate, who didn’t have what I had and what we had as a family. She is a special woman, and she’s always been that way.”

LT & Me provides insights into the development of a champion and warm words of inspiration for parents who want to bring their kids through tough times and help them achieve their dreams.- Loreane emphasizes how her faith in God helped her survive life’s toughest times, and she includes special “heart” messages for struggling single parents.

Loreane also offers readers a behind-the-scenes look at her son’s life. LaDainian Tomlinson, undoubtedly a future Hall of Famer, set NFL records with 31 total touchdowns and 28 rushing touchdowns in 2006. That same year, he was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player and its Man of the Year. Sports Illustrated recognized him as “The Best Player in the NFL.”

Passing along values that were instilled at an early age by his mom, Loreane, Tomlinson and his wife, LaTorsha, have teamed up to become community leaders in both San Diego and their native Texas. Together they oversee the Tomlinson Touching Lives Foundation (which includes the “School is Cool” scholarship fund). They live in the San Diego suburb of Poway.

LaDainian Tomlinson will participate in major media publicity, as well as a San Diego book signing with his mom, Loreane. Marketing efforts will include an advertising and promotion campaign targeting parents and football fans nationwide. Patti Britton and Ginger Kolbaba collaborated with the author in developing the manuscript.

Tyndale House Publishers has had great recent success with a number of football-related titles. Tony Dungy’s Quiet Strength: The Practices, Principles, and Priorities of a Winning Life (July 2007) reached No. 1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List, and with more than 1,000,000 copies in print, is one of the best-selling sports-related titles in history. Dungy’s most current book (Jan. 2009), Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance, reached No. 2 on the Times’ “Advice, How-To & Misc.” list. Deanna Favre’s Don’t Bet Against Me! (Sept. 2007) spent 10 consecutive weeks on either the New York Times hardcover nonfiction primary list (top 15) or the expanded list (top 35). Favre is the wife of NFL great Brett Favre. The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life (July 2008), written by Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, reached No. 2 on the Times’ “Advice” list.

In July 2009, Tyndale will release Game Plan for Life by NFL Hall of Fame coach and NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs.

Tyndale House Publishers was founded in 1962 by Dr. Kenneth N. Taylor as a means of publishing The Living Bible. It is now one of the premier publishing houses in the industry. Tyndale products include numerous New York Times best sellers, including the popular Left Behind series. Tyndale also publishes the New Living Translation of the Bible and many other resources for church and family. Tyndale House Publishers is located in Carol Stream, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago.

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TWO TYNDALE BOOKS SELECTED AS OUTREACH RESOURCES OF THE YEAR

For immediate release:
March 6, 2009

Contact: Mavis Sanders
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TWO TYNDALE BOOKS SELECTED AS OUTREACH RESOURCES OF THE YEAR
Mark Mittelberg’s Choosing Your Faith and Nancy Ortberg’s Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands Are Chosen for Magazine’s 6th Annual Outreach Resources of the Year

Carol Stream, ILOutreach magazine has announced selections for their 6th Annual “Outreach Resources of the Year” report, including two books published by Tyndale House Publishers in 2008. The March/April issue of Outreach magazine featured Choosing Your Faith by Mark Mittelberg as a “Resource of the Year” in the Apologetics category, and Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands by Nancy Ortberg as a “Resource of the Year” in the Leadership category.

Nearly 140 books and other resources were nominated, and a panel of judges assisted in the final selection of 27 resources within nine categories.

In his comments about Choosing Your Faith, panelist Dr. Craig Hazen said, “Mark Mittelberg packages some wonderful teaching on traditional apologetics in a provocative and engaging manner . . . . A clever, well-written, and attractive book for believers and seekers.”

Mark Mittelberg is also the author of Building a Contagious Church and coauthor with Bill Hybels of the best seller Becoming a Contagious Christian. He was the evangelism director at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago for eight years and currently serves as the primary trainer for Luis Palau’s regional friendship evangelism seminars and as a regular speaker for CCN (Church Communication Network). Mark lives with his wife, Heidi, and their two children in Southern California.

“What I love about Mark Mittelberg is his uncanny ability to uncover the assumptions on which we all build our lives—without even knowing it!” said Jon Farrar, Tyndale Acquisitions Director. “When I initially read the manuscript for Choosing Your Faith, I thought of more than a dozen people who would enjoy this book—working moms, teachers, believers asking the reasons behind the Christian faith, and seekers. Choosing Your Faith shows us why it’s so essential to know the ‘whys’ and ‘whats’ of our beliefs.”

