June 2010 Posts

ICRS: Meet Us In St. Louis

Tyndale House will be exhibiting at the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) on June 27-30 at the America’s Center in St. Louis. We have an exciting group of authors speaking and doing book signings throughout the convention.  Also, many of our dedicated employees will be at our booth (#1103) and around the convention hall.  If you are attending the convention, please stop by and say hello!

 Here’s a link to the ICRS website for a list of exhibitors and events – http://www.christianretailshow.com/

 Check back in at this blog for updates, pictures, and news from the convention hall.

 For live tweets from the convention floor you can follow @TyndaleHouse. @ChristyWong and @AdamSab will be tweeting as well.

Have questions about the convention, or what Tyndale is involved with?  As us in the comments, or find us on Twitter.

Summer Reading: Hurricanes in Paradise & Giveaway

Summer is a time of great weather and lots of fun and happiness.  It’s also the prime season for reading in the shade, swaying in a hammock while reading, sitting on the beach and reading, eating ice cream while reading, and, well you get the picture.  Can’t quite pick the right book to start on?  Try Hurricanes in Paradise by Denise Hildreth.  Check out the bottom of this post for details on how to win a free copy.

Excerpt from the Tyndale Catalog:

Hurricanes in Paradise

When Riley Sinclair stepped into her new job as director of guest relations at a posh resort on Paradise Island, she felt the final pieces of her once-broken life coming together. But the waters become choppy when Riley discovers that some who come to the Atlantis Hotel are accompanied by paralyzing secrets and overwhelming fears. Riley and three guests are in desperate but unknowing need of each other, eventually forging unlikely yet powerful friendships. With a hurricane headed straight for the island, together they embark on a journey of laughter, heartache, and healing.

About the Author

Denise Hildreth is a novelist and international speaker. She has spoken for the last ten years to women’s ministries, churches, and for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Denise began her career over seventeen years ago writing for other people. She eventually ventured into the world of fiction with her first novel, Savannah from Savannah, and has since published several books. Her novels have been featured in Southern Living; hailed as “smart and witty” by Library Journal; and chosen for the Pulpwood Queen’s and Women of Faith book clubs.

Want to win a free copy of Hurricanes in Paradise?  By leaving a comment with a summer read recommendation you’ll be entered to win.  We’ll choose 5 winners randomly.  Want to earn an extra entry?  Link to this blog post on Twitter using the hashtag – #TyndaleSummer

Portraits of My Father by Matt Mikalatos

Today’s post is a Father’s Day week guest post from Matt Mikalatos.  Matt is not only the author of Imaginary Jesus, he’s also a father and a son.


Dear Dad,

This year for Father’s Day I wanted to share with you a few memories I have of you, and the lessons I learned as a result.

One.  Family legend says that once upon a time when I was a child and Mom was out of the house, I marked my hand with a green marker and you said nonchalantly, “You must be turning into the Incredible Hulk.”  This probably wouldn’t have fazed most five year olds, but I had spent many Saturdays watching Monster Matinees with you, and I started to wail uncontrollably.  You worked hard to convince me that a little green marker wasn’t something to worry about, but it was Mom that solved the crying when she got home and scrubbed the offending green off.  You’ve reminded me many times over the years that a little green mark does not equal turning into a monster.

Two. I have many memories of you, sleeves rolled up and elbow deep in dish water.  I remember you walking through the house with towering piles of laundry.  I remember you vacuuming, and crawling into the wet darkness under the house to install a sump pump. When I first heard someone refer to something as “woman’s work” I knew that was a ridiculous concept, because you taught me that a father serves his family however he can.

Three. You drove me 426 miles to drop me off at college.  You helped me move my stuff into the dorm room.  You took me out to a meal.  And then, when I awkwardly suggested you might want to stay in my dorm room while I went to the all-dorm showing of “The Crow” on a sheet between our dorms, you propped yourself up with a book and stayed out of sight.  You never mentioned that you were leaving in the morning, that you had driven all this way to spend time with me, or that you had introduced me to movies like the Crow in the first place.  You taught me that a father keeps loving his son even when he’s not as grateful as he should be.

