May 2016 Posts

The Ultimate Road Trip Giveaway!

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An Inside Look at Tyndale Fiction

In episode 19 of the Tyndale Arc podcast, acquisitions and social media editor Shaina Turner walks us through the process of fiction acquisition and gives a sneak peek into what her daily duties look like.

Here’s an excerpt:

The acquisition process differs slightly depending on the company and department, but at Tyndale House Crazy4Fiction, we start off by receiving proposals and manuscripts from various agents in the Christian and secular industry. The proposal typically consists of a summary, short hook, comparable titles, and a few sample chapters. If the proposal catches our eye, a few acquisitions editors (AEs) on our team read through it and discuss whether the author and novel feel like a fit for our company and our current line. When acquiring, we’re often working more than a year out. So that means that if I acquire a novel now, in April 2016, it will most likely be a product in spring or summer of 2017!

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Kid Talk Tuesday: Spring – Guest Post by Author Dandi Daley Mackall

“Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush aflame with God. But only those who see take off their shoes. The rest sit around and pluck blackberries.”
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh


When our special-needs daughter Katy was young and just beginning to realize that babies aren’t delivered by storks, I answered her queries about the birth process the best I could, in words she would understand. When I finished, Katy stared at me, her eyes like silver dollars. I braced myself for a deeper, more graphic question. But after a very pregnant pause, she said, “What a great way to start people! God thinks of everything.”

Ecclesiastes 11.5 says, “Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.” Katy and I left our conversation awed and amazed at God’s way of bringing us new

We live in Ohio Amish country and get to watch the world come alive in spring after a harsh winter. Our Amish neighbors let us peek in on the births of foals and calves, lambs and kids (baby goats). Every birth is a miracle, a declaration of our Creator’s grace.

God’s blessings surround us in the spring. It’s as if the world gets to be born again. Buds burst onto lilac bushes, and jonquils reach for the sun, while dozens of shades of green rise from the ground, and leaves sprout on barren branches. And the smells!

Earth gets a brilliant do-over every spring.

And yet, I have another neighbor, who will remain nameless. She hates spring. From her point of view, spring is an awful season to be endured. Not only do her allergies attack, but everyone else’s allergies fill the world with runny noses and dangerous germs. And that’s not all. “Spring forward” ushers in Daylight Savings Time, and who would willingly lose sixty minutes of life? Now she’s forced to drive to work in the dark and go to bed in the light, after mowing the spring grass and pulling pesky weeds. Plus spring cleaning. And please don’t get her started on the noisy spring birds and the ubiquitous bugs.

I disagree. I welcome spring. Yet I admit my neighbor poses some valid points. We have two points of view about spring, and both viewpoints merit a voice.

For a long time I’ve wanted to write about differing points of view. Ask a brother and sister what they’re fighting about, and you’ll hear two distinct stories of the same event. Few children realize that there’s usually another side to the story, or simply more to the story, a different point of view.

Tyndale House has joined me in a long-held dream by creating a new line of books, FLIP BOOKS. Readers get to hear the same story from two different points of view. We’re pretty familiar with the Bible story of the lost lamb, but we can gain understanding by imaging how frightened and alone that lamb would have felt. And we gain a deeper understanding by imagining what went through the Shepherd’s mind as he left the 99 in search of that one lost lamb. Readers get to see the story from the lamb’s point of view, then flip the book and read the story from the shepherd’s viewpoint. For me, these books are exciting and new . . .

Like spring.

Mackall 2Dandi Daley Mackall is the award-winning author of over 450 books for children and adults. She visits countless schools, conducts writing assemblies and workshops across the United States, and presents keynote addresses at conferences and young author events. She is also a frequent guest on radio talk shows and has made dozens of appearances on TV. She has won several awards for her writing, including the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children’s Literature, the Edgar Award, and a two-time Mom’s Choice Award winner.

Dandi writes from rural Ohio, where she lives with her husband, Joe, their three children, and their horses, dogs, and cats. Visit her at

10 Leadership Principles to Live By

Speakers often use the words vision, boldness, and influence to describe the characteristics of effective leaders. Perry Noble, in The Most Excellent Way to Lead, makes the case that the heart of great leadership lies elsewhere. Download these images to discover the most excellent way to lead.











The Aetherlight Bible: Combining God’s Word with Gaming

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Where does God’s Word fit in a gaming world? “Right in the middle of it!” says Tyndale House Publishers and Scarlet City Studios. The two organizations have formed an exciting partnership to bring the gospel story to young gamers. Tyndale’s new Aetherlight Bible releases this summer and is built around themes from the new action-adventure online game The Aetherlight: Chronicles of the Resistance.

“Tyndale House grew out of the efforts of Dr. Kenneth Taylor as he worked to make God’s Word accessible to his children,” said Blaine A. Smith, associate publisher at Tyndale House Publishers. “For over fifty years, Tyndale has been focused on providing innovative ways for people to connect to God’s Word. This new partnership with Scarlet City Studios enables us to engage children in a game environment with the truth of Scripture. We are excited to join with Scarlet City Studios to create this Bible and help parents engage with their kids in an environment they understand.”

 The Aetherlight: Chronicles of the Resistance is the first digital engagement experience of its kind. The Entertainment Software Association reports that 59 percent of Americans play video games and more than 50 percent of US households have at least two gaming consoles. In only four years the gaming industry has seen an increase in sales of more than 200 percent. The Aetherlight game aims to help young people see their stories in the context of God’s story via a world that is grounded in the biblical narrative. The companion Bible will help families build upon the bridge between the game’s allegory and the words of Scripture. Through different media forms, Tyndale House Publishers and Scarlet City Studios are bringing God’s Word into this unique market.

The Aetherlight: Chronicles of the Resistance is more than a game,” said Tim Cleary, Scarlet City Studios’ Aetherlight world builder. “It’s an immersive experience that, carefully balancing theology and theatrics, brings to life the biblical narrative for a digital generation. It connects Scripture and real-life application through the world of Aethasia as a high-quality, state-of-the-art game that allows players to experience the mission of God in Scripture for themselves. It’s fantastic, then, to be able to offer a physical, tactile Bible to match this rich experience.”

The Aetherlight Bible pairs the timeless truth of the Bible with full-color inserts, unique footnotes, and exclusive game art. Connecting the dots between the game’s allegory and the grand narrative of Scripture, The Aetherlight Bible will help young people engage with God’s story in a fresh way and encourage them to explore their own part in the adventure.

The clear and easy-to-understand New Living Translation is perfectly matched to the needs of young readers. Alongside unique game-based content, it allows young people to immerse themselves in this story, seeing the echoes of Scripture in their Aethasian adventures, and draws an online generation back into the Word.

Join the Resistance today, and play the online game at

Be sure to look for the Aetherlight companion Bible in stores and online this summer!

About Scarlet City Studios:
Scarlet City Studios was established in 2012 with the sole intention of bridging the cultural, historical, and pedagogical gap between the contemporary world of preteens and the world of the Bible by advancing biblical engagement through interactive media, learning frameworks, and creative transmedia products. Scarlet City’s unique framework is based on the principles of faith, hope, and love—telling great stories, nurturing genuine innovation, and fostering real encounters.