“Nancy Ortberg touches the exact spots where leaders hurt, struggle, and cry for help,” said panelist Dr. Gary McIntosh on his selection of Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands: Lessons in Non-Linear Leadership. “Her storytelling opens the reader’s eyes to fresh solutions for old problems.”

Nancy Ortberg served for eight years as a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago where she led the Network ministry and developed Axis, the church’s program for the 18- to 20-something generation. Currently she provides church consulting services and speaks on the topics of community, leadership development, and organizational dynamics. Nancy is also the author of Looking for God (Tyndale, 2008) and lives with her husband, John, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Ortbergs have three children.

“Most great leaders are inherently out-of-the-box thinkers, yet very few leadership books are actually written that way,” noted Carol Traver, Tyndale Senior Acquisitions Editor. “That’s what makes Nancy Ortberg so unique. She writes the same way she leads—in a completely unexpected, totally unorthodox way that just naturally encourages people to think beyond the boundaries of typical, run-of-the-mill management styles.”

Tyndale House Publishers was founded in 1962 by Dr. Kenneth N. Taylor as a means of publishing The Living Bible. Tyndale House Publishers is substantially owned by Tyndale House Foundation. As a result, the company’s profits help underwrite the Foundation’s mission, which is to spread the Good News of Christ around the world. Now one of the premier publishing houses in the industry, Tyndale products include numerous New York Times best sellers, including the popular Left Behind series. Tyndale also publishes the Holy Bible, New Living Translation (NLT) and many other resources for church and family. Each NLT sale benefits the worldwide translation work of Wycliffe Bible Translators. Tyndale House is located in Carol Stream, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago.
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ELEVEN TYNDALE HOUSE EMPLOYEES TO EMBARK ON MISSION WITH OPERATION MOBILISATION INTERNATIONAL

For immediate release:
March 5, 2009
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ELEVEN TYNDALE HOUSE EMPLOYEES TO EMBARK ON MISSION WITH OPERATION MOBILISATION INTERNATIONAL

Carol Stream, IL — Eleven Tyndale House Publishers employees depart on Friday, March 6 for a weeklong missions cruise on Logos Hope, a ministry of Operation Mobilisation International. Representing nine departments and led by Jeff Johnson, Tyndale’s Chief Operating Officer, the Tyndale team will join the Logos Hope, now anchored in the Netherlands port of Harlingen, to serve with Operation Mobilisation in ports along the North Sea.

“While serving alongside the Logos Hope crew, Tyndale’s team will have the opportunity to learn more about the work of Operation Mobilisation and see firsthand the results of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., and the Tyndale House Foundation supporting this incredible ministry,” said Jeff Johnson.

The Logos Hope is the newest ship in OM Ships International, a division of Operation Mobilisation, whose goal is “to bring knowledge, help, and hope to the people of the world…by supplying vital literature resources, cross-cultural understanding, training young people for more effective life and service, providing needed relief, and sharing a message of hope in God wherever there is an opportunity.” An average of one million visitors come aboard every year, viewing various exhibits, browsing the six thousands titles available in the ship’s book fair, and interacting with the Logos Hope crew.

This is Tyndale’s second overseas employee mission project. In the fall of 2007, a team of Tyndale employees went to San José, Costa Rica to serve for a week with Casa Viva, a ministry that works with local churches to help children at risk. And, in 2006, Tyndale teams served stateside on Hurricane Katrina recovery projects with Samaritan’s Purse, sending two teams to Louisiana and one to Mississippi.

Operation Mobilisation International was founded by George Verwer in 1957 to mobilize young people to share their Christian faith. The Ships Ministry began in 1970 as part of the global Christian training and outreach movement. Since then OM’s ships have visited over 450 different ports in 150 countries and territories and have welcomed 37 million visitors on board.
http://www.omships.org/

Tyndale House Publishers was founded in 1962 by Dr. Kenneth N. Taylor as a means of publishing The Living Bible. Tyndale House Publishers is substantially owned by Tyndale House Foundation. As a result, the company’s profits help underwrite the Foundation’s mission, which is to spread the Good News of Christ around the world. Now one of the premier publishing houses in the industry, Tyndale products include numerous New York Times best sellers, including the popular Left Behind series. Tyndale also publishes the Holy Bible, New Living Translation (NLT) and many other resources for church and family. Each NLT sale benefits the worldwide translation work of Wycliffe Bible Translators. Tyndale House is located in Carol Stream, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago.
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