April 2012 Posts

This Month in Tyndale History: April Edition

April showers bring May flowers and another month of Tyndale history. Over the past 50 years April has brought new exciting products, partnerships, and even new Tyndale departments. Check out some of these notable events from Aprils over the years.

April 1989

The first episode in the McGee and Me! video series is launched. The funding has come in the form of a grant from the Stratford Foundation to LBI, and Focus on the Family is a co-publisher with THP. Within two years, more than 1 million videos will be sold.


April 1998

Tyndale becomes a major publishing partner with Focus on the Family. An initial list of 65 backlist titles is launched.

April 2005

Tyndale Español is initiated with the hiring of Andres Schwartz, the first director of Spanish publishing. The first titles are published in October of that year.

Titanic’s Centennial {Guest Post by Cathy Gohlke}

*Update 4/23/12: The winners of this giveaway have been notified by email. Thank you all for participating!*

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic‘s sinking. In remembrance of that fateful day, we bring you a guest post by Cathy Gohlke, author of the poignant and powerful novel Promise Me This, which begins on the majestic Titanic. Look for your chance to win a copy of Promise Me Thisat the end of this post!

Also, click here to download a free copy of Promise Me This in e-book format.

Cathy at the Titanic Memorial in NYC


I’ve long been fascinated by Titanic—the romance of the Edwardian era, the magnificent “ship of dreams,” the pre-World War I distinctions between the classes—in life and aboard ship.

But what intrigued me most was the people—the passengers and crew—those who died that fateful night, but especially those who lived.  How did they go on living, knowing that hundreds had died, screaming, around them?  How did they respond—immediately and over the years—to having received such an unmerited gift of grace?

The first time I saw a copy of the ship’s manifest I found details of a young man, Owen George Allum, a London gardener who’d sailed third class from Southampton, England—a gardener who reminded me enough of my great grandfather (who’d emigrated from England a few years before and became a gardener for a wealthy American family) to charge my imagination and make me dig deeper into history.

Later, through a Titanicexhibit, I learned that Owen had drowned. A little research led me to his family, his intended destination, even the items found in his pockets once his body was recovered and sent to Halifax.

Cathy's great-grandfather, Robert William Dubock, whom Cathy also modeled Owen after.


From all of this I wove a fictional short story, The Legacy of Owen Allen—a story, which after sitting many years in my desk drawer, begged a longer telling.

But the journey from short story to novel is long and requires much research.

One of my burning questions was, what was it like for those left behind—families, friends, fiancées?  When I learned that the real Owen had had a sister, it set me to imagining what life was like for her after losing her beloved brother.  My breath caught to imagine how I would feel if I’d lost one of mine.

I traveled to London and Southampton, England, to trace the last days and hours of Titanic’s passengers and crew before they set sail. I learned that a six-week coal strike (resulting in no work or pay for crewmen or dock workers) ended just as Titanic was being outfitted.  Thankful for the prospect of work and earnings for bread, men and women of Southampton flocked to the docks to sign aboard.  As a result, nearly every family lost or knew someone who died when Titanic foundered, most often the breadwinner for a large family or aged parents.

Devastation for the people of Southampton and surrounding areas lasted years beyond April 15, 1912.  I could only try to imagine how very much they’d lost—how very much Owen’s sister lost—and I knew those stories had not been told.

Every bit of history poured into the lives of my characters—from the way the people of Southampton learned of the sinking, and belatedly of the names of survivors, to the very men who’d outfitted the ship with palms and plants before she’d sailed.

Words like “untimely death—gift—unmerited grace—sacrifice—love” all melded into a story that created an echo—a parallel—of Christ’s sacrificial love story to the world, and our response to His amazing, unmerited gift.  That story became Promise Me This.

Titanic Museum in Southhampton, England


It seems fitting that Titanic’s Centennial Anniversary—a day that marks human tragedy and consequential gifts of unmerited grace—should closely follow our celebration of  Good Friday and Easter Sunday—days that seal Christ’s redemption of fallen humanity, and usher us, not into lifeboats on a glassy sea, but into hope and eternity.

