I’ve been guilty of believing in busy.
People ask me, “How’s it going?” And I respond with: “Busy.”
Busy means doing and being in demand. You’ve got stuff to do. If you’re busy, you’re important. If your calendar is squeezed, making use of every waking second, you’re being productive, right? If you stay busy, good things will happen – promotions and raises. Who doesn’t want to be busy?
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We’re very excited for our client and friend Jen Hatmaker’s new show, My Big Family Renovation on HGTV.
As if Jen wasn’t busy enough, she’s also re-releasing Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity (NavPress). In 7, Jen and her family started an experimental mutiny against excess. Interrupted is the prequel, the story before the story—when God stepped into their comfortable faith and called them to join Him in something greater.
Interrupted follows Jen’s messy journey through life and church and into living on mission. Snatching Jen from the grip of her consumer life, God began asking her questions like, “What is really the point of My Church? What have I really asked of you?” She was far too busy doing church than being church, even as a pastor’s wife, an author of five Christian books, and a committed believer. She discovered she had missed the point.
Check out this video Jen recently did talking about Interrupted.
Christ brought Jen and her family to a place of living on mission by asking them tough questions, leading them through Scripture, and walking together with them on the path. Interrupted invites readers to take a similar journey.
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Here’s an excerpt from one of our favorite parts from Dream Year:
A System Whereby a Dream Results
Several years ago, I was looking through best-selling leadership author John Maxwell’s video library when I came across a lesson called “How I Write” and was forever changed by what I saw.
We couldn’t be more excited for our client Ben Arment and the release of his new book, Dream Year: Make the Leap from a Job You Hate to a Life You Love.
Dream Year was written to help you make the leap from a job you hate to a life you love.
Over 66% of Americans hate their jobs. They despise their bosses, bemoan their working conditions and feel like they’re not making a difference in the world. On top of this, they’re frustrated by a dream that’s never been realized. But they’re afraid to take risks, worried about paying the bills and don’t know where to begin.
On August 5th, a new book is coming that shows the way.
You’ll not only rediscover a life-long dream that got lost along the way, but also learn the process to make it a reality. By combining practical lessons, proven principles and true stories, Dream Year will help you reclaim your passion and find a way to make it your livelihood.
Let the adventure begin.
Want to learn more about Dream Year and making the leap? Join Ben Arment for a “Dream Year Pitch Night” in a city near you this summer. You’ll get a copy of the book, meet a community of dreamers in your city, and hear Ben talk about the principles of Dream Year. Also, you’ll have the chance to be one of 10 attendees to “pitch” your dream using 20 slides timed to advance every 20 seconds. After you register for the event, you’ll get an email that explains how you can participate.
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The Color of Rain, a new Hallmark movie channel original premiere, marks network’s highest rated and most watched original movie of all time.
The world premiere of Hallmark Movie Channel’s latest original movie, The Color of Rain captured hearts across the country Saturday night, earning a 1.6 household rating and becoming the highest rated and most watched original film in network history.
Based on the heartfelt autobiographical New York Times best-selling book of the same name, The Color of Rain tells the inspirational real-life story of two young parents, Michael Spehn and Gina Kell. Living in the same small community, Michael and Gina each lose their respective spouses to cancer just six weeks apart. Devastated by grief, Kell a mother of 2 boys, played by Lacey Chabert (Party of Five, Mean Girls), and Spehn father to 3 children of his own, played by Warren Christie (Alphas, Happy Town), begin to forge an unlikely friendship, ultimately falling in love and uniting their broken families as one.
Congratulations to Michael and Gina and the team at Hallmark and Zondervan.
One Nation is also #1 on ebook and print/ebook nonfiction combined lists.
Along with the New York Times lists, One Nation was also #1 on the Publishers Weekly Bestsellers hardcover/nonfiction.
We couldn’t be more proud of Dr. Carson and One Nation.
Dr. Carson is currently on the road promoting One Nation. Check out the schedule for the One Nation tour and see if Dr. Carson is coming to a city near you.
Congratulations, Ben and our publishing partners at Sentinel!• Comments
Yesterday Curtis and Karen attended the Hallmark Movie Channel’s premiere of The Color of Rain.• Comments
Our client John Ortberg releases a new book, Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You, on April 22.
The soul is NOT ‘a theological and abstract subject.’
The soul is the coolest, eeriest, most mysterious, evocative, crucial, sacred, eternal, life-directing, fragile, indestructible, controversial, expensive dimension of your existence.
Jesus said it’s worth more than the world.
You’d be an idiot not to prize it above all else.
Shouldn’t you get pretty clear on exactly what it is?
Shouldn’t you know what it runs on?
Wouldn’t it be worth knowing how to care for it?
Two things are for sure. One is: you have a soul. The other is: if you don’t look after this one you won’t be issued a replacement.
