July 2009 Posts

First Lady of Ghana Visits Tyndale House

Mrs. Ernestina Naadu Mills Includes Publishing House on Her Recent Trip to the United States

Carol Stream, IL — Tyndale House Publishers was honored this week with a state visit from Her Excellency Mrs. Ernestina Naadu Mills, the wife of the President of Ghana, John Evans Atta Mills.

Her Excellency Mrs. Mills asked that Tyndale House be included on her itinerary because she and her husband are familiar with Tyndale products, including the Life Application Study Bible and the NLT Study Bible, and have enthusiastically facilitated the distribution and use of Tyndale books and Bibles in the Republic of Ghana.

Mrs. Mills visited Tyndale House on Monday, July 29. Following an informal reception with Tyndale executives, she addressed Tyndale employees in an assembly, then ended the morning with a tour of Tyndale and lunch in the boardroom with invited guests.

Before introducing Mrs. Mills to the assembly, Jeff Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, reminded the audience that God’s Word instructs us to pray for the leaders that God puts in authority. He then offered a prayer for President and Mrs. Mills. Mrs. Mills presented him with a gift for Tyndale House, a beautifully carved wooden globe crafted in the Republic of Ghana.



In her formal remarks, Mrs. Mills read several Scripture verses that have guided, sustained, and encouraged her, including Psalm 1 and First Corinthians 13. She spoke eloquently of her desire to use her platform as the First Lady of Ghana and as an educator (with a master of philosophy degree in sociology) to share God’s Word as she speaks to school children, women, churches, and others in her own country.

At the conclusion of Mrs. Mills’ message, James Elwell, Director of International Publishing, presented her with a gift from Tyndale House. Tyndale Art Director and internationally acclaimed artist Timothy Botts created an original calligraphic rendering of the “for such a time as this” passage from the book of Esther as Tyndale’s gift for Mrs. Mills.

Jeff Johnson reflected on Mrs. Mills’ visit to Tyndale House as a “privilege,” and in observing she has a “servant’s heart,” he said, “May it be that more leaders around the world would have this kind of servant’s heart versus being caught up in how they can benefit from their position and power.”


Located in Carol Stream, Illinois, Tyndale House Publishers was founded in 1962 by Dr. Kenneth N. Taylor as a means of publishing The Living Bible. Tyndale publishes books and other resources, including Bibles in the New Living Translation (NLT) and the NLT Study Bible, launched in the fall of 2008. Tyndale products also include numerous New York Times best sellers, such as the popular Left Behind fiction series. 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.

First Things First Debuts on New York Times Best Sellers List

For immediate release
July 20, 2009

Contact: Todd Starowitz

Mavis Sanders

Brenda and Kurt Warner’s book on the rules of being a Warner
will debut at No. 10 on the New York Times hardcover, nonfiction list

Carol Stream, Ill. – First Things First: The Rules of Being a Warner . . . what works, what doesn’t, and what really matters most, the July 7 release by Kurt and Brenda Warner, will debut at No. 10 on the New York Times hardcover, nonfiction list on Sunday, July 26. The No. 1 book on the list that day will be Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. First Things First is an intimate, no-holds-barred look at life inside the often crazed and chaotic Warner household.Writing from an alternating his-and-hers perspective, Kurt, the All-Pro quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals, and Brenda, who served for several years in the United States Marine Corps, share candidly about their marriage, the values they are working to instill in their kids, things they’ve done right, mistakes they’ve made along the way, the importance of giving back, and the lasting legacy they hope to leave behind.

The Warners’ First Things First marks the fifth sports-related title published by Tyndale that has earned a spot on the prestigious New York Times Best Sellers List in the past two years—an impressive feat considering that the Times does not poll Christian booksellers as part of its ranking methodology. First Things First joins the list of successful titles that includes Tony Dungy’s Uncommon (February 2009), Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel’s The Winners Manual (July 2008), Deanna Favre’s Don’t Bet Against Me! (October 2007), and Tony Dungy’s Quiet Strength (July 2007). Quiet Strength spent more than 30 weeks on the Times’ list and has sold more than one million copies. The Quiet Strength softcover edition also made the Times’ best sellers list.

First Things First was buoyed by a comprehensive media campaign and book-signing tour that included a total of nine book signings in New Jersey, St. Louis, and Phoenix. Brenda and Kurt also appeared on Fox’s On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, FOX & Friends, ESPN’s NFL Life, Bloomberg News TV, and the FOX Business Channel, in addition to more than 50 other print and electronic interviews.

More information about First Things First is available at www.thewarnerbook.com and at www.kurtwarner.org.

Tyndale House Publishers was founded in 1962 by Dr. Kenneth N. Taylor as a means of publishing Living Letters and eventually 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 Bible and many other resources for church and family. Tyndale House Publishers is located in Carol Stream, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago.