Newsday Tuesday …

March 15, 2010 | Written by admin

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I've somehow managed to recover after Glenn Beck's accusation that I may be a leftist, rice eating, Nazi sympathizer and (gulp) supporter of social justice. It was (sniff) quite difficult.

In other news …

–Jim Rubart is doing a 3-book deal with B&H (coming on the heels of his first novel, ROOMS, which is about to release!).

–Holly Gerth, who runs the popular (in)courage blog for Dayspring
Greetings, is going to do a devotional book with Harvest House.

–We're about to announce a book deal for Deanna Favre, wife of
NFL great Brett Favre, and author of DON'T BET AGAINST ME with Tyndale
a couple years ago. Deanna has a great message to those who struggle
with chronic pain or illness, and we're very happy to be representing
this book.

of the most well-respected novelists in CBA — LISA SAMSON and SUSAN
MEISSNER — are going to be hosting a writer's retreat May 7-8 in
Orlando, and again July 23-24 in Michigan. Lisa has won the Christy
Award and is a multi-time finalist for Christian novel of the year. The
author of 21 novels, she is widely regarded as one of the best
Christian novelists in the country, and both Library Journal and
Publishers Weekly have listed her books as the best religious novels of
the year. Susan is the author of THE SHAPE OF MERCY, which was the most
decorated book of 2008, winning nearly every major award, including the
Gold Medallion as Novel of the Year. Her work has been also been sited
by industry sources as examples of the best in Christian fiction, and
her WINDOW TO THE WOLRD was named one of the top ten Christian novels
by Booklist. Together
they are teaching a workshop designed to help novelists understand what
brings depth to a novel. Each participant will be asked to submit a
writing sample before attending, and the weekend is designed to be a
small group, hands-on session, with lots of one-on-one time to help you
move forward in your writing career. It's being held at an Embassy
Suites hotel, and there are five slots left available for this writing
retreat. For more information, go to

–Melanie Dobson's historical title about the underground railroad, LOVE FINDS YOU IN LIBERTY, INDIANA has been submitted for consideration in the "Best Books of Indiana" contest sponsored by The Indiana Center for the Book, a program of the Indiana State
Library and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of

– Carla Stewart's upcoming release CHASING LILACS will be reviewed in the May edition of Christian Retailing Magazine.

–Bookspan ( recently picked up Anita Higman's contemporary romance, LOVE FINDS YOU IN HUMBLE, TEXAS.

–Sandra is working out the dates and locations for her soon-to-launch
'Best Book Proposal Ever" seminars. Stay tuned for more info, and be sure and let us know if your group is interested in offering this one-day event in conjunction with a writers retreat or conference.

–It seems fitting to close this post with a link to a recent interview of Theresa Flores, author of the social justice memoir, SEX SLAVE ACROSS THE STREET. Theresa was interviewed last month on The Takeaway,  a morning news program co-sponsored by The New York Times, BBC World
Service, WNYC, Public Radio International and WGBH Boston.

Feel free to give it a listen, Mr. Beck …

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  • Pam Hillman

    A supporter of social justice, huh? I guess I can be lumped in that category as well.
    And I do love rice, btw.
    I hope it’s okay to mention this here, but Robin Carroll has a book out with B&H called Deliver Us from Evil which deals with child trafficking.
    Here’s the link if anyone wants to check it out:

  • Sharon A Lavy

    Thank you for the update on what is going on in our writing industry. Happy to see friends from ACFW getting their message out there.

  • Robin

    And I just have to say…Jim Rubart’s ROOMS is AWESOME.
    Sandra, I LOVE rice…I’m a supporter of social justice….sheesh, what might I be called? LOL
    Thanks for the shout-out, Pam. Human trafficking is nothing but modern day slavery, and it should prick the consciousness of every “supporter of social justice.”

  • Jim Rubart

    Jim “Mutual Admiration Society” Rubart here. Robin’s novel should be read not only for admirable way she deals with a difficult subject, but for the outstanding writing and engrossing story as well.

  • Sarah Joy

    It’s okay. I have to get over a rejection by both UNT and DU. Chip has assured me that there is a job opening at Burgerville (which, oddly enough, I have never heard of). So if I can move forward in that… you can move forward in social justice. Fair trade coffee is pretty good. ;)

  • Rachel

    Are you saying Glenn Beck is against the prevention of human trafficking?

  • Sandra Bishop

    Hi Rachel,
    Thanks for asking.
    Far be it from me to assume that just because he’s engaged in a campaign against the church engaging in matters of social justice, that it means he’s not concerned about human trafficking. Or the exploitation of the poor, or human dignity, or equal access to humanitarian services regardless of race, religion, or nationality. I’d never suggest such a thing, Rachel. I don’t even know the man.

  • Ann Voskamp@Holy Experience

    I am SO excited about Holley Gerth’s book coming out with Harvest House.
    She is the most amazing writer!
    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read more from Holley!