Bestselling author John Ortberg writes another classic that will help readers discover their soul and take their relationship with God to the next level.• Comments
Joins Industry Leading
Yates & Yates
ORANGE, Calif., April 15, 2014 – Yates & Yates, a leading literary agency serving as creative counsel for top-tier Christian authors, artists, and creative organizations, announces that Mike Salisbury has joined the firm as Associate Literary Agent.
Mike Salisbury, most recently the marketing director of trade books with David C Cook, has led campaigns for New York Times Best Selling authors Francis Chan and Ann Voskamp, among others. Recently, Salisbury launched best-selling author Kyle Idleman’s new book, AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything. Regarded by many as a rising star in the industry, Salisbury brings an extensive marketing background in publishing, working for David C Cook and before that Zondervan. Along with his marketing experience, Salisbury holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in creative writing from Pacific University.
Founding Partner, Sealy Yates, had this to say about Salisbury, “We could not be more excited about adding a person of Mike Salisbury’s experience and quality to the Yates & Yates team. We believe that Mike brings to our firm a strategic mind and a marketing perspective, developed and honed during his years of working with two quality publishers, that will give our author clients and their publishers a significant advantage in the marketplace for both new and backlist books. But Mike will also provide us with more margin and creativity in acquiring new author clients and in serving all our current clients.”
“Mike impressed me early in his career and I’ve been watching him ever since, convinced that he had a really bright future in this industry. We are confident that he is going to bring tremendous value to our clients and our firm,” added Curtis Yates.
“Working for Yates & Yates has long been a goal of mine because they represent the very best authors and communicators. My past experience working with them has showed again and again that Yates & Yates is a fierce advocate and an excellent creative contributor for their clients – everything I would want in an agent if I were an author. I hope to use my talents and past experiences to contribute to the firm’s future success and storied history,” Salisbury remarked.
Notable clients include Beth Moore, John Maxwell, Chuck Swindoll, John & Stasi Eldredge, David Jeremiah, David Platt, John Ortberg, Dr. Ben Carson, former US Senator Jim DeMint, Cloud & Townsend, Jen Hatmaker, and Lecrae. Yates & Yates’ author clients have sold over 100 million books collectively during their careers.
About Yates & Yates:
Yates & Yates is a literary agency and law firm that provides the highest level of experience and expertise for Christian creatives. Established in 1969, Yates & Yates’ holistic approach combines agency representation, expert legal advice, marketing guidance, career coaching, creative counseling, and business management consulting. Yates & Yates helps clients focus their efforts, hone and sharpen their message, obtain broad distribution, increase their influence, and build lasting and successful careers.
Making Happy is the latest book from Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott.
Making Happy explores the science, the art, and the practice of happiness in marriage. Drawing from real-life examples, this book offers insights into how your brain and relationship affect each other as you make happiness in your marriage a conscious, delightful habit. The book also includes a 21-Day Happiness Plan to help you take action immediately.
Hear what they had to say about why the Kardashians aren’t keeping up with marriage:
When life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job.
Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced.
I Peter 4:12-13
Kim Kardashian is preparing for a wedding with boyfriend Kanye West. Her marriage last year lasted just 72 days, as everyone knows. Her sister, Khloe (married in 2009), filed for divorce from her husband recently. And their parents, Bruce and Kris Jenner, married for 22 years, are currently separated.
“I have thought about this for a long time,” says matriarch Kris, “and I think we both just need to be happy, I really do. Isn’t that the bottom line?”
Well, no. That’s not the bottom line.
Sure, when we got married in 1984 we wanted to be happy, too. Duh. Everybody wants that. But marriage is far more than a happy pill.
“My decision to end my marriage was such a risk. But I had to take that risk to be happy.”
Like most every other couple, we swallowed the pill whole when we married. But we eventually learned that it’s a big fat myth to think that when we say “I do” we’ll have a lock on happiness. Granted, we will, for a time. No doubt about it. Marriage makes us happy.
The problem is that marriage will not make us as intensely happy or for as long as we believe it will. Studies reveal that the happiness boost from marriage lasts an average of only two years.
Unfortunately, when those two years are up and fulfilling our goal to find the ideal partner hasn’t made us as happy as we expected, we often feel there must be something wrong. Not so. It’s the common course of love. And if left unattended, if we’re not deliberately making happy together, our relationship suffers.
Happiness, for a marriage, is like a vital sign. It’s the heart rate of love. Like all vital signs, it can fluctuate. But like all vital signs, it has a set point, a level to which it strives to return.
We all know couples that call it quits and say: “We’re just not happy anymore.” Really?
Is being married supposed to make you happy? No. That’s not how it works.
We’ll say it again: Marriage doesn’t make you happy – you make your marriagehappy! As the saying goes, you bring your own weather to the picnic.
A happy marriage does not depend on the right circumstances or the perfect person. A happy marriage is the result of two people committed to making a happy life of love together.
Check out Making Happy by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott.• Comments