Welcome to PW's redesigned religion and spirituality newsletter, Religion BookLine! Today's news includes a roundup of books on the beliefs of public figures such as Johnny Cash and Queen Elizabeth. Also, Buddhist press Parallax has tapped its own senior editor Hisae Matsuda to be publisher, and more.
Biographies reveal the beliefs behind the personas of Mr. Rogers, Johnny Cash, and Queen Elizabeth. more red_arrow.gif
Parallax Names New Publisher
After a year-long search, non-profit Buddhist publisher Parallax Press has named Hisae Matsuda, previously senior editor, to the role of publisher. more red_arrow.gif
How Indies Can Fill the Void in Christian Retail
Chain closures lead to new opportunities in the world of Christian bookselling. more red_arrow.gif
A Guide to Fighting Anti-Semitism: PW Talks to Bari Weiss
‘New York Times’ opinion writer Bari Weiss, who felt compelled to fight the rise in anti-Jewish hatred after a white supremacist murdered worshipers at her former synagogue, urges readers of her new book to call out anti-Semitism wherever they see it. more red_arrow.gif
HarperCollins Christian Publisher David Moberg to Open PWedu's New Online Summit, Oct. 30
Publishers Weekly’s immersive online event and workshop series has announced its keynote speaker: David Moberg, group publisher at HarperCollins Christian Publishing. more red_arrow.gif
August Religion Bestsellers: Daily Readings Dominate; ‘Overcomer’ Takes #1
Four devotionals, including Sarah Young’s classic 2004 ‘Jesus Calling,’ made the top 10 on PW’s Religion Nonfiction bestsellers list; 'Overcomer' tops the Religion Fiction chart as the new film of the same name debuts in theaters. more red_arrow.gif

Baker Names Two New EVPs
Following the retirement of Dave Lewis, Baker Publishing Group announced the promotions of Nathan Henrion to executive v-p of sales and Mark Rice to executive v-p of Marketing, Ada Divisions. more red_arrow.gif
Byron Williamson to Depart Worthy Publishing
Founder of Worthy Publishing Byron Williamson announced his Oct. 1 departure one year after company was acquired by Hachette Nashville.
Call for Information: Marriage, Parenting, & Family
Needed: Info on forthcoming adult nonfiction titles publishing from September 2019 to August 2020 (new titles only please, no reprints) on marriage, parenting, and family life from a faith perspective.


I’ve Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon’s Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know
Brain surgeon and Iraq War veteran W. Lee Warren (No Place to Hide) delivers a powerful memoir of his experiences—inside the operating room and out—that test his faith. more red_arrow.gif
One Long River of Song: Notes on Wonder for the Spiritual and Nonspiritual Alike
The life and work of Brian Doyle (A Book of Uncommon Prayer), the late writer and long-serving editor of Portland Magazine, are honored with this fine collection of his essays. more red_arrow.gif
Forged Through Fire: A Reconstructive Surgeon’s Story of Survival, Faith, and Healing
In his gripping debut, surgeon Mark McDonough parses the mental and physical trauma from being badly burned, as well as the death of his mother and younger brother, during a house fire when he was 16 years old. more red_arrow.gif
The Galápagos Islands: A Spiritual Journey
In this enjoyable first entry in a new series that brings together travel, spirituality, and ethical reflections based on a single locale, former pastor Brian McLaren (A New Kind of Christian) explores how he found a personal “wild theology” while visiting the Galápagos Islands.

Seane Corn (front, center), author of Revolution of the Soul (Sounds True, Sept.), greeted fans and signed copies of the book at an event on Monday at Bookends in Ridgewood, New Jersey, the second city along her book tour. Photo: Wendy Gardner

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