*Giveaway* We’re giving away 5 copies of Promise Me This! To enter, please fill out the form below. Winners will be notified on Friday, April 20, 2012.

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April Free E-book: Code Triage by Candace Calvert – April 8-21


Don’t forget to sign up for a chance to win a Kindle Fire!

The third book in the Mercy Hospital series by Candace Calvert is currently free at the vendors listed below. Also be sure to check out these other great books by Candace Calvert, Critical Care, Disaster Status, and releasing in May, Trauma Plan.

Code Triage by Candace Calvert

Price: Free


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PASSOVER & MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY by Joel Rosenberg: “Joel, how can you be Jewish and believe in Jesus?”

Originally posted at: http://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/


It sounds funny, but I didn’t know I was Jewish until I was in the fifth grade. I was 10 or 11 years old when my father told our little family that we were going to have a Passover seder. We’d never celebrated Passover before, and I’d never heard of this holiday, so I asked him what “Passover” is, and he briefly explained it to me. I asked what a “seder” is, and he explained it to me. Then I asked how he knew how to perform a Passover seder, and he said, “Because I’m Jewish.” I just stared at him in disbelief. “You’re Jewish?” I asked. “Does this mean I’m Jewish? How come this never came up?”

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Joel, your name is Joel Rosenberg. How could you not know you’re Jewish? You must have been the dumbest kid in fifth grade!” Guess I was. Nevertheless, I simply didn’t know because up to that point, my father — who was raised Orthodox Jewish in Brooklyn — had never told me. Neither had my mother, a Gentile from an English/German background. There very few Jewish kids in my school or in our community, and the subject just didn’t come up.

Now, when my first novel, The Last Jihad, was published and became a national best-seller in the fall of 2002, radio hosts and reporters noticed that some of my characters in the book were talking about faith in Jesus. They began to ask me, “Joel, are you Jewish or a believer in Jesus?” I said, “Both.” They didn’t understand, so they pressed me, “But how can you be Jewish and believe in Jesus?” It was a question I’d never expected, but was happy to answer. But what I didn’t realize then was that as I wrote more books and those, too, became successful and as I did more interviews and spoke more often around the country and around the world, this would become one of the questions most frequently asked of me: “Joel, how can you be Jewish and believe in Jesus?”

It actually is a very interesting story — and often funny — and one that is very meaningful to me. I’ve shared it in bits and pieces over the years, but over the past few months, a growing number of people have asked me to record my spiritual journey and put it online. So last month I spoke at a conference in Tucson and gave a 50 minute version of my spiritual journey: how and why my parents came to faith in Jesus as the Messiah, how I later did, the initial struggles I had as a young believer, how I discovered I was Jewish in the fifth grade, and one of the key turning points in my life – the night the Lord spoke directly to me and completely transformed my life. I hope you’ll take a moment to listen to it, or watch the video version.

>> To listen to my spiritual journey, please click here (it’s the third message down from the top, dated March 7, 2012)

Once you’ve listened to or watched it, I’d be grateful if you’d go to our “Epicenter Team” page on Facebook and give me your thoughts and comments. I’d love it if you would share some of your spiritual journey, as well. And I’d also encourage you to share this with others, and get their thoughts and see where they are in their spiritual journey.

This is a good time of year to draw nearer to the Lord than ever before and consider where you are on your spiritual journey. It’s a good time of year…..

Do you know Jesus Christ in a real and personal way? Have you received Him as your personal Savior and Lord? My prayer is that today you’ll take time to truly consider what Jesus said, what He did, and His call to you, “Come, follow Me.” (Mark 1:17).

Please click here for a simple, concise summary of the Gospel — “The Four Spiritual Laws” — and a clear explanation of how to receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord.

April E-book Deals: Heaven for Kids by Randy Alcorn

This month we’ll be updating our e-book deals a few times so be sure to check back. In the meantime you can check out our Kindle Fire giveaway over at the Tyndale Facebook page, we’re giving one away to one random person that signs up for E-book Extra, our e-book e-newsletter.


Heaven for Kids by Randy Alcorn

Price: Free


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