Watching Usain Bolt and Mo Farah run is to experience an act of God. These men were created for a very special purpose and let the whole world know as they smashed running records at the Olympics. The thing that I could not get over as I watched was how easy they made it look. In reality, their potential was only reached after years of hard work in stretching their God given talent to its human limits.
As the publisher for CLC I have the unique privilege off peaking behind the curtain and seeing the creative process at work as our authors produce life changing books. This creative process can take years and much practice before a book is ready for publication. In many ways, our publishing team functions as coaches and cheer leaders for the talented writers that God brings our way.
This year, I have enjoyed working as a talent scout in acquiring several exciting titles that we are just publishing for the first time. What a delight it has been to watch this process go from contract to completion as our former editor Dave Fessenden wrote about in his excellent book. Here is a sampling of some of the books we have been working on:
The Revived Life by John Van Gelderen: Many people who have read CLC books in the past know that we have a passion to keep the message of the Victorious Christian Life alive. This has often meant reprinting Christian Classics and authors such as Amy Carmichael, Roy Hession and Watchman Nee. Several years ago, I discovered this wonderful evangelist who was sharing this powerful message to a new generation. In his latest book, which is his second one with CLC, he delves into to subject of personal revival and how we can be both holy and victorious over evil and ultimately be like Jesus. His unpacking of “the exchanged life” is worth the price of the book alone.
The Church of the Open Door by Warren Wiersbe: we have had the joy of publishing four books by this giant of the faith and prolific writer. I first discovered his books as I sold many of the well-known “Be” series in our stores over the years. Warren is a fan of books for the deeper life and writes in a simple, direct and engaging style. In his latest book, he challenges those of us who love and lead the church in these precarious times to see things in a whole new light. His concept for this book is summed up in the statement that inspired his writing – “The history of the church of Jesus Christ is the record of the conflict between open doors and closed minds.” He challenges us to see the church as a place of preparation for service and the congregants as a sent people. With great wisdom, he teaches us to avoid worldly gimmicky on one hand and lukewarm entrenchment on the other.
Out of the Storm by Jill Briscoe: over the past couple of years I have been blessed to develop a relationship with Stuart and Jill Briscoe who have been preaching and teaching around the world for decades. Their dynamic ministry partnership has produced quite a number of books over the years and we are now in the process of working with them to keep the message alive for generations to come. This is the second book in that collaboration and our first by Jill herself. It was written as result of her time ministering to the real pain and suffering experienced by the people in war torn Croatia. She unpacks the story of Job in her unique style and does not avoid the tough questions that most of us have when we go through trials and tribulation that we do not understand.
Hazardous by Ed Cyzewski and Derek Cooper: In recent years, I have been deeply impacted by the books Radical by David Platt and Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas. This wonderful new CLC book by Ed and Derek includes elements of both as it tackles the question of what the cost of following Jesus really looks like in our world today. They challenge the notions of “easy believability” and “cheap grace” by presenting an alternative in the concept of hazardous discipleship. This book was very stretching to me personally and will not leave the reader in their personal comfort zone as a Christian. Instead, it inspires us to stop living a “safe faith” and to live life as Jesus intended us to.
Still, I Will Praise by Renee Bondi: At age 29, Renée Bondi was engaged to be married and had a beautiful singing voice, a thriving career as a music teacher, and a loving family. But then one night a bizarre accident shattered her spine and left her quadriplegic. Renée lost not only all use of her hands and legs, but also her singing voice — she could barely speak above a whisper. Against all odds and all physicians prognosis, Renée’s voice was miraculously restored with a crystal clear, angelic sound. Renée harnessed her talents to inspire and give hope to others. She has greatly inspired me and been a joy to work with. This is her second book and provides stories from her own life and the lives of her friends that will inspire the reader to learn to praise no matter what the circumstances that they face.
All of these books, except Still, I Will Praise (coming in September) are now available on our website www.clcpublications.com and wherever great Christian books are sold.