Four.  When I got in trouble, you would come to my room and give me these long, rambling speeches.  You repeat yourself in slightly different wording four or five times until I was completely infuriated.  But I realized a few years ago that you do the same thing when you are handing out praise.  You keep searching for the perfect way to say, “I’m proud of you, son,” or “I love you” to the point that you don’t need to say it anymore and I want to say, I know, Dad, I know that you’re proud and you love me.  But you keep on saying it, even though I already get what you’re trying to say.

Five.  Multiple times a week I take my little ten month old daughter to your house, and you chase her around on the floor, growling and tickling her, and she laughs hysterically and loves it.  You taught me that once you’re a dad, you’re always a dad… either a good one or a bad one.  You’ve told me before that you think I’m a great dad, with a sort of mystified expression on your face, like you’re wondering, Where did you learn how to do that?  I’m surprised you don’t know.  I learned it from you, Dad.  Thank you for teaching me to be a good husband and father.  Happy Father’s Day.  I’m proud of you, and I love you.

Your son,


Matt Mikalatos received his BA in writing from the University of California Riverside. Like many future world leaders, he began his career as a clerk at a comic book store. Having discovered that such work caused women to shun him, Matt took control of a high school classroom and taught American literature and drama (although he was best known for his riotous “study halls”). Then Matt, in an unexpected move, joined Campus Crusade for Christ. In a moment of weakness, his best friend, Krista, agreed to marry him. He and Krista were briefly expatriated by Crusade to East Asia, where they ministered for three years. Now back in the States, Matt provides leadership to the international ministries of Crusade’s northwest region. Matt has published articles in Discipleship Journal, The Wittenburg Door, Relief, and Coach’s Midnight Diner. Matt and his wife live near Portland, Oregon. They have three beautiful daughters.

Want to win a copy of Imaginary Jesus? Post a comment, one random commenter will win a free copy.

Father’s Day Giveaway

UPDATE:  Congratulations to the winners of this week’s Father’s Day Giveaway!

Winners: Nancy, Rachel D, Stacy, Mark, Hilda, Tim, Nikki, LaTawnia, C.J., and Flyvia.

Prize Pack Winner: Tracy C.

You will all receive an email shortly with the details.  Thank you for participating, and keep visiting the blog for future contests!

It’s Father’s Day week, and we’re giving away some books!

Here’s how you can win:

Post on Twitter or in the comments of this blog about a father that has affected your life (your own father, grandfather, husband, brother, friend).  If you post on Twitter be sure to use the hash-tag #THPFathers.

We’ll choose two entries a day to win a copy of Championship Fathering and Shattered.

On Monday June 21st we’ll pick a winner out of all the entries to win a prize pack of books.

You have the chance to win one book or many books!

Happy Father’s Day from Tyndale House Publishers!

Father’s Day Week: Reviews From Kids

When our books or Bibles get reviewed we see tons of magazines, newspapers, and blog links.  Every once in awhile we get some really creative, unique reviews, and we can’t help but share them.  Because it’s the week of Father’s Day, it’s fitting to show how one father helped his kids share their love of their Bibles with the world.

Joel, our friend from the blog The Church of Jesus Christ, recently sat down with his daughter and son and had them talk about the new Bibles they’ve been enjoying.  Here’s a shot of the Bibles his family takes to church on Sundays.

"The NLT-Only Family Goes to Church"

It was great to see the Mosaic Bible in the mix; it’s the Bible I’ve been carrying to church lately.

Here’s Abigael  talking about her Girls Life Application Study Bible (with a little coaching from Mom and Dad). My favorite part is hearing the future NLT user in the background; she is already enthusiastically trying to participate in discussion of the Bible.

Here’s Landon talking about his Metal Bible NLT: Camouflage.   It was cool to see him go to talk about what was in the Bible first, before he thought to talk about the cool camouflage cover. Joel cracks me up at the end.

Joel also reviewed these two Bibles on his blog, The Church of Jesus Christ.  I’m sure he wouldn’t mind if you followed him on Twitter either: @PolycarpTCOJC

Joel’s Review of the Metal Bible NLT

Joel’s Review of the Girls Life Application Study Bible

Stay tuned for a special Father’s Day week giveaway!